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elcome to our Women’s year old self had LOL! I think an important Wellness issue. As I near question we need to ask ourselves is what another birthday and add yet wellness means to us? For me it doesn’t another year to the count, I can’t help only represent the physical as it once but realize how fragile life can be and did, but more importantly, my mental appreciate the health blessings I have. state, and the state of my In my 20s and 30s, relationships with my family I thought “Women’s “The body heals with and friends. In this issue, Wellness” represented play, the mind heals we will touch on different diets and exercise trends. with laughter and the health issues such as breast I measured my “Wellness” spirit heals with joy.” based on only exterior cancer, heart disease, diet factors. Now as I enter my and exercise, and more. But — Unknown mid-40s, I realize how little I hope as you are reading those things have to do this issue you begin to understand that with true wellness. We are bombarded true wellness is more than just medical or daily with media that leads us to believe physical but also mental. Take the time to most women would trade anything to live in the moment. Put down your phone turn back the clock and be younger, but and smell the fresh air, take a walk outside maybe it’s just me, I wouldn’t trade where I am now to go backwards. Now don’t get me wrong, I’d love to get the butt my 20

now that it’s not as hot, and really enjoy

the small moments right in front of you.

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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

and Lows



We’re focusing on women’s wellness. Look for the icon to find out about women’s health.

30 Resident & Pet Spotlight SEPTEMBER 2018 | LIFE IN CASTLE HILLS | 7

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 |

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

car management.

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.”


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 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.



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

Lewisville website.

up online at


photo courtesy of


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 For upcoming topics and events visit

EVENTS Varsity vs Liberty


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





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 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, or Frank Ramirez 214.529.3916, to


become a sponsor or get more information.

Varsity vs Marcus at Hebron High Stadium October 12th at 7pm


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 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.

source for reading, writing, and spelling

enrichment for children in Dallas, TX, we strive to be your partner in promoting

literacy. A huge piece of that partnership is educating parents to become active

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

big in the future.

As always, make sure you are reading

who need literacy support.

Below are 8 ways to be more

books that your child can understand

We have six locations in Allen, Plano,

interactive in your approach to

and that they have chosen themselves.

reading with your children:

This is another great way to make them

Sherman. For more information,

1. Encourage your child to sit on your

feel like they are part of the process

visit to call

because they can connect better with

one of our locations directly.

what they are reading.

Thanks for reading!

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.


Frisco, Castle Hills, North Dallas, and

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.

by Kim Southwell, Ph.D. Founder, Owner & Director Reading Ranch Tutorial Center

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CUISINE YOU HAVE TO TRY 972.537.5547 | | 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.”


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 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

972.724.2540 |

and they’ll get it for you.

2624 Long Prairie Rd. | Flower Mound, TX 75022

that isn’t in the case, just let them know



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 | 972.219.3478 995 E. Valley Ridge BLVD | PO Box 299002 | Lewisville, TX 75029 photos courtesy of Lewisville Animal Shelter facebook


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@

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.


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.







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

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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:




by Stev e


Needs A

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

leadership sessions.

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

developmental disabilities

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

4. Snapchat

5. Burn Note 6. Line

7. Omegle 8. Tinder

9. Blendr

10. Kik Messenger 11. Yik Yak 12.

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.


Come One,

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.

OCT. 20

This year’s event –

slated for Oct. 20 from


5-8 p.m. – will feature a

pumpkin patch station,

bounce houses, carnival

5-8 P.M.

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


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 for more information.


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, heart disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer

combined. While one in 31 American

women dies from breast cancer each year,

Cholesterol Check

and Prevention:

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.

eating habits.

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


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

No Smoking/Alcohol

Reduce Stress

Eat Healthy




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.


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:




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


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).

Campaign has

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

Thanks for reading!

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.”

by Steve Gamel Edit This 469.360.3611


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.


pictured above is Hank who is a terrior mix

Profile for Murray Media Publishing

Life in Castle Hills Magazine September 2018  

Castle Hills Resident's favorite source for local news, events and community notices.

Life in Castle Hills Magazine September 2018  

Castle Hills Resident's favorite source for local news, events and community notices.