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We feature several makeovers in this issue – from personal health to landscapes!

The Survival of a TA-TINI Jessica Araya shares her inspiring story with us!



In this Issue





Lori Samples Duncan (


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From the Editor

Extreme Makeovers

2 Spring Has Arrived!

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Briana Davis Amy DeVore Lori Samples Duncan Tammy Ferris Adrienne Furgal Mayor Randy Halfacre Ashby Jones Patti Mack Tripp Newsome Elaine Samples Matthew Spain Mandy Summers


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Melissa W. Morris


Clark Berry Photography Cathy Lindner Patrick Mooney Photography


3 What’s Happening?

Things We Love!

4 Things We Love about Lexington!

Let’s Talk

5 6 8 9 10 12

Talk of the Town with Mayor Randy Halfacre Celebrating 20 Years: The Mitchell House and Gardens Spring Cleaning is NOT Just for Your Home! 2nd Annual Scarlet Party The Ashby Chronicle: Some Truths About Exercise LARKS Spring Fling Fun Fly

Celebrating the Survivor in You!

14 Jessica Araya: A Breast Cancer Survivor

16 20 22 24 28

From Tired to Trendy: Transforming a Space Backyard Makeovers A Lexington County Woman’s Weight Loss Journey Starting Over with a Life Makeover Endless Hot Water A Makover MUST!


30 Setting Up Your Business for Success 32 The Village Store

Health & Wellness

34 37 39

Gavin’s Journey Home Care Services are Deductible on Your Tax Return CrossFit is for Everyone – Especially the Young at Heart!


40 The Importance of Spaying

Business & Web Directory 41 Contact our Advertisers Find us on facebook!

Personal Note

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Don’t miss our Makeovers! Starting on page 16 – Spring is the perfect time for makeovers!


elcome to the Spring issue of Lexington Woman! Isn’t South Carolina a beautiful place to live? I am looking now out the window of our newly “made over” office, and I am so excited to see the blooming azaleas and beautiful green foliage appearing where bare limbs could recently be seen. Thank you for choosing to spend some time with us in the pages of this issue. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.

Happy Spring!

This issue is all about makeovers. I like to think that we can remake most things in our life. Obviously our choices have consequences and there are things we do that cannot be taken back… thank God for forgiveness! Mandy Summers, featured on our cover, shares her inspiring story about remaking her life after divorce. Mandy also won Small Business Person of the year – what a great accomplishment! We had our landscapers take on a backyard project that was simply neglected and needed a nice facelift, and are super excited to show you the new backyard. We have uploaded more extensive galleries online so you can see more photographs. With gas being so costly, families are spending more money on home improvements and having “staycations” this year. I kind of like the idea of spending my cruise money on something that is going to enhance my daily life. We also asked Lexington Medical Center for some help with our makeover issue and we have a weight loss story, as well. While surgery isn’t a viable option for everyone, it is available at Lexington Medical Center, and hundreds of patients have achieved success with the help of various surgical procedures. Let us not forget the inspiring ladies from CrossFit Iron Mary’s who decided as beautifully aged women that it was time to remake their own lives and began a fitness program that I am certain would put some of us younger women to shame. CrossFit really is for everyone, and you have an opportunity to work out at your own level. (I have recently started a class there and love it!) Of course we cannot forget our Survivor in this issue, Mrs. Jessica McCain – a young Breast Cancer Survivor who is also a member of the Ta-tinis. Jessica is a true inspiration. Even when her diagnosis seemed iffy, she kept the faith. I was told that Jessica recently received news that she is now cancer free and also became Mrs. Roy Araya! Congratulations Jessica and Roy Araya! We will see you again around Mother’s Day! Your Friend,

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What’s HAPPENING? Fight Like a Girl: Round 5 Friday, April 20, 7 – 11:30 p.m. Columbia Conference Center

Ticket holders will enjoy a delicious buffet and first class catering from the in-house chef at CCC and dancing the night away to live jazz provided by Elliot and the Untouchables. Paparazzi will be on hand to capture all the pink carpet excitement! The casino tables will be up and running with anxious dealers – ready to provide everyone’s favorite Vegasstyle games and entertainment. At the conclusion of the evening “winnings” can be exchanged for raffle tickets which guests will use for the chance to take home many fabulous prizes! Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the SCOA CARES Foundation. All proceeds from the 2012 event will be given in memory of Michelle Mason Cooper: friend, sister and inspiration to the Ta-tinis and so many others.

Naturally Sweeter Fashion Show April 26, 6 – 8 p.m. Holiday Inn & Suites, West Columbia

Presented by Lexington Woman Magazine and The Palmetto Chapter of JDRF, this show will feature fashion by Craig Reagin Clothiers, Mae’s on Main, and Envii of Lexington. This event is sponsored by Lexington Woman Magazine, The Palmetto Chapter of JDRF, Dems Fine Jewelers, Holiday Inn & Suites, and The Village Store. Tickets are $40 per person and $75 per couple, including heavy hor d’oeuvres and drinks. All proceeds will benefit The Palmetto Chapter of JDRF, which is dedicated to finding the cure for diabetes.

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Tuesday through November 20. It is located at the entrance to Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center, at 900 Clemson Road (across from Village at Sandhill), Columbia, SC 29229 in Northeast Richland County. Items sold include fresh local produce, meat, shrimp, eggs, milk, cheese and honey. Also plants, baked goods, homemade bread, boiled peanuts, yarn and woolen items. There is live music and Master Gardeners are available to answer questions. For more information, visit the website below. Or, you can call (803) 699-3190 or (803) 788-5700.

3rd Annual Love For A Cure Tennis Tournament Saturday, May 5 Lexington County Tennis Complex

Hosted by the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission, proceeds from this tournament will help raise money for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation “Cancer Fund”. With more than 1,000 cancer diagnoses each year at the Lexington Medical Center, there is no doubt that cancer is a growing issue in our community, affecting our friends and loved ones throughout the Midlands. Tax deductible sponsorship opportunities are available. Divisions of play will include doubles and mixed doubles. Limited availability – first come first serve! For additional information, call 957-7676 or 359-1312. To register, visit the website below.

Mark Hayes Performance May 18, 7:30 p.m. and May 20, 8:30 a.m./11:30 a.m. Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church

Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church (SGPC) Music and Creative Arts ministry and the Lexington County Choral Society in partnership will present international pianist, composer and arranger Mark Hayes at two performances in May. Mark will perform with the Lexington County Choral Society on Friday night, May 18. This will be a special “Once in a Lexington Lifetime” music event that individuals will not want to miss. Tickets are available for purchase at the website below. On Sunday morning, May 20, Mark Hayes will be performing at the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. traditional services held in the sanctuary of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian. He will be sharing his amazing music with all who attend worship at SGPC that day. For more information about this special artist, please visit www.markhayes. com/aboutmark.cfm.

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About Lexington! by Lori Samples Duncan outdoor furniture is amazing! Decorate your backyard for your “staycation” this year, and enjoy every day of Summer. You can learn more at, or find their ad in the makeover section of this issue!

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4.20.12 The Ta-tinis I love the Ta-tinis. They are gearing up for Round 5 of their Fight Like A Girl on April 20th! What an inspiration this group of young survivors are! Raising awareness and money for an incredible cause! This year’s event is in honor of Michelle Cooper. You don’t want to miss this event! Visit or see our events page to learn more!

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I love Craig Reagin of Lexington! I love the smart, sophisticated line of clothing they carry for the young or more mature man in your life! Join us for the Naturally Sweeter Fashion Show on April 26th – our models will be wearing clothing from Craig Reagin, along with Envii of Lexington and Mae’s on Main. Find out more about his event on page 3, or see the ad on the back inside cover of this issue.



I love local talent! Ashlyn Combs recently competed in the “Land O’Frost® Be A Star On Broadway” contest for a chance to win a trip to Broadway. Wow – she is amazing! Ashlyn also sang at our Going Bald for Bella event last year!

Spring has arrived, and even though we had a mild winter, it is still so amazing to see all of the beauty Spring brings with it’s arrival. Let’s get out and enjoy this beautiful season before it’s replaced by the heat of summer we all know too well here in the south!

Disney on Ice For almost 12 years I have been taking the kids to Disney on Ice. I am never disappointed. I am so excited that the Colonial Life Arena knows the value of family events!

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” ~William Shakespeare

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Tournament for “Fun and Charity” Saturday, May 5, 2012

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pring has Sprung and with warmer weather it is a chance for each of us to enjoy the great outdoors. As you do, I encourage everyone to do your part in preserving Mother Nature. The Town is proud of our commitment to being environmentally friendly. In March, we hosted the Sixth Annual Lexington Cleanup, which focuses on street beautification. More than 80 volunteers collected 820 lbs of trash during the four hour event. If that wasn’t enough, the Town is a certified and charter member of the Lexington County Green Business program, which focuses on air and water quality, energy efficiency and waste reduction and recycling. We are also honored to partner with the Lexington Beautification Foundation to present the Third Annual Wine Walk on Main, which will take place May 12 from 6pm-10pm at the 100 block of E. Main St. Proceeds from the first two events have been dedicated to the landscaping of the new Lexington Square, which will debut in the heart of downtown this May. The Square, located in front of the Lexington County Courthouse, is a joint venture between the Town, County, Lexington County Law Enforcement Association, Lexington Beautification Foundation and the SC Bar Young Lawyers Division and will be the true cornerstone to the Town. We look forward to citizens enjoying the Square and hosting future events on the site. It is our civic duty to be outstanding stewards of the environment, preserving our natural resources. I encourage everyone to lend your hand – Together we CAN make a difference. Randy Halfacre, Mayor Town of Lexington

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Champions will receive a wine glass hand painted by Kay-Kay’s Kreations

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The Mitchell House and Gardens


n 1992, Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush to become President, actress and singer Miley Cyrus was born, a gallon of gas reached $1.05, and popular TV shows included “Law & Order,” and “RugRats.” Another significant event occurred that year as well: The Mitchell House and Gardens in Lexington opened. Twenty years ago, owner Phyllis James purchased a $40.00 advertisement in “The Lexington County Chronicle,” which published on a Thursday. Twenty-four hours later, Ms. James had bookings for two weddings, a company Christmas Party, and a birthday party. This marked the beginning of a great adventure. Once underway, after consulting with brides and considering their needs, the most significant business decision made by Ms. James was the creation of “The Package.” The Package includes the beautiful venue with event planning, total

set up and services, along with a variety of menus and catering options for brides with varying budgets and wedding dreams. Mitchell House became the FIRST full-service event venue in Lexington and surrounding counties with the invention of The Package! This concept has evolved to include 28 different menu packages and has been adapted by other event locations throughout the Midlands. Even those who have enjoyed weddings and parties at the gracious Southern home may find it difficult to believe the passage of time. Home to several prominent Lexington families since it was built in 1924, the Mitchell House and Gardens has welcomed tens of thousands of guests for weddings, receptions, anniversary and birthday parties, family

reunions, holiday events, fashion shows, political events, business meetings and other celebrations. Over the years, The Mitchell House has been renovated to meet the needs of brides and others seeking to have a special event at a garden and historic home. In 1998, a covered pavilion that can seat 300 guests was added to the garden so that brides and others could plan their events without concerns for the weather. Today, the covered pavilion is the only one of its kind in the Midlands.

Among the memories at The Mitchell House include the 1994 advertising campaign for Gov. David Beasley being filmed and photographed at the historic home. Members of the original Mitchell family (who built the house in 1924 as their home) returned for a reunion June 15, 2000 and were presented a key to the city by then Mayor Eli Mack. In 2008, when the economy slowed, The Mitchell House began offering a series of “Free Wedding” contests to help brides and grooms who were being forced to postpone or cancel plans because of financial challenges. Since that time, six brides and grooms have been the recipients of free weddings and receptions. The Mitchell House will partner with the University of South Carolina for a free wedding in the fall of 2012 and a party later this year will be held to honor the brides and grooms who had their weddings there. Visit www.themitchellhouseandgardens. com for more photos and information, or call (803) 359-5325.

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by Matthew B. Spain


ith spring in the air, many of us have already started spring cleaning. Our homes and yards are not the only things that need to be freshened up. By completing a few simple steps, your computer will run more efficiently and effectively. First, by uninstalling programs that you don’t use or haven’t used in a long time, you can free up space and reduce the clutter on your start menu. Removing unused icons from your desktop won’t remove the program from your computer, but it will help to make things appear more organized. Next, you will want to regain some lost space on your hard drive. When you use the internet, there are small files, called cookies, and large files, called temporary internet files, that take up space on your hard drive. They are there to help you with the webpages you visit, but, more times than not, when you are finished using the internet,

those cookies and temporary files continue to take up space. By removing these files, you will reclaim space on your hard drive and keep everything running efficiently. Another method of making your computer to run more efficiently is to defragment your hard drive. When your hard drive is fragmented, your files are scattered into bits and pieces, instead of being all together. This disorganization can make your computer work harder to access your files. Defragmenting your hard drive puts your data back into the correct order, which will reduce the disorganization.

your computer can be beneficial. Dust can accumulate on the vents, as well as on the inside of your computer, which can cause it to overheat. Overheating can cause your computer to be sluggish. A can of compressed air will remedy this problem by blowing the dust out of the computer. Be careful not

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Some Truths About Exercise by Ashby Jones

Ashby Jones

I probably started exercising at age 12, when Dad gave Mom the Jane Fonda workout VHS tape . . . for Mother’s Day. This was the video with the mauve colored leotards, the belted waist and the legwarmers. Jane Fonda could lift her legs higher than my jazz dance instructor! Her flexibility was suspicious to Mom. Mom said she had probably had a rib surgically removed and that was why her waist was so small. Also she didn’t seem to sweat, and this was unnatural. Mom made all these comments during the 45 minutes of workout misery. I learned my first exercise truth doing those Jane Fonda workouts: It is ok to openly hate the instructor. I also tried aerobics classes. Mom and I did this together too. Her class consisted of about 15 middle aged women who did the “grapevine” to the song I Heard it Through The Grapevine. These women kind of hooted and hollered as they exercised. The aerobics move and the Namesake song never stopped being funny to these women.

other up too, because one day they decided it would be a good idea to perform their aerobics Grapevine/ Grapevine routine in the middle of the mall on a stage.

Zumba is the class where you can show your friends how well you did the Roger Rabbit in high school.

Could anything be more embarrassing than your mother performing the Grapevine/Grapevine routine on a stage in the MALL? The mall was my haven, where I went to try on lip gloss and actively ignore middle school boys. The mall was no place for my Mom and her grapevine-ing friends.

the box altogether and roll on the floor.

Turns out, Mom performing the Grapevine/Grapevine in the mall was not nearly enough humiliation. Because Mom decided she did not want to be recognized on stage. She decided that it would be best if she wore a paper bag over her head. With eye holes cut out.

The moves were deceptively simple. After hours of practice, you would get used to the moves. One day, you would even actually enjoy performing your awesome T-Step on the box, especially if they were playing some really good music – like Prince. Or Britney Spears.

That way no one would recognize her and she could still see enough not to fall off the stage. And that is what she did. Which taught me the second exercise truth: It’s ok to make fun of yourself, no one cares.

These step classes morphed into circuit training type classes which morphed into riding a bicycle in the dark with padded underpants on and then finally, Zumba. Zumba is the class where you can show your friends how well you did the Roger Rabbit in high school.

I noticed these women were laughing with each other and at each other. I guess they were encouraging each other and building each

Step classes came next. Those studios who wouldn’t chip in for the real boxes with the rubberized noslip bottoms had someone’s husband build wooden boxes. They were all so very dangerous. One misstep and your shin would meet the corner of the plywood box, or you would be propelled from

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All I could thing about was the commercial about grapes where the actors wore garbage bags.



have finally figured out any true body makeover is going to require exercise. And I HATE to exercise. I am an expert at trying exercise. (I am not so good at making exercise a habit).

The best thing about the evolution of the classes was the music. Because finally . . . FINALLY you could listen to as much Eminem - LL Cool J - MC Hammer as you wanted and everyone in the room would act like it was completely normal for grown women to do

the running man in Reeboks and 15 year old sorority t-shirts. So for the third truth: Get some really good music going, it helps. And then there is the hardest exercise truth of all. The one entire ad campaigns have propounded: doing IT. Oh, how I fail in actually doing it, and then getting up and doing it again. You rope your friends into doing it with you, so you can be accountable. You join a gym and they provide you with a very expensive keychain – a reminder that the gym is there and will take your money every month whether you go or not. When that doesn’t work, because you “need” one-onone attention, you hire a personal trainer to make you run. You will want to hate her like you hate the aerobics instructor, but it is really hard to hate her, because she is so nice to you (and standing right beside you). Sometimes you decide good ole’ walking is enough. You get an iPod and a strap to secure the iPod to your arm. You get some ear buds and some new shoes. Then you download the best songs (Funky Cold Medina!) and put them in the best order. You drink plenty of water. And you just get on with it. (Or not).




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Spring Fling Fun Fly by Elaine Samples


ou may have heard it said that the only difference between men and boys is the size of their feet and the price of their toys. While that isn’t exactly true, even the men among us would probably agree that they enjoy staying in touch with their inner child. What little boy doesn’t love a remote control car or radio controlled airplane? And the same can be said for many adult males.

Steve Livingston first started flying remote control airplanes when he was a teenager and came back to it six years ago when his son asked for a radio controlled flying device on his fifteenth birthday. Since taking up the hobby with his son, Steve joined LARKS Flying Club, which is chartered with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and is dedicated to the promotion of aviation as a hobby in the Lexington area. The members fly all types of RC aircraft from fun fliers to helicopters and the club has several qualified instructors who offer lessons on flying your remote airplane at no charge. The facility located at the Modern Turf Sod Farm is 400 acres of a fun family environment and they are teaming up with the Ta-tinis to raise money for the SCOA Cares Foundation (SCOA). SCOA provides assistance to uninsured and underinsured cancer patients. The Ta-tinis are a group of five young women who were ages 26-34 when they were diagnosed with breast cancer, all within twenty months of each other. Each of the ladies endured bi-lateral mas-


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tectomies, lost their hair to chemo, and all but one underwent radiation. They joined together to bring awareness and assistance to other young women because “Breast cancer is not just your Grandma’s disease.” The Ta-tinis promote awareness and join the community as they wage the difficult fight against breast cancer. They are passionate about improving the “cancer journey” while working to educate, direct and empower young women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. On April 20, the Ta-tinis will be partnering with SCOA for their 5th Annual Fight Like A Girl Survivor Celebration and Fundraiser, at the Columbia Conference Center. For more information on this benefit, visit The next day, on Saturday, April 21, LARKS will host the Fight with the Girls and Fly with the Larks Cancer Benefit at the LARKS grounds on Camden Highway in Rembert, South Carolina. This fun, family friendly event is free to the public and open to any “pilots” who wish to come out and fly for a small fee.

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This fun, family friendly event is free to the public and open to any ‘pilots’ who wish to come out and fly... Models being flown that weekend will range from three feet in length to twelve feet and larger. These radio controlled planes can cost from a few hundred dollars up to $10,000 and higher. I talked with Steve Livingston about the event and he assured me that all of the pilots are very congenial and “they love to talk about their passion. They will show you their planes and be glad to talk about how they work and operate.” There will be a wide variety of planes and helicopters, as well as model jets flying on the 21st. Airplanes are typically propeller driven and can be tri-wing, bi-wing or mono-wing, but jets have turbo engines like the ones you would take on a commercial airline. According to Steve, “The planes will be doing all sorts of splits, tumbles, spins and rolls” at the event and

the jets can fly in speeds up to 200 miles per hour. They will also have a live band on Friday night with grilled hamburgers and hot dogs available for purchase, along with a barbeque lunch on Saturday. If you have a little boy or girl (or a big boy or girl) in your life that might enjoy seeing these radio controlled aeronautics, please consider heading out to the Modern Turf Sod Farm on April 20 or 21. You may even get a chance to meet some of the amazing ladies who make up the Ta-tinis, and learn more about how you could join them in the fight against breast cancer. To learn more about LARKS and see a list of their sponsors for the Fight with the Girls and Fly with the Larks Cancer Benefit, please visit their website at

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Jessica Araya

{ SURVIVOR } A Breast Cancer

by Elaine Samples

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essica Araya is one of five ladies in the Midlands known to many as a Ta-tini, a young group of breast cancer survivors who found each other for mutual support, and spread the word of awareness and hope to far too many people touched by the disease.


Jessica’s story is familiar to many. Maybe not her personal story, but the normal, happy life of a young wife and mother of two. She was a trainer at Gold’s Gym, and in excellent shape. After the birth of her second child, the 25 year old decided to have a procedure to put a couple things back into place, you might say. About six weeks after the surgery, she noticed a knot across the top of one of her breasts. Initially, the doctors thought it may have been related to her procedure and that there was nothing to worry about. Perhaps a cyst or piece of scar tissue. By early October, it had grown across the top of her breast. Even the doctor performing the biopsy thought there was little

cause for concern. On Halloween of 2007, she received the news that they were wrong.

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Jessica at the age of twenty-six was diagnosed with a four centimeter lump and stage two cancer, and this normal, happy life was forever changed. Changed, indeed. However, Jessica was resigned not to be labeled a victim. She went through pre-op chemo so the doctors could observe the effects it would have on her. When her hair started to come out, she and her kids shaved her head. Before her surgery in March of 2008, she elected to have a “Farewell Boobies Party.” With only

three weeks, Jessica and friends planned and threw the first Fight Like A Girl event, which has since become a powerful annual event hosted by the Ta-tinis to raise money and awareness. Like many great friendships, hers with the four other members of the group that would be the Ta-tinis was quite random. She attended a support group with Mandy Bowden one evening. At the meeting were two people – Kim Hamrick was one of them. Amy Kinard she met at Dicks sporting goods. It wasn’t long after that when she, Kim, Amy, Brittney, and Mandy came to the conclusion that “when life gave us cancer, we had a mar-

tini,” or something of the sort, and the Ta-tinis were born. Late in 2008, Jessica relocated to Tallahassee, Florida, for not only the next phase of her life, but a second diagnosis. In July 2009, she learned again that had cancer. This time it was stage four cancer in her sternum. After various opinions, including the experienced doctors of MD Anderson, she began four rounds of chemo in November, and in March of 2010 began thirtyfive rounds of radiation over eight weeks in Orlando. This meant she would spend the weeks near treatment centers several hours away from her Tallahassee home and return to her kids on the weekends.

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In July 2010, Jessica learned the cancer had spread to her spine and the doctors gave her six to twelve months to live. She soon learned that if given a “death sentence� by doctors, one can “cash in� her life insurance for an amount equal to half of its value. So Jessica cashed in. And she and a cousin trav-

eled to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Italy and Germany. With little time left, she decided she may as well see things she had always hoped to see. In December, 2011, she and her friends Beth Renwick and Kelly Turbeville traveled to Costa Rica for some rest and relaxation. They enjoyed the beauty of the country, went zip lining and rode horses to the hot springs. Jessica joked with her friends, “Won’t it

be funny if this mud bath cures my cancer?� On the last night of their trip, Jessica met Roy Araya, a dashing young local. Roy asked her to come back for visits, so she did. And on March 22, they were married. Back in the States on January 31, Jessica learned from her doctor that there was no sign of cancer in her entire body! Jessica’s dad,

Like many great friendships, hers with the four other members of the group that would be the Ta-tinis was quite random.

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by Mandy Summers


love a challenge! When Lori Duncan, publisher of Woman 2 Woman magazines, approached me about renovating an old house and making it into their new office, I was excited at the prospect! We met at the property and did a walk-thru and discussed some of the challenges we would face in the transformation process. The punch list was lengthy; there were repairs to be made, items to be removed and many additions that would be necessary. As with many of my clients, there were time and budget constraints. She needed to move into her new office as quickly as possible and didn’t want to break the bank doing so. We needed to form an action plan and come up with a realistic budget. We decided that the reception area and Lori’s office would be Phase I, the conference and sales offices would be Phase II and the rest left to Phase III. We needed everything – office furniture, seating for the waiting area, draperies for the windows, rugs for the floors and artwork and accessories throughout. Lori wanted the office to be a reflection of the magazine – something that she could be proud of, somewhere that she and her team would be inspired to work and that her advertisers and amazing feature women would love to come and share their stories. I needed to devise a space that was not only functional, but creative and fun. We were two determined, stubborn and motivated ladies with a 2 week time frame!


We began with the walls, they desperately needed repainting! Selecting the right paint color is a great way to change the look and feel of a room, especially when you have

limited funds. In both residential and commercial projects, it is critical to develop an overall color scheme, one that will flow nicely throughout the various spaces in your home or office. Since this was not a complete renovation job, we needed to “make friends” with what was already there – the existing honey colored hardwood floors, the brown and beige laminate kitchen countertops and the fireplace with the burnt orange brick were all staying. Because the house is a simple brick rancher, built in the 1970s; I decided to go retro and funky. I selected an overall palette that would incorporate multiple shades of vivid gold, deep orange, chocolate brown, lime green and aqua blue. Kevin Strickland, our trusted painter, came to the rescue. He repainted every wall

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and all the trim in a few short days – thank you!! When you entered the house before, you were immediately greeted by a dull and boring fireplace. To spruce it up, we added a hand-hewned rustic mantel, provided and installed by Ron Rader of Antebellum Restorations. (Ron’s unlimited sources of architectural pieces, knowledge of construction and installation processes, and general willingness to help, have been instrumental on countless occasions). Two bold, signed and numbered abstract prints by Elizabeth Firehill, were provided and hung side by side directly into the brick by M. Gallery Interiors. They were spaced far enough apart to accommodate a non-traditionaI arrangement I designed using

curly twigs, dried pods and semicircular white vase. The colors incorporated in the arrangement serve to contrast the orange in the brick, pull out the accent colors in the artwork and compliment the fabric on the chairs situated below. We placed two small-scale floral chairs on the diagonal directly in front of the hearth. The funky gold and cream fabric flowers compliment the round metal coffee table in hammered silver. The table’s removable lid also provides great storage. It is situated atop a grey and beige round woven natural jute rug. All these elements combine to give a striking, edgy and interesting array of textures when you enter Lexington Woman Magazine’s lobby. The wall color in the lobby and re-

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Before Because the house is a simple brick rancher, built in the 1970s; I decided to go retro and funky. Before

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ception area is Sherwin Williams Artisan Tan, a wonderful neutral. Standard rods and ready-made drapes were purchased to keep us within budget. As is often the case, when custom treatments are not an option, you have to improvise to get the look and feel you want. To coordinate with the coffee table, and future light fixtures, brushed nickel rods with square finials were selected. We had to add silver rings with clips to the tops of all the drapery panels to get them to the exact length we needed, since they didn’t make them with the ideal drop. I chose drapes that have a large scale gold and cream floral fabric to coordinate beautifully with what we used in the lobby. A rectangular shaped sisal rug was chosen to ground the reception area and add yet another texture to the mix. It is a rich deep orange color that works with the brick in the adjacent area and helps the colors flow seamlessly. With so much color popping in the drapes, artwork and rug, a neutral linen slipcover sectional was chosen. Trendy throw pillows in gold, cream and brown Ikat fabric were chosen to give it an updated look. (Ikat (pronounced ee- kat) fabrics have the pattern tied and dyed in the yarn before the fabric is woven.)

To add to our seating, we threw in a tufted club chair in a bold multicolored floral. It incorporates all our existing colors and introduces the color aqua, which we chose for the paint color in the adjacent sales offices. Even though the sales center will be Phase II, I needed to make sure I devised a color scheme now. It was important that the painting be completed before all the furniture was installed to make life easier and that the color chosen, Sherwin Williams Halcyon Green, would flow from one area of the office to the other. The stain on the sofa and chair legs do not match, but they compliment one another. The darker finish on the legs of the upholstered pieces was selected to work with the espresso finish on the new bow-front reception desk. This gives everything a more contemporary feel. (Everything does not need to match exactly in a room, often times it becomes cold and boring if it does). We placed a silk bamboo tree behind the bow-front reception desk to soften the corner and hide some not so perfect wall boards. Silks plants need no mantainence and are a great addition to any space. M. Gallery provided and hung two abstract prints by Elizabeth Firehill. The colors


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Once and awhile, everything needs a bit of a facelift. Even our homes. Whether it is changing the pillows on the sofa or adding a pool, home improvement can be a daunting task. We talked with Kevin Strickland of Strickland Painting Services about putting a fresh coat of paint on your walls, the ultimate fun facelift for a room. Kevin suggested several things to consider to make painting your room run smoothly, but also stressed that “preparation is key.” • Choose a color scheme. • Decide on your preferred texture (Kevin suggests using eggshell instead of flat for a kids room because it is washable. He also suggests that you do not use flat paint for kitchens and bathrooms.) • Use an oil based primer and always prime between extravagant or dark colors. • Make sure you get everything out of the way and cover furniture and electronics with light plastic. • If you take down pictures, sand walls, fill nail holes and spot prime those spots. (This is important because dry sheetrock mud absorbs paint.) • Use a flat oil primer, especially for water stains and crayon marks. (Kevin recommends Kilz spray) • Always give the room two coats of paint. First coat should be completely dry before the second coat is applied. • For the second coat, paint one wall at a time, keeping all edges as wet as possible so that they dry together. Happy Painting, everyone! Sounds like a lot of work doesnt it? If you really want to do it right, call the professional himself and enjoy your new walls!

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brown from the reception area and the aqua from sales department. (Even when you don’t visually see all the spaces in the office at the same time, utilizing a cohesive color palette throughout a space helps it to have a great feel and flow.) The small scale geometric pattern is fun and whimsical. Lori always like to have fun whatever she is doing. Situated between her two client chairs is a brown, leather-textured side table that looks like alligator (don’t mess with the boss ). This provides texture and interest. Lori’s espresso finished desk, tall credenza and rounded working arm all form a Ushaped work center that lets you know she is a lady that works hard and means business. The design allows plenty of surface area to spread out and create. She also needed plenty of file drawers and storage space. We chose an ergonomic chair for those long hours she puts in to produce all her great magazines. Even her lighting is a reflection of her; it consists of an under-mount task light that allows her to see everything practically and clearly and a funky geometric cutout lamp that screams style to shed some creative light on the nontraditional projects at hand. Her panel drapes are a dramatic black satiny fabric. They appear to be solid; but, have subtle diamond patterns when you get up close (kind of like the women Lori writes about, there is more to the story when you know the details). They are hung on a strong black iron rod and for fun the ends were capped with fancy jeweled finials. Lori exudes strength and loves her bling!! There are also elements of nature throughout the office – a moss covered sphere tops her bookcase and fern-like plants jut out of her egg-plant colored vases. A bookcase for housing all her treasures was a must have! Not only can she store her signed books from her favorite authors, but she can display pictures of her fabulous family, keepsakes from terrific friends and inspirational quotes and uplifting scriptures to remind her of her priorities. Stay tuned for Phase II!!

Mandy Summers is the Owner/Certified Interior Decorator of M. Gallery Interiors located in the Old Mill of Lexington. For more photos of our office makeover, visit the Lexington Woman Magazine facebook page!




by Elaine Samples


ince the invention of HGTV, it feels like I have seen really amazing backyards pop up in the most random of places. And since your home is your sanctuary, why not? Mr. Paul Romanstine of Midlands Landscape has been transforming backyards into mini vacation spots for 18 years, and we sat down with him to ask him some questions about the process. The overall number of people having makeovers has increased in recent years, as people are staying home more. As the economy has taken a plunge and many home values have dropped, people are opting to improve existing living space rather than buying a new home or traveling as much as they did “when times were better.” When considering a backyard makeover, planning and design is crucial. Midlands Landscape will meet with you and devise a plan based on your long-term goals in order to best ensure that things don’t have to be redone in a few years. They also work with clients to perform the upgrades in stages to help them save money in the future as a project changes and develops. “We want to know where the client wants to end up, and we determine the most cost and time effective way of achieving their goals and desires,” says Paul. At Midlands Landscape, they can help you landscape your current space for aesthetics, or they can even install a shiny new outdoor kitchen, where they have installed


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up to twenty kitchens in a year. An outdoor kitchen gives you the benefit of having all your equipment on the outside, so that you don’t have to, for instance, transport food after you wash it in the sink. It cuts down on the back and forth trek to the house, and it also makes for a cozy getaway for those cool spring and fall nights when you just want to take in the cool night air. As for upkeep after the project is finished, Paul and his team can design a plan with more hardscape and less grass, which means less upkeep for you, the homeowner. Or they can go with more green, if that is what you desire. Either way, they stick with low maintenance products that do not require a lot of work to keep them looking nice. A backyard makeover can take anywhere from a week up to a month, depending on the overall design and scope of the project. Keeping in mind that time is the most precious of commodities, Paul and his team strive to meet the needs of their clients in the most cost and time effective way possible. A new backyard can make all the difference in your home. Midlands Landscape gets plenty of feedback from clients who find a new love for their backyard after a makeover. Our recent makeover recipient

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Before had this to say about their new backyard oasis from Midlands Landscape: “I used to be embarrassed to have people see my backyard. My privacy fence was as much about keeping people out as it was keeping things in. Now when I walk out the backdoor and see what Paul and his crew did to my backyard, I feel proud to call this mine. We find ourselves enjoying our time outdoors more and grilling is something we are doing practically nightly on our new Backyard kitchen. We purchased furniture from Tropic Aire to make our oasis complete. Even my neighbors were excited for us. We can’t wait to have them over for some summer parties in our new backyard! Thank you Midlands Landscape and Tropic Aire. Oh and that sparkling blue water is compliments of Sapphire Pools. See you in the Sun!” Call Midlands Landscape today for a free consultation at (803) 356-8080 or visit

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riends who haven’t seen Kristen Antley in a while may not recognize her. The 30-year-old Irmo woman has lost more than 100 pounds in the last year. It’s been a journey a lifetime in the making.

Antley describes having a weight problem since childhood, often causing her to be picked on in middle and high school. “At 5 foot 10, I was always the taller, bigger girl,” she said. “That had a lot of emotional impact on me.”

‘It was a vicious cycle. I’d lose weight, fall off the wagon, gain weight and be sad.’


She worked at the Riverbanks Zoo, which required lots of walking. At 275 pounds, that was tough on her feet. She exercised, but found it difficult because of her weight. Then, she encountered the situation that would ultimately turn the tides in her battle with weight. “I wanted to be a mother and have a family,” she said. Antley and her husband Jason had been married for a few years, but her doctor told her that her excess weight would hinder her fertility and opportunity for a healthy pregnancy.

With a powerful sweet tooth, Antley’s weight climbed even faster in her 20s. She talks about trying several weight loss plans, to no avail. “It was a vicious cycle. I’d lose weight, fall off the wagon, gain weight and be sad. I struggled with that for a long time.”

That’s when Antley went for a consultation with the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center at Lexington Medical Center. She was 28years-old, 5’ 10” and 275 pounds. What’s more, she had high cholesterol. With a body mass index (BMI) near 40, doctors determined

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Antley was a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery.



She spent one year preparing for surgery by participating in a sleep study, psychiatric evaluation, medically-supervised weight loss program, classes about what to expect before and after surgery, and regular doctor visits, supervised through the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center.

Breakfast: 2 egg whites, wheat toast, slice of turkey breast

December 15, 2010 was surgery day.

Lunch: Lean meat, including fish or chicken, mustard, wheat bread

“I was so excited that I made it to that point,” Antley said. “I was excited for a new beginning. I wasn’t nervous at all because I knew I was in good hands.” After a few days in the hospital for surgery, Antley observed a liquid diet for two weeks, then gradually worked in solid foods with strict rules: a lot of protein, small servings of 4 to 6 ounces at a time,

AM Snack: Fruit, protein bar

Dinner: Meat and Veggies

Note: Kristen schedules two or three “cheat” days each month on her calendar. On those days, she eats a few bites of something she’s craving.

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(left) Kristen and her husband Jason before Kristen’s surgery (right) Kristen working at Riverbanks Zoo before surgery

eating slowly and drinking a lot of water. The weight began coming off quickly. But she emphasizes that weight loss surgery is not a magic fix. Instead, she says it’s something to help you maintain a healthy diet and eat proper portions. “It’s a tool to help you go down the right path,” she said. Antley also stresses the importance of exercise. She works out four days

each week, with cardio and weight training, with a personal trainer. As the weight came off, Antley, who is now as a sonographer at Lexington Medical Center, said people told her she looked fantastic and asked her for diet tips. The most common comment: “You look amazing! What are you doing?” At first, she had a hard time admitting she had gastric bypass surgery because she worried people would

think she took the easy way out. She says that’s not true – she still battles cravings for sweets and must work hard to maintain the best diet. And that hard work paid off on a family beach trip last summer. “I bought a two-piece bathing suit last summer – at a little beach store. For the first time in my life, I was not scared to put on a bathing suit.”

Today, Kristen is 165 pounds. She says her husband Jason is so proud of her, noting “He’s happy to see me happy.” Importantly, her cholesterol is now normal and she’s turning her attention toward starting a family. Her doctor now says her weight is optimal to boost fertility and help her maintain a healthy pregnancy. Stay tuned…

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by Mandy Summers

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he “M” in M. Gallery could be an acronym for Mandy, mom, make-over or ministry. The journey in which owner Mandy Summers has travelled over the past several years is one we wanted to share with our readers. It is an inspirational story of how a married, stay-at-home mom with two kids kept her faith and humor intact as she survived divorce and courageously started her own business while keeping her children as her first priority. It is an awesome tale of how she went from sobbing into her pillow, to crying tears of joy as she accepted her plaque for “Small Business Person of the Year” from the Lexington County Chamber. This is her story...

“When I realized that I had won, all I could muster was, “No way!!” As I went up to accept the award, I just wanted to yell from the podium – This is for all you ladies out there! Remain strong, believe in yourself, persevere and keep the faith!! You can start over, I promise you can!” When Lori Duncan approached me about sharing my story, I immediately said, “Yes, I would be honored!!” While I have been so very grateful for all the positive business press M. Gallery Interiors has received, as a result of the chamber business award, nothing excited me more than the opportunity to share the “story behind the story” with the readers of Lexington Woman Magazine. If my personal tragedies and triumphs could encourage, or inspire, other women to believe in themselves, nothing would bring me more joy! That is what this magazine is about – educating, motivating and empowering women! The stories other women have shared in this publication have inspired me on countless occasions. It is my fervent hope that mine will do the same. Ladies, we all need to be support one another. I challenge you to share your story, and encourage you to help those less fortunate around you. It is never too late to lend a hand to those in need or to start over! I tell my kids that life is very simple. When you make good friends

and good decisions, you will have good results. Conversely, making bad decisions and bad friends, yields bad results. I have confessed that I have not always made good decisions; but, I’ve always tried to learn from my bad ones and I’ve tried to help others from repeating my mistakes. In my 45 years, I’ve learned that God keeps good records and that when you do the right thing for the right reason He rewards it. We all experience heart-ache and pain at some point in our lives. It is how we react to it that defines us. I personally love Emerson’s quote, “What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” That is what matters. It is what we do when nobody is looking that counts. It is how we treat the janitor, not the senator. It is the legacy that we leave or children, not the titles we possess that matter. I have shared the story of my business success in other publications, but here I want to share the story of becoming a single-mom and trying to start over. I fell apart after my divorce. Nobody wants what begins as a vow in a church, surrounded by family and friends, to end in a courtroom in front of strangers. But I knew that for my children, and my own sake, wallowing was not going to do anyone any good. I needed to take positive action. I hired the best attorney I knew, enrolled in

a Beth Moore Bible Study and decided to go back to school and pursue my love and my passion – Interior Decorating/Design. I filled every moment I wasn’t spending with my kids with positive study. I needed to focus on something other than my world as I knew it falling apart. I needed to keep anger from consuming me and allow joy to prevail. Some days were better than others. I hadn’t stepped foot in a college classroom since 1988. I felt ancient walking around campus; but, I was excited about making a fresh start. It was now up to me to begin a new life, I didn’t have an option. I decided that if I were going to reenter the workforce, I was going to do what I wanted to do! I had put my ex-husband through law school, instead of myself, but now it was my turn! I studied hard and did the best I could. While I was invigorated by the challenge of learning more about interior design, I was tired and overwhelmed juggling the kids, the house and school by myself. The physical and emotional toll of the divorce, and suddenly becoming a single-mom, became all too real when I broke out in shingles. My amazing family and awesome friends did not allow me to give up, they nursed me back to health and showered me with love and support. They encouraged me to follow through with my dream. I was exhausted and exhilarated at the same time. I kept telling myself that I had to do this, my kids

2012 Small Businesss Person of the Year needed me and failure was not an option. I pressed on! Upon completing my courses, I felt a sense of accomplishment and pride. I had turned a negative into a positive and was leading by example, something my wise parents taught all of us growing up. The old “when life throws you lemons, make lemonade analogy” remains tried and true. I lost my father at a young age and my amazing mother went back to school and had the courage to start her life over. Her example was a constant source of encouragement. She was a singlemom, while only for a short while, but she had survived, and so would I. While she had no formal education, I reminded myself how fortunate I was that my four year degree in International Business /Politics and Spanish did not have an expiration date! Thanks to my mom and my step-father, I had travelled extensively, studied overseas and built an impressive resume. I had written speeches at the United Nations in Manhattan, worked


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Mandy with her biggest supporters for an accounting firm in Baltimore and even coached people on public speaking for SCE&G. All that being said; none of my job experiences had ANYTHING to do with interior design. I had not been in a workplace environment in 10 years! Was I crazy? What made me think I could switch careers at this point in my life? Who would hire me? Who would take a chance on me? I needed to convince someone else that I would work hard, learn quickly and be an asset to their business. Chris Metz, the brave woman that she was, took a chance on me. She was amazing! She taught me, mentored me and educated me on matters of interior design. We were an awesome team! We would collaborate on an idea, she could draw it and I would stand up and pitch it. I enjoyed every moment we worked together, and as I have said on countless occasions, I am so grateful to her for giving me my start. I chose to become an Interior Decorator for several reasons. It was something that interested me -- I love art, architecture and design. I also had a flare for it, even before I became “certified”, I would help others with furnishing and decorating their homes and businesses. But, equally important was that it was a career field in which I could eventually make my own schedule. Being a singlemom, I wanted my job to work with my life. I began part-time at first, when I was with Chris, as it was important to me to still be in carpool line for my kids each afternoon; they had been through enough changes already. Nothing was, or still is, more important to me than being there for my children. I try never to miss a soccer game, poetry reading or significant happening in their lives. About 3 years ago, I felt the kids were old enough


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for me to go back to work full-time. That is when I went into business for myself. I can now control my schedule, for the most part, and spend all the time I can with my kids. Ironically, now that they are teenagers, it is them who have less and less time for me. The success of M. Gallery is due in large part to my kids. First of all, it was a family decision to open the gallery. When I explained my idea to have artists and exhibitors housed under one roof, sell unique items for your home, host fun events and offering consulting, they believed in “Mom’s vision”. We all ran around town looking for the perfect spot and since opening, they have painted, cleaned and helped both voluntarily, and involuntarily, over the past few years to make the gallery what it is today. They let me bounce display ideas off of them, offer great suggestions for marketing and events and constantly help me load and unload items for customers. My son is my gifted computer guru, and my daughter is a talented writer and editor offering terrific advice about ad design and copy for articles I produce. They both accompany me when I need to drop proposals or samples to clients and they frequently get stuck sorting and organizing paint samples while watching TV. Worst of all, they must endure my constantly speaking to everyone about the gallery wherever we go. They know first-hand that owning your own business is a 24/7 job. When they grow impatient, or get embarrassed, that I am handing out another business card, I remind them that this is what allows them to do all that they do, and that they are lucky Mom has such a flexible work schedule. I am so blessed to have such amazing kids, and to now do what I love for a living! I’m so glad that I stayed positive, kept my priorities straight, and had the courage and the strength to pursue my dream!

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ew things make a home more comfortable than a nice, endless, hot shower. Endless hot water, in my opinion, is the best thing since green grass and something I would definitely consider in my extreme home makeover.

Not long ago, I had a tankless water heater installed in my home. That’s when I really understood the benefit of endless hot water. No more do I run out of hot water when I’m in the shower or find myself planning my shower around the schedule of others in the home. My tankless can provide me with enough hot water for up to 5 fixtures simultaneously

and save me money all the while. That’s why I tell people all the time that they want a tankless, maybe they just don’t know it yet! If your home makeover is concerned with space then you should know that a traditional water tank takes up about 16 square feet of floor space, whereas a tankless water heater could fit in your carry

on and will be installed on a wall inside or outside your home. That equals reclaimed space. Most of us will attempt to save money where we can – and energy too. A traditional water heater holds a tank of water that has to be continual reheated 24 hours a day. A tankless water heater requires no tank and turns itself on when you turn on a faucet, so water is heated only when you use it. An average 50 gallon natural gas water heater will cost about $457.00 per year to operate, compared to a tankless at $324.00 per year. That’s a savings of roughly $133.00 per year for more hot water. I know you can see the bargain in that!

An average 50 gallon natural gas water heater will cost about $457.00 per year to operate, compared to a tankless at $324.00 per year.


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A traditional water heater requires you have a tank filled with water somewhere. As tanks age they can leak and sometimes burst. In fact, the website for the insurance institute of business and home safety (www. states that water

heater failures are one of the top 5 sources of residential losses and that 69% of water heater failures are because of a leak or a burst tank. So, if you are concerned about damage to your home and, like me just don’t care for the thought of 40 – 50 gallons of water sitting around waiting to get free, then a tankless may be the choice for you. You may also be eligible for a rebate from SCE&G of up to $250.00 if you are converting from electric to gas, you can call one of their representatives at 1-877-5107234 and ask about their home efficiency program. You can also learn how they work by watching a video on my website And if you just like to consider yourself environmentally a good Samaritan, you will love that a tankless water heater has no parts that cannot be recycled, whereas traditional tanks do and landfills across America are full of them. It’s the wise choice all around. Much LoVe and long hot showers! This article written by Tammy C. Ferris, President of Gene Love Plumbing, Air, Electric serving greater Lexington and Richland Counties. Visit www. or call 803-719-LoVE (5683) to learn more.


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SUCCESS by Tripp Newsome, CPA


n the spirit of redesigning your inside areas, outscapes and homes, we have come across ways to save your money and set up your small business for success. 1. Do not allow an attorney to setup your business. Most attorneys will charge too much, and the latest fad is to setup a LLC as S-Corporations. Speak with your accountant – it is simple to file most of these forms yourself, and many accountants can do this without charging much in the free first hour meeting. 2. Get a LLC. It’s $110 of the best insurance you have ever bought – go to (NOT .ORG). If it doesn’t have Mark Hammond’s picture on it or tries to charge you for forms, it is the wrong site. Do not pay someone to prepare this for you. You just list your address three times and add your signature twice. 3. As an S corporation, you must pay yourself a reasonable salary (W2) and pay for unemployment right off the bat. Not to stunt your growth, but most new businesses take at least three years to turn a profit. Also, the IRS never answered a huge question – what is “reasonable?” What would I make somewhere else? Or a percentage of profits. Every job is different. 4. Know your tax payer’s rights. Go to www., forms and publications, Publication Number 1.

The Four Types of Businesses A sole proprietorship is a one-woman business. The owner is liable for all of the company’s debts. Furthermore, the company’s income is considered to be the owner’s personal income and must be reported on the owner’s individual income tax return. The advantage of this form of business organization is simplicity – no partnership agreements need to be signed, there are no corporate registration formalities to perform, and there is no need for corporate formalities, such as shareholder’s meetings. Keep in mind you must pay your own 15.3% on half of your income. Take this out before you take money home. Sit on $15,000 for retirement if you can, talk to your financial advisor about SEP, SIMPLE, or Individual 401Ks. With a partnership, the business is owned by two or more partners. Each of the partners is liable for the debts of the business. Although the partnership must file a separate tax return, each partner is required to report her pro rata share of the partnership’s income on her individual income tax return. A partnership agreement is a practical necessity for this form of business organization. A corporation is a limited liability entity that is treated as a separate legal person for tax purposes. It must file its own tax return and is taxed separately from the shareholders. The shareholders of a C corporation are liable for the corporation’s debts only to the extent of their contribution to the corporation. Shareholders need not report the corpo-

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The Village Store by Elaine Samples


uch of the charm of southern towns is rooted in tradition: Friday night lights at the local high school, college football on Saturdays, or fried chicken and collard greens on lazy Sunday afternoons at grandma’s and grandpa’s house. Most of us who grew up in the southeast have warm memories of time spent at summer camps or in backyard creeks. And lots of times, those memories are rooted in local merchants. When I was young, there was a store down the street with a little wooden seat out front that included the words “LIAR’S BENCH” ascribed across the back where my little brother, Blake, often entertained retirees with some pretty tall tales. Many lazy afternoons were spent in front of the store killing time and being friendly with neighbors.


The Village Store on Platt Springs Road in Lexington is one of those businesses rooted in tradition. Since its inception in 1958 when the road in front of it was mere dirt, the Village Store has been serving Lexington families groceries, hot dogs, and quality service. That two lane road will soon be a five lane highway, but the service remains friendly and Mr. D is still serving hot dogs. Darrel Hogle has worked at the Village Store since the 90s and many customers call him simply “Pop” and remember him for his handlebar mustache. The old building that housed the store had many problems, so the current owner, Sanket Dalal, saw

the roadway expansion as a prime opportunity for an extreme makeover. He built a brand new facility behind the smaller store and had the faulty old building torn down.

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The shiny new Village Store houses a full service restaurant with cooked to order meals, including breakfast all day with made from scratch biscuits (talk about Southern traditions). Also with the opening of the new store comes their very own “Village Store Blend” coffee. This is a private label Brazilian grown brew that is locally roasted and (a certified SC food) is ground fresh every morning. You can stop in for a cup while

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chatting with neighbors, or even take home a bag for yourself. Fresh burgers from a local butcher are never frozen and always good. Chicken is fried fresh and piping hot when served, the chili and slaw are homemade, and the Hot Dog Man serves up the best hot dogs in town.

have stories to tell of a fond memory connected to the Village Store. “Most recently,” relays Matt, “a nice middle aged lady stopped by to check on us. She lives in New Mexico, but grew up in Lexington and wanted us to know that ours is the first stop she makes every time she comes to town.”

Sanket’s good friend, Matt Burris, manages the store and he says there are upwards of three generations of families that come in regularly for milk and eggs, a milkshake or an ice cream sundae. It is not uncommon for Matt to have several customers daily that remember the store from “back when” or

Whether you need to fill up the tank, relish a hot dog, or sip a fresh cup of brew, stop in the Village Store today and say hello to Matt, Sanket or Pop. Tell them Lexington Woman sent you. Check out their Facebook page at


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Gavin’s Journey

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found out I was pregnant at 3 ½ months. I had no sign other than feeling a little ill. As soon as my husband and I found out we were pregnant, we also found out he was being deployed to Afghanistan! I made an appointment with my Doctor. A blood test was done to make certain I was indeed pregnant, even though I had done a home pregnancy test. Next, I had an ultrasound. It showed I was 14 weeks 5 days. All seemed normal, and at 20 weeks, another ultrasound showed we were expecting a son. We decided to name him Gavin! When I was 5 ½ months pregnant, my husband was deployed to Afghanistan, and I was on my own! Saying goodbye to him was one of the hardest days of all for him and me! I think I cried for 2 days! At 26 weeks, everything started to go downhill. I went in for a 1 hour glucose test and failed. The doctor called and told me she had never seen numbers as high as mine and ordered a 4 hour glucose test. The 4 hour test was awful for me as I am terrified of needles! The doctor called again and told me my numbers were still very high. I went into her office and was taught how to eat properly and how to check my glucose levels 4 times a day. When I checked with my doctor to go over my numbers, she was shocked and said she did not understand how I could have levels so high during the glucose testing but then everything completely normal when done at home. At every visit, I would have my vitals checked. At 28 weeks, my blood pressure was elevated; I think it was because I had to walk a mile across the parking lot. After resting, my blood pressure was checked and it was normal. When my doctor came in, she was concerned because I was measuring small and worried that Gavin may not be growing properly. She did an ultrasound to check my fluid levels and to make sure everything looked normal. She could not get a clear picture, so she ordered another ultrasound for the next day. Everything looked fine – weight and fluid levels were in the normal range.


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At 32 weeks, my blood pressure was high again and then normal 10 minutes later. I was told because of the gestational diabetes, high pressure and measuring small that I would have a baby with Down’s Syndrome or a still birth. This is not something I wanted to hear especially with my husband so far away from home! I thought pregnancy was supposed to be exciting, not like this! At 34 weeks, my husband was able to come home to help me. I went to labor and delivery for testing, had more blood work, done, and an IV catheter inserted. I was sent home to do a 24 hour urine test. All the tests came back normal. The doctor had me come into the office 2 times each week for a stress test to make certain Gavin was ok.

prove it all wrong. I was told so many times my child would not make it, and even if he did, he was going to have serious medical problems. My son is 2 months old now, weighs 11 pounds and smiles from ear to ear every day. My husband and I are so happy to have our happy, healthy little boy home with us.

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At 36 weeks, I still measured small and was told to prepare myself for a delivery with complications and possibly a child with complications. After every visit, I’d go home and cry about the things I had been told. I had carried this baby for 9 months, and there was a high chance he would be stillborn or need serious medical help! When I was 39 weeks, at 3:00 AM, I was having labor pains 10 minutes apart. By the time we were half way to the hospital, they were 5 minutes apart. When we arrived I was dilated 6 cm and was given an epidural. I was monitored closely. When the doctor told me it was time for me to push, I just remember looking up at my husband and saying “I’m scared,” not because of the pain but for fear of what I had been told for the last 3 or 4 months. Is my baby even going to be alive? When he arrived, I was afraid to look! I gave birth to a 6 pound 7 ounce healthy, handsome baby boy! Ladies, it is possible to be told the worst and

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by Patti Mack


ome Care is non-skilled care provided in the home, helping people with activities of daily living, such as, dressing, bathing, homemaker services including light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication management, dietary compliance, transportation and more. As people become informed about the benefits of keeping a loved one in their home as long as possible and the cost savings of home care over assisted living, they are choosing home care as an alternative for as long as possible.

What many people don’t know is that these home care expenses are tax deductible. You can include in medical expenses amounts you pay for nursing services. The services need not be performed by a nurse as long as the services are of a kind generally performed by a nurse. This includes services connected with caring for the patient’s condition, such as assisting with medication or changing dressings, as well as bathing and grooming the patient. These services can be provided in your home or another care facility. Generally, only the amount spent for nursing services is a medical expense. If the attendant also provides personal and household services, amounts paid to the at-

tendant must be divided between the time spent performing household and personal services and the time spent for nursing services. For example, because of your medical condition you pay an agency $300 per week for medical and household services. The attendant spends 10% of her time doing household services such as washing dishes and laundry. You can include only $270 per week as medical expenses. The $30 (10% × $300) allocated to household services cannot be included. However, certain maintenance or personal care services provided for qualified long-term care can be included in medical expenses. Additionally, certain expenses for household services or for the care of a qualifying individual incurred to allow

you to work may qualify for the child and dependent care credit. See IRS Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. You can also include in medical expenses part of the amount you pay for that attendant’s meals. Divide the food expense among the household members to find the cost of the attendant’s food. Then divide that cost in the same manner as in the preceding paragraph. If you had to pay additional amounts for household upkeep because of the attendant, you can include the extra amounts with your medical expenses. This includes extra rent or utilities you pay because you moved to a larger apartment to provide space for the attendant.

Qualified long-term care services are also tax deductible and are necessary diagnostic, preventive, therapeutic, curing, treating, mitigating, rehabilitative services, and maintenance and personal care services that are required by a chronically ill individual, and provided pursuant to a plan of care prescribed by a licensed health care practitioner. BrightStar provides our clients with an annual summary of services and cost for your tax records. For more information on tax deductibility of home care, you or your tax preparer may review Publication 502 at Learn more about BrightStar at www.


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CrossFit is for EVERYONE – Especially the Young at Heart! by Amy DeVore


t’s Monday morning at 7:00 AM, where would you expect to find your grandmother? Maybe at home drinking coffee, just starting her day or on the way to see yet another doctor. You won’t find the early bird ladies of CrossFit Iron Mary’s doing that, why, because they are in the gym pumping some iron and proving that age is not a limiting factor or an excuse. forty five pound box, but boy has that changed now she dead lifts 195 pounds. Fran says, “I have learned so much about what my body can do for me if I train correctly, and it doesn’t matter if I am in my “older years”. CrossFit not only prepares these ladies to do extraordinary things in the gym, but also outside the gym. Fran is even going to do a tandem parachute jump with the Army Golden Knights in April and she does this in loving memory of her son David who was a South Carolina State Trooper killed in the line of duty in 2000. They say that Ray and Mary Anderson, Owners of Iron Mary’s, really pour the work on them, but they love it and it makes grow stronger physically and mentally with every workout.

The Early Bird Ladies The core group of these ladies have been committed to working out and supporting each other for over a year now with their faithful little mascot two year old Emily Ann learning fitness right along with them. These ladies prove you can get fit at any age and that aging adults can still workout effectively and even lift weights. Fitness, CrossFit in particular, is an important part of the lives of these ladies who find that they are able to accomplish more in life and their personal missions to reach out to others as a result of staying active.

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This phenomenal group ladies that include, Margaret, Mary, Miriam, Erma, Fran, and Marian range in ages from 58 to 67 and have backgrounds in everything from real estate and sales to education. This group of ladies encourage each other and lift each other up, all while lifting kettlebells and doing CrossFit. These ladies have developed a passion for CrossFit and for working out, so much so that they have friends across the country looking for CrossFit gyms near to them so they can capture some of the energy and vigor that these ladies show everyday. For instance Fran came into the class last year not able to lift a

These ladies are not only energetic in the gym, but they also leave the gym and take their mental and physical toughness out into the community where they stay involved. They are involved with such projects as “Chicks and Tools”, where a group of women go out and build wheelchair ramps for the disabled and many other projects too numerous to list. They give all the glory for all that they have been able to accomplish whether it be in the gym or in their life to God and praise Him for it every day, even while working out. For all that these ladies do they deserve a salute from each of us. As you see no matter if you are a grandmother or a child, physically fit or wanting to get physically fit Iron Mary’s has a workout for you.



The Importance of Spaying

by Briana Davis


very year millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States because there aren’t enough homes to provide for them. Spaying and neutering pets is promoted to help prevent pet overpopulation. Spaying, aka ovariohysterectomy, is accomplished by surgically removing the ovaries and uterus of a pet. In addition to being used as prevention for pregnancy, spaying is also used as treatment for certain diseases and as prevention for certain tumors. Timing of spaying is important and good post-operative care is essential to ensure minimal complications. Spaying isn’t always an elective procedure to prevent pregnancy. Sometimes it is necessary to treat disease. One such disease is pyometra.  Pyometra is an infection of the uterus.  It generally occurs 4-8 weeks after a heat cycle.  Pyometra can lead to sepsis, peritonitis, and ultimately death, if left untreated.  Though some early cases may be managed medically, most cases need to be spayed to resolve.  Vaginal prolapse is another condition that can resolve subsequent to an ovariohysterectomy. Vaginal prolapse occurs when the hormones secreted during a heat cycle cause the vaginal tissue to swell so much that it everts from the vulva.  This can lead to traumatized tissue, difficulty urinating, and infection.  Spaying removes the source of

hormones, and the vaginal tissue shrinks back to its original position. It may also be recommended for false pregnancies, uterine trauma, and excessive bleeding due to irregular heat cycles. An additional benefit of spaying is that it reduces the animal’s risk of developing mammary cancer. Mammary tumors are a common type of tumor in dogs and cats.  50-75% of mammary tumors are malignant. The risk of developing mammary tumors increases with the more heat cycles a female goes through. Spaying an animal before her first heat cycle can reduce the risk of developing mammary tumors by 90-99%. Spaying also takes away the risk of developing uterine or ovarian cancer.

Timing of an ovariohysterectomy is important. It isn’t recommended to perform a spay while the female is in heat. Uterine tissue is swollen and delicate at this time, so it is more likely to tear.  Blood supply to the uterus is also greater, so the risk of hemorrhage during surgery is increased.  Waiting at least 4-6 weeks after a heat cycle will allow the uterine tissue to return to normal size and the blood supply to decrease. Even though spaying is often an elective procedure, it is still a major abdominal surgery. Activity should be limited (no running/jumping) for at least 2 weeks post-operatively. This allows the muscle of the abdomen to heal sufficiently so that dehiscience (opening) of the inci-

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A Personal Note


irst of all, let me say that the children are all happy and healthy! By the time some of you read this, we will be back at school from Spring Break and rolling on toward summer. It has been quite beautiful here in Lexington. We are enjoying family time and looking forward to a June vacation for the first time in many years. I am so thankful for each of my offspring and the many moments of love and laughter they bring to Trent and me. Can I be honest? Today I am struggling. I believe happiness is a choice – most days I make the choice and the day plays itself out, and I am content with the end result. Today is not one of those days. It seems petty of me to complain when I am so blessed, so I won’t. I just want to say that doing the right thing is not always the easy thing, and doing the easy thing is often not the right thing. I am not a perfect person, nor have I ever claimed to be. I have faults and failures, some of which I wear on my shoulders and others to which only my closest friends are privy. I try. That is the bottom line.

When life gives me lemons, I make lemonade. I am a people pleaser and sometimes that gets me into trouble, because quite frankly I can’t always do what someone desires of me. I try to be an example of light and love and a quality representative of my God. Sometimes I fail. When my work on earth is finished, I want my children to remember that their mother loved them above all else. I photo by Patrick Mooney want them to remember that I helped people and I tried to make the world a better place for them. Even if it is just leaving a public restroom a little cleaner than it was when I found it, I want to make a difference. My circumstances are not yours, and our worries differ. You must win your victories and suffer your own defeats. I have made friends with circumstances in my life I cannot change and endeavor daily to change the things that I can. Sometimes I make the wrong choice. I am thankful that when I am wrong, He still loves me. He still gives me a resting place within His arms and a seat at His table. I pray that tomorrow I do a better job than I did today. I don’t write with such honesty on my personal note and share my intimate thoughts with you haphazardly. Some of you will read this and judge me. Some of you will feel sorry for me and say I wonder what is going on that made her write such a note, and others of you will not care at all. I share these thoughts for those of you who will see my heart and reflect upon your own trials and thoughts and say, “ I am not alone.” I believe that we go through the things we do to help encourage others in their time of need; to show someone, “You can do this, I did.” Tomorrow is a new day. It will be a day filled with choices. I will choose to be happy. Your friend,

Lori Samples Duncan


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