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Heart disease is different, easy to miss for women. You have the power to help prevent it. Heart disease and symptoms are different for women—and our #1 killer. It’s also easy to ignore, as signs differ from men’s and are often mistaken for other health issues. Fortunately, you have the power to help prevent it when you take the time to identify and counter risks, from age and heredity to lifestyle factors like smoking, stress, or high blood sugar. At the St. Vincent Women’s Cardiac Risk Clinic, we help women like you protect themselves and live longer, fuller lives. Take time for a healthier you. You and your loved ones deserve it. Call to schedule a heart health evaluation or visit stvincent.org/taketime4u to learn more. Anderson: 765.646.8538 Carmel: 317.583.4437
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Bon Jovi: The House Is Not For Sale March 22
Since 1983, Bon Jovi has performed 2,800 live concerts, selling over 130 million albums. Traveling to Indianapolis this March, the band continues its three-decade run as global rock legends. Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis; (317) 917-2727; bankerslifefieldhouse.com
“Experience Hendrix” Tour March 22
Celebrate the music of Jimi Hendrix as his “Experience Hendrix” Tour takes off with 29 performance dates. The concerts present legendary artists who join together to pay homage to Jimi Hendrix, honoring the 50th anniversary of the pioneering artist’s debut album in 1967. Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis; (317) 2310000; livenation.com
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare March 17-April 1
Have you ever seen a show that performs 37 plays in 97 minutes? Indulge in the works of Shakespeare as the Bard’s plays (plus sonnets) are deconstructed for one night of historic, musical entertainment. The Center for Performing Arts, 355 W. City Center Dr., Carmel; (317) 660-3373; civictheatre.org
Through May 14
During the late 19th and 20th centuries, the Golden Age spread across Indiana as Hoosiers excelled in literacy and visual arts. This important chapter in Indiana’s history is relived and remembered as part of the IMA’s exhibit, which highlights brilliant Hoosier artists.
American Pianist Awards: Discovery Week
A Land Enchanted: The Golden Age of Indiana Art, 1877-1902
Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis; (317) 923-1331; imamuseum.org
This biannual awards ceremony for jazz and classical pianists spans 13 months of musical excellence. Discovery Week brings together all five finalists for ultimate competition and artistic appreciation. American Pianist Association, 4603 Clarendon Road, Indianapolis; (317) 940-9945; americanpianists.org
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill: Soul2Soul World Tour April 29
This country super couple is making a stop in Indianapolis as part of their massive 65-city tour. It’s been awhile (nearly 10 years) since Faith’s last tour — you won’t want to procrastinate on this one! Bankers Life Fieldhouse; (317) 917-2727; bankerslifefieldhouse.com
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Haunted Ghost Tours
Remarkable Women of Indiana: Women in Science
All year around
This spring, experience a new perspective of your Indiana town with haunted ghost walks and bus tours by Unseenpress. Hop on a local tour to discover the hidden ghostly secrets of historic Indiana buildings.
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The Remarkable Women of Indiana event returns! In honor of National Women in History month, Women in Science celebrates those who helped shape Indiana and continue to move the Hoosier state forward.
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Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis; (317) 232-1637; indianamuseum.org
McNamara Garage Sale March 24, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
McNamara, a floral industry “powerhouse,” is having its annual Garage Sale at their new downtown location. Starting at 60 percent off, deals at the nationally respected florist business will include home décor items, gifts, silks, holiday décor and more. McNamara Florist Headquarters, 1853 Ludlow Ave, Indianapolis; (317) 579-7900; mcnamaraflorist.com
Miranda at the Indiana Repertory Theatre March 28-April 23
James Still’s awardwinning play presents a mind-bending, emotional, psychological ride as the Middle East goes through crisis. A CIA operative works to find answers to the region’s most unanswerable questions: Who is Miranda? Who are the allies And who are the enemies?
MIRANDA AND BOEING BOEING ARTWORK BY KYLE RAGSDALE.
Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis; (317) 635-5252; irtlive.com
Mutt Strutt: The Greatest Spectacle in Dog Walking April 29, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join 7,000 people and 6,000 pets for the 14th annual Mutt Strutt at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Voted the best charitable event in Indianapolis by NUVO readers, this day on the track is spent with furry friends, all in support of IndyHumane. Food, photos at the Yard of Bricks and demos by the Indy Dog & Disc Club keep the puppy traffic moving. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis; (317) 481-8500; indymuttstrut.org
You Are There 1848: Eli Lilly at the Beginning Through Jan. 20, 2018
In honor of Indiana’s bicentennial, the Indiana Historical Society wants to celebrate Indiana’s most successful startup: Eli Lilly and Co. Experience the original lab, interact with real-life cast members and discover the beginnings of the pharmaceutical industry at this new exhibit. Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis; (317) 2321882; indianahistory.org
Boeing Boeing HILARIOUS FARCE MARCH 7-APRIL 2 AT THE INDIANA REPERTORY THEATRE
Boeing Boeing, the romantic tale of a classy, luxurious bachelor and three stewardesses, brings out the best of the ‘60s with a dramatic twist. French playwright Marc Camoletti wrote the play in 1962, which ran in London for seven years. Director Laura Gordon raves over the cast’s exceptional theater chops and impeccable humor. “I hope the audience leaves the show feeling like they’ve had a respite from the challenges of this world we’ve living in,” Gordon says. But overall, she hopes they experience unforgettable belly laughs. Check the IRT site for a teaser video. INDIANA REPERTORY THEATRE | 140 W. Washington St. (317) 635-5252 | irtlive.com
Dogs: Faithful and True March 4-Aug. 6
Experience “a man’s best friend” in their role as companions, workers and heroes in Western and Native American cultures. Learn the history of dogs, participate in dog-related workshops and support IndyHumane’s pet adoption programs. Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis; (317) 833-1316; eiteljorg.org
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Welcome to spring, Kit readers! While everything else is budding, we decided to spring a new-to-you face on you in this standard spot. So if you’re looking for Kelly McVey, you’ll have to catch her in the next issue. While I don’t look familiar, I’m actually not new to Kit. I’ve been around for awhile — as Creative Director, I’m more of a behind-the-scenes kind of gal.
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If you want the full truth, my face is kind of new to me, too. Surgery? Nope. The culprit is motherhood. In the last year and a half, I became a new mom to a 6 year old and 3 year old through adoption — life changer, in every way possible. I move now, a lot. Some of it (the gym) is planned, and some of it is unplanned. For example, did you know dressing a toddler is considered cardio? Running down the hall, giggling, jumping. That counts.
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When our kids first got home, I started to lose weight without trying. Then I thought to myself, This is great, but what would happen if I actually tried? It helped that my husband was on board too. We joined MEI Fitness and held each other accountable. And it just happened. I finally made the changes that turned the scale.
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It could work for you too. On page 51, we introduce you to Mary DeArmond and Mary Jo Eppink, who have lost a combined total of 241 pounds. Two hundred and forty-one pounds.
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What made them do it? Life. Family. Knowing that underneath it all, there was a version of themselves they needed to uncover. Coincidentally, the two women are adoptive mamas too … but that’s a whole other story for another issue.
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It’s about time we stop the excuses and lace up our old tennis shoes. Get moving. Slowly but surely, you’ll move a little faster for a little longer. As the scale goes down, your motivation will go up. When you spend all that energy in your sneakers, you won’t want to have it go to waste by bingeing on junk, so the two play off of each other. The reasons you’re doing it will change, but one thing is for sure, you will be a healthier, stronger version of yourself, and there will be no turning back. Mary and Mary Jo have inspired me to finish off these last remaining pounds I need to shed. I hope you too feel the nudge to change the trajectory of your path. We’d love to hear about it when you do! Cheers to your journey!
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FRESHLY PICKED SPRING SANDALS
Head into the season feet-first with sandals in neutral hues, warm-weather textures and new heights. By Erica Sagon
LC Lauren Conrad “Glint” sandals, $59.99 at Kohl’s (kohls.com)
Tie-back, T-strap sandals, $26.94 at Old Navy (oldnavy.com)
Somewhere between an ankle bootie and a sandal is this: the perfect option for days that start a little chilly but warm up by lunchtime.
Sandals with a low heel and just a strap or two feel wonderfully minimal. Wear them to work with skinny trousers and a light, slouchy sweater. Low-heel sandals, $78 at Banana Republic (bananarepublic.com)
Buy these on a whim for that beach vacation, and then become obsessed with the way they liven up even the most basic black sundress.
Comfy, sporty sandals are back in a big way. This probably isn’t the first pair you’ve ever owned, but you’ll wear them a little different this time around — maybe with slim cargo pants and a chambray button down. Teva Original Universal Ombré sandals, $70 at teva.com
Add height in the most walkable way with platform espadrilles, chic with both wideleg cropped pants and longer dresses. Sarto by Franco Sarto “Oak” espadrilles, $108.95 at Nordstrom (nordstrom.com)
Neutral lace-ups will be your go-to sandals this season. This pair works for both spring weddings and casual Saturdays with jeans and a tee. Alfani “Karlii” lace-up sandals, $49.50 at Macy’s (macys.com)
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PROM LOOKBOOK By Josie Sanders
For young ladies, Indiana has four distinct seasons: summer, fall, winter and prom! We all know what it’s like to spend hour after hour shuffling through department store racks, searching for a dress that is both flattering and under budget. So here’s a hot tip for you moms and daughters shopping for prom season: visit Amanda’s Exchange in Carmel. Resale shops like Amanda’s offer a wide variety of dresses, shoes, handbags and jewelry. When it comes to prom, they make it easy to wear designer gowns without breaking the bank.
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Love the glimmer of glitter? Go all out and pair this dress with fun, shimmery heels and a super-flashy handbag. We’re all for making heads turn.
Come prom night, don a pair of strappy black heels, and grab a beaded clutch, too. Complement the dress’s high neck with a pair of dangly rhinestone earrings.
Get ready to feel like a million bucks. We love this elegant dress from designer Sherri Hill. The gold detail makes it a show-stopper.
Back down, ball gowns. It’s all about twopiece designs in 2017. This trendy Sherri Hill dress features intricate beading, and is sure to make onlookers coo, “Ooh la la.”
Eager to stand out? Awesome. Dare to be different in a bright gown like this one from La Femme beaded gown, featuring beaded lace detail. The punchy color brings a fun edge to this dress’s silky style. The best way to complete this look? Think ultra shiny with silver or clear beaded jewelry. And the shoes? Go for silver there, too. Something that shimmers.
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Dermal Fillers and Other Injectables Offer Fresher Appearance
s we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, pollution, sun exposure and lifestyle factors such as smoking. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, more than 2.4 million people had dermal injections in 2015 to fill the wrinkles, lines and scars on the face, plump lips, increase facial volume and rejuvenate hands. Soft-tissue (dermal) fillers can help correct two of the most visible signs of aging: facial wrinkles and loss of volume. Typically these wrinkles develop from the nose to the mouth (smile lines), from the mouth to the chin (marionette lines) and around the eyes. Aging makes our lips thinner and some of us get vertical lines that run from the lips to the nose. Most volume loss is in the mid-face, or cheek, area. All of these changes are a result of a diminished collagen layer that supports the skin. The most recent option for facial rejuvenation is Kybella, which is not a filler, but an injection that decreases the fat that causes a double chin. There are a number of injectable products on the market. Not every filler is appropriate for every area of the face. Most dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid-based, which is a naturally-occurring substance in the body. Examples are Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella and Belotero. These fillers typically last a few months to a year. Volbella is specifically designed to enhance the lip area and give them a glisten. Bellafill is an injection of poly methyl methacrylate microspheres suspended in a collagen gel. Bellafill requires a skin test and has been proven to last 5+ years in most patients. Radiesse is calcium hydroxylapatite, also suspended in a gel. In addition to its use for facial wrinkling, it is very effective to fill the backs of the hands, one of the real giveaways of age.
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While not fillers, BOTOXÂŽ Cosmetic and Dysport are neurotoxins and the most popular injectable treatments available today. They work by blocking a chemical that is responsible for contracting the muscles that cause the deep lines between the brows. This blocking action relaxes the repeated contractions of these muscles and results in a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. More than 6.7 million of these treatments were performed in 2015.
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It is important to consult with your doctor about which product would be most effective to treat the areas that trouble you. With all injections, bruising is possible and can be minimized if any medication that increases bleeding, such as aspirin, is discontinued for two weeks before and after injection. Complications are rare. In short, dermal fillers and neurotoxins are safe and valuable tools to combat the signs of aging when administered by reputable, qualified injectors.
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THE PERFECT PAIR By Josie Sanders
Nothing against skirts or dresses, but it’s pants that are catching our eye this spring. Why choose just one perfect pair when you can have these six?
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In that perfect nottoo-dark, not-tolight shade of gray. Cropped skinny chinos, $59.50 at Loft (loft.com).
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A raw or “released” hem goes with everything from spring booties to slip-on sneakers. Frayed cropped jeans, $79.50 at Loft, (loft.com)
More stylish than regular sweatpants, but just as comfy. Layanna Twill Jogger, $110 at Tommy Bahama (tommybahama.com)
These are the “it” jeans for spring. What a fun break from your everyday skinnies! Wide-leg crop jeans $34.94 at Old Navy (oldnavy.com)
For travel, for Saturdays, for nailing that “athleisure” look. A streamlined fit is the key (no bulky pockets allowed). Chelsea cargo pants, $89 at Athleta (athleta.com)
If black pants are your Monday-Friday workhorse, a waistdefining, full-leg pair are a worthy, stylish addition. Vince Camuto highwaist pants, $89 at Nordstrom (nordstrom. com)
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Introducing: Pelvic Floor Therapy Research reveals 25 million adult Americans suffer with urinary incontinence. Many view it as a natural consequence of childbirth and aging. Often Kegel exercises are recommended for strengthening the pelvic floor; however, frequently these exercises are not being performed correctly or they can actually make some conditions worse. Therefore, a thorough pelvic floor examination should be performed to determine the factors contributing to the incontinence. Pelvic floor physical therapy can provide proper treatment and instruction in home program for self management. Definitions for Urinary Incontinence: • Stress Incontinence: loss of urine during increased abdominal pressure such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting, or running. • Urge Incontinence: inability or extreme difficulty holding urine during a strong urge with the need to rush to the bathroom. • Mixed Incontinence: combination of stress and urge incontinence. • Urgency/Frequency: urinating more than every 2 hours during waking hours. • Urinary Retention: inability to completely empty bladder which can be associated with pelvic muscle dysfunction. • Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome: recurring discomfort, pressure, or pain in the bladder/pelvic region. Signs and symptoms may include urinary urgency/frequency/retention, suprapubic pain, low back pain, abdominal pain, pain before/during/after urination, urinary frequency at night, and pain during sex. • Pelvic Organ Prolapse: one or more of the pelvic organs drop from its normal position.
Pelvic Floor Therapy can be used to treat: Menstrual Pain | Pain during or after intercourse | Perineal pain | Myofascial pelvic pain syndrome Vulvodynia | Pain due to sexual abuse, rape, or trauma | Tailbone pain | Levator ani syndrome Pain after abdominal or gynecological surgery | Pelvic floor dysfunction | Genital pain, itching, burning Scar tissue restrictions/pain | Vaginismus with gynecological exam or intercourse NO PHYSICIAN REFERRAL REQUIRED. SELF-REFERRALS WELCOME!
Andrea McMath, Physical Therapist, is specially trained in pelvic floor therapy. No physician referral is required and self-referrals are welcome.
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If you haven't made vacation plans yet, stop frantically searching for cheap flights and book an Indiana spring break getaway. We're talking Carmel, Corydon and Fort Wayne. These cities are chock-full of adventure for families, so pack up the car and make a weekend of it.
It's easy to take for granted what's in your own backyard, but we invite you take a fresh look at Carmel. In addition to galleries, restaurants and live entertainment, Carmel is home to one-of-a-kind places like the Museum of Miniature Houses. Hop on a ride-share bike and go!
THE MUST-SEES AND MUST-DOS There’s always something at The Center for the Performing Arts — improvisation, orchestra, ballets, plays. On March 11, “astonishment artist” Mat LaVore will present his Magic & Mystery show. And on March 26, join the Carmel Symphony Orchestra for a family fun day featuring an interactive concert and instrument “petting zoo.”
WHERE TO EAT For pizza, head to Bazbeaux. For burgers, go to Bub’s. For brunch, visit Eggshell Bistro, one of the area’s most-Instagrammed eateries. In search of sugar? Swoop into The Flying Cupcake. (Or take your little ones to Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen and Tearoom, where they will feel like royalty.) You also can find caffeine at Hubbard & Cravens, healthy eats at Vitality Bowl, and affordable Cajun at Yats.
TAKE IT OUTSIDE Here, biking is a breeze. There’s the Monon Trail Greenway, a “rails to trails” project that serves walkers, runners and cyclists. (Free parking, restrooms and water are available at the trailheads.) There’s also the Carmel Access Bikeway (CAB), which includes eight cross-city routes and five loops. It provides access to various destinations throughout Carmel and links to neighboring communities. Best of all, there’s a bike-share program! Bikes cost $3 an hour to rent, with a $24 cap for a 24-hour period. And don’t forget to visit the Monon Community Center, too. Non-members can purchase a pass that gives them access to the fitness and aquatic centers.
IT’S ALL IN THE BAG The fashionista in your family will love Clay Terrace, Carmel City Center as well as the Arts and Design District. The former has locally owned shops, established brands and home furnishing stores, while the latter comprises galleries, design houses, boutiques and antiques. (It’s also part of the Indiana Glass Trail.) Check out Bath Junkie, too, for handmade bath and body products. The kids will get a kick out of choosing the colors and fragrances of their bath goods, made right before their eyes.
ONLY IN CARMEL Make sure your family visits the Museum of Miniature Houses. The wee attraction is located in the heart of the Arts and Design District and has more than 600 miniatures, all created with painstaking attention to detail. It’s quaint, creative and fun to visit, whether you’re 4 or 40 years old. (The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.)
GET YOUR ZZZ Tuckered out? The Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel has an indoor pool, fitness center and its own restaurant. In search of something suite? Try the newly renovated SpringHill Suites. Your family will love the separate living and sleeping areas. Another newly renovated option is The Courtyard by Marriott. If you’d like to stay within walking distance of the Arts and Design District, bunk at the Old Towne Carmel Bed and Breakfast.
SAVE THE DATE Bike Carmel is hosting several cycling events this year, including a family-focused ride on May 20, a few weeks post spring break. Before riders head out for a 10-mile ride, cycling experts will cover the rules of the road, as well as helmet how-tos, proper bike sizing and the best ways to stay visible. 1. If biking is your thing, pedal your way down the Monon Trail, part of the Carmel Access Bikeway. 2. Galleries, shops and restaurants reign in the Arts and Design District 3. The Palladium, part of The Center for the Performing Arts, boasts seating for 1,600 patrons,
The weather is always predictable inside “Indiana’s Underground” — the southern part of the state's caves and caverns system, which includes Corydon. There are plenty of outdoor adventures here, including a kayak trip deep inside the earth. And since Corydon was Indiana’s first state capital, downtown has plenty of history.
THE MUST-SEES AND MUST-DOS Play miniature golf at Golf Shores Fun Center, or hit up the Harrison County Discovery Center, where your little ones can explore history and natural science. For a first-hand demonstration of off-hand glassmaking, visit Zimmerman Art Glass. And Butt Drugs — a family-owned pharmacy with an oldfashioned soda fountain — is a perfect photo op.
WHERE TO EAT For a sweet treat, drop by Emery’s Ice Cream. And for tried-and-true comfort food, visit Fredrick’s Café, open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. (We hear their chili is delicious.)
TAKE IT OUTSIDE
IT’S ALL IN THE BAG
Thanks to the Indiana Cave Trail, visiting four area caves — Bluespring, Indiana Caverns, Marengo and Squire Boone — is made easy. So what makes Indiana Caverns unique? It boasts bones from the Ice Age, for starters. Plus, it’s part of the Binkley Cave System, which is the state’s longest cave and the nation’s seventh largest. Here, you and the fam can catch 80-minute cave tours (which start at 9 a.m. daily) or mine for gemstones. But if a walking tour isn’t adventurous enough, consider “Deep Darkness.” This exploration trip includes a four-hour underground kayaking challenge. As for Squire Boone? These caverns are a pleasant 54 degrees year round. During the spring, tours depart at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., seven days a week.
Downtown Corydon has numerous antique stores and galleries, as well as a candle shop, flower shop, music store and bookstore with more than 30,000 titles.
ONLY IN CORYDON Want the kids to explore Indiana’s heritage? Visit the Corydon State Historic Site, which features the original state capitol. Tours also include Governor Hendricks’ Headquarters, a two-story, Federal-style brick house built in 1817. The site is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
GET YOUR ZZZ When it comes to accommodations, Corydon has it all: campgrounds, cabins, hotels, bed-andbreakfasts. Find a handful of modern hotels off Interstate 64, including a Holiday Inn Express. Downtown, there’s Kintner House Inn, a bedand-breakfast listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For cabins and camping, give Marengo Cave or O’Bannon Woods State Park a try.
SAVE THE DATE Interested in a grown-up getaway? Squire Boone, south of Corydon, will kick off Memorial Day weekend with a new tour featuring never-before-seen views. That same weekend, the Harrison County Fairgrounds will host “Southern Indiana Uncorked,” an annual wine and microbrew festival.
1. Zimmerman Art Glass represents five generations of glass blowers. 2. Boone Caverns in Mauckport, Ind., is part of the Indiana Cave Trail and was discovered in 1790. 3. The Corydon Capitol State Historic Site commemorates Indiana’s first state capital. 4. Sign up for "Deep Darkness" at Indiana Caverns and travel along an underground stream — for four dark hours.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
In Indiana’s second-largest city, boredom isn’t a “thing.” Tours at Debrand Fine Chocolates are a “thing” though, as is Science Central and the annual Vera Bradley outlet sale. With farm-to-fork restaurants like Tolon and the 113-year-old Coney Island Wiener Stand, you’ll never go hungry.
THE MUST-SEES AND MUST-DOS Science Central is the place to play. The museum features 200 permanent, hands-on exhibits and highlights science, technology, engineering and math. In search of an even more immersive experience? Take the family to Fort Wayne Escape Room. There are four themed rooms, each with a different mystery to solve. But the family fun doesn’t stop there. In this food-friendly city, drop by Debrand Fine Chocolates. For $5 a person, you can tour Debrand’s corporate headquarters and see its chocolatiers in action.
WHERE TO EAT In Fort Wayne, even the pickiest eaters will find something to love. For lunch, head to Calhoun Street, where kids can eat practically for free. Another option is the Coney Island Wiener Stand downtown, where passersby feast their eyes on rows of hot dogs cooking on the grill in the front window. The children’s menu at Lucky Turtle Grill is diverse, too. (And its salad bar is one of the best in Fort Wayne.) For farmto-table dining, head to Tolon. Or visit The Golden, 800 Degrees Pizza, or ice cream shop Yummi Bunni (including gluten-free and vegan options).
TAKE IT OUTSIDE
GET YOUR ZZZ
There are three rivers, 86 parks and more than 80 miles of trails in Fort Wayne. The most prominent trail, Rivergreenway, stretches 25 miles. Feel like the fam should conquer the trail or kayak the river? Cool. Rent bikes, kayaks, canoes and standing paddleboards from Fort Wayne Outfitters.
No need to count sheep. You’ll fall fast asleep at one of Fort Wayne’s many hotels. There is plenty of lodging off Interstate 69, as well as a few downtown options. Stay at the Courtyard by Marriott to be close to all the action.
IT’S ALL IN THE BAG
In addition to two destination-style malls, there are plenty of boutiques for shopping. Visit City Exchange, a cohesive, communal retail experience; Fancy & Staple, a handmadetype store; and fashionforward Lace + Arrow and P&N Men’s Apparel.
ONLY IN FORT WAYNE Imagine what you’ll discover at the Genealogy Center, the nation’s largest public genealogy collection. It has more than 1 million items to help you and your family search … your family.
SAVE THE DATE Plan a girlfriends’ getaway April 19-23, during the Vera Bradley outlet sale. You and your gal pals can snag handbags, purses, totes, luggage, stationery, clothing and accessories for up to 60 percent off retail prices. As for the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo? It reopens April 22. 1. Through May 28, see Zula Patrol: Mission Weather at Science Central. 2. Visit Tolon for its locally sourced fare and craft cocktails. 3. Bike on the Rivergreenway Trail along the St. Marys, St. Joseph and Maumee rivers. 4. Pedigreed chefs work Midwestern magic at The Golden.
Retirement DOWNSIZING FOR
Are you looking forward to downsizing your residence? Empty nesters and retirees often do so with hope of simplifying their lives; reducing costs; and potentially putting more money into their retirement portfolio. However, before you put the For Sale sign in your yard, consider the pros and cons.
Upside to Downsizing
are surprised to find the purchase price for a smaller, but newer house with desirable amenities, will cost more than proceeds received from the sale of their larger home. If this is the case, you may need to consider whether relocating really enhances your financial situation enough to overcome the higher investment in your home. Here are a few other costs to be aware of:
Downsizing your lifestyle can lead to a simpler and less stressful retirement. Decreasing overall spending can increase one’s sense of financial security during retirement years. Here are some potential benefits to making the decision to downsize:
• Realtor fees generally 5-6% of home’s sale price
• Lower monthly mortgage or rent payments
• Purchase of new furniture, landscaping, etc.
• Reduced maintenance and upkeep • Decreased utility costs • Increased retirement savings with additional equity in your current home
Downside to Downsizing A common misconception is downsizing from the larger house to the smaller empty-nester residence means you will have dollars left over after completion of both transactions. However, many times homeowners
• Improvements needed to sell existing home, such as new windows, updated appliances, etc. • Moving costs
Be Aware of Tax Implications Tax implications are important factors when deciding to downsize. How does the property tax for the new home compare to your current residence? If your downsizing requires a move to a different state, will you pay more or less income or sales tax? Another tax that may apply if you are selling a home that has appreciated in value is a long-term capital gains tax. Residential appreciation exceeding $250,000 for individuals or $500,000
for married couples will result in a capital gains tax on your federal income tax return for the year of the sale.
Summary As with all important decisions, there is more to downsizing than the financial impact. The emotional, social, and physical wellbeing of you and your family is also important to consider. If downsizing is in your future, be sure to include as many of the pros and cons as possible before putting the For Sale sign in your yard.
Abby VanDerHeyden, CFP®, is a Financial Planner at Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., a wealth management firm located in Indianapolis. For more information, visit their website at www.BedelFinancial. com or email to avanderheyden@ bedelfinancial.com.
HOME DREAMS IS NOW THE TIME TO MAKE THEM REAL? By Brooke Reynolds
If your home is no longer where your heart is, it may be time for a change. But between selling and buying, or renovating your current space, itâ€™s hard to know what the next best step to take is. Jeff Day, a senior loan officer at Ruoff Mortgage, gives a practical breakdown of pros and cons for each housing option so you know how to move forward with your next home adventure. Plus, the professionals at Bedel Financial offer up considerations before you fall in love with a new home.
BUYING VS. RENTING
You may have decided you’re ready for the responsibilities and blessings of home ownership. But there’s more to consider than carpet choice. Do you plan to stay in the home for longer than three years? If you’re not sure, weigh the expense of the Realtor fee alone, which typically takes a few years of appreciation before you can break even on selling a house. Second, if you have the ability to wait for a low interest rate, that's great, but if not, don’t sweat their ever-fluctuating tendencies. If you're looking for an indicator for when they are at the lowest, Day suggests to watch for the 10-year Treasury Bond to yield way low since mortgage interest rates closely mimic this indicator.
SELLING IS ADVANTAGEOUS
The national housing market is at its best when we are close to full employment rates in the United States. Right now, we’re in a seller’s market, which means there’s not enough inventory for the number of buyers in the market. This is great news for the seller but can get costly for the buyer, as it usually means multiple competitive offers on the same property. It’s important the buyer get preapproved with a lender before looking, since it is a seller's market, and the seller is going to choose the best offer. And just remember, as you’re trying to edge out other interested buyers, that your monthly house payment should be equal to or lower than 30 percent of your gross monthly income. Don’t let desire overshadow your budget!
REFINANCE WHEN THE RATE IS RIGHT
If you can get into a lower-rate mortgage, refinancing is worth looking into. Day says a good time to refinance your home is when the current interest rates are lower than your mortgage rate, and you can recoup the cost of the refinance in a year to 18 months. (Because no, refinancing is not free, no matter how the ads spin it.) If you’ve decided to refinance your home, this is a good time to pull cash out for renovation, too, or even to get rid of other revolving debt. It’s a good deal for you because the interest rate on your mortgage is almost always lower than other types of debt.
TRICK OUT YOUR CURRENT SPACE
If you know you’re going to be in your home for a while, bite the bullet and do the in-home renovations you know you’ll enjoy. If you plan on selling in a year or two, focus on what the market wants to see so you can maximize your asking price and maintain a short time on the market. Many banks offer Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC) that are great for renovating a property. Watch the market forecast on these, though. Rates could go up another 2.25 percent over the next two or three years. However, even as these rates increase, they are still less than most credit card rates.
AVOIDING THE EXTREME: BANKRUPTCY
“I usually see bankruptcies due to one of the Big Ds: divorce, downsizing, displacement or death,” Day says. All these triggers have the potential to cause people not to be able to make good on their house payments. You can prepare to avoid all of these situations to some extent, such as having six months’ worth of house payments in savings. You might also consider insurance policies that could help buy you some time before having to claim bankruptcy, like disability or life insurance.
DON'T CLOSE YET! MUST-READ TIPS FROM BEDEL FINANCIAL Consider these five oftenignored factors before buying your next home
Does the neighborhood have a homeowners' association? If so, it is important to review the HOA contract before buying. There may be restrictions on items such as putting up a playset or a storage barn, which you would want to be aware of before moving in. It is also very important to ensure the HOA dues fit into your budget. Keep in mind that these fees can increase if improvement projects need to be done.
Whether you are downsizing or upsizing, it is important to get an estimate of expenses from the utility company. Just because you are downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean the utility bills will decrease.
Consider your future needs when moving. Is there a bedroom and bathroom on the main level if you or a loved one have mobility challenges? Will you be able to keep up with landscaping and maintenance?
Talk to your homeowner’s insurance agent to find out if they would recommend any additional policies. These could include flood, sewer backup or earthquake insurance.
Research the area! Visit the neighborhood at different times of the day to get a sense of traffic activity. Don’t be afraid to talk with neighbors. Go online to review crime reports. Buying a home is a large financial transaction, and you don’t want to find out later that the quiet street you visited on a Sunday afternoon is actually incredibly busy during the week.
THE PENCILEDIN BIRTH PLAN By Brooke Reynolds
The term “birth plan” is misleading — of course the miracle of childbirth cannot actually be planned or controlled. So for all practical purposes, a birth plan is more of a “birth preference,” established together by a mom-to-be and her health care team. The intent is to open up the line of communication so Mom feels more comfortable, confident and educated before she gives birth. But don’t hold onto those birth preferences too tightly, now. “Labor is one of the most unpredictable times during a woman’s life,” says Dr. Jessica Martin, a boardcertified OB-GYN at Community Health Network. “In my personal experience, very few birth plans are truly carried out exactly as they are written down.” OK, OK, we’ll wrangle in our crazy pregnancy hormones and loosen the grip on our birth wishes. That aside, there are many reasons why birth plans are helpful leading up to delivery day. For one, it empowers the momto-be. The research that goes into developing a birth plan educates her on what to expect during delivery, even if, in the end, the birth plan cannot be completely followed. Two, it makes delivery more of a team effort. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of having a baby, if requests aren’t specified ahead of time, they can be forgotten. The plan doesn’t have to be in writing, but it’s good to at least pass along preferences verbally prior to delivery so everyone is on the same page.
“The birth plan keeps everyone on track so that if something is important to the mother, we try our best to make sure it happens,” Susan Benson, a board-certified OB-GYN at St. Vincent, says. The entire team, from the obstetrician to the nurses to the pediatrician, review the plan, and it is usually placed on the top of the chart so all are aware of the requests. So where do you begin? Benson suggests starting the birth plan in the early second trimester and adding to it as things come up, addressing any questions or more unusual requests at prenatal visits with the physician. And let your doctor — not the internet — be your guide. Martin and Benson agree that Mom should be able to answer the following types of questions: »» What are you top choices for pain management? Consider natural tactics such as movement and controlled breathing, epidural, local anesthetic or IV pain medication. »» Do you want to be allowed to shower or walk during labor? »» Who should cut the cord at delivery? »» Do you want the baby placed directly on your skin after delivery? »» How soon do you want to breastfeed after delivery? »» What is your desire for type or duration of fetal monitoring? »» What is the partner’s role in the process? »» How should the newborn be cared for once he or she is born? There’s so much to think about surrounding the birth of a baby. Martin had some comforting words. “Rest assured that even if the delivery doesn’t go as planned, months down the road, when your heart is full of love with a new baby at home, the birth process becomes a distant memory.”
NURSE NICETY When you're in the throes of labor, you might not be the most pleasant person to be around. Thank goodness for all those patient, wonderful labor and delivery nurses! Gifts for these angels are trendy right now on Pinterest. Write a sweet note ahead of time, and then toss in a couple of Kit’s favorite thank-you ideas for your team: ▢▢ Gift card to nearby restaurants that deliver ▢▢ Dove chocolates (gotta love those encouraging messages!) ▢▢ Variety of teas and coffee
▢▢ Unscented, beeswax-based hand moisturizer (they wash their hands often) ▢▢ Healthy snacks like homemade granola ▢▢ Chapstick
▢▢ Packs of gum
IN THE BAG Based on preferences, every mama's hospital bag will be a little different. However, here are a few common items that are a must: ▢▢ Slipper socks ▢▢ Flip-flops for showering ▢▢ Blow dryer
▢▢ Hair ties, band or wrap
▢▢ Phone and camera charger ▢▢ Noise-cancelling headphones
▢▢ Tasty, filling snacks
EXPERT ADVICE Q+A
determining your birth plan You only get one chance to birth your baby. Why not make it the best experience it can be? Childbirth plans help guide you through considerations big and small so you feel less intimidated come delivery day. Here, Jill Lancaster, RN, BSN, Manager Lactation & Perinatal Services at St. Vincent Womenâ€™s, explains why a birth plan is an important element to a happy delivery.
To meet and connect with a nurse navigator who can help you design your birth experience or to schedule a Monogram Maternity appointment call: In Indianapolis, Carmel or Fishers, call 317.338.2229 or email MonogramMaternity@stvincent.org In Kokomo, call 765.236.8334 or email Monogram-Maternity@ stvincent.org In Anderson, call 765.646.8288 or email Monogram-Anderson@ stvincent.org MonogramMaternity.com
Why are childbirth plans such a popular option for expecting moms?
Moms today have planned or thought about their birthing experience for years. Reality TV, social media and the internet have made moms more knowledgeable and interested in creating a birth experience they envision as the best fit for their family. Childbirth plans allow moms-to-be to document their desires and then share that vision with their healthcare team. At St. Vincent, we want to partner with our expecting moms to create an individual childbirth plan prior to delivery through our Monogram Maternity Nurse Navigation program.
Why was Monogram Maternity created?
The Monogram Maternity program was designed to create a connector between pregnant moms and the hospital prior to mom being admitted to deliver her baby. It allows the patient and family to obtain services and education specific to their needs. There is no cost to patients for any of our Monogram Maternity program services. This includes our Childbirth Education classes, which are also free.
Why should women sign up for Monogram Maternity?
We want women to sign up for Monogram Maternity so we can create a relationship with them prior to arriving for delivery. We want to be a resource to them throughout their pregnancy. During their private Monogram Maternity appointment, our Nurse Navigators will help guide them to create a birth plan that follows the most evidenced-based options to ensure a safe and healthy delivery for both Mom and Baby.
What is unique about the St. Vincent Monogram Maternity program?
At St. Vincent, our Monogram Maternity program provides moms-to-be with many resources throughout their pregnancy, including our Beautiful Beginnings early pregnancy events, Childbirth and Early Parenting Classes, Hospital Tours and individualized Nurse Navigation appointments to plan for the big day. These services are designed to help the expecting family feel confident and prepared for the exciting journey ahead.
What is the value of Monogram Maternity for experienced parents?
Experienced parents find value in reviewing delivery options with a Nurse Navigator. Many of our experienced parents find that they would have liked something to be slightly different in their previous delivery, such as immediate skin-to-skin with their baby. Some parents also find that the individualized tour is a great way to introduce their older children to the hospital and prepare them for the new baby. If there is a larger age span between children, many of our families find our one-time Childbirth Prep class or Newborn Care class are a great refresher for labor and updates in basic newborn care guidelines.
Does Monogram Maternity offer any resources for family members besides Mom?
We offer not only classes through our Monogram Maternity program designed for the expecting mom, but also for the dad-to-be, grandparents and siblings. Our Daddy Boot Camp class offers expecting fathers an opportunity to learn, ask questions and connect with other dads in a safe guys-only class. Grandparents can learn together about updated newborn care recommendations in the Grandparenting class. Young siblings can learn about their new important role as the big kid in the house through interactive play and stories in the Sibling Prep class.
What advice do you have for newly pregnant women?
Find a healthcare provider you are comfortable with to ensure you are receiving adequate prenatal care early in your pregnancy, attend a Beautiful Beginnings event to connect with a Nurse Navigator and other members of our healthcare team, and talk with your physician and healthcare team about your birth plan wishes.
SUSAN'S NEW CRIB Story by Susan Beckwith | Photos by Chris Whonsetler
My husband, Micah, and I battled infertility for several years. We eventually shared our struggles for a baby, and were overwhelmed with much love and support. Our journey led us to Midwest Fertility. After undergoing less-invasive treatment options, we were told in vitro fertilization would be our best chance of conceiving. We launched a fundraising campaign and, through many generous contributions, raised enough money for one cycle of IVF. Thanks to an army of people praying, we felt very cared for during the rollercoaster of treatment. Our cycle resulted in only one embryo. Micah and I prayed for a miracle, and in early May 2016 we were overjoyed to learn that our cycle was a success. We would be welcoming a baby boy in January 2017. 29
SHIPLAP WALL FEATURE
ACTING ON A LOVE OF LOCAL
After many years of longing, it felt surreal to finally begin making nursery preparations for a little one. To begin, I knew I wanted to start with a neutral palette and build from there. Our first project was the installation of a shiplap feature wall. We used a whitewashed, primed barn wood shiplap from Home Depot. The remaining walls were painted in Alpaca, a light gray by Sherwin-Williams.
Next, we installed drapes from Adkins Draperies and Blinds in Westfield and a new light fixture from Westfield Lighting. I’m passionate about shopping local, and we were dedicated to continuing to make purchases from area businesses. This included our custom glider and ottoman from Décor for Kids in Noblesville.
KEY PIECES CAN DEFINE THE STYLE Our crib was a gift from my parents and is part of the Waverly Collection from Buy Buy Baby. I greatly disliked the matching dresser and
was thrilled to instead find a more unique option as well as a cowhide rug from Blue Butterfly Furnishings & Finds. This boutique recently relocated to downtown Noblesville from Carmel. With the selection of these key pieces, our design aesthetic was transformed from industrial to more rustic.
TEXTURES AND A 'TIME-OUT' To achieve this look, we chose decorative items that weren’t too polished and incorporated a variety of textures — leather, metal, aged wood, burlap and
shearling. As the months of my pregnancy flew by, and my due date quickly approached, I solicited help from Casey Rae Design for many of the finishing details. This included the completion of the gallery wall, creation of our "time-out" teepee and barn-inspired closet doors. Her direction and assistance were invaluable.
We chose Alpaca from SherwinWilliams for the walls.
COWBOY LULLABY From the Johnny Cash throw pillow to the guitar, Brody's room has touches of music all around. I would not be disappointed if he started to pluck those strings! Music is a huge part of the Beckwith household, so naturally we wanted to reflect that in the decor.
PRAYERS FOR BABY There are countless special details and stories behind many of the items in Brodyâ€™s nursery. However, one of my favorite pieces is the prayer above his crib. "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. Love be with me through the night and keep me till the morning light." Till the morning light is right, where I hope each new day is filled with lots of love, wonder and adventure for our sweet miracle baby.
KIT, MEET BRODY Micah Broderick "Brody" Beckwith was born Jan. 17, 2017. He will have lots of textured tummy time on this cow print rug. TEEPEE TRAINING While we don't anticipate Brody will be too mischievous, we're prepared with this time-out spot just in case. (Little boys love to sit quietly on stools, right?)
BARN DETAIL The nursery's wide closet provides lots of room for items that don't need to be front and center. The barninspired doors and personalized banner tie the space together. THE RIGHT LIGHT It's amazing how much the right fixture can transform a space. This modernindustrial, close-toceiling light worked perfectly with our Western vibe.
SHELF LIFE Little cowboy boots, horses and horseshoes on an industrial bookshelf round out the theme. I expect this shelf and its contents will take on a life of its own as Brody gets older.
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Welcome in Spring Story and Photos by Josie Sanders
DIY: FRONT DOOR LOVE The front door area is often the first glimpse of your home guests get. Itâ€™s also one of the least decorated spaces, outside of the winter holidays. Give your door some attention this season. Greet visitors with a fresh spring welcome using a range of blossoms and containers. Hereâ€™s how.
PICK THE BUCKET
GIVE THEM THE BOOTS
Step 1: Fill an old basket or bucket with your favorite spring flowers. Step 2: call yourself a DIY pro.
Why not showcase your rain boots by the door? Just line them with vases full of tall flowers
For long-lasting color, bulbs provide color for the inside of your home this spring and then outside next spring.
Pictured: Garden roses, antique hydrangeas, spray roses. Designed by Rusted Window.
Pictured: Garden Roses, tulips, seed eucalyptus, lilies and waxflower. Designed by Rusted Window.
Pictured: An array of bulb and ivy. Designed by McNamara Florist.
SUNNY UMBRELLAS This one is delightfully simple. Fill an umbrella with your favorite flowers and tie with a ribbon. Pictured: Tulips. Designed by Rusted Window.
Do you want to learn more about floral arranging? Sign up for an upcoming class at Rusted Window in Carmel: » Arranging Basics » Wreath Designing » Succulent Gardens » Mother’s Day Gifts See rustedwindow.com for more details.
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GET READY FOR THE SEASON AHEAD WITH THESE SMART, STYLISH ADDITIONS TO YOUR CLOSET. Styling and text by Erica Sagon Photos by Chris Whonsetler
Give your favorite floral maxi dress a cool refresh by layering on a sleeveless sweater — a chic way to ease a strappy dress into warmer weather without baring too much skin. This long-and-lean tunic silhouette is spot-on, with subtle but outfit-making details: deep side slits and a high-low hem. Everlane open-knit sleeveless sweater, $65 at everlane.com. Floral maxi dress, model’s own. Lucky Brand stretch bracelet, $55; Giani Bernini straw tote, $139.50; both at Macy’s (macys.com). Open-toe booties, model’s own.
Need one more layer on a crisp day? Throw on a casual fatigue jacket (the kind with a drawstring waist and utility pockets) — it’ll mesh with the outfit better than a cardi or denim jacket.
Tuck in the front of a blousy top to give your waist a bit of definition.
MASTER THE EVERYDAY VACAY
When it comes to pants, the new shape for spring is wide and cropped (especially of the denim and linen variety). Break out this outfit on spring break, then wear it again and again all spring and summer for that breezy vibe that reminds you of vacation. Embroidered top, $98 at Madewell (madewell.com). "Two Palms" easy wide leg crop pants, $88 at Tommy Bahama, (tommybahama.com). Lucky Brand floral cuff, $45 at Macy’s (macys.com). Jessica Simpson “Tinnay” sandals, $59.95 at DSW (dsw.com).
You might wear this outfit with flip-flops near the beach, but back on land, try a pair of lace-up sandals with block heels — this little boost is the key detail that lets women of every height pull off wide, cropped pants.
Low ankle booties in a sandy shade of suede can be paired with spring dresses, skirts and jeans, too. let them tide you over when you’re in desperate need of a pedi! Shopping for a new pair? The subtle cutouts on these kicks feel very spring-like.
WEAR WHITE NOW
You have the green light to wear white, right now — that old Memorial Day rule is simply outdated. If you’re not ready to completely jump in, wade in instead with a chunky knit sweater. It's just the right weight for chillier days, and perfect for brightening up your favorite skinny pants in olive, grey or denim from last spring. "Pickford" lace-up pullover, $118 at Tommy Bahama (tommybahama.com). Skinny cargo pants, model’s own. Sugarfix by Baublebar wrap bracelet, $16.99 at Target (target.com). Michael by Michael Kors “Mercer” suede cutout booties, $185 at Macy’s (macys.com).
SAY YES TO THE DRESS
Breathe new life into a pretty dress you already own by adding a few sporty accessories — the key pieces are slip-on sneakers, a fatigue jacket and a baseball cap. Suddenly, that dress you wore only a couple times a year becomes your cute weekend go-to, in a fabulous, dressed-down sort of way. Bar III fatigue jacket, $79.50; Bar III floral-print dress, $79.50; Lucky Brand bracelet, $39; all at Macy’s (macys. com). Mossimo baseball cap, $9.99 at Target (target.com). DV by Dolce Vita slip-on sneakers, $24.99 at Target (target.com).
We love the juxtaposition of sporty and feminine, but if you don’t have any floaty, floral numbers waiting in the wings, a cotton T-shirt dress would look just as cute worn this way.
CLEANSE THE PALETTE
Mixing and matching neutrals — chambray, grey, blush, navy — adds up to a pulledtogether outfit. It’s the clothing equivalent of the “no makeup” makeup look. A pop of color isn’t necessary here because the beauty is in the subtle color palette. Chambray button-down shirt, $29.99 at H&M (hm.com). Blouse, model’s own. Levi 711 skinny jeans, $54.50; INC layered necklace, $29.50; Michael by Michael Kors “Mercer” suede cutout booties, $185; all at Macy’s (macys.com). Everlane “The Petra” leather tote, $325 at everlane.com.
Treat a long chambray shirt like a cardigan — wear it open over a tank and leggings, or layer it over a spring dress. It instantly adds a low-key vibe that still looks pulled together.
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On chilly days, pointytoe flats or ankle boots work well. as the weather warms, switch to neutralheeled sandals. We love this lace-up pair, which are somewhere between peep-toe booties and sandals.
rolled cuffs make these pants a shoein for weekends when paired with a striped Tee and sneakers.
JOIN THE FRAY
Our denim obsession right now is a raw hem with the slightest amount of fray — the perfect foil for a pretty blouse, and also a great match for a slouchy sweatshirt and slip-on sneakers. Vince Camuto blouse, $99; Anne Klein necklace, $46; both at Macy’s (macys.com). Curvy skinny-fit jeans, $69.50 at Loft (loft.com). Jessica Simpson “Tinnay” sandals, $59.95 at DSW (dsw.com).
PINK ABOUT IT
From rosy hues like these pants to the slightest blush shades, pink is everywhere this spring. We promise that there’s a color and piece for everyone — even for you skeptical reader who never, ever wears pink. Go feminine, sporty (check out the slip-on sneakers on page 39) or take your pink look to the office. How cute would this outfit be on a Friday, knowing you’re sneaking away a few minutes early for happy hour? BCBG scarf, $36; Fossil “Piper Toaster” cross-body bag, $138; INC “Kivah” heels, $89.50; all at Macy’s (macys.com). Layered sweater, model’s own. Modern skinny crop jeans, $69.50 at Loft (loft.com).
ABOUT OUR MODEL: Meet Shawna O’Brien: mom of two, lover of high heels and, unbelievably, not a professional model — just a real gal here in Indy! Shawna works in marketing/communications at Classic Cleaners and is an instructor at Jazzercise in Geist. She and her husband, Patrick, have two kids, and together they like bike riding, boating, movies, volunteering, family game night, neighborhood bonfires and being cozy on the couch. For this shoot, we asked Shawna to bring a few favorite spring clothes that she already owns and we peppered those in with new pieces. After all, that’s how most of us get dressed: by mixing the old with the new.
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#1: KEEP MOVING By Vicki Maynard, Executive Director, SarahCare of Indianapolis
HEALTHY HABITS OF AGING Illustrations by Wil Foster
Change can be difficult, especially when it’s unwanted or unexpected. Case in point: As we age, our bodies change and priorities shift. Recognizing these twists and turns in our lives can help us take steps to establish and sustain healthy habits, which are important for all women. Sometimes, we need to reevaluate our diets, exercise routines and environments. The following articles address healthy aging and the importance of nourishment, physical activity and clutter-free environments.
When I was in my 30s, I couldn’t get enough of exercise. I was teaching step aerobics twice a week and running 4-6 miles three times a week. Most Saturdays, I would run 10 miles for fun! I started to slow down in my 40s. Work hours became longer as responsibilities grew. I stopped teaching step aerobics but I remained active. I walked the Indy Mini-Marathon twice, remembering that only a few years earlier I was running across the finish line. The medals hang on a bulletin board at home that tracks family memories, but those medals have different stories behind them. And then the 50s hit. I took on my current position as the executive director of an adult care center, and my routine 10-minute drive to work turned into an hour-long trek over congested roads. I lost two hours a day to the commute, and I became less active — time to reset. I joined a gym and participated in a “Biggest Loser” contest, and I went back to basics. Exercise consisted of weight training and aerobic exercise on a somewhat regular schedule. Now I’m in my early — very early, thank you — 60s and find it harder than ever to work out. On the bright side, I have two grandchildren who I am devoted to spending time with at every opportunity. But I still have the two-hour commute and find Netflix calling my name more often than I’d like to admit in the evenings. Last fall, I decided to reboot my exercise routine and joined my local YMCA. I try to walk four times a week. My knees hurt a bit, but I’m determined to regain the ability to cover long distances. Running half marathons might not be on the horizon, but brisk walks remain invigorating. Over the past 30 years, my exercise routine varied. Each time I got in shape and just knew I would stay that way, I soon realized there is no end; it’s a continuous journey. As we age, and our bodies, commitments and priorities change, we must make adjustments in our exercise choices. I see this pattern play out every day at work as we help people, some who are slowing down and others who have never worked out, make sure exercise is a part of their journey. (Read on for ways to keep movement part of your healthyaging routine.) 43
HERE ARE THREE EASY WAYS TO LOOK AT YOUR FITNESS JOURNEY:
Exercise is not a means to an end. It’s continuous, and it’s OK to make changes to your routine.
#2: NIX THE CLUTTER By Kate Kunk, CICOA
Years ago, I was invited to the home of a brilliant scientist, a retired professor in her 90s who claimed that she had never thrown out a daily newspaper in her entire adult life. Imagine my intrigue when entering her enormous eighth-story apartment to be ushered (in single file) through a high, narrow maze of thousands of editions of The New York Times! While I certainly enjoyed the visit, I spent much of my time worrying about the glaring threats to her well-being — not the least of which were fire, falling and poor air quality.
#3: EAT YOUR COLORS By Tiffany Cox, CICOA
When it comes to healthy dietary habits, consider adding good things, not taking away bad things. When choosing fruits and vegetables, think color — green, orange, red, purple and even white. These colors in fruits and vegetables provide an array of vitamins and phytochemicals, which are naturally occurring plant compounds in fruits and vegetables that may have health-promoting abilities.
Seek out a friend or a personal trainer. Find someone who shares your passion and will encourage you and hold you accountable.
There’s a marquee near my house that says, “Yesterday was when you said tomorrow.” We all have to start our fitness adventure somewhere.
Don’t feel guilty when you have to restart or adjust your exercise routine. Change is another adventure.
Oh, by the way, I did leave out one important fact. I won that “Biggest Loser” contest!
cleaning includes — along with other “detailing” tasks — annually removing every window from her house for a serious scrub and polish. She does this all by herself, and the rest of us are left to wonder how in the world she does it (and for goodness’ sake, why).
emotionally and financially devastating. Falling is the leading cause of injuryrelated death in people over 65, yet most falls are preventable. Often they occur as a result of inattention to fall hazards, including clutter.
Both scenarios are extreme, but the reality is that maintaining a cleaner, dust-controlled, uncluttered living space accomplishes much more than satisfying a personal desire for cleanliness or the pride of hard work.
In stark contrast, I have a friend whose idea of spring
Consider, for example, that the risk for falling increases with age and that injury due to a fall can be physically,
»» Dark orange and dark green leafy vegetables are a good source of the phytochemical beta carotene. This nutrient is important for vision and immune function. Some sources include sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash, spinach, kale and other dark green vegetables.
»» Another family of vegetables called cruciferous vegetables have been shown to have anticancer properties. Include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale to get these super phytochemicals.
»» The major phytochemical in the blue category is anthcyanidins. These super antioxidants have been linked to improved blood vessel health and can be found in many types of berries, plums and red onions.
»» Your mom always told you to eat carrots, and she was right. Zeaxanthin is a carotenoid found in carrots with antioxidant power to keep your eyes healthy. Also good for your sight are green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and collard greens, which may help prevent macular degeneration.
See you on the walking trail!
If fall prevention isn’t enough to inspire sorting, cleaning, giving away, recycling and throwing out, maybe this will help. Studies show that a fresher, well-organized space can make people of all ages better able to focus and less likely to feel depressed or anxious. The absence of falls, improved concentration, a better outlook ... spring cleaning is a tried-and-true recipe for healthy aging!
»» Red fruits and vegetables contain lycopene and help to reduce the risk for many cancers, especially prostate cancer. Add more raw and cooked tomatoes, watermelon and red peppers to your diet. These are great for heart health. For the most health benefits, consume a wide variety of fruits and vegetables of different colors each day. For more information on fruits and vegetables, and daily nutrition tips, go to our sources: the Purdue Extension site (extension.org) and toeatright. org.
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Q: What advice do you give to the
children of elderly parents, who seek your counsel?
A: First, I advise them to get the Marti Starkey is an Equity Partner at the full service law firm of Harrison & Moberly, LLP, where she is Chair of the Trust & Estate Practice Group. Her practice has exemplified the highest standards in excellent legal service in an atmosphere of care and concern for each client.
Q: What is the nature of your practice?
A: My area of concentration is Trusts & Estates.
Q: How long have you been practicing law?
A: This will be my 36th year of private law practice.
Q: Do you work with only the elderly? A: No, I work with clients of all ages, but I consistently work with elderly clients in planning for end-oflife issues and how they wish to distribute their assets at death.
parents to a good Trust & Estate attorney to discuss their estate planning, how they hold their assets, and the beneficiaries they list on their life insurance and retirement benefits. Every person, young or old, can benefit from one hour with a good Trust & Estate attorney. It is an old adage, but the two things in life that are certain are death and taxes. A Trust & Estate attorney can give sage advice concerning both of these inevitabilities.
Q: What is of utmost importance to your elderly clients?
A: My answer to this question is not a legal one. The words of my pastor come back to me. All people, but especially the elderly, need three things: 1.) SOMETHING TO DO; 2.) SOMEONE TO LOVE; 3.) SOMETHING TO HOPE FOR. I found in my work that this is very true.
Q: Do you enjoy working with the
Q: What do you consider to be the
A: Yes, I very much enjoy my clients
A: I have read and heard that the
who have lived many years. I find that the elderly possess a wisdom that is only possible through the process of living a full and long life.
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clients, especially those who have lived many years. I am actually not sure if there is more appreciation from them or if they are just at a point in their lives where they understand the importance of expressing gratitude. What I started as just a small way to acknowledge my clients has turned into a true source of joy for me. I have also seen this to be true in caring for my own mother. Although the youthfulness in her spirit belies her actual age, my mom is experiencing the challenges that advanced age brings. One of the things that I have heard her say is of utmost importance to her is the fact that my sister and I call her every day. This shows me that those times of sharing words of affirmation and encouragement mean more than anything else. There are many organizations that are available and can help to combat the effects of loneliness that come from age, but I want to mention one that is doing a great job. It is Senior Home Companions. It can be used to provide one small service or many. Of course, there are many legal issues that the elderly face, and my recommendation is that a good and honest Trust & Estate attorney is well worth the cost of the investment to help them.
greatest challenge for the elderly?
greatest challenge for the elderly is loneliness. In my practice, this premise has rung true. I have a tradition of sending a birthday card and small gift to each client on their birthday. It has been remarkable what this small token of acknowledgement has meant to my
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CLEAN SLATE Story by Lindahl Chase | Interior home design by Rachel Rae Hadley
Nothing beats the first hints of spring in Indiana. Birds singing, trees starting to bloom, going outside without wearing anything made of down. It’s enough to motivate anyone to … clean? That’s right. Spring cleaning is here, and whether that fills you with excitement or dread, you won’t regret having a spotless, clutter-free home. Consider this. Psychologists say that people who take charge of cleaning and organizing often take charge of their general health, too — especially their weight and exercise. So roll up your sleeves, open the windows and doors to let in fresh air, and turn up the tunes (oldies are always a great choice). Our tips and 30-day challenge will recharge you and your space.
CLEANING PREP Don’t become overwhelmed with where to start before you even lift a finger. First, clear items from the floor and countertops. Get out all of your cleaning supplies and put them in one location. Make this a family affair! It’s important to teach kids — and other adults in your home — how to clean. (Keep in mind, some products may not be suitable for young children.) Here are some supplies you can have ready for them: ▢▢ Rubber gloves ▢▢ Soft towels, paper towels or
▢▢ Gentle cleaners (Tip: Put kid-
Kit contributor Rachel Rae Hadley opened up her Noblesville home to inspire our readers. We love her comfortable, uncluttered style — and she swears it doesn't take an expert.
friendly solutions in a specific color bottle)
▢▢ Scrub brushes
▢▢ A caddy for each person to carry
around the house
PURGE, BABY, PURGE Don't waste time cleaning items you really should just toss. Declutter your house before you get into the hard-core scrubbing.
Be Prepared to Pitch As you go to reorganize dresser drawers or closets, set up four boxes or bags and label them accordingly: »» Keep »» Sell »» Donate »» Toss
Ask Yourself These Questions »» »» »» »»
Have I used this in the last year? Am I keeping this out of obligation? Do I have multiples of the same things? Is it worth fixing/cleaning/storing?
8 Items to Throw Away »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»
Old makeup Clothing you haven’t worn in the past year Expired spices and condiments Old pet toys Old children’s toys Holiday decorations you no longer use Expired medicine Freezer-burned food
30-DAY CLEANING CHALLENGE
If you can’t find one weekend to tackle all of your spring cleaning, try a 30-day cleaning challenge to spread the tasks out over the course of a month — try one room per weekend. Here’s a room-by-room breakdown as a guide:
▢▢ Dust light fixtures
and clean cabinets by washing the face and polishing hardware. ▢▢ Wipe down all appliances: microwave, oven, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, etc. ▢▢ Clean the inside of the oven. ▢▢ Empty refrigerator, wipe down shelves, and pitch expired products. ▢▢ Reorganize pantry, pitch expired products, and recycle mismatched containers. ▢▢ Wash doors and baseboards, and sweep/mop floors.
LIVING & DINING ROOMS ▢▢ Dust furniture,
light fixtures, lamp shades, window blinds and electronics. ▢▢ Professionally clean and rotate area rugs, shampoo carpets. ▢▢ Wipe down or wash vents and ceiling fan blades. ▢▢ Launder throw pillows and blankets, sofa covers, and curtains. ▢▢ Wash doors and baseboards, and sweep/mop or vacuum floors.
light fixtures, lamp shades, window blinds and electronics. ▢▢ Wipe down or wash vents and ceiling fan blades. ▢▢ Launder bedding, and rotate/flip mattresses. ▢▢ Wash doors and baseboards, and sweep/mop or vacuum floors. ▢▢ Reorganize dresser drawers. ▢▢ Reorganize closets.
from cabinets and discard unused/ expired products. ▢▢ Clean tubs and showers. ▢▢ Clean sinks, drains and toilets. ▢▢ Clean mirrors and countertops, and launder bath mats/ towels. ▢▢ Wipe down or wash vents. ▢▢ Wash doors and baseboards, and sweep/mop floors.
▢▢ Dust furniture,
▢▢ Remove all items
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MISCELLANEOUS ▢▢ Clean office/den
▢▢ Reorganize linen
▢▢ Reorganize and
declutter storage spaces ▢▢ Service AC system and replace furnace filters ▢▢ Check basement and crawl spaces for wet areas and pests ▢▢ Examine washing machine hoses and connections for cracks or leaks, clean dryer exhaust vent ▢▢ Check fire extinguishers and batteries in smoke/ carbon monoxide detectors
CLEANING TIPS FROM THE PROS The professionals at Classic Cleaners share their secrets for maintaining six common household items.
1 | CURTAINS & DRAPES
Clean heavy drapes each week with the upholstery brush on your vacuum. Shake out your delicate window treatments before you vacuum floors. Always check the care label before laundering at home and if in doubt on how to wash, Classic Cleaners will safely clean them to keep them in like new condition.
2 | SHEETS
Sheets should be laundered once a week and every two weeks at a minimum. You shed skin, oil and sweat when you sleep and dust mites have a field day feeding on your sheets. Regularly laundering your sheets will prevent or lower allergy symptoms. For a clean, crisp wash and press like what you experience in a luxury hotel, bring them to Classic Cleaners.
3 | BEDDING
Wash the duvet cover every week if you have pets that lounge on your bed, or if you sleep with just the comforter and no flat sheet. Wash monthly if you sleep with a sheet between you and the duvet cover, and once a season if you use a flat sheet, a blanket and then the duvet cover. If you’re concerned about your washer’s capacity for large bedding, a professional, like Classic Cleaners, can effectively wash your bedding in large washers designed specifically for large bedding.
4 | PILLOWS
Washing down or polyester pillows at home monthly could substantially cut down the dust mites and allergens. At a minimum, launder every six months on the gentle cycle then select the extra spin cycle to remove excess water. Tumble dry low, fluffing the pillows every so often. To revive your down pillows, Classic Cleaners’ down pillow rejuvenation service will bring them back to life and substantially cut down on allergens.
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Launder bath towels every 3-5 uses. Each time you dry off you scrape off dead skin cells that collect in the fibers of your towel. Be sure the towel dries completely after use to ward off mold and mildew. If time is valuable to you, Classic Cleaner’s “wash, dry, fold service” includes household items such as towels and we’re in your neighborhood twice a week with free pick up and delivery.
6 | AREA RUGS
Vacuum area rugs every week and rotate them every 6 months. Entrust a professional, like Classic Cleaners, to clean your large area rugs. Do NOT wet clean them yourself with the harsh chemicals that are sold for wall-to-wall carpeted rooms. Area rug fibers are more delicate, colors can bleed and the excess moisture can ruin the floors underneath the rug. If the area rug is in the bathroom and has a non-rubber backing, launder it weekly in warm or hot water and hang dry over the shower or outside on a line. Only dry the rug in the dryer if it has a non-rubber backing.
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change. ge. BY COURTNEY LEACH PHOTOS BY CHRIS WHONSETLER
Every 365 days, as dawn breaks on New Year’s Day, thousands step out of their beds with lofty resolutions and the best of intentions to lose weight. The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 36.5 percent of Americans are considered obese (BMI of 30 or higher). Research also suggests only a small percentage of the people who set their sights on a healthier lifestyle achieve their resolution.
These two women have lost a total of 241 pounds. Read about their inspiring journeys and then run over to kitindy.com to watch their stories unfold.
We live in a world of convenience, distraction and instant gratification. These factors don’t always facilitate long-term change or improvement. Unless a person harbors something greater. Something stronger. Something rooted in determination and watered by faith.
TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 120 POUNDS
As was the case for Mary DeArmond and Mary Jo Eppink. With a combined 241 pounds lost between them, their stories are a testament to the power of fierce ambition in the hands and heart of a tenacious soul. Here, they share their weight loss journeys — the sparks for change, the ups, and the downs. While their paths were punctuated by somewhat different events, each woman’s motivation mirrors the other’s. Perhaps you’ll see yourself in their stories, perhaps not. Either way, they’ll give you hope.
WAS YOUR WEIGHT ALWAYS AN ISSUE?
I always struggled with my weight growing up. My family was heavy, and I was, too. I lost some weight in middle school, but then gained it right back.
HOW DID THIS FERTILITY SETBACK AFFECT YOUR WEIGHT-LOSS JOURNEY?
It was for the best, really. We decided to adopt. Now I know there was a reason we were being asked to lose this weight. We’ve had our three little boys home for five weeks now, and I am 100 percent confident I’m a better mother because I am healthier. Now I know what was really in my mind was to be better no matter how our children came to us. I’ve lost an additional 10 pounds since deciding this would be our path.
A WEIGHT-LOSS GOAL OF 125 POUNDS IS DAUNTING. HOW DID YOU AVOID FEELING OVERWHELMED?
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF AT THAT TIME?
I was tired, almost lethargic. I didn’t like to do as much with friends and family because I just didn’t have the energy and I was less motivated in general. ... I didn’t think very highly of myself.
WHAT WAS THE TURNING POINT?
It actually came in two phases. The first was when my husband and I were thinking of starting a family. For months I went up and down, but overall I lost 60 pounds, half the weight toward my overall goal. After a couple years of trying to get pregnant and an unsuccessful round of in vitro, our fertility doctor said the last thing we could try was significant weight loss. That was when the second round started. It was a last-ditch effort to have biological children. We saw a physician specializing in nonsurgical weight loss and opted for a low-carb, lowcalorie diet. ... The motivation was totally different. It was in my mind, if I don’t lose this weight I’m not going to have a family, which wasn’t true. Within 9-10 months, I lost 65 pounds. Nothing had changed, and we decided not to pursue other fertility options.
I started with Weight Watchers. It made me more mindful about what I was eating. Then I started tracking calories with the Lose It! app. I vividly remember telling myself this was going to take a long time. I knew I needed to lose a significant amount of weight. I knew there were going to be days I didn’t eat well and days I didn’t exercise. And that had to be OK. This was about what I wanted long term.
HOW DID GOALS PLAY A ROLE?
Now I exercise five days a week, but I started with two, then three, then four. Now I drink 100 ounces of water a day, but I started at 50, then 64, then 75. In the past, I would set a goal that was too big, do it for a few weeks and then burn out. Once I got comfortable with small goals, I increased them to bigger ones, and now it’s my lifestyle.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST HURDLE?
The diet was the hardest part. ... Food is such a social thing; it’s awkward to be the one not having the margarita or brownie. It makes you vulnerable and everyone asks about it. Part of the reason I lost the second half of the weight faster was because I was honest and told people we were having trouble conceiving. It got the point across fast. I think, by default, when you say you want to be healthy it makes others feel guilty about their own decisions. I get it.
Mary’s weapons of choice.
LOOKING BACK, WHAT WAS THE LOW POINT? THE HIGH POINT?
They’re actually the same. During that second phase of weight loss, we put so much pressure on ourselves. If I ate poorly, it was like, Oh, you must not want a family. But also, now, knowing God was using that time for us to get healthy because He knew we were going to have three active little boys, makes it a high point. He had bigger plans.
WHAT’S YOUR GOAL NOW?
To be healthy. It used to be a certain number on the scale, but now it’s about feeling strong. I can tell when I’ve done harder workouts and when I haven’t. I feel fit when I pick up my boys, and that’s the best motivation. I want to teach them that we need to treat our bodies well to get our heart to pump every day. I’m still trying to get my self image to catch up with the changes because, after being overweight for so long, it takes time for the mental to catch up with the physical. People ask privately about my weight loss. I take a lot out of that because they’re seeing me as a resource. I can’t help if I’m not healthy. They’re trusting me with their stories, so I need to covet that. I get fulfillment out of cheering them on, through the lows and the highs.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU GIVE PEOPLE STARTING THEIR OWN JOURNEY?
Take it one goal, one day at a time. We all know fit people drink plenty of water, work out five days a week and get eight hours of sleep. That’s great, but you don’t have to do it all at once. Also, give yourself grace. It’s really easy when you have a bad day, meal, weekend, to give up. We deserve way more grace than we give ourselves. Know it’s going to be a journey. Just get bacK on the wagon. It’s all about what you do after that bad meal, week, month. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. It’s a commitment to ourselves and our health, not just to weight loss. The number on the scale does matter, but it’s not everything. It has to be about something more. Make it bigger than fitting into a dress.
WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION NOW?
Even though they were years off, it’s always been for my kids and my husband. It’s never been about thinking I’m more attractive or having others like me more. It’s not sustainable to live for people’s compliments. Doing it for my family carries me.
Mary on her wedding day, before her weight loss journey began.
MARY JO EPPINK, age 53 TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 121 POUNDS
HAVE YOU ALWAYS STRUGGLED WITH YOUR WEIGHT?
It was gradual. I was very thin all through college and high school. Once I got married, I’d yo-yo, and I was always obsessed with dieting. When we adopted our son Joey, the weight just started piling on. You know, you eat their scraps, you have kid-type food in the house. For 10 years I was very heavy. I had a lot of inflammation and pain in my joints and tendons. I wanted to exercise and move, but it hurt. I’d console with food, but like so many, I was overfed and undernourished. I was eating the wrong things. ... Eventually, I was diagnosed with palindromic rheumatism. Every day a different joint or tendon would swell. They were inflamed and hot to the touch. I was miserable.
WHAT WAS THE TURNING POINT?
Six years ago, my husband John had a heart attack right in front of us. We were at my son Joey’s racing event and John looked at him and said, “I think I’m going to pass out,” and then he just dropped. The EMS was there within 30 seconds, but he was gone. He was 45. It was an unbelievable day, week, year. Having children changes your perspective on everything. My son was only 12 at the time. One day, Joey looked up at me and asked, “What happens to me if something happens to you, Mom?” And I said, “It’s not gonna happen, buddy.” I weighed out all the options and decided on gastric bypass. ... The doctor, David Diaz of St. Vincent Bariatric Center of Excellence, said he’d move heaven and earth to make it happen for me. I celebrated my five-year anniversary in July.
WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS DURING THE YEAR FOLLOWING THE SURGERY?
Having surgery at such a difficult time in my life ended up working well. It was the worst time in my life, but also the best time for such a big change because I was numb. I went through the motions like a little robot. I just followed orders and I don’t remember some of the early parts at all. I never missed an appointment, I journaled, I weighed out my food. The system just worked. Joey gave me purpose to get out of bed every day. I’d wake up and run to the scale, and see consistent loss. It was so motivating. At the end of that first year, I’d lost 116 pounds.
HOW DID YOU FEEL?
The pain started going away. I felt so free. I remember I used to tell people I felt trapped in a body that was failing me, but through diet and healthy habits, I realized that I’d had it all wrong. My body hadn’t been failing me, I had been failing my body. It was an Aha! moment.
Mary Jo right after her turning point.
HOW DID EXERCISE PLAY A ROLE?
As the weight came off, my energy level got higher, and I hurt less. I joined St. Vincent’s physical activity study, I wore a pedometer and started tracking my steps and movements. I remember thinking, I can move! After one year, I got a trainer. I had a freaking trainer! In the past, I had so many gym memberships, and they lasted a week. Now, almost four years later, I still have the same trainer and I never miss. ... We do weight training and resistance training, and then I do aerobics on my own. I love the elliptical, too. That’s my comfort zone.
HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED TO MAINTAIN YOUR SUCCESS?
I have a bucket list now and there are 20 things on it. It’s funny, but most of those things involve movement. I hope in the next 10 years I can retire and start checking them off — hike the Grand Canyon, run the Indy Mini. When I go on vacation, all I can think about is walking and biking. I don’t want to be a beached whale. I want to move because I can.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHANGES YOU’VE MADE TO YOUR DIET?
Another thing that motivates me is education. I see myself like a big block of ice. The surgery and the first year were like hacking off the big pieces and now we’re fine-tuning and working out the details. I’m learning what foods and supplements and movements make my body hum. I keep wanting to learn more.
When people ask how I’m eating differently, other than quantity, I tell them the quality has gone up. I eat closer to the ground. Everything is fresh and raw and clean and organic and not processed. The sooner you can yank it from the ground and eat it, the better it is for you. Because of the procedure, I can’t eat a lot, so the things I do eat have to be nutritional powerhouses.
WHAT ARE SOME TRICKS TO BEING A HEALTHY MOM?
Through Joey’s formative years, 12-18, he has seen a real change in the way we eat and exercise. We haven’t had soda or fast food in five years. Sure, there are probably healthy choices at those places, but we just don’t need to go there. Joey has a really broad palate. He eats a lot of foods most kids turn up their noses at. I’m a self-proclaimed foodie and I love revamping recipes. I’ll substitute yogurt for sour cream, applesauce for sugar. You can still make it taste good.
Mary Jo maintains her weight with an active and healthy lifestyle.
WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE STARTING THEIR OWN JOURNEY?
A lot of people look at bariatric surgery as an easy way out, but I’m here to tell you, there’s nothing easy about it. If you’re up to the challenge and other options haven’t worked, it’s a wonderful tool. Go to an orientation and see if it’s for you. Get a plan and follow it.
DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL MANTRA?
Throughout my weight loss journey the word “hope” was very special to me. I think hope motivated me more than anything. The hope of feeling better, the hope of getting the weight completely off and the hope of what life would be like after. The hope of getting my life back in order. I just love that word. Someone once told me hope was a word of inaction, and I looked at him, and said, “I have to respectfully disagree. Hope got me through many difficult times. And I’m very grateful.”
Pictured with Jacob is his girlfriend Laura. Laura is an HNT health educator and how/why Jacob decided to try the program.
A SMILE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS Have you heard the saying flip that frown upside down? Well Jacob has flipped his life upside down. He has always had a ready smile, only now his smile is getting bigger, while the rest of his body is getting smaller. Jacob lost 100lbs in the first 20 weeks (foundation classes) while participating in Health and Nutrition Technology (HNT). He firmly believes anyone can do it with HNT’s assistance and meal planning tools.
Easiest thing I have ever “ done to complete the hardest task I have ever had to do which is to lose weight.
Jacob is modeling what he hopes will flip things around for many who look for similar results in various areas of life. It often starts with a flip in belief that you can do it! His smile says a thousand words. Visit HNT-Indiana’s Facebook post where Jacob shares his thoughts: https://www.facebook.com/HNTIndiana/
I was successful because I did “ what the program told me to do.” Health & Nutrition Technology (HNT) is a medically supervised behavior modification program. Since 2002 respected endocrinologist Dr. Dawn Ayers and experienced registered dietitian Sheila Henson have offered a reliable, effective skill building approach to improved health. Providing sound nutrition, training & support maintained for years. Allow us to help you change your life…so you can live it!
WEIGHT LOSS: BEYOND THE QUICK FIX
Maybe, just maybe, Americans are finally figuring it out: How to lose weight and keep it off. We’re tiring of fads. They’ve let us down. We’ve been snookered one too many times, duped by one too many quick-fix schemes that didn’t fix a thing. In the past few years, more and more Americans are discovering what really works: Simply eating healthy. The result? The diet industry is suffering, with revenues down sharply. (See box below.) And that’s great news! Why? Because weight loss doesn’t come in a box, or a point system, or a shake, or pills. Lasting weight loss only comes from… wait for it, wait for it… eating well.
Rules to Live Healthy By: What does that mean: eating well? While no single diet works for everyone, there are at least three rules you can take to the bank: RULE 1: EAT REAL FOOD. That means no processed foods. If it comes in a box, bag, can, jar, or bottle, it’s probably not real food. If it contains ingredients you can’t pronounce, don’t try. It’s not food. If it looks like it once walked, flew, swam, or grew out of the ground, then chances are pretty good it’s real food.
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RULE 2: MINIMIZE SUGARS, especially added sugars. Why? Because dietary fat doesn’t make you fat. Dietary carbs do. Doctors learn that in med school, year one. Then apparently forget.
RULE 3: PLAN. BE INTENTIONAL. Don’t eat mindlessly. Plan meals in advance. If you wait until you’re hungry to decide what to eat, you’ll eat what’s convenient. And what’s convenient is rarely healthy.
Stumbling Blocks: Okay, so you do all this and it doesn’t work. What next? Next you recognize that a number of stumbling blocks can sabotage even the healthiest of diets. Many of these are hormonal. Hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, cortisol dysregulation, and menopausal sex hormone fluctuations can derail even the most intentional and strictly implemented healthy diet. Other factors can sabotage the process, too. Factors like: » Chronic insomnia » Nutrient deficiencies like vanadium, chromium, and alpha-lipoic acid. » A sedentary lifestyle » Toxins — The body protects itself by storing these in fat. So, if you’ve been following the three rules noted above for several months and aren’t making progress, consider scheduling a Functional Medicine consultation to see what your particular stumbling blocks might be.
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BAD NEWS FOR THEM, GOOD NEWS FOR OUR HEALTH From 2009-2014: » Weight Watchers dinner sales fell 17% Fortune.com , May 22, 2015
» Healthy Choice meal sales declined 11% Fortune.com , May 22, 2015
» Lean Cuisine sales dropped 20% from 2013-2014 Advertising Age, June 26, 2015
DID YOU KNOW? While weight gain typically happens when daily carb intake exceeds 100 grams, the average American consumes more that 250 grams.
Want to Learn More? READING RECOMMENDATION: Why We Get Fat, by Gary Taubes, M.D. VIDEO RECOMMENDATIONS: Videos like Sugar Coated and Fed Up are a great place to start. Stephen P. Elliott M.D. practices Functional and Integrative Medicine at Living With Intention, Inc. For more information call 317-863-5888 or visit us at www.livingwithintention.biz and www.lwimedtherm.com.
SQUARE ROOTS H HOME
Story by Lindahl Chase | Photos by Chris Whonsetler
hether you have a green thumb or struggle to keep houseplants alive, harvesting delicious food from your own square-foot garden is within your reach. The square-foot gardening concept makes it easy to water, weed and access your crops. All you need is a little planning and an appetite. Commercial photographer and frequent Kit contributor Chris Whonsetler of Fishers grew up with a gardening father. “Watching him provide food for our family was something I didn’t think a lot about at the time, but it resonates with me now, especially since we have grocery bills!” Whonsetler says.
When his best friend shared bounty from his own garden during their annual “Thankmas” dinner, Whonsetler got the motivation he needed. This upcoming summer will be his third full season growing tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, habaneros, spinach, radishes, sugar snap peas, green beans, basil, rosemary and more in his 50-squarefoot garden (with the help of his wife Stephanie and their rescue dog Lilly). While Whonsetler still considers himself still a beginner, his passion for gardening and the lessons he’s learned along the way can help you get growing. 57
PLANT WHAT YOU EAT Don’t overthink it and grow what you like to eat. In the beginning, Whonsetler focused on ingredients for homemade pizza, but now he experiments more. “I love growing heirloom Green Zebra tomatoes and hot peppers like habaneros. I even grew ghost peppers last season. I’ll try anything at least once,” he says. Every seed should have detailed planting instructions, so making a calendar is smart. You can to plant during multiple growing seasons (plant a spring crop, summer crop and fall crop), or keep it simple and stick to one season. “Things like sugar snap peas do well in the spring and hold up in light frosts, but die off when it gets too hot. Tomatoes and peppers, on the other hand, really love the heat,” Whonsetler says. “Research or just do it and learn from your mistakes. I tend to split the difference.”
START HERE Find a sunny spot in your yard that will accommodate whatever size bed you want to plant. Your raised bed should be at least 6 inches tall, divided into multiple 1-square-foot sections. For construction how-tos, check out a tutorial online or purchase a simple kit at your hardware store. Some beds are built to include solid bases so that the entire bed can be moved to find the sun if needed. Whether you need to make your own soil mix will depend on your yard. Whonsetler recommends following the instructions in Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew.
Consider how tall a plant will grow, so you don’t block sunlight from smaller plants like spinach, radishes and basil. If one plant needs nitrogen for growth and another deposits it, plant them side by side. “It’s why farmers rotate between soybeans and corn here in Indiana,” Whonsetler explains. Follow Chris on Instagram at @sqftgrdn Recommended Read: Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
Photographer Chris Whonsetler tends to his plants, under the watchful eye of dog Lilly, as a way to relax. Seeing backyard gardening through his artful lens makes all that dirty work so beautiful.
PRUNE WATCH IT PRUDENTLY GROW How much do you need to prune? It depends. Some plant varieties are determinate, meaning they are compact and only grow so high. For these predictable plants, pruning can prohibit growth. Indeterminate plants, on the other hand, will never stop growing and will need more pruning attention. Look at the main stalk of the plant and observe how branches are growing off to the sides. When there are extra limbs growing in the crook between the main stalk and the branches, consider pruning. “Cutting those off will send more energy to the primary section to make it taller, and more energy to the existing fruit, making it larger,” Whonsetler advises.
As the saying goes, you get out what you put in. Whonsetler finds it relaxing to pour himself a cup of coffee and head out to the garden in the morning with a water jug, pail for weeds and camera. He can spend anywhere from one to eight hours a week working in the garden. “I love watching things grow and eating something that I was 100 percent responsible for," Whonsetler says. "Indiana gardening has an awesome community on social media. I love posting what I'm growing and watching other gardeners post their progress as well.”
Photos and recipes by Katherine Costello | Food Styling by Kaylynn Nickander
THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY
I can’t say “brunch” without smiling because brunch is synonymous with fun. A few items are essential, in my book. Start with a truly fine coffee and then something more spirited. I prefer prosecco, either by itself or with a flavorful simple syrup — try elderberry. Then on to the cooking.
SALMON WITH ACCOUTREMENTS
Many brunch items require last-minute work, but I want to enjoy the experience with my peeps rather than stand over a stove. While discussing this dilemma with my son, he suggested gravlax. I thought, “Sounds great, dude, but you’re a chef, and I want my readers to be able to do this.” He read my mind, explaining that it really was simple and just needed a bit of planning. I tried it, was pleased with its simplicity and loved the finished product. In fact, this entire menu proves you can lay out a flavorful, special spread that — best of all — you will be able to enjoy with your guests. 61
SAVORY DILL BISCUITS
RHUBARB SCONES & BUTTER CURLS
SALMON, ALL DOLLED UP TO SERVE
INCREDIBLE, EDIBLE ROULADE
Biscuits & Scones
The recipes for biscuits (below) and scones (page 64) are one base recipe with two main ingredients: self-rising flour and heavy cream. Customize by mixing in a few add-ins of your choice. Just a few things to keep in mind: 1.) Do not over mix and 2.) keep the ingredients cold, working quickly prior to putting these in the oven. Both recipes can be rolled out in between parchment to keep from making a mess. Be sure to place cut biscuits or scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Cured Salmon (i.e., Gravlax)
You will need parchment paper and two sheet pans that will fit in your refrigerator for this recipe. Also, track down some items to weigh down the fish in the fridge. Canned goods or two gallons of milk would do the trick, or go with my choice: a giant geode. PREPARE 2-4 DAYS PRIOR TO SERVING, SERVES 6-8
1.5 pounds fresh salmon 1 cup salt 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons smoked salt 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill 1 teaspoon white pepper Thinly sliced red onion, lemon wedges, capers, chopped hardboiled egg and sour cream, to serve
1| Mix the flour, sugar and dill in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the heavy cream and sour cream; put in the freezer for about 15 minutes to freeze up the fats.
1| Place the salmon skin side down on a sheet pan lined with parchment. Mix the dry ingredients together and pour this over the salmon; cover the salmon completely with the dry mixture and then cover the fish with plastic wrap. Place the second pan on top, and place in the refrigerator. Add weights on top and chill for 2-4 days.
2 cups self-rising flour 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill (reserve a few sprigs for garnish) 1 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons sour cream
2| Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add the cream mixture to the flour and blend until just moistened. Working quickly, with a bit of flour on the parchment, roll the dough or press it in between two sheets of parchment until it is about 1/2 -inch thick. Since these biscuits are for the salmon, you want them to be thinner than a traditional biscuit. Cut out about 8 biscuits with a 2-inch cookie or biscuit cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake until they are just golden around the edges but cooked in the center (about 12 minutes). Remove and place on a rack to cool. To garnish, place a dill sprig on each biscuit.
2| Brush off the salt mixture, rinse and pat dry before serving. Garnish with fresh dill. Slice very thinly to serve or allow your guests to slice their own. Serve with the accoutrements.
Prepare a 13-by-17-inch parchment-lined sheet pan with nonstick spray. 10 eggs, separated 1 large chard leaf, or your preferred greens Salt and pepper, to taste 4 ounces goat cheese crumbles 2 cups chopped kale 1| Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2| In a large bowl using a Kitchenaid or electric mixer, beat the egg whites until peaks are stiff. In a smaller bowl, whisk yolks. Fold a small amount of the whites into the yolks to lighten them up, and then fold the yolk mixture into the whites until incorporated. Working quickly, place the green on the center of the pan, and then pour the egg mixture into the pan; spread evenly. Bake until eggs are golden brown, and the center of the mixture feels like a firm sponge when touched (about 12 minutes). Remove pan from the oven; sprinkle eggs with goat cheese and kale. Starting at the short end, roll the egg, removing the parchment. Turn oven off and keep roulade warm in the oven until serving, no longer than 30 minutes.
OTHER OPTIONS FOR FILLING: Try shaved black forest ham and Gruyère or your favorite Swiss cheese. For a meatless option, fill with cream cheese and fresh herbs. You can never go wrong with bacon. Add crispy crumbles of bacon with cheddar and diced onion.
2 1/4 cups self-rising flour 1 /4 cup sugar (1 tablespoon set aside) 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 1 /4 cup butter, curled with a potato peeler or cut into very small pieces 4 ounces softened cream cheese 1 cup roasted chopped rhubarb (cooled) 1| Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the flour and sugar (reserving 1 tablespoon) in a large bowl. Place the heavy cream and butter in the freezer. Mix the cream cheese and sugar mixture together. Add the very cold cream/butter mixture to the sugar mixture, and then fold in the rhubarb. 2| Divide dough in half and roll each out into same-sized rounds (about 1/2 -inch thick) on a floured board or parchment sheets. Spread the cream cheese on top of one of the rounds, and then place the other round on top, pinching the edges closed. Cut the dough round in half, and then each half in fourths. Place the 8 pieces on parchment-lined cookie sheets and bake until golden brown (about 12-15 minutes), leaving 2 inches in between. Remove and cool on rack until ready to serve.
ADDITIONAL ADD-INS The add-ins to this base recipe are endless. However, you will need to omit the cream cheese mixture and there’s no need to divide and roll; just roll out one large thicker round. Some of my favorite add-ins flavors are strawberries and basil, or chopped dark or white chocolate. Go savory by adding diced Italian ham and rosemary, or Parmesan, corn and jalapeño.
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