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A VISION BECOMES REALITY FALL DECORATING IDEAS FLIGHT NIGHT DONE RIGHT


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Farmstore Winery Bakery

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BrOOkview StatiOn “Capital Region’s winerY VotedBest Winery” at Goold Orchards

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Other October Events Annual Kids Country Play Day Saturday, Oct.1st Annual Halloween Pets on Parade Sunday, Oct. 16th Sugarbush Dog Agility Exhibitions Saturday, Oct. 22nd

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Hard Cider at Goold Orchards

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Groups-Buses welcomed by reservation I-90 to Exit 11E & Follow Signs • Schodack

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Lifestyle Letter

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ver make a bucket list and wonder how many things you'll actually check off in your lifetime? Back in January, I put “complete triathlon” at the top of my bucket list, and well, last month I finally got to cross it off. It was the best feeling, and learned some amazing lessons in the process!

OCTOBER 2016 publisher

Nancy Ramos | Nancy.Ramos@LifestylePubs.com

editor

Kara Jablonski | Kara.Jablonski@LifestylePubs.com

contributing writers

YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A BEGINNER AT SOMETHING.

C.S. Ramos, Julie Maleski, Karen Totino

At age 36, I’ve participated in road races for nearly 6 years now. I can pinpoint roughly how comfortable  I’m going to be at different distances and courses. But it's humbling to toe the line of a race when you know next to nothing about what to expect. And rather than stressing about how many seconds it took to tie my shoes and buckle my helmet, my goal was to finish in one piece. THE BEGINNERS NEED THE PROS.

Maybe it was the fact that my bike wasn’t exactly built for road racing, but I seemed to be climbing hills at roughly half the speed of some of the other cyclists. The amazing part was that everyone called out words of encouragement as they passed by, telling me "great job." The fact that they were willing to expend precious breath and energy to cheer me along me was encouraging. These triathletes leaving me in their dust knew where I was coming from; they had all had a first race too. 

Emily E. Byrne, Maggie Fronk, Sidney Martin, Shane Frasier, Kate Chamberlain

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Despite training daily, there were moments during the race that I couldn’t have practiced anywhere but during the race. I felt like I was as ready as I was ever going to be, yet simultaneously hopeless in the dark. However, there wasn't any other way I could have learned to do it. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “HAVING” TO WORK OUT AND “GETTING” TO WORK OUT.

I never dread exercise that I have a say in. When I’m not training for a race, I make the most of my freedom to mix up my workouts — or occasionally decide that sleeping another hour is more important than a trip to the gym. I appreciate the motivation of working towards an end goal, but I realized exercise, for me personally, is more sustainable when I can pick and choose what I feel like doing, rather than fearing that I will fail.

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I consider myself very lucky to have a handful of supremely motivating athletic pals in my life. Whether ahead of me, beside me or just behind me, they have all pushed me to run harder, and spin faster in countless races and workouts. I couldn't have done this triathlon without their support.  Cheers!   Kara Jablonski Editor- Saratoga Lifestyle Kara.Jablonski@LifestylePubs.com Kara Jablonski, Editor

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October 2016

Departments

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Saratoga Adventures: Flight Night at The Thirsty Owl

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Hops & Vine

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Water & Woods

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Artist’s Palette

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Trend Setter

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

32 Improve Your Well Being

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Good Times

The Dancing Athlete Gala 2016

A fabulous time was had by all at the 2016 Dancing Athlete Gala!  The annual gala is the Museum's largest fundraiser and the highlight of Saratoga's summer season.

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Springs? Well Saratoga Adventures did, and we set out to see what all the hype was about....and drink wine of course.  Situated at the intersection of South Broadway & Lincoln, The Thirsty Owl is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and enjoy some  nationally acclaimed  wines with friends.  They also have some delicious Spanish-Mediterranean & American fare, like seafood paella, crab mac & cheese, and of course some beautiful cheese boards to pair with your wine. PS- We LOVED the cheese board! The winery itself is based on the west side of Cayuga Lake. With over 150 acres of land on their family owned vineyard, Thirsty Owl  offers over twenty different wines,

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such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. One of the great things that Thirsty Owl offers is a $5 wine tasting (yes, you heard me right- $5 wine tasting),  which allows you try your pick of any of their five wines you want.  We thought this would be an excellent way of sampling what they had to offer, and figured we would have a little bit of fun with it too.  Covering our eyes, to really focus in on our sense of smell and taste of each wine, turned out to be both captivating, educational and HIGHLY amusing.  For those of you that are not wine drinkers (I know, weird right? But there are a few of you out there), we recommend trying their White Sangria. It was the perfect blend of citrus and sweet, and extremely refreshing to boot.  And those of you who prefer beer over wine, well Thirsty Owl always has a few varieties on tap. We tried the Tangerine IPA... which tasted fruity, but not too sweet, and it was absolutely delicious. Inside their beautifully renovated building (previously Kimberly's  Guest House),  there is plenty of room for sitting and socializing in the bar area, or you can enjoy a table, inside or out, on the covered porch or in the garden.  We highly suggest trying out Thirsty Owl!  Whether you're grabbing a bite to eat, tasting some wines or stocking up with a few bottles to take home, it's definitely worth a trip. 

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It's Easy Being Green PEAK ENVIRONMENTAL CONCEPTS ARTICLE SHANE FRASIER

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s a species, we love going back to our roots. No, I don’t mean doing cave paintings and grunting inco-

herent language, I mean being outdoors. We have a fixation towards enjoying the sun, nature and all it has to offer. While it’s hard to really be out in the elements everyday, our ability to be comfortable at home, and enjoy the simple pleasure of stargazing, while being next to a roaring fire, is paramount. But where does one start to make this dream a reality, you ask? It’s true, people are so busy today that the simple task of looking up a good landscape developer/ manager is more akin to writing your college thesis paper all over again, than doing a general task. Thankfully, that’s where Peak Organic comes in to save the day. Peak Environmental Concepts has been in business since 1997, specializing in outdoor living spaces, landscape development, and management. If you couldn’t tell already by their name, they’ve tried to adhere their business practices towards being more environmentally friendly, and have accomplished it with flying colors.

“OUR GREEN ROOF OPTIONS NOT ONLY HAVE A CARBON CAPTURE FEATURE IN THEM THAT MANAGES STORM WATER AND LIMITS RUN OFF, BUT ALSO HELPS INSULATES ROOFS, MAKING IT 40% MORE EFFICIENT,” TERRY HUBBARD, PRESIDENT OF PEAK Terry Hubbard has been in the business for more than ORGANIC, SAYS. 20+ years, so he knows a thing or two. When not overseeing Peaks business operations, he also writes for, and maintains, a blog called OutdoorLivingPro.com (which I highly recommend you read after you read this article). It speaks to Hubbard's strength as a knowledgeable contractor and savvy designer; giving insider tips to help improve one's outdoors spaces at home. But while Peak works both in the residential and commercial field, Hubbard does admit their residential business is their mainstay. 16

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“FIRE PITS AND FIRE PLACES ARE OUR TWO MOST POPULAR REQUESTS,” HUBBARD EXPLAINS. “EVERYONE WANTS SOMETHING THAT LOOKS GREAT BUT IS LOW MAINTENANCE. WE HELP BY NOT ONLY MAKING SURE OUR PLANS ARE SETTLED BEFORE WE START, BUT BY ALSO SAVING THEM $5-10K WITH CONTRACTOR COORDINATION, AND OF COURSE BEING MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY EFFICIENT.”

Hubbard prides himself and his business on three main principles: Safety, Workmanship and Efficiency. While this might seem standard for a business to try to live up to, Hubbard's tone and words seem genuine. And when you put his experience in landscaping and outdoor space construction into account, it’s easy to see that he says what he means. And it definitely shows in their business plan. Speaking just in terms of design, Hubbard focuses on 4 main points to look at, when considering one's plans to liven up their outdoor space: Hardscapes (which reference any hard spaces outdoors), ambiance, softscapes (natural components of ones new outdoor spaces) and furnishings. While all  at once it may seem like a little intimidating, he and the rest of the Peak Concepts team are willing to take it to task. The scope of work that Peak does in it's field is impressive. And when they're not helping design or install state of the art outdoor living spaces, they also offer: lawn and shrub care, pest and disease care for plant life, custom stonework (which Hubbard admits to being one of his favorite tasks), hydroseeding.... you name it. If there’s something going on outside your home and you think it needs help, improvement, or a little bit of professional insight, Peak is the business for you!! October 2016 | Saratoga Lifestyle

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WELLSPRING Stereotypes Can Prevent People From Getting Help

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everal years ago, when our Board of Directors began the pro-

STEREOTYPES CAN PREVENT PEOPLE FROM GETTING HELP

cess of strategic planning, they pressed me for a high-level goal.

Domestic violence is more prevalent than many people recog-

I intoned that I wanted to be out of a job (sounds crazy, I know) -

nize—1 in 4 women, and 1 in 7 men, will experience domestic vio-

but that we should aspire to a world where the services provided by

lence in their lifetimes. It's also the #2 most violent crime in Saratoga

Wellspring are no longer needed. From that conversation arose a new

County. Very often, misconceptions about abuse will cause people

mission and vision—that we would support survivors, and engage our

to not seek services. All the services that Wellspring offers are avail-

community to end relationship and sexual abuse.

able to any member of our community, and are always free and

For 35 years, Wellspring has been the services provider for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Saratoga County. Today, as we envision our community free of relationship and sexual abuse, we continue to help victims find safety, healing, and support. We create innovative programs to educate our community about relationships and sexual abuse, and in prevention efforts, to create the social change needed to prevent abuse before it happens.  18

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100% confidential.


MISCONCEPTION #1: It’s Just Physical Abuse: Perhaps the

largest impediment to people recognizing relationship and sexual abuse is the notion that it is ALWAYS physical. While some abusive relationships involve physical abuse, very often the abuse is not physical.  In reality, types of abuse include: (but are not limited to) threats, intimidation, emotional and psychological abuse, financial control, interfering with employment, limiting access to family or friends, coerced sexual activity, or exposure to STDs. MISCONCEPTION #2: I’m not Eligible: For many people ‘domes-

tic violence’ has come to mean ‘battered wives.’ To other people, domestic violence happens somewhere else, to someone else. In reality, domestic violence happens regardless of socioeco-

TYPES OF DOMESTIC ABUSE Domestic Violence may involve the threat of, or actual physical violence. Other Forms of Abuse Can Include:

nomic status, religion, race, and in rural, suburban and urban areas alike.   Wellspring services are available to ANYONE experiencing relationship abuse…  wealthy, economically challenged, successful or just starting out, men, women, LGBT partners, teenagers in dating relationships, elders experiencing abuse by their partner or a family member, or anyone else. MISCONCEPTION #3: I’m not in a Crisis, so I Don’t Need Help:

Economic & Financial

Many people in abusive relationships hesitate to get help because they compare what they are experiencing to 'stereotypes' or 'worst-case scenarios'.  However, someone doesn’t need to be in 'crisis'.  They don’t have to be planning to leave to receive services from Wellspring. We are available to share information about the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, and the options available to address someone’s specific needs.

Isolation

MISCONCEPTION #4: It’s Not Me: Most people don’t realize

that you personally don’t need to have experienced the abuse to access our services. All of our services are available to anyone who is concerned because someone in their life has been abused. If you’re concerned about a loved one who may be experiencing abuse, we can help you understand the dynamics of abuse, what services are available, and how to safety plan if needed. We can help you work through your feelings so you are able to support your friend or family member as accordingly.

Verbal, Emotional & Psychological

MISCONCEPTION #5: Wellspring Can Only Respond After

Abuse Begins: At Wellspring, we know that working to be a visible, accessible organization is the key to our vision of a community, free of relationship and sexual abuse.  For the past decade, we have been working to provide a wide range of prevention and education programs, at no cost to schools and community organizations in our county, with the goal of creating social change and stopping crises before they happen. 

Unwanted Sexual Contact

Programs offered by Wellspring cover such topics as: consent related to sexual activity, acquaintance rape, teen dating violence, and domestic violence in the workplace.  CONTINUED >

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WELLSPRING (CON TI N U ED)

Our goal with all of these programs is to fundamentally change the way people and society think about these issues, and how they affect our loved ones—to help create real social change, where people know they don’t have to live in fear, and more importantly, our society will no longer accept or tolerate domestic violence or sexual assault.

More recently, Wellspring has invested in other innovative programs such as a partnership with the Saratoga Springs Police, and co-located positions at Saratoga County colleges and high schools.   We invested in creating new videos and infographics to help people learn about, and share, easy to understand messages about our important work.   Our goal with all of these programs is to fundamentally change the way people and society think about these issues, and how they affect our loved ones—to help create real social change, where people know they don’t have to live in fear, and more importantly, our society will no longer accept or tolerate domestic violence or sexual assault.   Wellspring cares very deeply about our community.  We know that it takes just one person to make a difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. 

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

If you would like to support Wellspring and our work, you might consider: • Encouraging someone you know, who may be experiencing abuse, to call us • Volunteering your professional services, or serve as a Wellspring volunteer

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• Helping Wellspring raise awareness about the issues of

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domestic violence and sexual assault by scheduling one of our

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community programs with your school, faith-based community, or professional organization • Making a gift to support our clients and our programs 20

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Fax: 518-583-2215 Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Hotline: 518-584-8188 Our hotlines operate 24-hours a day, 7 days a week


Recently SOLD Saratoga Area Properties Subdivision

Original List

Sold Price

%Sold/Orig

DOM

Bdrms

F/H Bath

Summit Hills Addison Estates

$465,000

$452,500

97%

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4

2.1

$469,900

$455,000

97%

15

4

2.1

Saratoga Springs Eastside

$479,000

$479,000

100%

5

2

2

Renaissance II

$499,900

$465,000

93%

189

4

2.1

Interlaken

$485,000

$468,000

96%

58

2

2.1

Windsor Woods

$529,900

$455,000

86%

110

4

2.1

Saratoga Springs Eastside

$559,000

$488,000

87%

119

5

4.1

Fairway Woods

$525,000

$470,000

90%

107

3

3.1

Southwick Meadows

$499,900

$475,000

95%

19

4

2.1

Countrymen Estates

$515,000

$492,000

96%

21

5

3.2

The Woodlands

$515,000

$515,000

100%

6

4

2.1

Homestead Road

$549,000

$520,000

95%

66

4

3.1

Ellsworth Landing

$615,000

$540,000

88%

179

5

3.1 2.1

Ballston Lake

$559,900

$552,000

99%

13

3

Wishing Well Estates

$569,900

$560,000

98%

2

4

2.1

Knoll Spring Park

$679,000

$635,000

94%

49

4

3.1

Saratoga Springs WestSide

$794,900

$726,000

91%

47

3

1.1

Saratoga Lake Fish Creek

$999,000

$999,000

100%

21

4

3.1

Lakeside at Riley's

$1,350,000

$1,172,500

87%

44

4

5.1

Sydney Hill

$1,595,000

$1,339,319

84%

90

6

5.1

This is a sampling of sold properties from 8-1-2016 through 8-31-2016. Source; MLS System. *DOM=Days on Market

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Fall Decorating Ideas Designs That Will Last You All Season ARTICLE JULIE MALESKI

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love, love, love fall. Who doesn’t? The humidity of summer is gone, but it’s still warm; the kids go back to school, and we can break out and wear layering pieces without sweating and smelling like a barn animal. AND with that comes Fall Decorating!!! I get so excited to decorate the house for fall. I love the colors, the smells, everything. I am so excited to decorate for all the different events once September hits, however it can be stressful. By stressful, I mean for Halloween, I want to decorate fancy and classy, and spooky, and traditional, with pumpkins all at the same time. How do you decide what to use, when you are eclectic and love it all? That, my friends, is what this article is all about! So let’s start with the basics. It’s the end of August and all the stores have Halloween costumes, fall decor and are marketing for apple pies. Have you dug out and cleaned your crock pot yet? Naturally, fall decorating is the SECOND thing on my mind, right after I finish the back to school shopping. So to get the most out of your fall decor  right through Thanksgiving and into the Christmas (yep, I said it) season, here is my recipe for perfect seasonal decorating. No matter what project I am working on, we need a plan and a great foundation. Decorating is no different. I am going to give you a step by step system to make sure your decorating lasts all season with tweaks along the way. Feel free to adjust as you see fit. After all, it is YOUR home. For your foundation, let’s identify the basic elements; color, texture, and shape. These three items will make sure your décor is well rounded and malleable to the changing themes for the remainder of the year. First up is color, and it sounds like an obvious one, but it can spiral away from you quickly. Those holding multiple mini jars of paint, I’m talking to you. The basic colors for fall are warm in nature; mossy or olive greens,  rich caramel and rust, marigold and mustard yellows. To set the tone for your fall décor until December, identify which color you are drawn to the most. Browns-you like weathered wood, tree bark, and mosses. Gold-you like straw, hay bales, and corn stalks. Reds-you like maple leaves, plaid, and red barns. Any of these three colors can go with your personal style (modern, rustic, contemporary) right now we are identifying a foundation to build your style around. Yes, it is ok if you like and want to decorate with all of those colors. Now let’s talk about textures. Texture is often the overlooked element standing between good and great. Any interior I design I certainly play on opposing textures to develop the layers of a room.

No matter what project I am working on, from working with a

client on their new construction home, to helping them pick their paint colors for a remodel, we need a plan and a great foundation. Decorating is no different. I am going to give you a step by step system to make sure your decorating lasts all season, with tweaks along the way. Feel free to adjust as you see fit. After all, it is YOUR home.

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FALL DECORATING IDEAS (CON TI N U ED)

And it ALWAYS gets noticed. Here is where your personal style comes into the spotlight. Basic textures include rough, smooth, and soft. Rough textures are items like tree bark, hay bales, and corn stalks. Smooth textures include pumpkins, apples, and galvanized buckets or other planters. Soft textures are the luxuries of the fall, wool blankets, and cotton on the stems, mums, and pillows. The third and final element is shape. Shape can be any combination of the above mentioned items. It is literally the SHAPE we are concerned about here. Think outside the box with me for a minute. Don’t just identify parochial shapes; think also about delineation and scale. Corn stalks, yes they are rectangle, but they have a lot of vertical lines to them. Mums or cabbage are great examples. They are round, but they have varying layers of waves and circles. Think in opposites and balance those elements. Ok, let’s put it all together at this point. Remember, I am just giving examples of traditional fall décor. If you are a “march to your own beat” type of person….by all means decorate with metallic purple pumpkins. I want you to imagine how you personally decorate for each holiday throughout the fall. What do you use year after year? What is your favorite decoration? Ok, hold on to those thoughts and input them here. Start with your basic fall element, hay bale, corn stalks, or mums. Congratulations friend, you have a foundation! Now we will look at building on that and using the outline about (Color, Texture, and Shape) to balance what you have. What we are trying to achieve is HOW to create a basic backdrop for you to add and remove items throughout the fall and into winter, without disturbing your foundation. It makes fall décor a snap once you get the hang of it. Here is a specific example. I love mums and hay bales. So I have my gold (hay bale) and my red (mums) as colors for my foundation. Now, it’s September, so I will use dried sunflowers, decorative pillows and candles in lanterns as my accent pieces. Then it’s October, so I keep my mums and hay bales, but I take out the other items and add pumpkins, black crows, or other Halloween specific items. So I am consistently using the color, texture, and shape system. Now, we get into Thanksgiving. Perhaps my mums didn’t quite make it or I need to get new ones. That’s ok; I still have my hay bales. The focus will shift from Halloween items, into fall leaves, plaid blankets, and cornucopias. The point is start with a strong foundation of items that easily rotate to the particular holiday and/or season and you can be changing your décor in no time at all. Another tip and this is specifically for those who do not have a lot of space….I didn’t forget about you. What if you have a particularly small entrance and it doesn’t allow room for the above ideas? You can still use these ideas INSIDE! Also, search online for fall wedding centerpieces. Centerpieces have to deliver a powerful impact in very small real estate. So a lot of the ideas and displays that are used for them can work amazingly well in your home. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to complete, and easy to change. As I mentioned earlier, this is just a basic rule of thumb for going from one season into the next. How creative you go is up to you. Keep a neutral foundation, use color, texture, and shape to balance your display, and the end result will be sure to receive compliments. 24

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A VISION BECOMES

REALITY Starting Small, Dreaming Big ARTICLE EMILY E. BYRNE

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fter only 8 years working in Real Estate, Jennifer Johnson’s resume is quite impressive. She is the recipient of Saratoga Today’s “Best of Saratoga Region” award for Real Estate, consecutively from 2013-2015, and was the   2015 top producer out of 250 agents at Keller Williams Capital District.  When she began in Real Estate at the end of 2008, her family and friends were surprised, given the shaky conditions of the real estate market, along with the volatile mortgage industry at the time. She too had her doubts, but after being home for the past 8 years raising her two young sons, Jenn felt the desire to contribute financially to her growing family. She knew  statistically the odds were stacked against her, and as she learned in her real estate training class at Manfred Learning Center, out of 30 students there, only 1 would succeed in real estate as a full time career.  But this was a challenge she was eager to accept. A challenge that would include integrating herself back into the working world after being away from it for the past 8 years.  One of her main concerns from the start was how she was going to be able to juggle work and home, so that her family would not have to sacrifice.  Initially, she had plans to work on her career while her boys were at school, then neatly pack that away, greet them off the bus and devote the rest of the evening to them.  She quickly learned that the demands of her growing business could overlap, and eventually take over her family life if she let it. This delicate balance between work and home is still something she struggles with today.  However, she has found peace in the understanding that, to be a working professional, as well as a mom, and all the roles she plays as a woman, it is impossible to do each 100% to everyone’s expectation, all of the

time. Instead, she focuses on doing her best. And like all moms (professional, stay at home or both) she tries not to worry about how she is falling short.  Instead she has stayed dedicated to the daily juggle of her career and home, to provide opportunities for her family, both short and long term, that couldn’t be offered otherwise.  Her hard work has offered her family a comfortable living, and the opportunity for vacations, private schooling for her children, and a lake house where her family can enjoy time together.  The years of her hard work and constant self-evaluation on how she could improve, have paid off.  She now sees herself as the woman she always wanted to be.   Successfully relating and communicating with people during the most stressful times of their lives has become one of her best skills in Real Estate.  Before choosing to stay home with her children, Jenn worked in the software and wireless industry.  Although she did not have any prior experience building her own business, she did have plenty of experience in home buying.  Before her oldest son had turned 5 years old, she and her husband had relocated 4 times between military and corporate re-locations.  She believes these experiences gave her a better understanding of the Real Estate industry. Real Estate transactions are typically due to some difficult life transitions. Tumultuous life experiences, compounded with a large financial decision, leads people to seek professional help. From being newly married or needing a larger home for the addition of a baby, to downsizing after a divorce or loss of a loved one. Whatever the issue, an overloaded person needs an experienced and compassionate realtor they can trust, and look to for guidance.  Jenn gently walks each client through these challenges, while guiding them smoothly through the process of buying or selling a home.  Jenn is still a bit amazed by all her achievements, but it is something she has earned through hard work and dedication, and by helping each client through their unique situations.  She feels the most rewarding part of her job are the connections she has made, and the opportunity to assist clients, as they begin a new chapter in their lives. She is very proud of the business she has built and what she has been able to do, not just for her family, but for the countless other families she has worked with. October 2016 | Saratoga Lifestyle

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preparative organizational technique. Well-trained educators

solar array on the roof, this all-electric home will produce all of its energy

understand a student’s needs by providing individualized instruction

needs, plus any additional power that will be sold back to the grid. With

through detailed planning. Combining two similar yet diverse indus-

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Under the Sun owners Kevin and Jacki Chamberlain began their journey

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science knowledge and the experience of utilizing best practices from 25

little or no maintenance. Hotter summers and colder winters require

years in remodeling, Under the Sun has accomplished its initial goal of

superior built homes that cost less to heat and cool, while providing

building an ENERGY STAR®, Zero Energy, EPA Indoor airPLUS-certified

optimum comfort, safety, and exceptional indoor air quality.

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Living green is a conscious lifestyle choice. Busy lives need a “stress less” home. Simple and elegantly designed for space efficiency, small footprint homes can be aesthetically pleasing, healthy and vibrant. Design features, such as open floor plans, south facing windows, and well-placed porches and decks, expand the living space by bringing in the outdoors. Low maintenance, easy care homes allow for less upkeep and more living.   MATERIALS MATTER

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’m guessing that many of you are not familiar with the term “biophilic design”. So first things first, the term "biophilia" literally means "love of life or living systems." The term, biophilia, coined in 1984 by Edward O. Wilson, is the idea that humans evolved as creatures deeply enmeshed with the intricacies of nature, and that we still have this affinity with nature ingrained in our genotype. So, biophilia itself is the innate human affinity for nature, and Biophilic design is creating a living and working environment that allows you retain that connection with nature. Scientific and academic communities have discovered numerous human and community benefits achieved by connections to nature within our interior environments. Research shows that it can improve productivity, lower stress levels, enhance learning comprehension, and increase recovery rates from illness. The book “Biophilic Design”

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Karen Totino

by Stephen Kellert, Judith Heerwagen and Martin Mador expands on many of these studies. Biolphilic deisgn can be achieved in the most basic of ways through an excess of natural light, fresh air, and an abundance of plants. (Yale Environment 360, December 2009) Space saving and dramatic, moss wall art incorporates the growing trends of vertical gardening and “biophilic design”. Until recently, moss has been surprisingly absent from the design equation.  Starting in Europe and the west, coast moss wall art has been gaining popularity in the design industry due to its simple, forever green and maintenance free features, as compared to living green walls that use sub tropical plants.  Another benefit is its more affordable price point.

The range in texture, color and dimension of moss makes it a unique medium for wall art. Moss art pieces are fabricated from preserved mosses that are sustainably procured, lichens, natural woods and organic features that are mounted on reclaimed plywood. Each one is a unique piece of art and can be created in many sizes and shapes to suite the location. Green Conscience is excited to be the first retailer in the area to offer the beautiful customizable moss art pieces. “They are a unique, beautiful and affordable way to bring a connection to nature into your house.” says Totino , owner of Green Conscience Home. People interested in seeing what they look like in person can stop by the showroom at 33 Church St. Saratoga Springs.

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Foot Trends Trend Setter

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SHOES THAT SPEAK YOUR MOOD

omen and shoes go way back. Over the  years, shoes have

been chosen for many different reasons; to show class and

style, for comfort, and depending on the terrain and season, for necessity….. And to this day, it still hasn’t changed. People still pick their shoes for all the same reasons, and it's not solely based on what Beyonce or the Kardashians are wearing. You are your own person. The shoes we choose to wear in the morning, that we typically wear for the rest of the day, are symbolic of how we feel. And sometimes it’s not even dependent on the season or fashion trend. Whether  you’re feeling tired, or feeling confident, the shoe you choose will most likely reflect it. Here are 8 shoes that speak your mood AND are in trend for Fall 2016:

1. VELVET PUMPS

work, or just casually around

You’re the kind of girl that wants to put a polished look to

town, these shoes are meant for

a casual outfit. You aren’t afraid to be bold in the name

you. Make sure you grab a pair of the

of fashion, and others admire that about you! Strut your

most updated ballerina flats. They were

stuff girl, you worked hard to buy those pumps!

inspired by Audrey Hepburn, when she came along with other 50's fashion icons,

2. KNEE LENGTH LEATHER BOOTS

and made them extremely popular.

Confidence is KEY when it comes to completing an outfit, and that's just what you aimed to do with

6. PLAYFUL PLATFORMS

those leather boots that make everyone look you

Being the center of attention isn’t all bad. With

up and down. But don’t worry about drawing eyes....

these shoes literally raising you above everyone

instead focus on how they add to your confidence.

else, it’s no wonder people say you’re 'in style', they

You put these on for one person- Yourself!

obviously want a pair of their own! These are the shoes that you wear out, no matter the occasion,

3. ANIMAL SPOT BOOTIES

just to flaunt what you've got.

Wild and free, you know about culture that is beyond ‘pop’. No one can hold a conversation with you because

7. KITTEN HEALS

they just don’t understand that you’re beyond their

You may be wearing these to be demure or to

level. Forget about everything else and just remember,

exude innocence, but in reality... you’re

you look way too fierce in those leopard booties.

turning heads! And whether you know it or not, you still attract the attention of

4. TASSELED LOAFERS

others, and for a good reason. These

Maybe you’re a little conservative with your style,

shoes have so much class, just like you!

and that’s perfectly alright. Loafers are making a big comeback in the fashion world. Wearing these

8. “I’M FROM NEW YORK” SHOE

will become the latest trend, and you’re already way

Doesn’t matter what this shoe is!!! Maybe

ahead of the game, and proud to say so!

it’s one that you wear in the summertime and are just brave enough to take out for Fall? While

5. BALLERINA FLATS

everyone else is making small talk about the

Just breaking into the world of fashion, you want

chilly weather, and its only 50 degrees, you don't

something sweet and subtle to reflect your per-

let anything get in the way of style. I mean, after all,

sonality. Whether you're  wearing your  flats to

you ARE from New York, right?!

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Lifestyle Calendar

October OCTOBER 1 & 2 WARRENSBURG GARAGE SALE WARRENSBURG, NY The World's Largest Garage Sale! The first treasure awaits you! Cost: Free Admission

OCTOBER 3 SHOW OFF EQUINE'S EVENING GYMKHANA BUCKLE SERIES

OCTOBER 8

SCHAGTICOKE FAIRGROUNDS

SARATOGA BATTLEFIELD

Cost: $25 all day, $10 Barrel Racing Jackpot

SARATOGA NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK

Junior, Adult, and Jack Benny divisions in several races types. Buckle

Meet at the Visitor Center for basic historical background. Then head

Series: $25 one-time buy in per horse and rider combo. Awards will

onto the Battlefield to capture the colors of autumn: in paint, pencil,

be given at the final gymkhana.

pastel, or pixel! Let the rangers at the desk know if you are coming as

OCT 4-8, 11:30AM TO 6:30PM

an artist, and they will give you a free day pass.

THE LAKE THEATER PRESENTS: SOUTHERN COMFORTS

OCTOBER 8

HOLIDAY INN RESORT

"HISTORY, LEGENDS, LORE AND MORE"

Southern Comforts is a funny and heartwarming romantic comedy,

GUIDED WALKING TOUR

about a grumpy Yankee widower, and a vivacious widow from Ten-

SARATOGA HERITAGE AREA VISITOR CENTER

nessee who find what they least expected...a second chance at love.

Cost: $8.00 Adults, Children under 12 are FREE A 90-minute walking tour that concentrates on historic Congress Park, and the colorful characters who helped make Saratoga what it is today! This guided tour of legends and lore will walk you through history, while sipping the famous mineral waters, and strolling through the Victorian Congress Park. Rain or shine!

OCTOBER 9 'THE WAY WE WERE' CAR SHOW BALLSTON SPA Cost: FREE ADMISSION The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, and the Saratoga Automobile Museum, present the 14th annual "The Way We

OCTOBER 6

Were" Car Show. Front Street will be blocked off from Milton Avenue, past the Old Iron Springs, to accommodate car exhibits and vendors.

CIDER & SLIDERS

And besides the hundreds of show cars, you can enjoy live music,

NINE PIN CIDER

food and family activities.

Nine Pin teamed has teamed up with Slidin' Dirty's Food Truck, to pair their delicious sliders with refreshing ciders. Cost: Free Admission

OCTOBER 7

OCTOBER 15 16TH ANNUAL GREAT PUMPKIN CHALLENGE TO BENEFIT SARATOGA BRIDGES

SOUNDBYTES: SARATOGA SOUNDTRACK'S OPEN MIC FUNDRAISER

SARATOGA SPA STATE PARK

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

Cost: 5K & 10K Fees: $25 (by 10/1); $28 (by 10/12) $30 (after 10/12)

Cost: $10 at the door- suggested donation, including participants.

Kids Fun Run Fees (12 & under): $5

Showcase your talent at "Soundbytes", Saratoga Soundtrack's open

The 16th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge will be run in Saratoga

mic night!! Come participate in this evening of fun! 

Spa State Park to benefit Saratoga Bridges. CONTINUED >

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Lifestyle Calendar

(CON TI N U ED)

OCTOBER 15

OCTOBER 23

BIRDING AND NATURE WALKS AT SARATOGA NATIONAL

SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK RUNDEAD 5K

HISTORICAL PARK

SARATOGA SPA STATE PARK

SARATOGA NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK

Don't miss this year's RUNDEAD 5k, in Saratoga Spa State Park. Ben-

Saratoga National Historical Park offers a Birding and Nature Walk.

efits will support Special Olympics New York. 

Participants will meet Park Naturalist, Linda White, by the flagpole in the Visitor Center parking lot at 10 AM, and caravan to various locations in the park. You can see blooming flowers, native plants, and a wide range of bird species. Please bring water, insect repellent, and wear sturdy shoes.

OCTOBER 16 AN AFTERNOON WITH JENNIFER WEINER CONGREGATION SHAARA TFILLE Northshire Bookstore will present #1 New York Times best-selling author, Jennifer Weiner, in conversation with Elaina Richardson, President of Yaddo. This event will feature Weiner's book: Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love and Writing. The on-stage interview will be followed with an audience question and answer session, and a book signing.

OCT 28 - 29, 7:00 PM TO 10:00 PM MAZE BY MOONLIGHT

OCTOBER 16

FORT TICONDEROGA

SHREK THE MUSICAL AT HMT

Explore our six-acre corn maze, designed especially for Fort Ticond-

THE SPA LITTLE THEATER

eroga! Use your flashlight to guide you through the Heroic Corn Maze...

Cost: $29/$26

where a multitude of twists and turns through acres of cornstalks await.

Music by Jeanine Tesori. Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture, and the book by

OCTOBER 29

William Steig. With a great score and a heartwarming funny plot, this

SARATOGA DBA FALL FESTIVAL

award-winning twisted fairy tale is irreverent fun. Join HMT for this sto-

VARIOUS

ry of everyone's favorite ogre, who goes on a life-changing adventure.

Bring the whole family and celebrate the fall season in beautiful

OCT 21 - 22, 2016 (TIMES TBD) ADIRONDACK FILM FESTIVAL CHARLES R. WOOD THEATER | CRAN-

downtown Saratoga Springs. Young and old alike, will find themselves rediscovering all there is to love about fall, at this fun-filled FREE event. PLUS, with all of the fun activities planned, this is one event you and your family will not want to miss! 

DALL PUBLIC LIBRARY

OCTOBER 29

Featuring over 30 of the best new, nation-

VETERANS BALL

al and international films... The Adirondack

SARATOGA MILITARY MUSEUM

Film Festival will showcase feature films,

Cost: $50

short films, webseries, children's films, and

Vet Help is hosting their first Veteran's Ball, at the New York State

documentaries. In addition to film screenings, the festival will include

Military Museum, in Saratoga Springs. This event is a forum for com-

panel discussions, meet and greet events, parties, and Q&A's with

munity members and veterans to say Thank You!

the filmmakers and casts.

OCTOBER 21

SAVE THE DATE FOR 11/3/16 SAVE THE DATE: FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER

DISH IT OUT FOR KIDS FUNDRAISER

2 WEST BAR & GRILL

SARATOGA SPRINGS CITY CENTER

On 11/3/16, 2 West Bar & Grill will host a special Farm-to-Table

Cost: $175

Dinner to celebrate our  community, with a menu  designed around

Tapas style dishes, expertly prepared by local professional and

what's in-season from Arcadian Farms. Learn more about the farm,

celebrity chefs, who will be vying for top chef honors! This is a

and how Chef Jason creates a menu around these seasonal ingredi-

one-of-a-kind dining adventure, with fine wine pairings and auc-

ents. All while enjoying some NY wines and beers!  It's an event you

tions you won't want to miss!

won't want to miss! 2westbarandgrille.com

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Parting Thoughts different amounts of water and soil. You’ll want cactus soil for the succulents and regular old potting soil for everything else. The rocks are used as a false drainage layer, while the activated charcoal helps keep the terrarium healthy, and the moss can be used for decoration

1 2 Making Your Own Terrarium 3 4 5 6 7

and to help soak up and retain water. STEP ONE: PREPARE YOUR CONTAINER.

Wash both the interior and exterior thoroughly to ensure that there are no unwanted residues that could affect the health of your plants. Envision how you want to arrange your plants inside the jar.

ARTICLE SIDNEY MARTIN

STEP TWO: ADD YOUR DRAINAGE LAYERS.

Once the container is ready, fill the bottom with rocks or pebbles. This is to create a false drainage layer so water can settle and not flood the plant. The depth of the rocks totally depends on the size of your container, but aim for 1/2″ to 2″. STEP THREE:  ADD THE ACTIVATED CHARCOAL.

The charcoal looks exactly like what you would expect it to, and it’s messy. Sometimes it comes as small granules and other times it comes as shards—either works. The kind that is used in aquariums. 

THE MICROCOSM'S OF OUR OUTSIDE WORLD

You don’t need much, just enough to cover the rocks. STEP FOUR: ADD THE SOIL.

T

errariums have made quite the comeback in recent years, as

Cactus and succulents need a special soil compared to most other

more and more individuals are finding enjoyment in these little

plants, so be sure to get the appropriate bag depending on which

microcosms of our outside world.

A lot of people ask me how hard are they to maintain once created

and what are the steps in making one? I often tell them that you don't

plants you’re using. Add enough soil so the plant roots will have plenty of room to fit and then grow. Aim for a depth slightly greater than the height of the plant’s pot.

need to be a green thumb to enjoy terrariums and that they are super

easy to maintain and even easier to create. So, with that said I'd like to

STEP FIVE: PLANT.

share with you these simple steps that will help you create a beautiful

Take your plant out of the pot and break up the hard soil ball until you get

little green world of your own.

down to the roots. If you’re breaking the plant into multiple parts, be gentle.  You may also want to trim the roots if they are especially long; don’t

FIRST OF ALL YOU'LL NEED THESE ITEMS TO BEGIN:

worry, they’ll grow back. Using a spoon, your fingers, the end of a brush,

A clear glass jar, vase, or bowl

or even a pencil, dig a well to place your plant’s roots in. Add more soil

Rocks, pebbles or recycled glass chunks

around the top and compact the soil down around the base of the plant.

Activated charcoal

Potting soil appropriate for your plants

STEP SIX: ADD ACCESSORIES.

Moss (optional)

After you’re done planting you can add little accessories like a blanket

Figurines, sticks or decorative items (optional)

of moss (dried or living), little figurines, old toys, glass beads, shiny

Various small plants

metal object, sticks, stones, or even a layer or rocks.

A scoop, spoon or shovel Scissors

STEP SEVEN: CLEAN AND WATER.

Gloves

You’ll likely have dirt all over the sides of the container, so wipe them

Source your containers from a thrift store or an antique store. Even

down so you can enjoy the beautiful living world inside. Give the

simple jelly jars or canning jars can make beautiful terrariums. They

terrarium a little bit of water. A terrarium doesn’t need to be soaked,

can be left open or closed—it’s totally up to you.

just a couple of shots of water should get it started.

As for the plants, the sky is the limit, but generally speaking look

And there you have it! Easy as pie, and fun and fulfilling for anyone

for small plants that you can fit inside your jar. Some plants will have

from the very young to the young at heart. Remember that these are

multiple stems so you can break them up even further. To ensure that

essentially little greenhouses and direct sunlight through the glass will

your terrarium will be successful, keep succulents and cacti together,

trap heat and scorch the plants. Place in indirect light for best results.

and keep fern and tropical plants together, because they require

Afterwards, enjoy your little world or give it away and make another!

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