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AUGUST 2020

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Kids & Pets Issue CARRIE COLBERT’S CURATE CAPITAL

HIGH-TECH PETS

DIY FUN FAMILY PHOTOS


LIFESTYLE LETTER

AUGUST 2020 PUBLISHER

Kamilla Batchelor | kamilla.batchelor@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Gabriela De la Rosa | gabi.delarosa@lifestylepubs.com

Can't Handle the Cuteness! CAN’T HANDLE THE CUTENESS!

AD DESIGNER

Evan Deuvall LAYOUT DESIGNER

Jayme Emery CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Houston, this issue is quite the treat. (And not just dog treats!) We have rounded up the cutest kids and pets in our area and put them all over these pages for you to enjoy.

Deborah Blumberg, Mellanie Perez CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Chris Spicks, Yvonne Villegas-Vasquez

This issue was such a pleasure to create. Joy Green offers tips on how to take cute photos with kids, and Executive Chef Bobby Matos shares some of his delicious kidfriendly recipes. We also found out it takes precisely five people to wrangle a threeyear-old and a poodle for a magazine cover shoot. Carrie Colbert and her cute daughter Elle made the whole process easy and fun - we hope you love the cover and learning about Carrie's passion for helping female founders as much as we do.  Take this month to spoil your little ones, whether they walk on two legs or four, and watch them all get a little bit bigger and a little bit smarter. We don't yet know what this school year will be like for our community, but I am cherishing this slower time with my crew (pictured here) before the hustle and bustle of the school year take hold. Stay safe and well, Houston! 

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

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INSIDE THE ISSUE AUGUST 2020

FEATURES 10 DIY Fun Family Photos Take effortless family photos with tips from content creator, Joy Green.

14 Kid Friendly Recipes Get your kids in the kitchen with delicious recipes from Executive Chef Bobby Matos.

18 Curate Capital, Investing in the Future of Female Entrepreneurs Inside Carrie Colbert’s mission to funnel investment dollars into businesses owned by women.

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30 High Tech Pups Three Must Haves for Smart Dogs & Smart Homes

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Around Town

10 DIY 14

Culinary Creations

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Local Limelight

22 Inspired By 26 Open House 30 Renovate & Refine 32 Artist’s Palette 34 Healthy Lifestyle


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DIY HOUSTON BASED CONTENT CREATOR JOY GREEN

DIY Fun Family Photos

HAS A PLAYFUL STYLE ALL HER OWN. Her Instagram feed @joyfullgreen is full of beautiful photos, color-coordinated props, and just enough whimsy to keep you scrolling for more. After being in medical sales for eight years, Green turned to blogging and social media after the birth of her daughter Kai. Fast forward four years, and the mother of two quit her sales job, is a full-time content creator, and works with national brands like Martha Stewart and Pottery Barn Kids. We sat down with the self-made photographer to get three tips on how to take great photos with your family.

TAKE EFFORTLESS FAMILY PHOTOS WITH TIPS FROM CONTENT CREATOR, JOY GREEN.

Photo Credit: Joy Green

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Photo Credit: Joy Green

01.

Photo Credit: Joy Green

When working with kids and pets, you have to have the right mindset going into the shoot. Give yourself plenty of time and proper preparation. Depending on their age, you can let them pick outfits or props and keep them involved in the process.

02.

Photo Credit: Joy Green

As far as outfits, we try to keep it simple with the kids. I like to use coordinating colors, so I usually start with an outfit for myself and work from there picking outfits for everyone else. The best way to keep it all cohesive is to work off one color scheme – when you have a monochrome pallet, it makes your photo look pulled together.

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There are many digital tools and technology available to us that make it straightforward to take a great photo without being a professional photographer. Using a tripod with a self-timer or a Bluetooth remote is essential. My favorite apps are Enlight Photofox, Snapseed, and Lightroom, which are all available for your phone and easy to use. CityLifestyle.com/RiverOaks

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CULINARY CREATIONS

recipes your kids will love

ARTICLE GABI DE LA ROSA | PHOTOGRAPHY YVONNE VILLEGAS-VASQUEZ

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HONEY BUTTER CHICKEN

Executive Chef Bobby Matos cooks up his famous Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits with his mini chefs, Brody and Bailey.

BISCUITS

AWARD WINNING EXECUTIVE CHEF BOBBY MATOS, A CALIFORNIA NATIVE, HAS BEEN A PART OF THE RESTAURANT SCENE SINCE BEFORE HE COULD DRIVE. Starting out as a dishwasher he soon realized that where he wanted to be was not washing dishes, but creating menus that people will enjoy. Matos is at the helm of two of Houston’s most popular restaurants, State of Grace and La Lucha which has earned him the distinction of being one of the busiest chefs in Houston. He is also dad to 8-year-old Brody and 6-year-old Bailey who keep him busy in and out of the kitchen. If there is one thing Chef Bobby Matos is appreciated for in his own house and in Houston it’s his crispy and delicious fried chicken. 12 Biscuits 2 hours, 15 min

Who can pass up the Pollo Especiale from La Lucha? Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits are so satisfying – even the pickiest eaters in your household will love them. Chef Matos’ pro tip? Rub both sides of hot biscuit with whipped honey butter and enjoy.

INGREDIENTS Butter Biscuits

+ 40 oz. all-purpose flour + 1 oz. salt + ¾ c. sugar + 6 Tbs. baking powder + 1.5 lbs. butter + 3 c. buttermilk Fried Chicken Dredge

+ 1 c. all-purpose flour + 1 Tbs. smoked paprika + Pinch cayenne pepper + Pinch freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS Chop butter into tiny cubes and freeze at least two hours. Whisk together the dry ingredients. Either by hand or with paddle attachment to a mixer cut in the butter and then add buttermilk until just combined. Pour out mix onto a sheet ray and level. Refrigerate for one hour. Remove from pan and cut into desired shape, then brush with buttermilk and bake at 375 degrees until golden brown (approximately 16 min depending on shape/size). Directions for Fried Chicken: Cut chicken into small squares and marinate in seasoned buttermilk - use same seasoning from dredge. Coat with dredge and fry until crispy using this dredge and then toss in honey. CONTINUED >

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CULINARY CREATIONS (CONTINUED)

Texas Peaches and Berries with State of Grace Granola

TEXAS PEACHES AND BERRIES WITH STATE OF GRACE

GRANOLA

Nothing says summer in Texas like peaches and berries. What is the best part of making this dish according to the Matos kids? The honey drizzle, of course! State of Grace Granola, Greek yogurt with Texas peaches and berries makes a delicious breakfast or snack. Chef Matos’ pro tip: toss peaches with a half and half mixture of Steen’s cane syrup and vinegar to bring out their flavor.

4 Servings 25 Min

INGREDIENTS + 2 c. rolled Oats + ½ c. slivered almonds + ¼ c. brown sugar + ¼ c. maple syrup + ¾ c. dried fruit + ¼ c. blended oil

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 225 F. In one bowl mix all dry ingredients (not the fruit). In bowl of larger or equal size, mix oil and syrup. Toss dry ingredients in bowl with oil and syrup until evenly coated. Pour mixture in an even layer onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Place in oven. Set timer for 6 minutes. After 6 minutes stir. Set another timer for six minutes or cook until golden brown and fragrant. Remove from oven and let cool. Once the granola is cool, in a different bowl add yogurt, granola, and Texas peaches and blueberries. Drizzle honey over the top and add mint garnish, if desired.

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT Photo Credit: Courtesy of Carrie Colbert

INSIDE CARRIE COLBERT’S MISSION TO FUNNEL INVESTMENT DOLLARS INTO BUSINESSES OWNED BY WOMEN.

C U R AT E C A P I TA L , INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS ARTICLE GABI DE LA ROSA | PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS SPICKS AS A NEARLY TWENTY-YEAR VETERAN OF THE OIL

Colbert quickly made a name for herself in the digital

AND GAS BUSINESS, CARRIE COLBERT FOUND HER-

space where her colorful photos and blog posts embodied

SELF IN A UNIQUE POSITION TO PIVOT AND CHANGE

her slogan, “More color, please.” Soon she was connecting

THE DIRECTION OF HER CAREER PATH ALTOGETHER.

with other creatives online and speaking at conferences

Corporate life burnout left her wanting to explore her cre-

geared toward creative businesswomen and entrepreneurs.

ative side and the burgeoning business of social media.

It seemed quite naturally, and without meaning to, Colbert

Unattached and childless at the time, Colbert settled

Armed with an entrepreneurial spirit, an engineering

blog and social media, but always knew that wasn’t her end

degree, and MBA from the University of Texas, Colbert

game. “When I started out blogging, my goal was never to

realized she had the distinct ability to help other business

be the traditional blogger or influencer. It was more from

women. Her online connections began to turn into profes-

a business perspective – I wanted to learn about this new

sional partnerships, where Colbert was able to add value

online economy and how people were making money aided

with her unique hybrid of expertise.

by social media,” said the entrepreneur. “My perspective was to learn the landscape.” 18

had stumbled upon her new career path.

into chronicling her travels and high-end fashion on her

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“I started connecting with women who had great creative ideas, but didn’t have the background in finance or business


that I have,” says Colbert. “I’ve always been passionate about female-founded businesses, so at that point, along with running my blog, I started investing in them.” Although 50% of businesses vying for venture capital dollars are female-founded, less than 3% receive funding. By any standards, this is an abysmal number, so when word got out that Colbert was working to change that with her investments, the deals began to roll in. Opportunities soon exceeded Colbert’s personal capacity to handle them. Ever the entrepreneur, Colbert founded Curate Capital, a venture capital fund whose sole mission is to invest in female-founded businesses that cater to other females. “We have been able to work with such great women – we are talking about Forbes 30 Under 30 caliber of women,” says Colbert. “They are out there doing great things to change the landscape of the businesses they are in. It is an exciting time to be in that space as a creative person and investor.” Colbert, now a mom to three-year-old Elle, still runs her blog as a creative outlet and a way to connect with others in an online space, but it is quite evident even after talking with her briefly that her new passion is Curate Capital. Her first and most substantial investment, a party decorations business, Packed Party, recently announced their partnership with Walmart – notably the first-ever non-celebrity partnership for the big box store. “Walmart approached us with the deal,” says Colbert. “But it never would have happened if I hadn’t met Jordan Jones (the founder of Packed Party) on Instagram.” This marks a full-circle moment for Colbert and an exciting indication of what’s to come for Curate Capital.

“I AM NOT IN THIS FEMALE FOUNDED SPACE BECAUSE IT IS POLITICALLY CORRECT OR TRENDY RIGHT NOW. I AM IN THIS SPACE BECAUSE I REALLY BELIEVE IN HELPING OTHER BUSINESS WOMEN.” - CARRIE COLBERT

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THE WILL ERWIN HEADACHE RESEARCH FOUNDATION SUPPORTS RESEARCH DEDICATED TO FINDING A CURE FOR ALL DEBILITATING HEADACHES.

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Pam and Jimmy Erwin founded the Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation in honor of their late son, Will.

HOUSTONIAN WILL ERWIN TOOK HIS OWN LIFE

so extreme that those who suffer from them can vomit or

AT AGE 24 AFTER YEARS OF SUFFERING FROM

have so much light sensitivity that they can't stand to look

CLUSTER HEADACHES, OFTEN CALLED "SUICIDE

at a screen. Migraines affect more than 10% of people, says

HEADACHES" FOR THEIR EXCRUCIATING PAIN. Will's

Burish, who's an assistant professor in the Department of

parents, Pam and Jimmy Erwin were determined for some

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Center at Houston, a neurologist, and interventional pain

The couple established the Will Erwin Headache

specialist. "It's important to find a cure," he says.

Research Foundation, a non-profit that channels money into

In current, cutting-edge research, Burish, along with

cluster headache research. Its goal is to find a cure for these

Drs. Seung-Hee Yoo and Zheng Chen of UTHealth, has

life-changing and debilitating headaches and connect and

been looking at the daily rhythm of headaches. Cluster

bring relief to the community of headache sufferers, family,

headache patients often have headaches at the same time

and friends whose lives are impacted by the disorder.

each day like clockwork, and their headaches seem to get

Historically, government funding for cluster headache

worse during the same few months every year.

research has been comparatively small over the last

"We think this may be a key to understanding how a

decade, leaving a huge gap that's needed to be filled. The

cluster headache turns on, and hopefully will be a key to

Foundation pledged $20 million and partnered with the

understanding how to turn it off," Burish says.

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and The University

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School to create the Will Erwin Headache Research Center,

greater Houston area, by treating their headaches.

where leading research into cluster headaches is ongoing.

Ultimately, the research center's goal is to be obsolete.

"These headaches, by definition, are not mild," says Dr.

Burish hopes for a day when headache treatment is so

Mark Burish, who leads the Headache Research Center.

effective and so simple, and the scientific community's

"Patients can be in an extreme amount of pain for hours at

understanding of headaches is so complete that the cen-

a time. It can be incredibly hard to work, spend time with

ter isn't necessary. "Until then," he says, "we can't rest."

your family, or do anything while you have a headache." The Foundation also helps to fund migraine research. For many people, migraine headache symptoms can be

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RENOVATE & REFINE

high-tech pets

Photo Courtesy of Media Systems, Inc.

THREE MUST HAVES FOR SMART DOGS & SMART HOMES

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THE LANDSCAPE OF SMART TECHNOL-

Boutwell, that may be the most critical feature

OGY FOR PETS IN 2020 IS VAST. Donnie

if you have a pet who tends to run. Fi Collar

Boutwell, CEO of Media Systems, gives his top

also has many health features to keep tabs on

three picks for keeping your four-legged family

your dog and utilizes GPS over cellular ser-

members safe, healthy, and comfortable.  

vice, which, according to Boutwell, is incredible technology for this kind of a device.  

DOGGIE CAMS Doggie cams are not very expensive,

CONNECTED HOME

and they’re easy to manage. According to

Crestron is the premiere home automa-

Boutwell, something as simple as a Ring

tion system with integrations for whole-

Indoor Security Camera that allows you to

home lighting, shades, drapes, music,

see the room and even talk back is a great

climate, TV, Home Theater, door locks, and

start. In addition to Ring, there are several

security. There are so many opportunities to

other options on the market if this is what

automate your entire home with Crestron’s

you’re looking for. “What we have in our

features, not only for your pet but also your

home and love is Furbo,” says Boutwell.

whole family. Shades open and close with

“Furbo takes doggie cams to another level

sunrise and sunset, lights ramp up gently in

by giving us real-time alerts to a cell phone.

the morning, and the climate is automatically

We know when Bennie is barking, crying or

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howling, and we can talk to him through the

a problem, Boutwell says with the push of a

two-way audio feature. It records 1080p HD

button on your iPhone, your pet can be set-

video with the added “Nanny” cloud record-

tled in front of the TV watching Animal Planet.

ing service, and our favorite feature is that

“Crestron can integrate with WaveTrend.net

we can toss him a treat.”

RF Readers (worn on collars) to open doggie doors, change lighting scenes, turn on TVs,

SMART COLLARS

or whatever you could dream of doing for

There are several smart collars on the

your pooch,” says Boutwell. “Automating the

market now, and if you read other reviews,

home is great for you, but it’s even better for

you’ll see that Fi Collar is at the top of the list.

your four-legged family members who stay

The extended battery life sets it apart from

home all day.”

other collars out there, and it can tell where your dog is within about 7 feet. According to

For more information about home automation, visit mediasystems.com.

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DIRECTIONS 1. Take your cardboard and cut two pieces into the shape of a llama (we found a stencil online). Then, cut strips of cardboard the depth you want your llama to be. You’ll connect these to either side of the llama cutouts to enclose your piñata. 2. Glue your strip of cardboard all along the edge of one side of your llama, then glue to the other side. (Be sure to leave a hole you can close up later so you can fill it with your favorite candy!)

PIÑLLAMA

3. Starting at the neck, cover the front, back and sides of your llama with white crepe paper, cutting a slit every half inch or so to create the traditional piñata look. 4. Cover all remaining sides the neck and head with white construction paper, cut to fit your design. 5. Using construction paper, beads, pom poms, tassels, buttons, etc., add some flair to the rest of your llama! Bonus points for incorporating different shapes and textures into your final product.

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Tips to Keep Yo u r K i d s Sa f e this Summer WHEN THE TEMPERATURES START PUSHING THE UPPER

ARTICLE MELLANIE PEREZ

BROKEN BONES

NINETIES AND THE SUN STARTS SETTING AFTER 8 P.M., KIDS

You’ve probably seen it happen. A child is swinging off the mon-

AND FAMILIES START SPENDING MORE TIME OUTDOORS.

key bars, lands wrong, and twists an ankle. Or they’re running in

Summer means it’s time to play, and who takes that more seriously

flip-flops, trip, and fall. It may be nearly impossible to make sure your

than kids themselves? Perhaps Dr. Noam Rosines, Chief Medical

kids don’t fall — the most common incident resulting in pediatric

Officer at Village Emergency Centers. With an outpost in River Oaks,

non-fatal injuries, but you can eschew the consequences. “You want

Rosines tends to a fair share of pediatric emergencies year-round,

to make sure the kids are always wearing proper footwear that pro-

but the summertime brings about a unique set of stumbling blocks,

tects their skin and balance,” says Rosines.

literally and figuratively. Here are the most common injuries Rosines sees in the summer, plus his take on how to prevent them.

LACERATIONS

SUNBURNS

results in stitches, most commonly in the face. “Kids fall, hit their

If a fall doesn’t end in a broken bone, it may end up in a cut that Burns are generally super common with kids, and in the summertime,

foreheads, or severely cut their palms,” says Rosines. “If they’re

this readily translates to sunburns. Rosines has seen kids in the ER with

going for a bike ride or playing rough, have them wear a helmet.

blistering sunburns, an unfortunate consequence, since these are easy

That can save not only their face, but also their lives.”

to prevent. “Most people know they’re supposed to wear sunscreen, but then they’re playing in the water all day and forget to reapply,” says Rosines. “For children, use a sunscreen suitable for kids — one that has fewer chemicals and irritants, and has at least a 15 SPF.”

THE SUMMER TRIP YOU DIDN’T PLAN; DR. ROSINES SHARES HOW TO KEEP YOUR KIDS OUT OF THE ER.

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