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WINC. JANUARY 2014

Celebrating 10 years

INSIDE: SPRING MEDICAL DIRECTORY

DIAMOND ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Winner Michelle Parsley

I can’t quit thinking about all the people I owe thanks to, with our Lord being number one.

RETAIL THERAPY E. Leigh’s opens in Downtown Conway

FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON

Annual event kicks off Feb. 1

TOP 10 LISTS

Get in shape, stay that way


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WINC. Celebrating 10 years

Editor Lori Quinn

Creative Director Stewart Cole Contributing Writers Rachel Parker Dickerson Angie Howard Dr. Patricia Knott Andrea Lennon Jill McCollum Susan O’Keefe Jennifer Stanley Chief Photographer Brandy Strain Contributing Photographers Courtney Spradlin Lindsey Faith Watson Retail Advertising Sales Manager Rhonda Overbey Advertising Coordinators Leah Brown Advertising Sales Sarah Allen Betsey Barham Tara Mallett Jesica Talbert Advertising Artists Jay Prince Tyler Rachel Editorial Advisory Board Donna Benton Detra Clark Nicolle Fletcher Haley Crafton Fowler Beverly Freiley Sarah Frost Mary Harlan Becky Harris Nancy Jackson Cate Ketcheside Leslie Kostecky Caroline LaVan Velda Lueders Candace Meeks Misty Morse Carol Patty Amy Reed Lori Ross Mary Margaret Satterfield Traci Kennedy Smith Katherine Thomason Stefanie Holt Vann Jessica Zimmerman Women’s Inc. is published by the Log Cabin Democrat. Questions or Comments? Call (501) 327-6621, e-mail: womensinc@womensinc.net or write to P.O. Box 969, Conway, AR, 72033 www.womensinc.net 4 WOMEN’S INC. / JANUARY 2014

FROM THE EDITOR Lori Quinn

New year, new you

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appy 2014! Women’s Inc. is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year. We are excited to launch our new look for the cover of WINC. We have some exciting things planned for the New Year. If you haven’t “liked” our Facebook page yet, now is the time. We will have a fabulous prize package giveaway in the next few weeks for all of our Facebook fans. Last year we featured on our January cover the first ever Conway Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Diamond Achievement winner: Linda Linn. And we are thrilled to again feature the Chamber’s Diamond Achievement winner for this year: Michelle Parsley. Parsley, with Team Parsley at RE/MAX of Conway, has been making a name for herself in the real estate world for almost 30 years in Conway. But some of her proudest accomplishments involve being a wife, mother, (and now) grandmother and community volunteer. Michelle Parsley is truly a deserving winner. Our new “Retail Therapy” section introduces us to one of the area’s newest businesses in Downtown Conway. E. Leigh’s has been open a few weeks and already has made its mark as a shopping destination. This store has trendy, affordable accessories and fashions for women of all ages. Owner Erin Hohnbaum, who is as personable as she is beautiful, couldn’t be happier to call Conway home to her third retail location. E. Leigh’s has locations in Little Rock and Fayetteville. Our last feature this month highlights an annual event at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church: Art, Pray, Love. Proceeds from this event not only help support local artists, but also help fund a team for a medical mission trip to Guatemala. This team is made up of medical professionals and other volunteers from our community. They are able to see 450-500 patients during the week they are there. Great work St. Peter’s congregation! Finally this month, check out our events pages: HAVEN’s Christmas Coffee at the home of Joanna Rankin and the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Luncheon/Awards Presentation at the Expo Center. Until Next Month,


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6 10 local beauty services

cover story

Michelle Parsley recognized for achievements in her career

retail therapy

E. Leigh’s is third location for Erin Hohnbaum

Adrienne’s brings decades of experience to clientèle

14 38 feature story

12 top 10

Get in the habit of living healthy — and stay that way!

Freezin’ for a Reason set to get under way on February 1

24 homes

The Carpet Center has been a staple for Conway customers

18 feature story

28 food

23 shopping

38 community

Art, Pray, Love helps local artist and fund mission trips fabulous home fragrances

columns

Amazing bruschetta, shrimp scampi and chocolate pie It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

20 health

22 spirituality

Why a difference a virus

Living for

makes

the moment

by Dr. Patricia Knott

by Andrea Lennon

31 healthy living Planning and losing weight the healthy way

36 beauty

by Dr. Amy Beard

A new year, new you from head to toe by Angela Jackson and Annie Worley

37 book review Franklin and Fennelly’s ‘The Tilted World’ by Susan O’Keefe

EVENTS: HAVEN Christmas Coffee, 32; Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business event, 34.

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COVER STORY

Bill and Michelle Parsley (standing). Brandon Temple, Rachel Temple, Mason Temple, Elizabeth Parsley and Bart Tucker (all seated). 6 WOMEN’S INC. / JANUARY 2014


Parsley recognized for achievements By Jennifer Stanley Photos by Brandy Strain and Eric White The 2013 Women in Business Diamond Achievement Award winner is Conway’s Michelle Parsley. Michelle, an integral part of Team Parsley at RE/MAX of Conway, has been a part of the No. 1 selling residential property team in Faulkner County for several years. Michelle is humbled and honored to have earned the award and to also to be in such esteemed company. Michelle has been married to Bill, now the Business Manager at RE/MAX of Conway, for 30 years. The couple has two daughters. Rachel is married to Brandon Temple and has one son, Mason William, 18 months, and another child on the way. Elizabeth is also part of Team Parsley. Though Michelle grew up in Kansas and has lived in several other locales, including Oklahoma and Texas, she and her family have called Conway home since 1987. “My dream in life was to be a social worker/counselor,” says Michelle. After college, she became a claims representative for the Social Security Administration and worked at the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. “I really wanted to WWW.WOMENSINC.NET 7


help people, and this job was pushing paper for the government,” she explains. “I did meet my husband at the snack bar, and we were engaged when he was transferred to San Antonio.” Though Michelle also had a government job in San Antonio, Bill encouraged her to throw caution to the wind and become a Realtor. “Never mind that this was 1983, and the interest rates were 16-17 percent, foreclosures were at an all-time high, Realtors were dropping their licenses by the hundreds and I had no clue what Realtors really did,” she laughs. Michelle chalks it up to a learning opportunity, saying, “I embarked on the best education I could ever have for this career in going through the hardest of times and not knowing any better. I embraced working with mostly military families in San Antonio, made many friends and loved every minute of helping people.” The Parsleys moved to Conway from San Antonio when Bill was transferred to Little Rock. Though they searched for homes in Maumelle and Little Rock — looking at 65 to be exact — they did not find what they were looking for and asked to view homes in Conway. “I was every Realtor’s worst nightmare with my one and three-year olds along. The schools in Little Rock were on strike, and I was so confused. When Bill wanted to see homes in Conway, our Realtor told us, ‘Nobody wants to live in Conway!’ We stopped at the first real estate office we saw. ... We looked at three homes, and we bought the third house we saw,” shares Michelle. “It was a wreck, but it was in a beautiful neighborhood with trees, and I was so tired of looking!” The Parsleys loved Conway from the start. Michelle began working in the Conway area. She credits Betty Dunaway, who owned Century 21 with Pete Hart, as being one of her early mentors. “She encouraged me to get my license and took me out to the building sites at Shady Valley to introduce me to builders and to the plant managers at Kimberly Clark. ... I started my career here working with plant managers who wanted me to ‘sell’ Conway to recruits they were interviewing to move here. It was easy work, as I couldn’t say enough good things about the people, friendly atmosphere, schools and colleges; it really is the best place to raise children.” Though Conway did not boast the restaurants and shopping we know and love today, Michelle was able to sell the

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Linda Linn (2012 Diamond Achievement Winner), Michelle Parsley (2013 Diamond Achievement Winner), and Sherry Smith of Fletcher Smith’s Jewelers, presented Michelle with a custom 14-karat gold pendant (Michelle is wearing the pendant in this photo).

recruits on the short drive to Little Rock. At RE/MAX of Conway, Michelle still feels helping people and cultivating relationships are the most rewarding aspects of her job. She is first to admit the process is not always easy. “Typically, buying or selling a home is not always exciting. There are sometimes tears and emotion. It is considered to be one of the top stresses for families, many times due to job relocation, divorce or loss. There are so many things involved in helping people relocate, and assisting with smoothing these transitions is what makes me happy,” expresses Michelle. She believes a successful agent can adapt to their clients’ feelings, which can result in increased satisfaction of all parties. Particularly for Michelle, her desire to smooth any rough patches for her clients can cause her to become very involved. “You will find this with many Realtors in Conway — they will be out there cleaning a house that someone left dirty or digging in their own pockets to pay for a porch swing the seller took with them or wall paint they didn’t know was so bad.” Listening has also kept Team Parsley’s customers coming back

to purchase and sell or to refer others. “Listening to what your client wants and needs ... it might not be there, but hear what they say and show them what the market does have. We try to be empathetic to their needs and provide excellent customer service!” Michelle also believes in giving back and in the importance of balance. Though she has volunteered for several local organizations throughout the years, she is currently involved in the committee for the Capital Campaign for the Senior Wellness and Activity Center to purchase the former Agora building. “With Conway projected to grow to 100,000, that includes 25,000 seniors. This is going to be a major need!” She has also been involved with City of Hope Outreach, Chase Race and Paws and Renewal Ranch. She is also heavily involved with her church, hosting Bible studies, providing meals to new families and hosting international students from area universities. In 2010, her career and her life were placed on hold. Her youngest daughter, Elizabeth, and a friend were returning from babysitting in Little Rock when they were involved in a car accident that was


near-fatal for Elizabeth. Though she was wearing her seatbelt, it did not work properly, and she was found hanging from the vehicle, unconscious. Fatefully, a registered nurse witnessed the accident two cars back, and a Conway EMS driver was just ahead of the accident, which he saw in his rearview mirror. Elizabeth was med-flighted to Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, and Bill and Michelle rushed to her side, not knowing her condition. The physicians explained to the Parsleys that Elizabeth had suffered severe head trauma. She was hit in the back of the head by a microwave during the accident, which resulted a gash requiring 18 stitches. “They told us to expect permanent brain damage. At one point, they told us it didn’t look good, and I just remember falling to the floor,” says Michelle. Elizabeth was in a coma for 11 days. She eventually emerged from the coma and began to see improvements, though she still suffered from memory loss and some physical impairment. She spent seven weeks at Baptist Hospital and three weeks in a rehabilitation facility. Her recovery was slow but steady. She graduated from sleeping most of the time to getting around in a wheelchair for several weeks to eventually walking. Gradually, her memory returned piece by piece. “We are not lucky; we are blessed,” says Michelle. Today, Michelle is back at real estate, and Elizabeth works alongside her as part of Team Parsley. With a degree in marketing and her health and memory improving daily, Elizabeth is an incredible asset to RE/MAX. Jan Barrow, a licensed associate broker who manages the day-to-day office activities, kept the business afloat while Michelle basically took six months off to care for Elizabeth, as did Bill and Rachel. “We could not have done it without Jan. She is wonderful,” says Michelle. “Kathy Lovelace, also joined our team this fall and received her license as a buyer’s agent.” In winning the Diamond Achievement Award, Michelle’s hard work and dedication have been put on display — not only to her profession but to Conway. Michelle was honored to be included with the other women chosen for this award and is deeply grateful to the community. When asked how she learned of her nomination, she says, “I received a call from the Chamber. I was stunned, in disbelief, and then I was just very pleased! Just being one of the five nominees was plenty for me.” On the day of the award, Michelle had sponsored a table before knowing she was even nominated. “Robert and Diane Henson, owners of RE/MAX of Conway sponsored another table after learning of my nomination. I have very near and dear friends who have supported me through my life and career; they have been there through good times and bad. I didn’t realize until I asked them to be there for the Women in Business award ceremony that I’d met them all through real estate. Herky Sullins and I have known one another 30 years, when we met at real estate class in San Antonio. She moved to Conway one year after I did, and we have raised our kids together. Marlin Jackson, past state bank commissioner and CEO of Worthen Bank, was my very dear friend whom I dearly loved. He taught, encouraged, and inspired so many….His daughter is one of my best friends and was with me at the table. We both said how proud he would be, and the day I received the award was his birthday! Having these special friends with me was an added blessing, and I am so thankful for their support and presence. I had so much emotion over this award; I can’t quit thinking about all the people I owe thanks to, with our Lord being number one,” she shares. Michelle also credits the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Conway’s focus on growth and development to her success. “The way Brad (Lacy) announced it at first was subtle, because he said, ‘Our Diamond Achievement Award this year goes to a Realtor.’ He didn’t say my name, and I was thinking, ‘Did he say Realtor?’ I didn’t want to look at any of my friends at the table in case I cried. I had not prepared a speech, as I didn’t expect this overwhelming honor at all,” she shares. Michelle also expressed gratitude to Fletcher Smith’s Jewelers, who provided a hand-crafted, 14-karat gold pendant to be given away to the Diamond Award recipient. The pendant is set with more than one and a quarter carats of black diamonds in the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce logo. Michelle’s plans include continuing the momentum of Team Parsley and working alongside Bill and Elizabeth. RE/MAX of Conway will continue their philosophy of excellent service with the customer first. As I rise from one of Michelle’s living room chairs to depart from our interview, she insists I take a batch of her fudge and a loaf of bread, all homemade, to my husband and children, further testament to her kindness and desire to please others. “I love what I do, and I truly love helping others.” It certainly shows. WWW.WOMENSINC.NET 9


LOCAL BEAUTY SERVICES

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Adrienne’s features decades of experience Healthy hair is essential at Adrienne’s Ultimate U Salon. Clients look better and feel better after a professional salon experience where stylists are personable and have more than 20 years of experience serving clients. Stylist and owner Adrienne Tolbert opened the original Conway location at 809 Court St. in 1993. The salon has since grown to include a second location in North Little Rock at 1002 West 37th. Tolbert and staff celebrated the 20th anniversary of Adrienne’s Ultimate U Salon in October. Salon staff includes Carol Black, Antonia Byrd,

Polletta Johnson and Shaun Ruth in Conway, plus Brittany Green, Ariel Pitts and Gina Porter at the NLR location. Women and children are welcome to experience the best in hair care with other special services like eyelashes and eyebrow arches. Adrienne’s Ultimate U Salon opens early to accommodate clients’ schedules because meeting clients’ needs is Tolbert and her staff’s top priority. College and senior discounts are available; call 501-450-9100 for details and appointments.

SHERI’S SALON

ADRIENNE’S ULTIMATE U SALON

HEAD TO TOES SALON

Chrissa Smith 1100 Main Street, Suite 8 (501) 472-4553

809 Court St., Conway, 501-450-9100 1002 West 37th, North Little Rock, 501-812-4822

813 Oak St., Suite 3 501-336-8001

Sheri’s Salon, owned by Sheri Lowry, is a quaint little shop located in Downtown Conway near the post office and Regions Bank. The salon is perfect for women, men and children. It’s a great place for haircuts for the family, as well as perms, color, highlights and specialty styles and updos. We strive to make our clients feel comfortable, relaxed and beautiful. Chrissa Smith is formerly from Jo-La-Ru and went to work in Greenbrier. Now Chrissa is back in Conway. Sheri and Chrissa have worked together for more than 13 years. Chrissa brings 24 years’ experience to the salon. Call Chrissa for an appointment today.

Customer satisfaction is the number one priority at Adrienne’s Ultimate U Salon! Clients look better and feel better after a professional salon experience where stylists are personable and have more than 20 years’ experiencing servicing clients. Adrienne’s Ultimate U Salon staff in Conway: Polletta Johnson, Carol Black, Antonia Byrd and Shaun Ruth, plus Gina Porter and Ariel Pitts in NLR strive to give their clients the ultimate salon experience they deserve. The Ultimate U Salon opens early to accommodate clients’ schedules because meeting clients’ needs is Adrienne Tolbert and her staff’s top priority. Women and children are welcome to experience the best in hair care and other special services like eyelashes and eyebrow arches. College and senior discounts are available.

STUDIO SKIN

CUT ABOVE SALON

1016 Oak Street (501) 358-4653

912 Chestnut Street (501)327-1720

The four stylists at Cut Above Salon: Shawna Evans ( Owner & Stylist, Tonya Moix, Evon Collins and Peggy Bonds, want clients to come in and feel at home! ! Cut Above Salon is a family salon with a family atmosphere. Some clients have been using their services since childhood and now bring their own children in the salon. Cut Above Salon stylists, with over 100 years of combined experience, work together to do what’s best for their clients because customer satisfaction and enjoyable experience is Cut Above Salon’s top priority. Women, men, children and walk-ins are welcome. The salon is open at 8 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday fro salon services from hair care to waxing and a full staff of color specialists.

Looking for a salon where clients have a luxurious experience without the high-end cost? You’ll find that and more at Anne Clarizio’s Head to Toes Salon. It’s a modern, relaxed, upscale salon that appeals to all ages. The stylists have more than 60 years’ experience in the industry while staying on trend with changing fashions. Head to Toes has a full menu of top quality hair and nail services including color correction and hair extensions; manicures, pedicures, shellac, gel and acrylic nails. You can mention this review and get a free eyebrow wax with your service valued over $25. Men, women and children will enjoy the upscale experience at Head to Toes salon where with or without an appointment, you’ll come in as a client but you’ll be treated as a friend!

SALON ELEVEN 1027 Front Street, Suite 1 (501) 205-8624

Be more than a ten! Our stylists are owner Erica Wickliffe, DeShay Poe, Becca Lawson, Kacey Barton, Vicki Haile and Corey Short. We are always up to date on the latest hairstyles for men and women. All stylists are color specialists and do highlights and extensions too. We also offer facial waxing and shellac and manicures. Call today for an appointment!

Located in Conway’s Historic Downtown. Studio Skin offers corrective skin care treatments, provided by our Aesthetician with 11+ years experience in the medical field supervised by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Studio Skin also offers all injectables: Botox, Restyline, Juvederm, Radiesse and Boletoro. All injectables are provided by a Registered Nurse who has been doing these treatments for 8 years. Our studio also offers hair services with a staff of 5 hair stylists always up to date on the latest styles, color, highlights, and extensions. Other popular services offered at Studio Skin: Full body waxing, shellac manicures and pedicures, personalized airbrush tanning, eyelash tinting/perming, and a boutique full of unique jewelry, handbags, and gift ideas WWW.WOMENSINC.NET as well as top of the line professional skin11 and hair care products such as Moroccan Oil, Kevin Murphy, Keratin Complex, Glo Minerals, Skinceuticals, and Theraderm.


10 YEARS/TOP 10

Nutrition tips for 2014

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By Janet Dance, MS, RD, LD

f you are looking to make this year healthier than 2013, let me make a few suggestions. Take one at a time; master it and then move on to the next. Small steps can lead to big benefits.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

See the connection between today’s food choices and tomorrow’s health. A healthy weight and a healthy diet throughout life, result in a reduced risk of many diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Seven out of the 10 leading causes of death are influenced by excess body fat, poor diet and lack of physical activity. For a personalized healthy diet plan, visit www.ChooseMyPlate.gov Eat breakfast. Mom was right; it really is the most important meal of the day. Studies show that people who eat breakfast tend to be thinner than people who don’t. It is not only valuable for weight management but can improve concentration and productivity. Email me for a list of quick grab and go ideas. Don’t sweat the small stuff. You know the saying. Well, it applies to food also. It’s not so much about whether blueberries are healthier than pineapples. It’s about a healthy diet overall. To neglect the basics of good nutrition but focus on things like eating dark chocolate for heart health is sort of like the drunk driver bragging about wearing a seatbelt. So don’t sweat it. It’s really quite simple. Eat your fruit, vegetables ... you know the stuff; which leads me to number four. Accept that there really are no quick fixes. Being healthy takes work in our modern American culture. Our society is not designed to make following these 10 suggestions easy. It takes discipline and planning — not special pills or diets. Eat more home-prepared meals. It is no coincidence that as a nation we eat out more than we ever have in history and we are more overweight and obese than ever in history, 68% to be exact. I can say with confidence that it is nearly impossible to maintain a healthy body weight and eat out daily. When eating out, “know before you go.” A group of registered dietitians were asked to guess how many calories were in restaurant meals. These dietitians underestimated by 30%. If professional “calorie-counters” underestimated by 30%, imagine how the average consumer would do? To control weight, look up online restaurant nutrition information before making meal choices. Eat enough but not too much. In order to do this you will need to keep up with calories. WAIT! Hear me out. Here’s how I see it; it would not be responsible if at Best Buy I swiped my card for a cart full of technology without first knowing how much they cost. I would also need to know whether I had the money to pay for them, right? Well, we only have so many calories to ‘spend’ each day. If we overspend, there are consequences. Limit meat consumption. As Americans, we eat twice the meat that we ate in 1960. For health, we need to get more of our protein from seafood and plant foods such as beans, nuts and seeds. This will also help our environment. The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions ... far more than transportation. Consider “Meatless Monday.” Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpziz8cJMaI Make vegetables the focus of your diet. Of all the food groups, this one typically gets the most neglect. Vegetables contain most of our needed nutrients, are low in calories, fill us up and increase our chances of staying healthy and lean. Keep in mind that it’s not your birthday. Enjoy what you eat, but remember that the primary purpose of food is nutrition. I tell my kids, “You don’t have to love it to eat it.” Personally, I could live the rest of my life without another carrot, but carrots are good for me. If it’s my birthday, I’m not going to eat carrots, but ... it’s not my birthday.

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Janet is a Registered Dietitian at the University of Central Arkansas. As the campus dietitian employed by Aramark Food Service, she serves the UCA community through nutrition counseling, speaking, and a monthly e-newsletter. She is also an adjunct professor. For a monthly copy of Bite-sized Nutrition from the Dietitian, email her at dance-janet@aramark.com.


Tips to keep you motivated

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By Paige Revis

e know the deal…New Year, New You. That’s a lot of pressure for some of us. Make that fitness resolution, lose weight, join a gym, start this, quit that, this will be the year! I say, RELAX! This year, K.I.S.S. it. That’s right! Pucker up those pretty pouty lips of yours and Keep It Simple, Sweetie!

Paige is a Quality Coordinator for Jazzercise, Inc and has been a Jazzercise instructor in Conway for 18 years. She loves sharing her passion for exercise and wants to encourage others to find a physical activity they enjoy.

1. Figure out what you LOVE. What kind of physical movement makes you happy? What brings a smile to your face?

2. Set realistic goals. Your body will tell you what it needs. Listen to it. You might need to take a day off and rest. And some weeks, you may need to move every day.

3. Workout with a friend or make a friend at your workout. It’s true. Exercising with a friend provides accountability.

4. Say positive things about yourself to yourself during your workout. Notice something you’re doing well. It could be that you put one foot in front of the other that day. It could be that your added an extra mile to your run.

5. Do something different or try something new. Maybe you’ve been a gym rat - try a Jazzercise class. Or you love training for a marathon - try Yoga. Keep it varied and interesting.

6. Find what’s right for you. Do that thing that fits you. Don’t compare yourself to others. Use lighter weights, walk instead of run, climb a rock wall. Just be yourself.

7. Build activity into every day. Jog to the mailbox, park your car far away from the entrance and skip into the building, take the stairs (one flight counts!), pump your arms when you walk down the hallway.

8. Reward your accomplishments. Short-term or longterm—whatever motivates you to continue with your progress! For example, I attended 8 exercise classes this month, I will reward my efforts with “__________”. You decide.

9. Make a public announcement. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…if it motivates you, let the world know what you’re doing!

10. Get back up again. Exercise is a choice. It’s a choice that can make a big difference in the quality of your life. So, if you drop out for a week or goof up your diet, forgive yourself and start again. You have to live with you. Why not make it a healthy you?

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R E TA I L T H E R A P Y

Erin Hohnbaum, owner of E. Leigh’s in downtown Conway. 14 WOMEN’S INC. / JANUARY 2014


E. Leigh’s picks Conway for third location By Rachel Parker Dickerson Photos by Brandy Strain Erin Hohnbaum, owner of E. Leigh’s in Downtown Conway, is riding a wave of success that all started with an idea, a website and some accessories. “It’s been a whirlwind couple of years for me,” she said. “We started small and earned people’s respect and business, and now we have three locations. Every day when I come to work there’s something new. We still figure stuff out as we go every day.” Hohnbaum has loved shopping and retail sales for a long time. She learned she had a knack for sales while working at The Limited just after graduating from high school. “I was one of the top two sales people nationwide at The Limited,” she said. “I’ve always loved clothes and shopping. I just naturally found myself throughout college working in retail. I finished school and wound up in a public relations job working for

a charter school and running an after school program for them.” The charter school job was not a natural fit, and right after her 26th birthday, Hohnbaum decided that it was time to try something new. She quit her job and started an online store selling handbags and jewelry. People would come to her home to pick up their orders, or she would meet them in parking lots. By December 2011, she had hundreds of clients, and she knew she had to get a store front. She found a small shop in the Hillcrest Historic District of Little Rock. “In April 2012 we had our grand opening in Little Rock. The shop was 800 square feet. I was thrilled. We opened in Fayetteville in 2013, and we opened in Conway in October,” she said. “It’s been great. I’m super happy and excited about how welcoming Conway has been and the potential in Conway. We were really busy the first day. “Conway hit close to home, because I spent a lot of time there growing up. My maternal grandparents lived on Lake Conway. WWW.WOMENSINC.NET 15


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I would spend time in the summers there, and my grandmother would take me shopping downtown. It was kind of a full circle moment.” Hohnbaum continued, “We have a wide range of clientele — everything from high school girls up to grandmothers. We have a wide range of merchandise that fits all kinds of women. Every store is unique, too. I describe our stores as contemporary women’s boutiques. “We like to do the fur and glitz and glam, but also a lot of great basics that are great whether you’re out on a weekend or out on a date or at a job.” She said she focuses on customer service and a great in-store experience. “One of the biggest complaints I heard about higher-end boutiques is not getting good customer

service. You’re always going to be greeted when you come into E. Leigh’s. We really focus on being attentive. We’re more than happy to help you find anything as small as a gift for a friend all the way up to building a new wardrobe for the season.” She continued,” We know that every girl isn’t the same girl every day. We try to mix it up with our merchandise and keep it new, keep it reasonable. The average piece is $35. If you want a new top for the weekend it’s not going to cost you $100 to freshen up your closet.” As for popular merchandise she said, “At all three stores, people are loving ‘almost leather’ and ‘almost fur,’ the faux leather and fur; people are getting into those textured items. Conway girls love anything with embellishments, sequins — anything with

textures and embellishments on it.” She noted, “This summer we were featured in Southern Living as the No. 1 place to shop in Little Rock. “We were voted by Arkansas Times as best women’s boutique and won Soiree’s best women’s boutique in Little Rock. This year I was named one of Arkansas Business’ Top 20 in their 20s.” Hohnbaum is not planning another new store yet, but noted she was not looking for a second or third location either. The locations became available through “strange blessings,” she said. “I’m always open to growing. I’m not actively pursuing another location, but if something happens to fall in my lap like the others did, I would be delighted,” she said.


F E AT U R E S T O R Y

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Art, Pray, Love raises funds for mission trip By Rachel Parker Dickerson St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will host its annual Art, Pray, Love event on Jan. 25 to raise funds for a medical mission trip to Guatemala. Dee Sanders said the art show and silent auction will feature more than 30 Arkansas artists; heavy hors d’ oeuvres will be served. The event will be 6:30 to 9 p.m. at St. Peter’s Parish Hall and across the street at the Morgan House, which has recently been renovated. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple and may be purchased by going to or calling the church office at 925 Mitchell St. The phone number is 501-329-8174. Artists will include Bob Crane of Little Rock, Joanne Stevens of Conway, Steve Hurd of Conway and Suzanne Waggoner of Mount Vernon. This is the fifth year St. Peter’s has held the art show and auction. Sanders said, “We depend on the artists in the community to support this mission. It’s a great chance for them to get some exposure and help us at the same time. It’s a great evening out for people in the community to help us with our mission and to support the arts.” Marianne Welch said the medical mission trip is to the western region of the Episcopal diocese of Guatemala. She said the area is made up of very poor, mostly native Mayan people. There are eight churches in the diocese. The St. Peter’s group links up with the bishop of the diocese and travels around to the various tiny churches. “We’re kind of like a mobile MASH unit,” she said. “Every day of the week we go to a different village. We set up a medical clinic. We see patients from the time we get there until dark. Long

lines of people — mostly women and children. Usually it’s the only time of year they get to see a doctor. The patients receive care for whatever their complaint is. “Everyone gets vitamins. We give them clothing, shoes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. The men are never going to stop working to see a doctor, so it’s mostly women and children. Over five years, we’ve begun to see small differences in the children seeing a physician once a year.” She said three years ago there were two-year-old twins that were unable to walk, but last year the children looked very healthy. “We think it has some long-term effects,” Welch continued. “We work with a local who is a physician and a priest. We feel good that it’s not just a Band-aid and it’s gone.” The volunteers take a whole pharmacy full of medications with them and set up a mobile pharmacy on a table, Welch said. Non-medical volunteers either volunteer in the pharmacy, organize clothing for giving to the patients or work on small construction projects throughout the week. “The need is constant,” Welch said. “One small project that some nonmedical volunteers will be working on is plastering some walls. They will be rebuilding some fences in another place. It’s a full week.” She said the medical team will see 450 to 500 patients in the week. “It’s an amazing experience,” she said. Welch noted, “The art show every year is our primary fundraiser for the mission project. It originated with Terri Daily, our priest. She knew we had a number of artists in our congregation. It has grown and opened up.” WWW.WOMENSINC.NET 19


H E A LT H

By Dr. Patricia Knott

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What a difference a virus makes

ou don’t reach my age without experiencing your share of colds. I have had summer colds and winter colds. I have had “head” colds and “chest” colds. Some colds have been mild in nature and some have been “take to the bed” bad. But until the 1990’s, I did not know how bad “bad” could get. I had gone to work and made my rounds for the day but before the lunch hour, I begin to experience a headache which seemed to encompass the whole of my head. Soon, I could barely lift my head from the back of my office chair where I had rested it in an attempt to gain some relief from the steady discomfort. Finally, in defeat, I asked my colleague to please take call for me which I was scheduled to provide that night. I called my husband to pick me up from the hospital where I worked. For the next 3 to 4 days I lived in a Theraflu haze and moved only from a bed to a chair and back again as I battled the flu for the first time in my life. Both the cold and the flu are respiratory illnesses caused by a virus (the influenza virus is responsible for the flu. The cold has multiple virus types). It can be quite challenging to differentiate between the two illnesses but there are some distinctions which can help your physician and you to determine a plan of treatment. Cold symptoms quite often begin with a sore throat followed by runny nose and congestion with a cough. The nasal secretions are watery for the first few days then later become thicker and darker. The person with a cold may have a slight body ache or occasional headache. The person with a cold is contagious the first three days and the symptoms usually last for about a week. Flu symptoms come on quickly and are usually more severe than cold symptoms. These symptoms may consist of sore throat, cough, headache, fever, muscle aches and congestion. The symptoms gradually improve over two to five days, but a person can have malaise for a week or longer. The young, elderly, or people with heart or lung ailments are at risk for pneumonia complications. How do you know if it is the cold or the flu? The most common difference is – fever. A cold rarely causes temperature above 101 degrees. The person tends to feel miserable with the onset of the flu. Muscle aches are more common with the flu and can be quite severe. Headaches and chills are common symptoms as well. Stuffy nose, sneezing, and sore throat are more common with a cold. Whereas extreme exhaustion is usual for the flu,

a person with a common cold does not experience this. The time of year can give you some idea of whether you are dealing with the flu. Flu season begins during the cold weather and generally run October through May (most cases occur in January or February). The treatment for the cold and flu are similar and consist mainly of over-the-counter medicines to treat the symptoms—decongestants, fever reducers or pain relievers. Consult with your physician before giving these medications to children. Antiviral medicines such as Tamiflu may speed up the recovery from the symptoms of the flu but should be taken early on since they have their best efficacy in the first 48 hours of onset of symptoms. Prevention is key. The cold and flu are passed along through respiratory droplets and a person’s hands are common vehicles for spread of the virus. If you touch an object (including someone’s eyes, mouth, or nose) that has been contaminated with some of the cold or flu viruses, and then touch your nose or mouth, you can introduce the virus into your respiratory system. Good hand washing often is important to help reduce the spread of the virus. You should avoid close contact with someone with the cold or flu. Coughing or sneezing enables the virus to become airborne and can then be inhaled by someone in close proximity to the person with the cold or flu. When you have the cold or flu, stay home if you don’t feel well, and you should clean and disinfect frequently used objects or surfaces. Coughing into the elbow instead of the hand is suggested by many. The best chance of prevention of the flu (though not 100 percent effective) is to be vaccinated. It is advised to have this yearly as the virus may change. Children younger than 6 months are generally considered too young to be vaccinated. The vaccine helps to build up antibodies that fight off the virus if you become exposed to it. Though most cases of the flu occur in January or February, vaccinations can be given any time during the flu season. Most people who get the flu shot have no reaction except for slight swelling and some redness at the site of injection in up to 25 percent of persons. The virus used for the vaccination has been deactivated. I once held onto the idea that if I got the flu shot, I would contract the flu or develop a febrile illness, until a colleague passionately stated that he would be willing to take the risk considering he had the misfortune of contracting the flu once. He never wanted that experience again if he could possibly do something about it. That made me remember 3-4 days of my life in the 1990’s, and you know—I think my colleague made a valid point.

Patricia Knott is a graduate of LSU Medical School in New Orleans and is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She serves as the Medical Director for Conway Regional Rehabilitation Hospital.

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SPIRITUALITY

Living for the moment

By Andrea Lennon

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have watched friends and family lose spouses, parents, children, and best friends. As I have watched people go through times of pain and grief, I have wondered what words to share. I remember one night, several years ago, a sweet young mother from my church died unexpectedly. She left behind a loving husband and three young children. I will never forget holding my children that night and crying myself to sleep. I was broken over the pain that would be endured by that sweet family for the rest of their lives. This scene was repeated once again this past year when another young mother from my church died. She also left behind a loving husband and a young child. For those who have lost someone close to them, the sting of death is real. The pain is always there. The longing to see their loved one is intense. Seeing them, hearing their voice, and embracing them once again is an ever present longing in their heart. I have often wondered what a loved one who is living in heaven would say to us. Think about it. If your loved one could step out of eternity and share a glimpse into their current life, what do you think they would share? Maybe they would talk about the setting of heaven. This glimpse would provide details about what it is like to live in heaven moment by moment. Maybe they would talk about other loved ones who are also living in heaven. This glimpse would include how people relate to one another and how a person’s personality manifests itself in heaven. One thing that I think every loved one who is living in heaven would share with us is the importance of longing to see Jesus. I think they would want us to know about the beauty of the moment when we will see Jesus, hear His voice, and feel His embrace. Our loved one knows about that moment because they have experienced it. Our loved one lives in a place of complete freedom and perfect fellowship with the Lord. Heaven is a place where there is no sin, death, disease, pain, heartache, abuse, trial, hardship, or misunderstanding. It is a place that was created by God where we can worship Him and be satisfied in Him alone. For many of us it is hard to imagine what it will be like when we see Jesus. We have no frame of reference. We have

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not seen Jesus in person, physically touched Him, or heard Him call our name in an audible voice. Since we have not been to heaven, it is hard for us to know what it will be like. Here is the beauty of the situation. Our loved one has experienced it all. They have seen Jesus. They have touched Jesus. They have heard Jesus call their name. For just a moment, imagine your loved one sitting at the feet of Jesus and soaking up the beauty of that place. Imagine them living at peace and rest in the very presence of God. Take comfort in the truth that heaven is a real place. In fact, the first verse in the Bible speaks of the reality of life in heaven as well as life on earth. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, New International Version) God’s plan includes living out our time on this earth and then living with Him in heaven for all of eternity. For every believer in Jesus Christ, both heaven and earth are realities. We live on this earth and then God calls us home. At that moment, we see Jesus face to face. Right now allow your thoughts of heaven to foster in you an intense longing to see Jesus. Really, more than anything, that is the message that we need to hear as we live out our time on this earth. There is a day when we will see Jesus; and that day should matter to us. I have no doubt that it will be a wonderful day. As we focus on that day, we discover the path to healing and transformation. Today, proclaim this truth from Lamentations over your life. “I say to myself, the Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3:24) Do you need to take a moment and remind yourself that the Lord is your portion? If so, do it right now. Ask the Lord to develop in you an intense longing to see Him. Before long, you will find that you are catching glimpses into heaven while you are living on earth. Andrea Lennon lives in Conway, Arkansas, with her husband, Jay, and sons, Jake and Andrew. Andrea ministers to the women of Arkansas through a speaking and writing ministry called True Vine Ministry. To learn more about this ministry, access Andrea’s website at www.andrealennon.net.


SHOPPING

Niven Morgan candles and room spray. Available at Grand on Oak.

Jonathan Adler candles $28.90 each. Available at E. Leigh’s.

Aquiesse candles and fragrances. At Grand on Oak.

WINC. top scents

FABULOUS HOME FRAGRANCES

Jonathan Adler candles: grapefruit, sugar, fig and tomato $38.90 each. Available at E. Leigh’s.

Wanderlust candles and fragrances-Paris, Rome, New York and London. Available at Statements.

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THE CARPET CENTER

QUALITY SERVICE & PRODUCTS CONWAY FIXTURE PROVIDES OPTIONS CLOSE TO HOME By Rachel Parker Dickerson Photos by Brandy Strain The Carpet Center in Conway has become a second-generation fixture in the past few years as Monty Longing, son of founders Danny and Melissa Longing, has taken over the business along with his cousin, Rusty Parks, and friend Chris Jaquez. The partners took over the business three years ago. All of them have been working there for many years. Longing said, “We provide the same services we always have. We have a lot of the same installers we’ve had for years and years. Some of them have been with us for 25 years. Not a lot has changed. We specialize in our service. We provide a great service, and our quality is excellent. We’ve always been known for our quality of work.” He said his father started the business at age 24. “He had a guy ask him if he wanted to open a carpet franchise. He did and broke off from the franchise a short time later and opened The Carpet Center. He learned on the fly. Mom worked there for 30 years. I had a crib in the office. I was always there. I started working summers there when I was 12. I kind of started learning then. I’ve been around just about anything and everything in the floor covering business.” “We’ve been in the same location all those years and added onto our building twice. We’ve got the biggest showroom in the area for floor covering. A lot of people shop online these days, and then go (to a store) and people can’t find it. Usually anything you can find, we can get it in our showroom for you to look at hands-on. We also have a nice portfolio of our work for people to look at that other (competitors) might now have. We take pride in our installations, and we take pictures to 24 WOMEN’S INC. / JANUARY 2014

show them off.” He added customers who choose The Carpet Center will likely be face-to-face with either himself or one of his cousins. “Nobody’s got more experience. That’s a good selling point,” he said. Longing said big box stores may appear to have cheaper prices, but he said customers can save money with The Carpet Center by not ordering too much square footage. “They (the big box stores) have people working for them that haven’t been at it as long, and they measure and come up with too much square footage. Usually, if customers will come see us and not be scared by the up front cost, they’re going to save money and not end up with a lot of extra square footage. You’d be surprised how many times that happens. We pretty much get our figures to the T. When you think about it, a college kid at (the big box store) doesn’t know anything about measuring.” Longing said The Carpet Center offers hardwood, tile, carpet and vinyl — “Anything you can put on a floor, we do it.” He noted they have also begun carrying tile for custom showers and provides carpet cleaning services. He noted carpet is becoming less popular in homes today, while hard surfaces are becoming more popular. “We’re doing a lot of hard surfaces, hardwood and tile. Carpet’s becoming a thing of the past. Most of the houses we do now are 75 percent hard surfaces.” Longing said the store’s business is about 70 percent remodel and 30 percent new construction. “For a while in Conway there was a new house on every block. Now we’re getting to remodel all those houses we did in the 90s. The growth of Conway really helped our business in the 90s and 2000s. It’s still good today.”


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H E A LT H Y S K I N

LiftFX & SculptFX now at Conway Med Spa

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e all lose skin elasticity, collagen weakens and it becomes harder to lose certain pockets of fat as we age no matter our body shape, skin tone, diet or exercise plan. This results in the development of wrinkles and fine lines. We can also have a genetic predisposition to cellulite, which is a common concern. So ... do you want to reduce cellulite, wrinkles or stretch marks? How about decreasing the circumference of your arms, waist or thighs? What if you could tighten loose, sagging skin? Want superior results with no pain or downtime? If so, I have the answer for you! Venus Legacy is a non-invasive, pain-free treatment that uses radio frequency, magnetic pulse therapy and VariPulse technology to treat all of the above concerns. The radiofrequency and magnetic pulse therapy deliver a dense, uniform heat to the skin. This stimulates the production of collagen (a major part of our connective tissue that gives it strength and flexibility), increase fibroblasts (things that help maintain the structure of our connective tissue), creates blood flow to the area and makes a hole, or pore, in the fat cells. The VariPulse technology “massages” the tissue and helps our body drain the fat cell, in order to move the contents of our body. The treatments are safe without adverse effects and the number needed will vary from patient to patient, but usually average 6-10 weekly visits based on age and the affected body part. Conway Women’s Med Spa is first to bring this technology to Central Arkansas. They always provide free consultations. Find out for yourself how painless and relaxing the treatments really are. Give them a call today!

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FOOD

Amazing Bruschetta By Chef Jill McCollum, CC Photos by Lindsey Faith Watson

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plus Shrimp Scampi Bake & CHOCOLATE CHIP PIE


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Amazing Bruschetta 2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped ½ sweet onion, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley ½ loaf Italian bread, cut into 1 inch slices ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, olive oil, oregano, basil and parsley. Place bread on a baking sheet, and top with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until bottom of bread is browned. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.

Shrimp Scampi Bake 1 cup butter 1 tablespoon prepared Dijon-style mustard 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 2 pounds medium raw shrimp, shelled, deveined, with tails attached Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, mustard, lemon juice, garlic and parsley. When the butter melts completely, remove from heat. Arrange shrimp in a shallow baking dish. Pour the butter mixture over the shrimp. Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and opaque.

Chocolate Chip Pie 1 uncooked 9 inch pie crust 1 cup white sugar ½ cup all-purpose flour 2 eggs ½ cup butter, melted and cooled 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1 teaspoon vanilla extract In a mixing bowl, mix sugar and flour. Stir in beaten eggs, butter, nuts, chocolate chips and vanilla. Mix well. Pour mixture into pie crust. Place pie pan on cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for one hour.

Cleaning your kitchen and pantry

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he oldest spices in your pantry likely date to when you first moved into your home — about 20 years ago! While they’re not going to be unsafe to eat, but it’s probably time to throw them out! With the start of a new year, now is a good time to shuffle through pantries and refrigerators to purge old and expired items. If you open a spice up and you sniff it, and it doesn’t smell like anything, you know, it’s really time to get rid of it. May years ago, expiration dates were not required on spices, so if you can’t find an expiration date, that means its old, so throw it out! Pre-wrapped foods such as processed cheeses and lunch meats are some of the first foods that need to be thrown out. That’s because they can harbor dangerous bacteria. Leftovers generally keep longer, since cooking brings food to 160 degrees or higher. That makes the 30 WOMEN’S INC. / JANUARY 2014

food and container in which it was cooked sterile. Cutting Board Etiquette It doesn’t really make a difference whether you use wood or plastic. What is important is to keep separate ones for meats and raw foods. Cutting boards are only a problem if you’re cutting un-sterile things on them. You have one for vegetables and one for meat. And you make sure you that never do raw and cooked foods on the same cutting boards. And you’re supposed to wash them frequently with hot soapy water. Chef Jill McCollum, CC is the Caterer and Food Service Director for Central Baptist College. Jill is the owner of Jill McCollum Catering in Conway. She can be reached at jmccollum@cbc.edu or (501) 730-4422


H E A LT H Y L I V I N G

Planning, losing weight the healthy way By Dr. Amy Beard

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was recently trying on jeans in a department store and could not help to overhear strange noises and profanities coming from the changing room next to me. Yep, it was another victim of “incorrectly sized” jeans. This crime of dishonest denim is striking dressing rooms all across the United States. I think most women can sympathize with this poor victim. And a lifetime sentence of trying on bathing suits in front of a three-way mirror with the brightest lighting possible could be the only just punishment for this crime. (I’d rather have the electric chair.) Dressing room profanities are not the only thing I overhear frequently. I also hear women — and men — discussing their recent attempts at losing weight with the latest powders, pills and wraps. As a family physician, dietitian and former competitive athlete I can tell you from experience that these “potions” rarely result in the achievement and maintenance of a healthy weight. Weight gain and the struggles many face with trying to lose weight often have complex causes. It isn’t always just about what a person eats. There are multiple reasons why some become overweight and are unable to shed the excess pounds. A person’s diet is just one contributing factor. Physical inactivity, hormonal imbalances, thyroid deficiencies, detrimental lifestyle behaviors, sleep disturbances and elevated stress levels can all wreak havoc on one’s health and can make any attempts at weight loss a struggle. Many of today’s weight loss programs offer only shortterm fixes. They are restrictive, unrealistic and unsupported by evidence-based medicine. A program of “powders and pills” may initially help shed excess weight, but it is something that cannot and should not be maintained. Most of the programs have a very narrow focus and do not address the many complex causes of weight gain and obesity. While well meaning, many of the individuals administering the programs are under-qualified and lack the knowledge, training and insight to best serve their clients. Weight loss and attaining a healthy weight should be a by-product of a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity, adequate and quality sleep, decreased levels of stress and a relationship with food that focuses on nutrition

rather than meeting emotional needs. While achieving a healthy weight is desirable and a worthy goal in itself, it should not necessarily be “the goal.” A greater quality of life with improved physical and mental wellbeing is the goal. When we achieve this balance in our lives, a healthy weight can be reached and easily maintained. At Hippocrates Health we address all of the factors that may contribute to weight gain and the struggle to lose weight. Our weight loss program includes a thorough evaluation of one’s medical and family history, diet history, activity level, lifestyle behaviors, sleep patterns, and stress levels. We check multiple labs that can provide valuable information when assessing weight issues. Our program provides for close follow-up of progress and health parameters. Grocery market tours, educational classes and cooking classes are also included in the program. Each member of the program has access to the cloud-based nutrition and exercise tool, Weightmania.com. A person may also take advantage of our farm-to-table, properly portioned meal program that is delivered to your door. The meal program is individually designed with your specific needs in mind. The meal program focuses on nutrient dense foods containing anti-aging properties that are grown locally. The menu options vary weekly and appeal to a broad-range of tastes. Weight loss doesn’t have to be a struggle. Once the complex issues surrounding weight gain are addressed, a healthy weight can be attained and maintained. Here’s to a future free of crimes against denim! Dr. Amy Beard graduated Summa cum laude from UCA with a degree in dietetics in 1995; completed a 1-yr post-graduate dietetic internship at UAMS in 1996; graduated from UAMS College of Medicine in 2009; completed a 3-year Family Medicine residency in Fayetteville, AR in 2011; is Board Certified in Family Medicine; worked as an ER physician for the last 3 years in several different ERs in Arkansas; worked as a clinical Registered Dietitian for several years before pursuing a degree in medicine; enjoys all outdoor activities, especially cycling — was a former competitive cyclist and adventure racer.

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HAVEN’s Christmas Coffee at the home of Joanna Rankin

HAVEN Board Members

Meleah Arnold, Debbie Weaver, Jan Stone, Kim Gullic, and Shari Hoover

Lynne Tiner and Susan Salter

Buffy Goforth, Bobbi Roberts and Sarah Catherine Erstine

Cindy Naylor and Gena Turner

Kara Campbell and Barbara Sossamon

Susie McCoy and Jana Hiland

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Caroline Morgan, Shari Hoover, Meleah Arnold, and Mary Goodwin

Robin Cunningham and Taylor May

Joanna Rankin and Courtney Pledger

HAVEN Christmas Coffee Hostesses

Florine Bell and Ella Reese

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Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Event

Marla Hambuchen, Becky Benedetti and Dot Welch

Caroline LeVan, Robin Frasier, Candace Meeks and Jennifer Harrison

Kristen Riddle, Toni Griffith and Nickie Brown

Sarah Kemp and Katie Kemp

Sharon Mohammed and LaTresha Woodruff

Angela Bagby, Lori Melton, Linda Linn, Amy Reed and Lori Ross

Lori Quinn, Leah Brown, Sarah Allen, Rhonda Overbey, Jesica Talbert, Tara Mallett and Betsey Barham

Brad Lacy, Mallory Brooks, Ronnie Williams and Jeff Standridge

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BEAUTY

New year, new you from head to toe

By Angela Jackson and Annie Worley How many New Years resolutions have we all made and then 3 or 4 weeks down the road have thrown them by the wayside? This year make one that can make you look and feel better, one that can actually be achieved! These are some of our most popular services with visible results and minimal downtime. Our skin care services are provided by a licensed aesthetician. All of our injectable services are provided by a Registered Nurse. Start with your skin. Great skin can make you look 5-10 years younger! The most popular facial at Studio SKIN is the 3D facial and I am asked daily what all is included. The 3D facial starts with steam and a relaxing facial massage, then we move into the corrective 3 stages of the facial. Stage 1 microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion treatments are a non-surgical way to freshen and rejuvenate the skin on your face. Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. Microdermabrasion is used to treat light scarring, discoloration and sun damage, and can be used to lessen the appearance of stretch marks, among other conditions. The technique also helps to thicken your collagen, which results in a younger looking complexion. Collagen is a protein in your skin that’s abundant when you’re a child and makes skin appear taut and smooth.

Collagen production declines as we age, resulting in looser, uneven skin. Benefits: Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles | Improves aging, thickened skin | Improves sun damaged skin | Encourages softer, smoother skin Refines pores | Reduces the appearance of scar tissue Stage 2 oxygen infusion. The Bio-Oxygen™ revitalizes the skin by encouraging the infusion of age defying products containing the latest, most powerful, and proven ingredients to address expression aging as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Benefits: Complete product penetration | Addresses expression aging | Plumps, firms, and improves skin’s suppleness | Hydrates and revitalizes skin | Improves circulation Stage 3 LED Light Therapy. LED light services reveal glowing, radiant skin. A complex interaction of red light helps elasticity, reduces acne breakouts, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Benefits: Visibly firms and contours | Improves the color and texture of the skin Hydrates and skin | Improves circulation | Encourages smoother, softer skin | Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles BOTOX Botox when used in proper doses temporarily relaxes the muscles that cause certain creases and wrinkles. When the muscles are relaxed the lines and wrinkles become less apparent. Botox

Angela Jackson, owner of studio SKIN has been a licensed aesthetician for 14 years. Angela is a member of Associated Skincare Professionals, an organization dedicated to the promotion of safe, quality skin care. Angela practiced in the Fayetteville area for over 12 years under the direct supervision of a board certified plastic surgeon. Angela has been offering skincare in the downtown Conway area for the last 3 years. She offers expertise and certifications in corrective skincare, facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and make-up.

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is used to treat glabellar lines (the “worry” lines between the eyes), crows feet, and forehead lines. The results of Botox usually last about threefour months, at which time the treatment can be repeated in order to maintain results. DERMAL FILLERS As we age, our skin loses elastin and collagen which causes our skin to have less volume and have more fine lines and wrinkles. One of the main causes of our faces appearing older is volume loss. Injectable dermal fillers can replace this volume loss resulting in a fuller more youthful appearing face. Injectable fillers can plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften creases, and approve the appearance of some scars caused from acne or injury, resulting in a smoother, fuller, more youthful appearing face. These results typically last 9-12 months or longer. ASCLERA Asclera is a prescription medication used to treat unwanted spider veins on your legs. This procedure is done by injecting the medication directly into the spider vein. The procedure can be completed in about 30 minutes with very little discomfort. Sun exposure and vigorous exercise are to be avoided for 48 hours after injections. Veins disappear in as little as 4 weeks. We look forward to seeing you at Studio SKIN to help you with your new year new you!!

Annie Worley, RN, graduated from Baptist School of Nursing in 1997. As a registered nurse she has more than 8 years’ experience injecting, in which time she has developed a passion for working with people to create the natural, youthful appearance so many of us desire. Annie has attended numerous Level III Palate advanced injection classes, which is the highest level of training a nurse injector can receive. Annie works primarily at Northwest Arkansas Center for Plastic Surgery in Fayetteville, under the direction of Dr. Heath Stacey, a board certified plastic surgeon. She brings her knowledge, experience and passion for cosmetic injectables to Studio Skin on Wednesdays.


BOOK REVIEW

Franklin and Fennelly’s ‘The Tilted World’ Reviewed by Susan O’Keefe

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motherless daughter, resourceful and clever. A flirty charmer with a mean streak a mile long. And a couple of federal agents attempting to sniff out a still hidden in the Mississippi Delta. It’s 1927 and the mighty Mississippi River is about to spill over her banks. Federal agents are on the scene trying to assure the fictitious town of Hobnob Landing, that all is well with the levees. Surely, they’ll hold. The desperate, drenched town is the setting for The Tilted World authored by husband and wife team Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly, residents of Oxford, Mississippi. The two prohibition agents pride themselves in never having taken a bribe. But when an orphaned baby boy enters the picture, all bets are off. One agent risks life and limb to find the baby a home. The other agent is hot on the trail of the town’s biggest bootlegger. When the feds meet again, there’s likely to be an explosion. Immersed in the deep south, Dixie Clay Holliver is a lonely, unhappily married woman. She recently buried her firstborn, as scarlet fever burned the breath right from the boy’s infant body. And then as if fate believed in second chances, a revenuer named Ingersoll shows up with a baby boy. The baby is an orphan, which hits close to home for Ingersoll, who was raised by nuns in an orphanage. The baby needs a home. And in a sense, the grown man does as well. After an awkward initial meeting with Dixie Clay pointing her trusty sidearm at the stranger, the baby has a new home. From his mother’s snuggly arms to a bouncing seat on the thump thump thump of the kegger, baby Willy breathes new life into Dixie Clay’s solo and mundane routine. Once again, she has another human being to talk to. Jessie doesn’t come home much. When he does, it’s only to change clothes. Dixie Clay winces at the brothel scent on her husband’s lapel.

“I can just imagine that jerk in his bright yellow suit! His character was really one to despise,” offered one reader. He’s a guy that’s easy to dislike. Regardless of her philandering husband’s affairs, Dixie Clay was a woman to be reckoned with. She ran the farm. She operated the still. She set traps, skinned, dressed and prepped the game for sale. She canned and jarred local fruits and vegetables, looking ahead to winter. And she cared for her baby boy, taking him everywhere with her. “I laughed as Dixie Clay would ride her mule with baby Willy packed in her apron like a modern day Baby Bjorn,” said another reader. “And through all of this, it was raining, every

single day. Rain. Rain. Rain.” “There were times I could almost feel the rain. It was evident that a poet wrote a lot of this,” shared another reader. There were bone chilling descriptions about the “pewter skewers hitting the men full in the face … and endless marbles endlessly dropping.” As the threat of the Mississippi’s flooding increases, so does the danger to Dixie Clay, as she realizes the real reasons the revenuers are in town. A couple of federal agents went missing recently. All clues point to Jessie. The self-made crook tries to make a deal with the devil to destroy his town. If Hobknob Landing explodes, the town collects insurance money, and Jessie can head down river to cash in on business in the Big Easy. Just as the story reaches its climax, “the whole town was looking as the river absorbed its channels, swelling and fattening, then filling the barrow pit, then climbing the levee foot by foot. Now it sloshed and surged at the top where the sandbaggers raced against it.” With the tip of his hat, Jessie puts into motion what Mother Nature has threatened for weeks. Franklin and Fennelly have a compelling, charming rhythm that captivates readers. The love story, the blues in the background, the federal agents posing as engineers, the natural disaster, and an orphaned baby all combine for an unforgettable story from a forgotten part of Mississippi’s history. Long after the rain stops, the story will leave an impression. Susan O’Keefe is a wife to Jack, mother to four children, and eager to face the crazy, awesome, fun things God delivers daily. She and her family recently moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where Susan will continue to read and review, instruct fitness classes, and embark on this next adventure in life.

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Freezin’ for a Reason benefits Children’s Hospital By Rachel Parker Dickerson The second annual Freezin’ for a Reason 5K/10 and fun 2K will be Feb. 1 at the Bill Stephens Track and Soccer Complex at the University of Central Arkansas. Amanda and Travis Mulhearn of Conway and Circle of Friends started the race to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The couple’s two young daughters were treated at the hospital for life-threatening illnesses and received worldclass care, Amanda Mulhearn said. Although the couple tragically lost both of their daughters to the illnesses, they wish to honor and support the hospital that provided excellent care for their children, she said. “It started with Charlotte, and when Stella passed away, we said we’ve got to find a way to make something positive come from this terrible tragedy,” she said. Infant daughter Charlotte Diane was treated at Children’s for a viral infection in the heart. Stella Rose, 3, had brain cancer and was too little to have radiation treatments, Amanda said. While researching pediatric oncology clinics, she was assured that Arkansas Children’s Hospital was one of eight places in the United States that could treat Stella. 38 WOMEN’S INC. / JANUARY 2014

“The reason we want to give back to children isn’t because of what we lost but because of what we gained while we were there,” she said. “I was able to give my children the best care in the nation — in the world, two hours away. It allowed me to take care of my son and stay close to this community that gave us everything. They gave us food. We had our yard mowed by we don’t even know who. “I really want people to know how fortunate we are to have Arkansas Children’s Hospital here and to keep it as good as we can. Even though we lost our daughters, they provided care to us and became a special place. We wanted them to still be there in our memories and to honor their name. I don’t think people realize how lucky we are to have that in our area.” She said she and her husband had the idea to start a race in the area to support the hospital. She met with Faulkner County Circle of Friends, which is authorized by Arkansas Children’s Hospital to use its advertising materials for fundraising events. Circle of Friends agreed to partner with the Mulhearns to put on the first Freezin’ for a Reason in 2012. Conway and the surrounding area rushed to support the effort, Amanda said. “Everywhere you turned, there was somebody else. It’s just Conway and the surrounding area

— people want to be involved. In great tragedy, sometimes you do have great gifts. We’re still reaping the benefits while grieving our loss. As long as our friends, family and loved ones are able to continue and there’s an interest and a need, we will be there. It gives us something to feel good about.” She said they were given an estimate that for a first event they would be lucky to get 200 racers. “My husband said, ‘I think we’ll have 500;’ and it was close to a thousand,” she said. “The hope is that people will continue to buy into it.” The couple has a nine-year-old son, Davis, who also participates in the event. His mother said it is a great opportunity for him to remember his sisters in a positive way. First United Methodist Church, where the Mulhearns attend, will hold a pasta party the night before the race with all proceeds benefitting Arkansas Children’s hospital. To purchase tickets, go to www.freezinforareason.org. Participants may also register for the race at this site. The 5K/10K races will begin at 9 a.m., and the family 2K will begin at 10:45 a.m. Registration for all races is $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the event. There will be activities before and after the race, including entertainment for children.



January 2014