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Elevated Texas Cuisine You Have To Try ASK THE EXPERTS
15 State Fair of Texas
14 Reading with Reading Ranch
18 Foodie Friday DFW: Lewisville Old Town Market
20 Organization with Cloud Nine Organizing 29 Edit This with Steve Gamel
ARTICLES 05 Best Little Brewfest in Texas 08 On A Dream & A Prayer
Everyone Needs A Buddy
19 Adoption of the Month 19 Hull Art Academy 21 Empowering Women of Faith 23 Sheriff’s Corner with Seriff Tracy Murphree
10 Inside Community
24 Come One, Come All to the Fall Festival
11 Inside Education
26 Tips to Prevent Heart Disease
12 Keto Diet: The Highs
28 The Risk of SIDS
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On a Dream &
A PRAYER More Than Denton County’s Ford Dealer… IT’S A FAMILY by Steve Gamel
o us a quick favor. The next time you call Bill Utter Ford and are put on a brief hold, pay attention to the voice on the other end of the line. That’s more than a standard automated greeting letting you know someone will be right with you – it’s the sweet and innocent voice of Bailee Utter, the granddaughter of the self-made man the dealership is named after.
“Hi, I’m Bailee Utter. Thank you for calling; we’ll be right back with you. …” the message opens. pictured above is Bill Sr. former owner of Bill Utter Ford and his son Bill Jr. when he was little.
While you likely won’t get to hear the rest of young Bailee’s greeting – most people
to interact with their customers. The late
Bill Utter Sr. and wife, Virginia, bought the franchise 62 years ago on a dream and a
prayer, and since then, Bill Utter Ford has been treating customers and employees like family better than anyone else.
aren’t left on hold long enough – it gets the point across that you are about to work with a family. In a world where quality car dealerships are practically
That’s the way it was then,
“People used to ask him, ‘So you’re in the car business?’ He would say, ‘No, I’m in the people business.’”
on every street corner, it’s not easy to find one that is still familyowned and operated like Bill Utter Ford. pictured above is Bill Jr.’s family who now owns Bill Utter Ford. (starting from the left Trey, Monica, Bailee and Bill Jr. Utter) 8 | LIFE IN CASTLE HILLS | SEPTEMBER 2018
Not only is hearing Bailee’s voice a unique experience, but owners Bill Utter Jr. and wife, Monica, are there almost every day
and it’s still that way today. “It’s pretty amazing how
people still talk about my
dad,” Bill Jr. said. “He bought this franchise and went right
to work. He never wanted to
retire; he loved this so much
and really cared about people. That’s just the way it’s always been.”
Monica added, “People used to ask him,
‘So you’re in the car business?’ He would say, ‘No, I’m in the people business.’”
photos courtesy of the Utter Family
4901 South I-35 E., Denton, TX 76205 | Sales: 940.321.7400 | Service: 940.321.7510 | Parts: 940.321.7500 | www.billutterford.com
When Lake Cities Living sat down with the Utters, they didn’t talk much about their unrivaled inventory of cars and trucks.
The dealership prides itself on being Deal
Country USA, where customers can expect the best deals, service, and inventory in Texas. From finding you the most
affordable vehicles, parts, and accessories to securing the lowest financing rates, Bill Utter Ford won’t let you down.
“You could tell Bill Sr. was proud that his name would live on. There’s a lot of history here, and it starts with family. We’ve never forgotten that.” So Bill did what he knew best: he hung
paint and body. Many of the customers
first mindset. Bill Jr. was only 14 when
dad sold them their first car.”
his hat on customer service and a familyhe started working for his father. With his new driver’s license in hand, Bill Jr.
began delivering parts for the family
dealership and went on to hold nearly
Instead, they talked lovingly of the man
every position there is to hold, from
on that legacy.
used car management, new car, and new
who started it all and how they try to carry
working in service and parts to used cars,
we have today have been with us since my Bill Jr. credited Monica for much of the
dealership’s success in recent years. She joined the dealership in 1995 and has held multiple positions, as well. She is
onsite every day. Together, they have two
children, Bailee and Trey. Incidentally, Trey
is short for Bill Utter III.
depression and is a great example of a
He eventually became the general
“To be family-owned is uncommon,”
North Texas in 1956 when Denton had a
father passed away in 2001.
customers in person and on social media,
Bill Sr. grew up during the great
self-made man. He and Virginia moved to
manager, and then the owner when his
population of roughly 20,000. They had
“When we got here, I was four years
three young children
(Bill Jr., Bob, and Barbara) and didn’t know a soul, so one can imagine
their journey was tough sledding from the very beginning.
old,” Bill Jr. said. “Dad
“...Many of the customers we have today have been with us since my dad sold them their first car.”
immediately joined all types of groups and got to know
Monica said. “I still interact with the
and that means a lot to people. It’s not just a name on a building. This is a family, and we try to make the experience special for our customers.”
as many people as he could.
Monica added, “You could tell Bill Sr. was
trained me and worked me
a lot of history here, and it starts with
That gave us our start. He
proud that his name would live on. There’s
in every department except
family. We’ve never forgotten that.”
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INSIDE COMMUNITY BEST LITTLE BREWFEST IN TEXAS Craft beer lovers rejoice, The Best Little Brewfest returns on October 20th in Old Town Lewisville. There will be 80+ breweries and about 300 different brews for you to try. There will be various vendors, music, foods and fun activities for you to enjoy. Tickets can be purchased online at bestlittlebrewfestintexas.com and range from $10 for designated drivers, $40 for general admission that includes samples and $70 for VIP admission which includes a VIP lounge and special release beers. All proceeds benefit Cloud 9 Charities so you’ll feel better about drinking responsibly.
Last month Lewisville welcomed Kevin Deaver as their new police chief. He succeeds Russ Kerbow who retired after more than 40 years of service. During his first 90 days he plans to meet with all 234 employees of the police department as he wishes to hear their concerns and feelings. The discussions will focus on two topics, what they are doing right and what will need to change. This is just one of the many ways he plans to remain connected to the community he serves.
WESTERN DAYS FESTIVAL
TEXAS NF GOLF TOURNAMENT
Put on your cowboy hats and pull up your boots for Lewisville’s
Mark your calendars for October 15th for the annual Texas
annual Western Days Festival September 28th-29th. The
NF Golf Classic benefiting the Texas Neurofibromatosis
event takes place in Old Town Lewisville and features a cattle
Foundation®. 100% of the net proceeds raised from the
drive parade that has 20+ longhorn cattle, inflatable obstacle
tournament go directly towards medical research and other
courses, live music, shopping, food and even a car show!
supportive endeavors to assist those affected by NF. The
Tickets are free before 7pm and can be printed from the city of
tournament will be held at The Lakes at Castle Hills. You can sign
up online at texasnf.org/golf.
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NEW LEWISVILLE POLICE CHIEF
INSIDE EDUCATION COFFEE WITH THE COUNSELOR Castle Hills Elementary PTA invites 5th grade parents to have coffee with the school counselor. This is a reoccurring event with the elementary school that features different topics that affect students and parents. This months topic focuses on cyber security. If you plan on attending please RSVP to Mrs. Rains at email@example.com. For upcoming topics and events visit CHEPTA.net
EVENTS Varsity vs Liberty
HHS RAYS OF SUNSHINE
at Frisco Memorial Stadium October 5th at 7pm
Varsity vs Heritage
Hebron High School has a great craft club that is open to anyone
at Tommy Briggs Stadium
at the school. Students can enjoy fun crafts while meeting new
October 12th at 7pm
people. All craft and voting meetings include delicious treats
Varsity vs Lone Star
and it counts towards service hours. You can find them on twitter
at Toyota Stadium
@HHS_Rays or text @raysof17 to 81010. Their next meeting is
October 19th at 7pm
October 8th so be sure to check them out! photo courtesy of hebrontheatre.com
CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
Don’t miss out on this seasons performances
The Knights of Columbus Council #8493 is
from the Hebron Theatre Company. Their first performance will be One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean on October 11th through the 13th and tickets are available at hebrontheatre.com. If you’d like to support the Hebron Theatre Department they have a wishlist of some much needed equipment/ items available on their website
pleased to announce the kick off of their 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament which will be held on September 29, 2018. Proceeds benefit many local programs including
Varsity vs Nimitz
at Ellis Stadium Irving ISD September 28th at 7pm Varsity vs Coppell at Hebron High Stadium
The Colony High School Golf Team.
October 5th at 7pm
Contact Larry Cox at 214.797.3927
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Frank Ramirez 214.529.3916 email@example.com, to
become a sponsor or get more information.
Varsity vs Marcus at Hebron High Stadium October 12th at 7pm
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Women’s Wellness Article
Diet The Highs and Lows by Diana Risell
first heard of the Keto diet in the 1990s. My colleague, Joe, was following it to lose weight. He had a box of stuff that he bought at a pharmacy, and it seemed to
involve more diet pills, supplements, and urine strips
than food. Maybe he had some results, but what I recall
more vividly were his fatigue, irritability, and bad breath – which might have had more to do with the stress of his job as CFO of a large organization. Nevertheless, we teased him congenially about his diet that made him nasty. The Keto Diet might be all the rage right
now, but it’s not new: Joe was doing it in the mid-1990s, and it’s actually been around since the 1920s as a treatment for epilepsy.
We know a whole lot more about food and our bodies
than we did 100 years ago and even 30 years ago, and thank goodness most quality “diets” respect – and take advantage of – what we now know, such as the fact
that lower-carb diets are effective for weight loss and management, and fat doesn’t make us fat.
(That was a big ole lie from the 1970s when we were
told that fat was bad and it was taken out of everyday foods and replaced with crazy amounts of sugar and salt for flavor, at the expense of our health.) 12 | LIFE IN CASTLE HILLS | SEPTEMBER 2018
The fact is, most of us need more healthy
You’re in touch with the macronutrients
You sacrifice vegetables and fruits in your
diets. They help protect our organs, build
protein, carbohydrate or fat, or some
low percentage of carbohydrates. At the
and nutrients, and fight inflammation
macros you are eating is just as important
are largely carbohydrates. For the little
diet because you are focused on such a
fats – unsaturated fats in particular -- in our
you’re eating. Every food is either a
cells, provide energy, absorb vitamins
combination of these. Understanding what
macronutrient level, vegetables and fruits
to name a few reasons that fats are fab.
as how many calories you take in.
percentage of carbs, you get with the
Dramatically reducing the carbs and
significantly upping the fats are at the heart of the Keto Diet.
You’re eating more fat, especially
unsaturated fats like you find in nuts, seeds, avocados, salmon, tuna, and
First, know that ketosis is a normal
olive oil, which are universally considered necessary to good
metabolic process and is something your body does
to keep working. When it doesn’t have enough
from food for your cells to burn for
energy, it burns fat instead, and that’s
excellent news for paunchy bellies
and chunky thighs.
When it [human body] doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead, and that’s excellent news for paunchy bellies and chunky thighs.
Eating to get your
body into ketosis –
even mild ketosis -- where you are using fat stores for energy is the foundation of many successful weight loss programs
because it works. (Nutritionally, it’s what I did to lose six dress sizes and half my
body fat 12 years ago). But the Keto Diet that we’re suddenly all talking about like it’s new is more than just lowering the
carbs. It’s about really low carbs (just 5%
of calories) and really high fat (a whopping 75% of calories), and that’s caused divided opinions and controversy about its longterm health effects. It’s good. It’s bad. The jury is out.
POSITIVE SIDE EFFECTS: You’re eating real food, not taking pills or eating processed stuff your body doesn’t recognize.
You’re thinking about what you’re
eating. Mindfulness is the key to eating more healthfully.
health and longevity. Stick to moderate
amounts of saturated fats (meat, dairy,
eggs, coconut oil)
and avoid trans fats (fast food, snacks,
processed foods). You’re less hungry and eat less because fats are filling.
Keto Diet, try to focus on getting as many
vegetables as possible and a little fruit too. You need plant-based fiber and nutrients. Research which veggies and fruits are
lowest in carbohydrates so you can eat more of them.
You overeat. Know that one gram of fat has nine calories. One gram of protein or one gram of carbohydrate has only
four calories. So, up your fats on Keto but ensure you are still watching how much you are eating.
You can’t stay in ketosis. It typically takes
three to five days of following a ketogenic diet to get into ketosis. (I know I’m there
because I do experience this crazy good surge of energy. My whole body feels
You have lots of
charged and lighter. You can also test
takes about three to
drugstores.) If you follow the plan all week
energy. It typically
five days to get into ketosis, after which
you may feel a noticeable surge of energy. Fewer refined carbs (and typically lots more water) in your diet will have you revved.
NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS: You don’t feel good the first few
days. Symptoms include fatigue and
lightheadedness. You may need to back
using ketosis urine strips available at
but lapse on the weekend with a glass of wine, you’re likely to drop out of ketosis. Then you spend another three to five
days getting back into ketosis – until the following weekend when you enjoy that piece of birthday cake. Rinse. Repeat.
Which brings us to the most common
complaint about Keto: it’s hard. The best
eating plans are the ones you’ll follow and make a lifestyle. For many people, Keto is
off hard workouts. A sugar-free sports
a great way to lose weight and reset, but
broth will help raise the electrolytes and
too much work.
drink, pickle juice or chicken bouillon
it’s not the way they can or want to live. It’s
manage the symptoms.
Embrace Keto’s guiding principles:
You experience constipation, bad
lower carbs, higher fats, and mindfulness
symptoms are usually more associated
health. Check with your doctor to see
breath, and irritability like Joe! But these
about what you are eating for better
with high protein diets like Atkins than
if following a full Keto Diet is right for you.
with Keto. So, be sure that you are eating enough fats (and not just lowering the
carbs and upping the protein) and drink lots of water (half your body weight in ounces every day).
Here are a few tools for your Keto journey: My Ketogenic Diet Plan, Senza, 8Fit, and www.healthline.com for articles about Keto.
Source: Healthline (2017) SEPTEMBER 2018 | LIFE IN CASTLE HILLS | 13
Ask The Expert: Reading
8 Ways to Promote
e wrote a blog several months back on the importance of reading bedtime stories to your kids. It may not seem like much, but the mere act of curling up beside your little munchkin improves their fluency, attention span, increases comprehension and imagination, and creates bonding time.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
While we see more and more parents
leaping at the chance to read to their kids, most don’t think about promoting the
interactive side of the process. Reading to your child is so much more than just reading passively. Just like your child’s
imagination and curiosity can run wild,
4. Point to pictures, words, and letters. 5. Use your voice to give the characters in the book different voices. 6. Use words you are
so should yours.
sure your child knows as you talk and
At the Reading Ranch Tutorial Center, your
read through the book together.
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supporters in their child’s development – because the small steps now will pay off
7. Ask your child about things he or she may recognize. 8. Stop and listen before answering when your child does ask you a question.
Call The Reading Ranch today!! The Reading Ranch Tutorial Center offers a phonetically-based program in reading, writing, and spelling enrichment for children in Pre-K through sixth grade. The multi-sensory teaching approach meets individual needs, giving students a strong foundation in reading, writing, and spelling while “filling the gaps” for children
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As always, make sure you are reading
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what they are reading.
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lap or curl up close to you to maintain physical proximity.
2. Make sure the book is the child’s focal point and that they can touch it and turn the pages.
3. Give your child compliments and
be their cheerleader when they do something well.
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Also, please don’t say no when your child wants to read the same book over and over again. While it can be a struggle for you to read the same books multiple days in a week, this will actually help them recognize words. And that’s a great thing.
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CUISINE YOU HAVE TO TRY 972.537.5547 | www.J2Steakhouse.com | 119 E. Main St. | Lewisville, TX 75057
by Steve Gamel
hose who have lived in or around Lewisville long enough will remember the old Lewisville Feed Mill, which was built in 1886. Over time, it became the centerpiece of a city known for having its fair share of rich history and reinvention. You may have noticed that the doors to the building were reopened, and that the space has been converted into a new restaurant.
But if you think the historical significance
Everything at J2 is made from scratch,
again. It is reborn with J2 Steakhouse.
and ice cream.
of the mill has been lost forever, think
photography by Chris Fritchie Photography Studios
J2 Steakhouse opened in May, and
is a sight to see from both a culinary
standpoint and its unique and inviting
atmosphere. A lot went into honoring,
restoring, and openly celebrating the lore and landscape of the building. From the original mills and long-leaf pine rafters
to a staff that strives to live and breathe
an unobtrusive sense of hospitality and
service, these distinctive features simply can’t be found anywhere else.
“It’s worth the drive, whether you live down the street or anywhere else in
Denton County,” said Owner Jim Murray,
who added that it’s been both a challenge and an honor to redevelop the feed mill. “This isn’t your typical restaurant.”
Tying everything together is Executive
right down to the ketchup, breads,
Chef Pauley’s passion shows in his dishes, whether it be the Prime Angus Filet,
Prime Akaushi Rib Eye, Seared Scallops,
Seared Halibut, or his signature Popcorn Ice Cream and Red Beet Creme Brulee. The menu changes weekly, and he’s
continuously finding fresh ingredients to satisfy any palate. To complement
the food, J2 Steakhouse also has a wide selection of cocktails, wine, and beer.
Whether you’re a small family looking for
a quiet night out, or you need a restaurant with great food and an engaging
atmosphere that can take care of a large
party, look no further than J2 Steakhouse. It’s the perfect fusion of elevated Texas cuisine and local history.
Chef, Johnathon Pauley, Sous Chef Clint
“[Chef Pauley] only goes with the best
Chef Pauley has more than a decade of
doing things that are pretty unique, and
approach to cooking and an affinity for
from the get-go. His sous chef and many
that are the hallmark of J2 Steakhouse’s
Chef Pauley. This is his show, and we’re
Davis, and the rest of the amazing staff.
ingredients he can get,” Murray said. “He’s
experience and brings a straightforward
the best part is we had an incredible staff
the seasonal, market-sourced ingredients
of his cooks followed him here. Come see
unique elevated Texas-inspired cuisine.
excited he’s leading our team.”
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Foodie Friday DFW: Lewisville Old Town Market
Old Town Market
Family Owned Since 1977
alk to just about anyone who has been a resident of Lewisville and the surrounding areas for a while,
and I guarantee they’ll know about the
Old Town Market located off Mill Street
You may have heard of the Old Town
Market before from their Anniversary Sale
they hold each May where they sell BaconWrapped Filet Mignon for a great price. I
was able to get my hands on some myself
in Old town Lewisville. The Old Town
this year and they were INCREDIBLE!
remained in one of the two founding
filets this year, so apparently everyone
Market was opened in 1977 and has
Shawn told us they sold nearly 31,000
families ever since.
else thought they were incredible too.
Bob Knowles and Dickie Grant ran the
In addition to their amazing selection of
bought Knowles out and his family took
top-secret rub which we’d recommend
his wife, Sharon, purchased the market
to ask for the recipe but... no luck.
market from 1977 to 1989 when Grant
meats, Old Town Market is famous for their
over. Then in 2009, Bob’s son Shawn and
you put on just about anything. We tried
from the Grant family and have been
In their refrigerated section you can also
running it ever since.
find genuine Amish Roll Butter - Regular,
Shawn told us he remembers walking
Garlic Herb and a Honey Cinnamon that
Delay Middle School so that he could
But what really makes the Old Town
to the market after finishing a day a
mop up the floors. Then he joked that
all these years later, he’s still mopping up the floors!
They’ve also got some exciting news!
Within the next year, they’ll be opening a
new location in Double Oak where they’ll be able to continue serving their high-
quality and specialty products to old and new customers alike.
The Old Town Market has always
we can’t wait to try.
Market stand out from everywhere
else is their love and commitment to
their customers. Shawn said they have customers who have been customers all 41 years - and now their kids are
customers. They want to learn your name, what you like, what you don’t like. And
they want you to know that they’re going
to provide consistently great service every time you come in.
972.436.6742 www.oldtownmkt.com 301 S. Mill St., Lewisville, Texas 75057 Tues - Sat. 7:30am – 5:00pm Closed Sunday and Monday
specialized in fresh cut beef, pork and
poultry. Today the market consists of 26
feet of meat counters filled with some of the best meats you’ll find! Shawn’s goal is to sell items you can’t find at just any
grocery store. And if there’s a cut you want
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Adoption of the Month Hi, I’m Buck
I am about 3 years old. I was brought to the shelter with my friend, Pippa. I lack self confidence when I am separated from Pippa, but once I get to know you I am a really sweet dude, and love to sit in your lap or give you kisses. I am good with kids, will stand on my back legs and sit for treats. I’m positive for heartworms, but the Lewisville Animal Services are providing my treatment. I’m all up to date on my vaccinations, so come by and say hello.
Hi, I’m Jewel I am around 2 years old. I will do anything for a treat. I am very affectionate and love the company of others. I’m up-to-date on all my vaccinations. Come by and let me show you my tricks.
Lewisville Animal Shelter for both Buck and Zola firstname.lastname@example.org | 972.219.3478 995 E. Valley Ridge BLVD | PO Box 299002 | Lewisville, TX 75029 photos courtesy of Lewisville Animal Shelter facebook
HULL ART ACADEMY – MORE THAN A PAINTING CLASS by Steve Gamel
If you are a serious art student who wants to grab the attention of some of the best art schools in the world, there is no better place to smooth out your rough edges and live your passion than at the Hull Art Academy in Carrollton. Hull Art Academy is more than your standard painting class. This is a professional art studio and gallery where adult students gather for live model sessions and also for painting, drawing, and creative art classes for any experience level. The Academy regularly hosts local and international artists for workshops, internships, and classes and has an
impeccable history of helping students create thought-provoking portfolios for college admissions.
In addition to teaching classes at their main facility, they also offer offsite courses, private lessons and host exhibits and events.
All you need to do is sign up and be serious about your future. “We have students who are getting accepted right on the spot to some of the top art schools in the world because of their portfolios and what they learn here,” owner and renowned artist Mary Hull said. “I don’t know of anyone else who is doing anything like this. It’s more intense than some college programs.”
The Academy’s Fall Semester runs September 3 through November 30. For more information on pricing, schedules, and availability, contact the Hull Art Academy at 972-394-6111 or maryhull@ hullartacademy.com.
Hull, who attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a degree in art from the University of Central Arkansas, opened her Academy last year and has seen increased demand for her sessions.
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Ask The Expert: Organization
DECLUTTER Your Responsibilities
very day, I get to teach people how to eliminate the mess that creates stress. But before I was a professional organizer, I was an overscheduled, overwhelmed, slightly stressed out mom. The house was a mess even though I felt like I was always cleaning. I would forget about appointments even though I was always looking at my calendar. I was tired even though I went to bed early each night. I knew there had to be a better way.
I’m going to share with you how I cleaned up my messy stress. I didn’t worry about what I should start doing. I focused on what I wanted to stop doing. Here are 3 things you can stop doing right now If you’re ready to begin your decluttering journey. 1. Stop multitasking. Moms tend to be talented jugglers. We always have lots of balls in the air. We are proud of this talent because we believe we are accomplishing so much more than other people who can only do one thing at a time. Guess what. It’s not true. Research suggests that multitasking is less productive. Multitasking tends to create unfinished projects, and unfinished projects create clutter. Piles of partially opened mail, unwashed dishes, and mountains of laundry actually disappear more quickly when we focus on completing one task at a time. 20 | LIFE IN CASTLE HILLS | SEPTEMBER 2018
2. Stop doing it all by yourself. Make
a list of all your responsibilities. Are you surprised by how long that list is? (I was!) At times, it’s impossible to get everything done because we expect so much of ourselves. Give yourself a break and get help. Delegate to the rest of the family. Teach your children to do their own laundry and pack their own school lunches. Have your spouse take over some of the daily chores.
O GS T N I H T DAY O T DO
like paying bills or working. However, it is
possible to stop over-scheduling yourself. Don’t enjoy that monthly networking
group? Maybe you should stop going and find other ways to connect with
colleagues. Don’t love volunteering for
every event at your child’s school? Good news! You are allowed to say “No, thank
you.” Be selective about what you put on your schedule.
Intentionally declutter your responsibilities and start to watch that messy stress melt away. You may notice your home and
schedule start feeling less cluttered. You may even have more energy. Don’t get
hung up on all the things you think you
should be doing. Start thinking about a
Ask a neighbor to carpool to school with
few things you want to stop doing.
you. Hire professionals to clean your home
Still need help? Crystal at Cloud Nine
or mow your lawn. There are many ways to get help, but you’ll never get that help if you don’t ask. 3. Stop doing things you hate.
Obligation and guilt are not good enough reasons to do something. Of course, there are certain things you can’t avoid
Organizing can help you declutter, destress and simplify.
by Crystal Nerpel Cloud Nine Organizing Cloudnineorganizing.com
photo courtesy of www.leslieoharemedia.com
WOMEN of Faith press release by Leslie O’Hare
allas, Texas (September 5, 2018) – Leslie O’Hare Media presents “Unleash the CHAMPION Within” Empowering Women of Faith, Power, and Purpose conference. Join TEDx empowerment speaker, keynote speaker and inspirational influencer, Leslie O’Hare for an forgettable women’s conference; featuring nationally known inspiring guest speakers and Award Winning musical performers are coming to Venture X in the Legacy West Area, located at 7950 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75024 on Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
“Unleash The CHAMPION Within” is a half-day ultimate experience inspiring women to pursue their passion, achieve their dreams, walk in their God-given purpose as they learn to see themselves as God sees them! This conference will empower, equip, and lead women to pursue their passions and dreams. This ultimate experience is filled with excitement, fun, education, inspiration and transformation. This conference is for results-oriented women who are persistent about achieving their goals, walking and living within their God-Given purpose and SHE is just as persistent about investing in herself to ensure that SHE has the proper tools and information behind her to ensure that SHE is where God is leading and directing her. This conference is where powerful like-minded women are coming together for a purpose and who are READY to Learn, Discover, Grow & SOAR!
High energy, passionate, highly
motivated, and inspiring – those phrases
are Leslie O’Hare. During the “Unleash the CHAMPION Within” women’s conference, Leslie will transform lives via her highly
entertaining, informative, impactful and energetic message where she inspires
and equips her audience with the most
effective strategies and actionable advice to help them shift their mindset so they will have the faith, power and courage
to turn challenges into victories. Which
ultimately leads to them to finding their purpose and achieving success. Early Bird: $25.00
before September 15, 2018.
General Admission: $35.00 after September 15, 2018.
Register on Eventbrite App or at
About Leslie O’Hare: Leslie O’Hare is the President of Leslie O’Hare Media in Dallas. In addition to Leslie being one of the leading
authorities in her field as a keynote
speaker. She is widely recognized for her accomplishments as an Off-Broadway actress, entrepreneur, WFAA Ch. 8
affiliate television talk show host and
a television director/producer/writer,
theatrical director as well as an Author of her upcoming book titled Be Bold,
Be Patient, Be Alert, Be Ready. Leslie has
been seen on WFAA Ch.8 Good Morning Texas, WFAA Ch.8 Weekend Morning
Show, EMwomen Podcast and featured
in The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas
Examiner, The Queens Chronicle in New York City and other media outlets.
Leslie brings real, life-changing messages to her audiences. She has become an inspiration to so many by sharing her
story and captivating audiences. Whether sharing her personal story about being in an abusive relationship, abandoned by her father, rejected by her mother
and society and having to start life over at almost fifty years of age after losing
her home, marriage and almost her mind after being in a challenging marriage.
Leslie had to quickly make the decision to position herself to elevate her thinking so she could elevate her life in order to save her life. Choosing to change her mindset in order to have control over her life and
not allowing the circumstances in her life
to have control over her has allowed Leslie
to help women regain their focus and their life back.
To Book Leslie to speak at your
or purchase tickets via phone at
upcoming event contact:
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by Stev e
Support Best Buddies Today
uyer High School senior Rylie McNabney has always wanted to be a part of a cause bigger
than herself. She has that with the Guyer chapter of the Best Buddies Club, but she and her classmates need help getting more people involved. up last month, McNabney, this year’s Best Buddies president, was in the recruiting campaign to spur excitement for the club, which takes students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and pairs them with those who don’t have a disability
rights movement as well as taking
of people don’t understand what Best
everyone can have a friend. But a lot Buddies is yet.”
Guyer’s club is actually part of something
much bigger. Best Buddies International is the world’s largest non-profit organization
As the 2018-19 school year was starting
middle of a massive
goal is to try and get new members so
dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of the 200
million people who have intellectual and
Best Buddies International is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation...
to build friendships and eradicate social isolation. The club has around 30 members, including the students with special needs. But obviously, there’s room for more. “This is a really fun group that changes a lot of people’s lives; I know my life certainly has changed because of it,” said McNabney, who has been a part of the club since she was a freshman. “Our 22 | LIFE IN CASTLE HILLS | SEPTEMBER 2018
(IDD). Founded in 1989, Best Buddies has nearly
2,500 chapters worldwide that impact the lives of more than 1.2 million people with and without IDD.
Their mission includes
everything from creating
one-to-one friendships and integrated employment opportunities at
companies all across the world to leadership development.
Because McNabney is this year’s Guyer club president, she was invited to the
Best Buddies International Leadership
Conference in Bloomington, Indiana. It
was there that she learned innovative new ideas from global leaders in the disability
part in compelling and empowering She was excited to bring all that
knowledge back to share with this year’s movement.
“We learned how to start your own chapter, what to do, how to make
everyone feel welcome, and how to
handle certain situations,” McNabney
said. “I think that’s important because
not everyone understands what to do; it’s all about making everyone feel as
comfortable as possible and developing real friendships.”
She added, “My cousin has autism, so I’ve always had that in my life. It’s something I’ve always wanted to be a part of.” While the students at Guyer’s Best
Buddies program are intent on growing
their own fan base, McNabney would love to see the program expand into the halls of other schools throughout the DallasFort Worth area.
“It takes a lot to start a chapter, but it
would be amazing [to see this at other schools, too].”
For more information their Facebook page (@guyerhsbestbuddies).
with Sheriff Tracy Murphree
he Denton County Sheriff’s Office has been working closely with other agencies to keep children safe from internet predators. We recently conducted a Joint Online Solicitation Operations that resulted in 10 onsite arrest and three warrants for arrest for online solicitation of a minor. These sexual predators walk among us – five live in Denton County, and the others live in surrounding counties willing to meet our children for sex. This should infuriate us as parents.
“This operation was a huge success; I am extremely proud of all the dedicated officers that worked long hours to take these predators off the street. I want to thank all the agencies that participated in making this possible. This type of operation should open the eyes of parents
and other citizens to the dangers that lurk on the internet. We will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to protect our most precious resource, – our kids.” We need to be more “curious” about what our children are doing online. Make sure
that you know all passwords to the Apps
that are downloaded on every electronic device your child has access to.
The 12 Apps that every parent of a teen should know about are listed below. 1. Audio Manager 2. Calculator% 3. Vaulty
5. Burn Note 6. Line
7. Omegle 8. Tinder
10. Kik Messenger 11. Yik Yak 12. Ask.fm
All these Apps are made to hide photos,
videos, messages, and other secrets from parents. Research these Apps online and see what they are really meant for. Now
that school has started check your child’s electronics frequently.
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COM E ALL To The Fall Festival by Steve Gamel
here is always a plethora of amazing events going on in or around Castle Hills, and as we inch closer to
Halloween, you won’t want to miss the Fall Festival at the Village Shops & Plaza.
This year’s event –
slated for Oct. 20 from
5-8 p.m. – will feature a
pumpkin patch station,
bounce houses, carnival
games, hay rides, and face painters. There will be a petting zoo once again, and the world-famous Humperdink the Camel is
back to take in the festivities and revel in any family pictures you may want to take with him. And just like in past years, a DJ
will keep everyone entertained with nonstop music and fun.
Blvd., The Colony, TX.
The festival is free, but for a small $5
fee, attendees will be able to taste and
The car and truck show continues to be an area favorite for classic vehicle enthusiasts. Winners are announced in various categories each year, including Castle Hills Pick, ’79 & Older Car and Truck, ‘80s & Newer Car and truck, People’s Choice, and Outstanding Club Participation. Not to be outdone, the Art & Wine Walk offers free wine tasting at the various stores, and the first 100 people to register received a free
entries. Last year’s inaugural cook-off
community-driven, family-friendly events Castle Hills puts on at the FAMILY-FRIENDLY Village Shops throughout the year. They are all, of course, open to the public and range from live music to educational and holiday-themed events. For example, September was a busy month as the Shops hosted both the Classic Car & wine glass they could design on with a Truck Show and the Art & Wine Walk. specialty marker.
judge the Chili & Cornbread Cookoff
The Fall Festival is one of a myriad of
Everything will be held at the Village Shops, located at 2560 King Arthur
there’s bound to be an even bigger crowd this year.
was a smashing success, and
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On November 24, the Shops will also host the annual Holiday in the Plaza and tree lighting event. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring HOLIDAY IN the entire family out to take pictures with Santa THE PLAZA AND TREE and get involved in other holiday activities. LIGHTING This event includes live reindeer, toy soldier drummer boys, stilt walkers, elf face painters, balloon artists, and more.
You can always check with castlehillsvillageshops.com/events for more information.
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Women’s Wellness Article
Tips to Prevent
HEART DISEASE by Steve Gamel
f you were to ask 100 women in Denton County what they believe is the leading cause of death for their gender, most
would likely say breast cancer. And who could blame them? Breast Cancer is
always top of mind, and next month just so happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness
Month. With that comes a year-long fight
to promote early detection screenings and
heart disease represents one out of every three deaths. That’s roughly one death each minute.
But if you’re looking at hard facts, heart
Surprising, right? According to
goredforwomen.org, heart disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer
combined. While one in 31 American
women dies from breast cancer each year,
Other symptoms to look out for include
per the Centers for Disease Control •
Despite increases in awareness, only
54 percent of women recognize heart disease as their No. 1 killer.
Almost two-thirds of women who die
suddenly from coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.
Heart disease is the leading cause of
neck or jaw to pain in the upper abdomen. dizziness, fainting, and shortness of breath, and all can be brought on by high cholesterol, mental stress, obesity, or high blood pressure. But many women don’t experience any of these signs or symptoms. In fact, women who are yoga-loving, marathon-
death for African American and white
running workout enthusiasts are just as
Hispanic women, heart disease
to them who is saddled with insane work
number of deaths each year.
women in the United States. Among
susceptible as the woman standing next
and cancer cause roughly the same
hours and struggles to maintain healthy
Blood Pressure Check
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disease range from dull, heavy to sharp chest pain or discomfort and pain in the
disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
clear. The typical symptoms of heart
Here are few more sobering statistics,
breast health education by a seemingly endless supportive community.
That second bullet item rings loud and
So if heart disease is that unpredictable, how do you prevent it? Here are a few tips: •
Get your cholesterol checked at age 20 or earlier if your family has a history of heart disease. Know your blood pressure. Uncontrolled blood pressure can result in heart disease.
Quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption to one drink a day.
Find ways to monitor and reduce your stress levels.
Make healthy food choices. Being overweight raises your risk of heart disease.
Maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
Visit your doctor regularly.
The Mayo Clinic suggests a diet rich
in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
can help protect your heart. Aim to eat
beans, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, lean meats, and fish as part of a healthy
diet. As always, avoid too much salt and
sugars and limit saturated and trans fats
that can be found in red meat, fast food, crackers, chips, cookies, margarines, and bakery products.
Your friends at Murray Media Group want to remind you the best way to maintain overall health is to live a
Almost two-thirds of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.
healthier lifestyle, be aware of what your body is trying to tell you, and
always consult with your physician.
This month’s issue features several more articles on women’s health, so be sure to check them out.
PREVENTION TIPS & TRICKS Exercise
54%of women recognize heart disease as their No. 1 killer.
Visit Doctor Regularly
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African American and white women in the United States. Among Hispanic women, heart disease and cancer cause roughly the same number of deaths each year. Facts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
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Risk of SIDS
magine, if you will, that you are bringing home your brand new baby from the hospital. You survived the nine months
of pregnancy, and now you’re excited to begin your life as a family. At this point,
you’re stressing about every little thing, including how often your baby cries,
how much he is sleeping, and how much he is eating.
There are also more serious things to consider, unfortunately, anything can
happen to your baby even if he seems completely healthy.
With September being Baby Safety Month, it is important to bring up the terrifying
truth that all babies under the age of 12 months are at risk for SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. According to
medical journals, SIDS is also known as
“crib death” because this tragedy usually happens while an infant is sleeping in their crib.
Sadly, it is the No. 1 leading cause of death for infants.
As of now, the definite cause is unknown, but there are many factors to be
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by Lindsay Mears
considered. Some factors are physical and have to do with the baby’s health. If a baby is born with brain defects, low birth weight, or a respiratory infection, they are more at risk, because in these instances, the infant’s brain hasn’t been fully developed or is otherwise compromised and may not be getting the oxygen it needs to survive. Here are a few tips you can do at home to lower the risks. While it is essential for your baby to
Many parents feel more comfortable with their newborn baby in the same room
or area that they are staying in. While it
makes sense in the case of getting up in
the middle of the night for feedings and other things, it is highly recommended that parents not sleep in the same bed as their baby. This can help avoid him
rolling off of the bed, or in some cases,
the parent rolling on top of him. The main
thing to keep in mind is to make sure your baby can breathe and that his airway isn’t blocked in any way.
The Safe to Sleep
have supervised time on his tummy for development, he should never sleep that way. It may be tempting to place
Sadly, it [SIDS] is the No. 1 leading cause of death for infants.
his favorite stuffed animal or blanket in his crib, but it is also important to remember to keep his crib as bare as possible. Make sure there isn’t anything that could potentially strangle or suffocate him (such as a large blanket or pillow).
helped educate and impact the lives of so many different
kinds of caregivers,
including parents and
grandparents, babysitters, and health
care providers. Doing this helps to raise
awareness and to reduce the risk of SIDS,
no matter who the caregiver is. According to their website, since the start of the
campaign, SIDS rates in the United States have decreased by almost 50 percent.
Edit This :Ask The Expert
Mind To The Idea Of
by Steve Gamel
s business owners, we have a lot going on, and sometimes it can be very easy to get caught up
in the hustle and bustle of what we have going on every day. It’s important to slow down and pay attention to those who look up to us – especially when they are seeking advice. This happened to me recently. While answering a few emails and trying to pump out an extra article for a client of Edit This®, I came across the following email from a college student. “I recently moved back home to find a job and put down roots in the Denton area. My first night in town, I went out to eat with my family and picked up a May-June
Aside from where he “found” my article, I was instantly bowled over by the kind words. He went on to ask me if I’d be willing to meet him in person to review his resume, talk shop, and pick my brain on everything writing and editing related. Naturally, I said yes. My schedule was still insanely busy, but it was important in my mind that I not waste time and find a way to meet with this young man. To make a long story short, our meeting went great, and while I do not have any opportunities for him right now with my own company, I did pass his name on to the folks at Murray Media Group, who I obviously do a lot of work for and know very well. Who knows, maybe the warm handoff will help kickstart a budding career.
content of the publication overall. But I
That’s my goal, anyway. And it gives me a sense of pride knowing I played a role in that.
was deeply inspired by your “Hey, HAPPY
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issue of Argyle Living in the bathroom. (True story, haha!) I liked the design and
ANNIVERSARY!” article. The storytelling was engrossing, the language crisp and your faith unashamedly on display. After I finished reading, I brought the magazine to my grandmother and said, “That’s where I want to be in 10 years.”
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Resident & Pet Spotlight
he Rabroker family was selected for this month’s Resident Spotlight. Get to know Jaime, Jonathan, and their 3 kids: Aeris, Drew, Wilson.
Q: What made you decide to move to Castle Hills? A: We wanted a family neighborhood that had an amazing community vibe. Castle Hills has exceeded our expectations. Q: What is one of your favorite family memories?? A: Our favorite memories are the times we traveled to Hawaii, our happy place! This summer we got the chance to helicopter over a volcano on the Big Island. Such an amazing experience for all of us. Q: What are some fun facts about your family? A: Laughter is important to us, we are constantly joking around. We love helping spread God’s Word to multiple countries, we love working with special needs, and we love relaxing in the Hill Country at a family members ranch. Q:What do you love most about living in Castle Hills?
Top photo from left to right: Jaime, Jonathan, Aeris, Drew, Wilson & Hank Rabroker
A: The life long friendships we have made with neighbors. They are family to us (you know who you are).
photography by Kim Ortiz Photography
e sit down with owners Jaime and Jonathan Rabroker to ask a few questions about their adorable tail wagger named Hank.
Q: How did he become a part of your family? A: We adopted Hank from the Dallas Animal Shelter 11 and a half years ago. We surprised our daughter right after our middle son was born. She was a little jealous of her new brother as she had our undivided attention for 5 and a half years. He fit right in to our family. Q: Describe his personality? A: Hank is definitely NOT a smart dog, he does have lots of personality though that makes up for his dumbness. No one believes us at first; but after awhile they “get it”! He is definitely special and we love him so much! Q: Does he have any special talents? A: No! Lol! I think Hank might be the only dog that doesn’t know how to sit, shake hands, fetch a ball, etc. He really does think he is human. Q: What is his favorite treat? A: Hank has never liked treats; another example that he is not a normal dog.
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pictured above is Hank who is a terrior mix
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