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December 2020 | Issue 81

Publisher Heather Reynolds Heather@CedarbrookMedia.com Creative Director Jason Reynolds Jason@CedarbrookMedia.com

Community 6 Life Moves Fast

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Homefront 8 5 Ways to Design with Authentic Materials 10

Houseplants Even You Can’t Kill

In Good Taste 12 Popping Up Festive Holiday Fun

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Life Moves Fast

The great philosopher, Ferris Bueller, once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t slow down once i n a while, you might miss it.” Perhaps I feel Father Time creeping up behind me, but the older I get, the more things seem to speed up. At the start of school each year, I look at the calendar and think about how far off the winter break feels, knowing full well that by the time we actually get to winter break, it will seem like a mere blink since summer. Well, here we are. As we prepare to close out the year--and who isn’t glad to see 2020 i n the rearview mirror--I want to pause and celebrate some great kids doing some great things i n Bobcat Nation: Celina ISD proudly hosted the Region 2 and Region 25 marching band competition for over 35 schools just before the Thanksgiving holiday, and we’re celebrating the Bobcat Band as they move on to the Area Championship competition on December 8 at Princeton High School. Our volleyball and football teams are enjoying deep runs into the playoffs as well, and our boys and girls cross country teams both had a strong season. Special congratulations to the girls cross country team for placing second in state! If you haven’t heard, our own Adele Clarke also placed first in state for all 4A schools, and she has been invited to compete nationally. And most recently, CHS junior, Olivia Snyder, was named State Officer for the Texas Chapter of the International Thespian Society. Each fall our teachers nominate fantastic students for our Superintendent Award for students from Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 11th, & 12th grades. We were proud to celebrate these terrific Bobcats at the November CISD Board meeting: Celina Primary: Kindergarten - Ava Long & Ryan Delgado; Lykins ES: 2nd - Molly Steffenauer & Major Jones; 4th - Chloe Scott & Luke English; O ’Dell ES: 2nd - Ava Akumah & Clayton 6 | Celina LifeAndLuxuryMagazine.com

Burgess; 4th - Addilynn Huston & Anderson Aune; 6th Grade Center: Sarah Brinkerhoff & Wyatt Keepers; Celina Junior High: 8th - Addilyn McNutt & Ty Hughes; CHS: 11th - Ashlyn Vana & Jacob Woodrum; 12th - Mekdes Woldesunbet & Elijah Bentley. As we begin enjoying the magic of this holiday season, we thank the following students who were finalists for Celina ISD’s holiday card: Sophia Gardner/Lykins Elementary, Amelia Johannessen/O’Dell Elementary, and Lillian Hawkins/Lykins Elementary. The winner of the CISD holiday card is Sophia Gardner, pictured on this page with her drawing. Thank you also to our amazing community for helping so many of our CISD families facing difficult times throughout this past year. The generosity of our city is evident in so many great ways all year long. Of course, the holidays are just another opportunity to see our city shine, and we thank Grace Bridge, many of our churches, and the Celina Police Department Blue Santas for their gift of giving that helps so many of our Bobcat families. Looking ahead to 2021, be sure to take time this holiday to allow yourself to slow down, take time for yourself, and reflect upon the strength that surrounds you. Life will keep moving fast. Promise yourself you won’t miss it.

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5 Ways to Design with Authentic Materials Creating a welcoming and relaxing space may be easier than you expect when you give natural materials a leading role in your design. Elements like natural stone, wood, fiber, metals and even plant life can allow you to express a sense of unique personal style that is broadly appealing. Most inviting rooms share one quality: ample natural light, which creates a subtly vibrant and energetic ambiance. Other aspects of an enticing design may be less obvious to the casual observer. Special touches like custom craftsmanship lend a special aesthetic to furnishings and decor and bring authenticity to your home. Similarly, items that are made in America using an artisanal approach can elevate the character of a room when compared to things that are mass manufactured. For example, choose a single piece of artwork from a talented artist rather than multiple pieces of mass-produced art from a retailer. You can incorporate natural and hand-crafted materials into your spaces in countless ways, but these ideas can be achieved regardless of what your budget may be. NATURAL STONE When many people think about designing with stone, features like countertops or flooring come to mind. Incorporating stone in more unexpected ways can make an even bigger impression. You might choose a coffee table or end tables that are made of stone or feature stone accents. Accessorizing with stone also introduces an earthy appeal; think agate bookends or decorative items like sculptures.

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HARDWOOD FLOORING The floor is often the largest design element of a room, so utilizing authentic materials for your flooring makes a strong statement about the overall tone and feel of the room. An artisan-crafted hardwood flooring option like Carlisle Wide Plank Floors is crafted individually – one board at a time – so the emphasis is on the natural beauty of the wood. You can choose a completely custom look, from wood species and grade to texture and color, or make your selection from a collection of popular tried-and-true finishes. NATURAL FIBER TEXTILES Careful attention to detail is important for a cohesive design, so be sure to keep thinking natural when selecting textiles. Linen and rough cotton fabrics bring distinctive textures that maintain an organic vibe. Natural textiles can also be quite durable, making them practical selections for often-used spaces. Elements to consider include window treatments, fabric components of any furnishings and accents like pillows or throws. Jute or wool rugs and textile artwork may also work well with this motif. PLANT LIFE Vegetation is a central element to landscape design, so when your goal is to create an inviting indoor space with a connection to nature and the outdoors, it makes sense to incorporate plants as part of your design. Options vary greatly, so it may take some work to narrow your selections. If the rest of your space reflects a specific region, choose plants native to that area. You’ll also want to consider lighting and watering requirements as well as the level of care you’re able to dedicate. METALS Adding metallic components like iron, copper, gold or silver to your space can bring everything from an edgy style to graceful beauty. While furnishings and accessories are common ways to incorporate metallic flair, also think in terms of lighting and hard features like railing spindles and window treatments. Get inspired with more ideas to create an inviting, authentic space at wideplankflooring.com.

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Houseplants Even You Can’t Kill Easy Care, Minimal Maintenance Indoor Plants The following 6 houseplants pretty much grow themselves. In fact, your biggest problem may be what to do with all the baby plants they’ll produce. All 6 can be grown in the indirect light from a window and like the same indoor temperatures as most people (55 - 75 degrees F). As with any houseplant, there is always the threat of insect pests like aphids, scale, spider mites and whiteflies. But disease-wise, the only things you’re likely to incur is root rot, from too much watering. So, these 6 indoor plants are perfect for someone who always forgets to water their plants. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior) earned its name by growing under the worst of conditions, even outdoors in deep shade. Prefers low lights. Grows in a clump. Leaves are sword-like, pointed, about 4” wide & 2’ long. Occasionally flowers indoors. A variegated version is available with white stripes. Christmas Cactus (Zygocactus or Schlumbergera) A trailing member of the cactus family that produces deep pink / red flowers in early winter. Seems to do its best when ignored. Can handle low light, but you’ll get more flowers in bright light. Pruning after blooming with keep the plant bushy. You can force your Christmas cactus to bloom in December by keeping it in complete darkness for 12 hours a night, beginning in about lateOctober, until buds appear. An even easier method is to subject it to cool temperatures (50 - 55 degrees F) starting in November. Just leave it on a windowsill at home while the heat is off, because you’re at work.

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Dragon tree (Dracaena marginata) & Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderian) Dracaena have long been the centerpiece of container plantings. Street plantings in towns across America feature 1 spiky dracaena stuck in the center of red blooming geraniums in a half whisky barrel. But there is a good amount of variety in dracaena and most make excellent, easy care houseplants. In particular, Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) which resembles a small palm tree and can reach heights of 10’ and Lucky Bamboo, which isn’t bamboo at all. Both have stems that can be trained to bend or spiral thin stems are topped by clusters of slender arching leaves with narrow purple margins. They grow best in bright light and if allowed to dry out between waterings. Even if allowed to wilt, dracaena will spring back after watering, although the leaf tips may turn brown and will tolerate low light. Lucky bamboo is often grown in water, but once substantial roots have formed, it is happier planted in soil. Mother-in-law’s tongue or Snake plant or Bird’s-nest plant (Sansevieria) Called Mother-in-law’s tongue because of its long, sharp, pointed leaves and because it never leaves! These are long-lived, easy care houseplants. Very tolerant of low light. Water sparingly or it will rot. Only 1 or 2 waterings are necessary indoors during the winter, depending on the humidity. Variegated forms need more light and can be more difficult to grow. There is also a dwarf variety, Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’, called Bird’s Nest. Pothos (Epipremnum) One of the easiest houseplants to grow; almost impossible to kill. Trailing plants that just keep on growing, 10+ feet. Pruning the plants will keep them fuller at the base and each cutting can be rooted in water to create more plants. Pothos like to dry out between waterings, but if left dry too long, leaves with wilt and eventually dry and fall. Very tolerant of all types of light conditions, even artificial office lights. You can let them trail down or secure them to a support or trellis. There are many variegated and golden varieties available.

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Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) Spider plants just keep on giving. You almost never see a spider plant that doesn’t have babies attached. Often grown in hanging baskets, spider plants will get 2 to 2½’ wide and 2 to 3’ long. Their roots tend to fill a pot, so repotting may be necessary every couple of years. When dangling babies start to form roots, they can be cut off and planted on their own.

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Some More Easy-Care Houseplants Worth a Try: Rubber tree (Ficus elastica), African Violet (Saintpaulia), Croton (Codiaeum variegatum), Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum). Question: Jimmie, thank you for taking the time to educate! Many times, I have gone to a Nursery or Home Depot and ask questions and I mostly get a reply I feel like is either inaccurate or a short answer to whisk me out the door and on to the next person they can sell something to. You really take the time to thoroughly explain yourself and you have always emailed me back personally every time I have contacted you. Pretty hard to find these days! Just want you to know there are people out here that really do appreciate the time and effort you put into your columns and fell like I am a more educated Gardener for it!! Thank you again! – Robin R. in Celina Answer: Hi Robin, people like yourself is the reason I started doing this back in 2005 and still going at it!! Thank you so much for your kind words. Question: Jimmie, what are the best flowers to plant now? After all the challenges 2020 has brought I finally get to have family in for the holidays! Want to plant something that will look pretty for them but will last through the winter if at all possible! – Vicki T. in Celina


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Popping Up Festive Holiday Fun


uring a holiday season that may not quite feel the same for many families, you can add a magic touch to at-home festivities with activities and treats that get everyone involved. Creating decorative holiday sweets allows little ones and grown-ups alike to take part in the fun, and the end result is delicious desserts for all to enjoy.


Start with a main ingredient like whole-grain, freshly popped popcorn. At 30 calories a cup, it’s naturally low in fat, non-GMO and gluten-free for a nutritious alternative to traditional holiday indulgences. It’s a clever way to create artsy representations of the season at hand that celebrate festive flavors like peppermint, coconut, chocolate and other sweet eats.

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For example, Coconut Popcorn Snowballs add fun and flavor to wintertime with a coat of sweetened coconut “snow” and candy cane handle while easy-to-construct Holiday Popcorn Snowmen are sure to be a hit with your children. Add to the holiday spirit throughout your home with wintery Jingle Balls that call for colored sugars to create a magical sparkling effect then take the creativity to the next level by encouraging kids to make their own red-nosed, sleigh-pulling team of Chocolate Popcorn Reindeer.

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5 Tips for Winter Travelers Because of the pandemic, fewer Americans are taking to the skies, but a significant number likely plan to hit the roads to visit friends and family during the winter months. Whether a few towns over or a couple states away, many drivers will travel interstates, which are major logistics corridors often dominated by commercial trucks. According to the United States Census Bureau, there are approximately 3.5 million people working as truck drivers in the U.S. From keeping grocery store shelves stocked to delivering those next-day packages, professional truck drivers impact lives with the freight they move and serve an important role in keeping the economy running. Professional truck drivers are also experts when it comes to planning travel. From mapping out a route to maintaining their vehicles and even practicing a healthy diet, many truck drivers are road trip experts. Caron Comas is a professional truck driver for Variant, a subsidiary of U.S. Xpress, one of the nation’s largest trucking companies. Highly trained, she’s driven trucks for 17 years and her expert insight can aid the average automobile driver planning to hit the roads this winter. “It’s important that the average driver give trucks plenty of space on the road,” Comas said. “People can forget we’re generally handling 75 feet of tractor and trailer, which can weigh 80,000 pounds. We can’t stop on a dime like automobiles, so increase distance when merging in front of trucks and avoid slamming on your brakes.” Comas suggests following these tips on the road and before you travel:

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Don’t follow trucks too closely. If you can’t see a tractor trailer’s mirrors, the driver can’t see you. Schedule vehicle maintenance before your trip. Have your oil changed and ask the experts to check your tire pressure and other important fluids to help assure you’re driving safely and efficiently. Carefully plan your route. If driving through big cities, consider fluctuations in rush hour traffic. For more remote locations where there may not be regular food or gas, plan for when you’ll need to stop along the route. Stay hydrated and nourished. Before setting out, eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water. For the drive, pack healthy, non-perishable snacks like granola, fruit or nuts along with bottled water. For longer trips with kids, consider a small cooler for sandwiches, string cheese or yogurt. Be overly prepared. Keep a few blankets, a flashlight, a first-aid kit and an extra pair of shoes in your car. If you experience car trouble, make sure you can stay warm until help arrives. Keep in mind the global pandemic. Check each state’s quarantine requirements that you’ll be traveling to or through, wear a mask when in public and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines when traveling. For more travel tips, visit usxpress.com/news.

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