Flower Mound Town Life Magazine December 2021

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Contents ASK THE EXPERTS

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11 Fitness with Outlaw Fitcamp 28 Dentistry with Country Lakes Family Dental

51 Merry Mantels 52 The Miracle League North Texas

ARTICLES 08 10 Hot Places To Spend New Year’s 12 Inside Community and Education 14 Living Together With Guitars 17 Sheriff’s Corner With Sheriff Tracy Murphee

Tis The Season For Holiday Events Countywide

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Star On The Horizon

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A Heart For The Community

FLOWER MOUND PHOTO PAGE 50 Around The Mound

18 7 Things You Didn’t Know 24 Our Favorite Local Finds 26 Meredith Wells Chooses Baylor 30 Shop Local Success 32 5 Creative Ways To Re-gift 35 Foodie Friday DFW: Sfereco 37 5 Things To Do 38 Fashion Guide 2021 44 Holiday Cocktails With The Locals 46 The Flower Mound Communications Department Takes Home The Win

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Publisher of Murray Media Group, kelly@murray-media.com

Publisher & Editor Scott & Kelly Murray

Holidays REFLECTIONS

& FRIENDS

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s I sat at the kitchen table to go over a few lastminute details before giving the OK to publish this month’s issue, I couldn’t help but peer over at my husband, Scott. We were in Utah celebrating his 50th birthday and had just finished a big meal with friends and family. He had this huge smile on his face — like a kid in a candy store. “What are you smiling about?” I asked with a laugh. “It was just a really good night,” he said. “Now we’re both hard at work again.” We were just kids when we got married and started our publishing journey all those years ago. And I can’t tell you how many times this same scenario played out where one or the both of us would be burning the midnight oil at the last minute, desperately trying to make sure everything was perfect before going to press. I wouldn’t change any of it. And neither would Scott. I bring this up because, well, it’s the holiday season, and I’m feeling extra grateful. I’m grateful for my 50-year-old hubby, who has been the best business partner I could ask for — and an even better husband and father. I’m also grateful for the friends and family who refuse to miss a single celebration. No matter how busy we all get with “life,” we never let anything get in the way of holiday traditions. Lastly, I’m grateful for the ability to reflect on so many great memories. It’s been a fun ride, and the best part is that it is far from over.

Administration

Managing Editor Jana Melton Sub-Editor Bobbi Byrne

Editor & Writer Steve Gamel

Writers

Caylie Howard, Diane Ciarloni Jade Kensington, Jean Eisenmann Leena Duwadi, Mark Miller

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Graphic Designers Michele Cunningham-Scott Cayla Thompson Arynn Tomson Caleb Tynes

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Letters

Flower Mound Town Life invites reader feedback, story suggestions and general comments. Email artwork@murray-media.com. All submissions become the sole property of Murray Media Group.

Editorial Inquiries Call 972.899.3637 or email editor@murray-media.com www.Murray-Media.com Address: 3513 Yucca Dr., Ste. 200 Flower Mound, TX 75028 Flower Mound Town Life is published monthly by Murray Media Group. Some articles and/or content may be sponsored by advertisers. Opinions expressed in articles or advertisements do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher. Flower Mound Town Life is not responsible for omissions or information that has been misrepresented to the magazine. Advertisers and its agencies assume all liability for advertising content. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted without the permission in writing from the publisher. © 2021 Murray Media Group

Thanks for reading our latest issue!

Sincerely, Kelly Murray

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HOT

PLACES

TO SPEND NEW YEAR’S

1. LUCKENBACH

Luckenbach is a fun place to dance your way into the New Year. At the Luckenbach Dance Hall, you can enjoy the town’s New Year’s festivities, such as live music, dancing, and even a midnight toast! 2. SOUTH PADRE ISLAND If you’re looking for an exciting New Year’s Eve experience, look no further than South Padre Island. With the small town’s fireworks that light up the sky along with their many events and parties, you’re sure to have a fantastic New Year’s. 3. AUSTIN Our state’s capital always rings in the New Year in style. You can experience the amazing fireworks over Ladybird Lake. And Gatsby House at the Omni has a roaring 20’s party! It’s always a good New Year’s Eve when you choose Austin.

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4. GRUENE The famous Gruene Hall is a must when it comes to ringing in the New Year. They have live music, dancing, food, and champagne to toast. However, due to New Braunfels liquor laws prohibiting alcohol sales past midnight, Gruene celebrates the New Year at 11 pm.

5. GALVESTON Galveston always shows up to impress on New Year’s Eve. From the Downtown Lanterns to Lights in Saengerfest Park you’re sure to have a rocking good time. And you can’t

forget the fantastically good times at Midnight in the Gardens New Year’s Eve Gala at Moody Gardens! 6. DALLAS Dallas is full of lights and good times on New Year’s. Unfortunately, it looks as if the city’s

annual celebration Big D NYE won’t be making its grand come back. But there’s no need to worry. Dallas is known for its amazing parties and festivities on every corner. 7. SAN ANTONIO If ‘Celebrate San Antonio’ isn’t on your bucket list to experience, it should be. The festival offers live music, amazing entertainment, as well as the best food that San Antonio can offer. And you won’t want to miss their midnight firework show! 8. FORT WORTH Fort Worth always offers a cowboy good time on New Year’s. Billy Bob’s Texas and Bar

Louie always go all out with their New Year’s Eve parties. Fort Worth is the best place to ring in the New Year with all of your favorite people.

10. GRAPEVINE Kick-off the New Year Gatsby style at Hotel Vin in Grapevine. You can enjoy a five-course meal, drinks, and a night of “gambling”, with wonderfully fun live music to dance to. And you can’t forget the champagne toast at midnight! You’ll have a ball in Grapevine for New Year’s Eve!

9. HOUSTON Houston is a sure-fire way to have a good time ringing in the New Year. With all of the parties, galas, and festivities that take place all over the city, you’re sure to find the perfect place to watch the ball drop with all of your favorite people! www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

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Ask The Expert: Fitness

WORKOUT smarter by Jesse J. Leyva, Owner of Outlaw Fitcamp

All workouts were not created equally. Sadly, many people simply waste time in the gym.

rule of thumb never use the same routine for more than 4 weeks and always keep it challenging.

Here are 5 tips to ensure that every minute of your workout is well spent burning fat and toning your muscles…

WORKOUT SMARTER TIP 3: Never Skip

WORKOUT SMARTER TIP 1: Use More Resistance In order to get the most from each rep, it’s important to challenge your muscles, and not simply go through the motions. If you are able to complete 15 repetitions easily, then the weight is too light. On the flip side, if you aren’t able to perform an exercise through its full range of motion, and find yourself cheating on form, then the weight is too heavy. The correct weights will feel challenging by your last few repetitions but won’t force you to sacrifice form. WORKOUT SMARTER TIP 2: Keep it Fresh You may have noticed that most people do the same exercises each time they visit the gym. Maybe you’ve been doing the same exercise routine as long as you can remember—if it isn’t broken then don’t fix it, right? The truth is that exercise routines have expiration dates, and that is the date that they begin to lose their effectiveness. As a

the Warm-Up

Most people consider warm-up time to be wasted time—they’d rather jump right into the heart of the routine. What they don’t realize is that a good warm-up will allow you to perform at a higher intensity, which means greater results. The point of a warm-up is to increase your muscle temperature. This increases blood flow, muscle contraction and reduces muscle resistance. Your warm-up should last 5-10 minutes.

see fewer results. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Why rush to the gym if no one is there waiting for you? Why push yourself if no one is watching? The best way to avoid injury and to see results is to work with a dedicated personal trainer. The Outlaw FitCamp team is passionate about seeing clients achieve results by working out smart and without wasting time, energy, and effort on mistakes. Don’t know where to start when it comes to exercise? Let us help you!

WORKOUT SMARTER TIP 4: Focus on Proper Form Gyms are filled with people performing exercises with bad form. The two biggest reasons are that you aren’t concentrating on the exercise, or you’re trying to lift a weight that is too heavy. Lifting with improper form almost always results in injury. Take the time to achieve proper form, and by doing so you’ll avoid injury and will reap the full benefit from each exercise. WORKOUT SMARTER TIP 5: Together is better People who exercise alone are less challenged, less accountable and typically

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INSIDE COMMUNITY

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COVID-19 VACCINE REGISTRATION OPEN FOR CHILDREN 5-11 YEARS OLD The FDA and the CDC have now authorized and recommended Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 through 11 years old. Denton County is now allowing parents and guardians to register their applicable children for their COVID-19 vaccination at a Denton County Public Health (DCPH) clinic. Photo Courtesy of DentonCounty.gov

ROOMMATE SPEED DATING If you’re looking for an affordable place to live or you’re looking to rent out your guest room or guest house at an affordable price, then you should try out Roommate Speed Dating. The event is a happy hour filled with games, mingling, and an optional “speed date” to find your ideal roommate. This event will be held on Saturday, January 9th from 2 pm – 4 pm. The hosts of the event ask you to RSVP by January 5th. If you are interested in attending the event you can join the group “Flower Mound Moms and More “ on Facebook.

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LISD BAND PROGRAMS IMPRESSED AT UIL Three Lewisville Independent School District band programs – Hebron, Marcus, and Flower Mound – impressed the judges at the 2021 6A UIL State Marching Band Contest. The three schools placed in the top four in the final standings. The Hebron, Marcus, and Flower Mound High School bands earned first, third, and fourth place in their events. Photo Courtesy of lisd.net

GIRLS IN STEM EVENT HOSTED BY LISD In partnership with Tech Titans, the Lewisville Independent School District hosted a Girls in STEM event at the Flower Mound Ninth Grade Campus for the Flower Mound High School 10th grade students. Over 90 sophomore female students at the Flower Mound Ninth Grade campus participated in the event where they were able to hear from a panel of women in STEM careers. Photo Courtesy of Flower Mound 9th Grade Campus Facebook

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CAC OPEN HOUSE

S.T.A.R. TREES OF FLOWER MOUND

Starting off the New Year being committed to living a healthy lifestyle is now easier than ever. The Parks and Recreation Department will host an open house at the CAC to promote all of the fantastic ways you can be healthy. And the best part is that it’s free. There will be fitness classes as well as drinks, snacks, and fun giveaways.

S.T.A.R. Trees are starting to pop up around the local community for the 11th year. This annual event, Help a S.T.A.R. (Sad Tree Along Road) program, lets residents decorate a tree along a public road in order to get the residents into the holiday spirit. All you have to do is choose a tree in a safe location, ask permission if it’s on private property follow HOA rules and regulations, and have everything cleaned up by January 3. Photo Courtesy of Flower Mound Tx Facebook

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MARCUS HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS COMPETITION IS A SUCCESS The Marcus High School Robotics Institute’s first competition was a smashing success. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams worked extremely hard and did an incredible job representing their school. The boys’ team is headed to regionals after taking first place at the competition. Marcus High School is proud of these students and their accomplishments. Photo Courtesy of Marcus High School Robotics Institute Facebook page

MARCUS HIGH SCHOOL’S ACADEMIC DECATHLON TEAM PLACES FIRST The Marcus High School Academic Decathlon team successfully completed three and a half hours of testing in seven different subjects and did a fantastic job in doing so. The team took home first place overall as well as winning the Super Quiz portion. The team scorers were Shaan Sidhwani, Kaitlyn Williams, Jack Graham, Newton Witter, Emma Simmons, and Nitish Bachala. Photo Courtesy of Marcus High School Facebook page

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by Leena Duwadi | Photos courtesy Kurt Conner

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urt Conner first picked up a guitar at age ten and never put it down. His love for guitars and expertise to give a creative touch to them is what makes him popular in the town. From serving in the U.S. Navy to leaving a successful 30-year long marketing job and finally spending full time on what he loves, the artistic journey of this Flower Mound aesthete is as inspiring as his artworks. Kurt’s talent combines his two greatest interests, guitars, and art, to create magnificent customized guitars. “Too many guitars look alike. I’m trying to change that for one person at a time,” he says. The artist grew up in Indiana, served four years in the U.S. Navy, and graduated from John Herron School of Art with a BFA in Visual Communications & Photography. “I like to say that I am literally a product of art – for my parents first met at, and graduated from, that very same art school,” he shared. After 30 years of creating and marketing products for other entities, the musician and songwriter finally chose to listen to his inner voice and do it for himself, three years ago. “My trigger was when I realized how short life is and that I wasn’t doing what made me happy. And that I was not effectively leveraging my true interests, knowledge, and skills to my benefit,” he said. He formed Conner Guitart, Guitart being a combined term for guitar and art. Conner Guitart is a one-person studio that offers unique, custom, and functional guitar/art solutions.” My goal is to 14 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | DECEMBER 2021

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promote the appreciation, creation, and sharing of music through ART with the guitar as a central and consistent theme,” Kurt shared. Guitart is about uniqueness and personalization focused on players, collectors, and anyone who loves guitars and art. “I believe that between the mass producers and the master luthiers lies immense opportunity to create and offer quality guitar/art solutions as unique as you are and the music you create and appreciate,” he added. The pandemic was also a catalyst driver, as he knew it was a time for reinvention. During the pandemic, he created 12 original guitar directions, honed his business model, and created all the branding, photography, copy, and content for his website connerguitart.com. “When I

designers, shares information, experiences, and practices with other artists and organizations in the area. Conner Guitart was recently chosen to show some of the artworks at Flower Mound Town Hall. The exhibition has received great reviews from the public. The work will be displayed through the holidays into January. He aims to promote interest in music, guitars, and art and wants to continue creating guitars as unique as the people who play them. One motto that drives him to move ahead is - “The best thing I’ve ever done will be the next thing I do.” “I’d like to bolster and salute all those, faced with new challenges, who are finding new and effective ways to reinvent themselves,” Kurt added. Millions of guitars and millions of musicians, Guitart is on a mission to enhance their existence so that you want your guitar upfront and on your wall. You need it on your wall visible, accessible, ever-present, and something you love to interact with daily - like a grand piano in your living room.

decided to make this change, I found that I knew much more than I thought I did. So I objectively combined my knowledge, capabilities, interests, and loves into one collective effort and redirect them in my favor,” he mentioned. “All that I have ever learned and experienced is contributing to this effort/change.”

It usually takes him 3 to 6 months to build a guitar. At any given moment, he has 3 to 6 pieces at different stages of completion. Beyond guitars, Kurt has won awards in creative direction, design, illustration, photography, sculpture, and writing. Kurt has lived in Flower Mound for over 20 years. He supports other artists, musicians, www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

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SHERIFF’S W I T H

S H E R I F F

T R A C Y

MERRY CHRISTMAS

and Happy Holidays T

he holiday season is often an opportune time for crime. The Denton County Sheriff’s Office urges you to take special safety precautions during this holiday season. If you are traveling or away from your home, leave some lights on or consider an automatic timer for your lights. It’s always a good idea as a neighbor to watch your home or park in the driveway if you are going to be away for a while. Also, make sure to keep wrapped gifts out of sight.

M U R P H R E E

WE ARE HIRING If you are interested in a career in Law Enforcement, join our family and be a part of a great organization. Detention Officer I positions start at $38,752.00 per year. Visit our website to apply. www.governmentjobs.com/ careers/dentoncounty

If you are out shopping, stay alert and aware of what’s going on around you. Park in a well-lighted area, lock your car and hide shopping bags or gifts in the trunk. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash while you are out. Whenever possible, walk to your car with someone or ask a security officer or store employee to walk with you after dark. Criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts. If you are expecting

packages to arrive, monitor when your

packages are expected to arrive. Don’t let

your packages sit for criminals to see. Talk to your neighbors or have your packages delivered to an alternate address if you are not going to be home.

The holidays are a time of celebration. Drinking and driving is a danger to

everyone on the road. If you choose to

drink during your holiday celebrations, don’t drive! Have a designated driver or have an Uber or other service drive you home. Have fun, but celebrate responsibly. Don’t forget to download the new Denton County Sheriff’s Office smartphone app. The app is designed to keep the citizens within Denton County safe by providing the latest updates and information from the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. Some of those features include an inmate

search, general jail information, a map of sex offender locations, the top ten most wanted list, Sheriff’s Office contacts, the ability to submit a tip to Crime Stoppers and current job openings with links to apply. The app also provides users with alerts and notifications on emergencies or events that may impact their area. Search Denton County Sheriff, TX in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store to download this free app today.

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THINGS JIM ENGEL

where do you work & what is your title? PLACE 4, FLOWER MOUND COUNCIL

what city do you live in? FLOWER MOUND

how long have you lived there? 16 YEARS

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you didn’t know

what is your favorite thing about your career? ABILITY TO HAVE A SAY IN THE FUTURE OF FLOWER MOUND

what is your favorite holiday and why?

THANKSGIVING. LOTS OF MEMORIES WITH MANY GREAT FAMILY GATHERINGS.

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fully promoted has you

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by Diane Ciarloni photography by Your Candid Memories Photography

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he entrepreneurial spirit of the American people is responsible for this country’s strong, diverse economic development, with the local family-owned business functioning as the backbone of the overall economy. According to the SBA, small businesses account for 44% of all activity in the United States, create two-thirds of the new jobs, and deliver 43.5% of the United States’ GDP. In 2021, a new local business opens every five to eight minutes of every business day, with a range of diversity that’s mindboggling. Food, especially fast food, is still a primary focus but convenience stores and professional services are also high on the list. That entrepreneurial spirit was the driving force behind the Baird family – husband Todd, wife Lori, and son Eric – launching their Fully Promoted franchise in Flower Mound in January 2021.

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and promotional products firm supporting businesses and groups with their brand marketing and events. Their goal is to develop custom-tailored solutions to enhance their clients’ brand awareness, increase customer and employee retention, and market share. “I had a successful, 32-year career in sales and marketing,” Todd explained. “Our firm represented over 1,000 client brands, which provided me with a well-developed skill set that I wanted to continue to utilize after I retired in 2018.”

Internal branding contributes directly to engagement, morale, and retention and, in turn, the health of these attributes impacts the efficacy of the product or service being provided by the firm.

Lori, a retired educator, is focused on creative and product sourcing for the business. Eric and his wife, who had relocated out of state for work, were eager to get back to the DFW area. Starting Fully Promoted Flower Mound served as the perfect opportunity for them to return home. Today, Eric handles the production and social media aspects of the business. “Lori and I spent 18-months doing ‘retired stuff’ that we never had a chance to do over the course of our careers,” Todd said. “With all that done, we started thinking about going back to work and talking about branded apparel, promoting other peoples’ products in a B2B environment. One thing we all three share is our passion for our community of Flower Mound. After 20 wonderful years of living here, it seemed only right to plant our business flag here. We felt it would also increase our vested interest in the business.” The Bairds found a home with Fully Promoted. “The Fully Promoted family has equipped us with the tools and capabilities to provide services to local businesses within our community as well as to large enterprises that stretch across the globe,” Eric said. “Many people think of branding as an external element primarily designed to attract customers to a business. That’s true but I also believe internal branding is an equally important success driver in any given firm,” Todd explained. “Internal branding contributes directly to engagement, morale, and retention and, in turn, the health of these attributes impacts the efficacy of the product or service being provided by the firm. “Corporate America is moving more and more in a work-at-home direction, but leaders must still find solutions to promote mission, vision, and values. Branded apparel and products, when done effectively, enhance a client’s culture internally and externally. “We specialize in large quantity, custom embroidery, ranging from sports apparel to corporate wear for a large event or conference. Our clients also make requests, such as www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

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finding a specific product and customizing it. “Our main challenge was to figure out how to set our work apart from our competitors. Our answer was to differentiate ourselves through our customer service and the quality of products. “

“Our job is to make certain our clients are recognized for who they are and for what they do.”

“With access to over 700,000 different items, we are able to provide customized solutions to our clients across various industries such as healthcare, construction, and education,” Lori said. “The branded products industry is looking at a double-digit percent annual growth curve. Our customers expect us to help them grow their own customers. They can do that only if we make sure they’re noticed, thought of positively, and remembered favorably.

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Local 1 2 3 4 Winter Issue

O U R FAVO R I T E *Not Actual Product Image

Kelly Murray*

The Murray’s love ringing in the New Year at Blue Goose in the Shops of Highland Village. Their margaritas are absolutely delicious. And their homemade tortillas are a family favorite. Blue Goose is a great place to celebrate the New Year with family and friends of all ages.

Kelly Heslep*

I love taking a stroll in the Shops of Highland Village during the festivities of the New Year. Everyone is dressed to the nines and ready for a night of celebrations. It’s also super family-friendly, so I can bring my grandbabies. There’s nothing better than that!

Morgan Orlando*

New Year’s for me is usually spent at home with family and friends. However, we do love to order from Hillside and bring it home for everyone to enjoy. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu because everything is absolutely delicious. Hillside is my family’s go-to for a great and delicious New Year’s Eve.

Shelly Dodge*

My whole family LOVES Bistecca! It’s a no-brainer for us that we would spend New Year’s enjoying it. Their entire menu is mouth-wateringly delicious! Getting to spend time with family and friends, while also enjoying great food, is the best way to celebrate the New Year.

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Nicole Smith Woodard*

My favorite place to ring in the New Year is my sofa in my jammies! And I just bought the most amazing new pajamas from Studio 360 Boutique. They will be my go-to this year as I celebrate the upcoming year.

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Rachel Bagley*

For New Year’s, my husband and I always love doing something new and exciting. This year we’ll have our baby girl with us and we thought it would be fun to have a night out with her to celebrate. The Marriott is one of our favorite places for a stay-cation and we can’t wait to ring in the New Year there!

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Lori Walker*

I love bringing in the New Year surrounded by the people I love, my husband and kids. We like to have a very casual evening together and pizza is always a crowd favorite. Enzo’s has something that the whole family loves! With Enzo’s, everybody wins!

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Clink Wine Bar is such a fun place all year round, which is why I can’t wait to spend New Year’s Eve there. They have an amazing atmosphere with the most delicious wine selections to choose from. I can’t wait for our fun-filled celebrations!

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I love a good spa day and Spa Vela always delivers the best service. I love all of their monthly specials. I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the New Year than with a relaxing and fun day at Spa Vela!

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Cindi Howard*

Tracee Elrod*

For New Year’s we usually stay home and either cook or order in! This year, we are ordering the perfect New York pizza from Nick’s Pizza and Pasta off 407 in Lewisville! This family-owned Italian restaurant is one of our favorite places to dine in or order take out. I love their Clam Linguini, their perfectly cooked bread to dip into the sauce, and of course, their A-Mazing Cheese Pizza! We love this place and the family that owns it. DECEMBER 2021 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | 25


One of the big things that mean a lot to me is having good coaches who really care, and I found them at Baylor.

MEREDITH WELLS chooses Baylor by Mark Miller photography by Tony Sidharta with Illustrative Depictions Photography

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Her journey started at age 3 in gymnastics at the Arlington gym where her mother was coaching. In the years after moving to Highland Village, she went to Excite, Denton Gymnastics Academy, U.S. Gold, Southlake Gymnastics, and for the past three years at Flower Mound’s WinKids. “Mentally, I think I’ve been the happiest at WinKids,” she said. “Jack Lee is my coach. He’s really good at knowing when to push me. He’s been really helpful. Gymnasts can get some mental blocks. When I came to WinKids, he helped me overcome that.”

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She got into cheerleading in fifth grade two years after her mom started the cheer program at Founders. Her mom continues overseeing that program in addition to

ver since she can remember, Meredith Wells has participated in multiple activities to stay busy. It started with gymnastics, then basketball, diving, volleyball, softball, cheerleading, and most recently, learning how to fly private airplanes.

So when it came time to choose a college to attend and which activities to partake in, the senior at Lewisville’s Founders Classical Academy decided on Baylor University. She signed a letter of intent to join Coach Felecia Mulkey’s six-time champion acrobatics and tumbling team. “It is so very exciting to be able to receive a scholarship for something that I love to do,” she said. “Throughout my whole life, I have worked so hard to get to where I am now, and I could not be prouder of myself for overcoming the obstacles that have been thrown my way.” Baylor was the third school she visited after Fairmont State University in West Virginia during spring break and Oklahoma State University in August. It was during her OSU tour in early August that she received a text from Baylor. Since she had been attending acrobatics and tumbling summer camps in Waco for about five years, she was quite familiar with everything and everyone there. “I told my mom while at OSU that ‘I think I’m just going to go here,” she said. “It www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

just makes sense. It’s close, I really like the campus.’ Ten minutes later, I got a text from Baylor. “At Baylor camp this year, I asked assistant coach Alia Nolan if there’s was a spot available for me for next year, and then

the other assistant Kelsey Rowell came up and said, ‘we would never discount you.’ It made me feel good.” “Out of all of the schools except for the cost, Baylor made the most sense. One of the big things that mean a lot to me is having good coaches who really care, and I found them at Baylor. I know a lot of the athletes at Baylor from being at the camps, and they are all super friendly. For me, it was the whole package.” Though Baylor has an aviation program, she plans to major in nutrition. However, she still might go into flying as a career. She’s currently taking flying lessons at Marcair Aviation at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth. She hopes to solo in December following her father Corey Wells, a member of the Texins Flying Club in McKinney.

serving as the school’s assistant athletic director.

Wells began playing basketball between fourth and fifth grade and also competed in diving for 18 months with the national champion CG Divers in Southlake in 2014. At Founders, Wells captains the basketball and cheer teams and is a member of the Lynx Science Honors Club, Eagle Leaders service club, and National Honor Society. At Founders, she is a straight-A student with perfect attendance. Wells said her biggest success has been a second-place at nationals in trampoline with WinKids and as a member of two national cheer champions, including last April. With her college decision done, Wells can concentrate on doing her best in all her senior year activities. “Before I decided on Baylor, I was sending emails and texts to all sorts of coaches, and now I’m just hanging out,” she said. “The whole process between them and other schools where I was asking them, and Baylor was saying ‘we want you’ made the difference.”

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Ask The Expert: Dentistry

KICKING OFF

2022 with a T he New Year will soon be upon us, and with that comes new opportunities for declarations of

improvement and resolve. As we usher

into the new year with innovative notions of self-development, the team

at Country Lakes Family Dental would

like to encourage all resolution enthusiasts to take on the New Year with a smile!

Believe it or not, making the New Year

bright could be as simple as beginning with a smile.

Smile

technology and advancements that make

improving your dental health comfortable and predictable.

Your smile, like your health, is

undoubtedly an invaluable quality to

your state of being. And like so many

resolutions, sometimes dental care can

easily fall to the wayside. To curb that, we use the current advancements in digital technology and software, along with

thorough planning, to create a smile that is not only efficient but predictable.

We are brimming with ways to help you

Your individual goals can be

improve your look and health beyond

simple as a cleaning with whitening or

achieve that goal with different ways to

the typical methods of straightening your teeth and whitening your smile. As our

patients know, our office boasts the latest

So, as the Holidays and New Year bring new campaigns of exercise regimens and steadfast dietary choices, these newfound determinations should be met with tenacity, enthusiasm, and, most of all, a smile! Venturing into 2022, you can rest assured our team will help you smile with ease!

by Dr. Matt Artho owner of Country Lakes Family Dental CountryLakesDental.com

accomplished through treatment as

can be multifactorial by incorporating

cosmetic, orthodontic, or even implant dental treatment.

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Shop Local SUCCESS by Caylie Howard | photos courtesy of Shop Local Flower Mound facebook page

Shopping local and supporting local small businesses is so important, especially with the recent pandemic and the holidays approaching. Showing support for your local community is such a big part of the success of our county. When you shop locally, you get the personal feeling that you don’t get at bigger shops. When you walk in the door, you see your neighbors, friends, and family, and you know that you’re helping to keep the community thriving.

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“What is so important about Shop Local week is that it was not intended to be one week. It is meant to be long lasting.” That’s why The Flower Mound Chamber

“We created those categories because

up with a beautiful website that was

a huge initiative and was a great success

local from their medical to their insurance

great partnership with the town. We did

of Commerce’s Shop Local week was such for, not only the Chamber, but also for the residents and business owners of Flower Mound as a whole.

“Shopping local is what the Chamber is all about,” Lori Walker, President of the

Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, said. The Chamber partnered with the

we want our residents to do all things needs, to their financial planning. We

want everything kept local, especially as we’re coming into the holiday season.

That’s why we kicked it off the first week of November. We wanted people to be thinking of shopping and dining local,” Lori said.

Economic Development Department to

These local businesses were the ones that

bring businesses to Flower Mound and

“These businesses need two things. They

they are here, for them to thrive,”

in their businesses. They need people

create Shop Local week. “We want to

were really hit hard during the pandemic.

surrounding areas, but also want, once

need employees, and they need people

Lori said.

in their seats at the restaurants, and they

During the shutdown of the pandemic, many local businesses suffered

tremendous losses, some not being

able to keep their doors open. “During

COVID, it was just so important to us that our community really rallied around the local businesses, the brick and mortar that we have here in our community,

which is what makes it so great,” Lori

said. And from there, the idea of shop, dine, and play came to life.

need people shopping,” Lori said.

Shopping local is all about experiences.

“You don’t get an experience online,” Lori said. “There’s something about touching it, seeing it, maybe even getting that last item that makes it so much fun.”

The Chamber really put forth their best

effort to make this event such a success. “We did a lot of research. We talked to

other communities about programs that they had done,” Lori said. “We came

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done by Murray Media. We also did a

videos with the town Communications

Department. We even did videos for some of our businesses to put on our website.”

The Chamber gathered lists from multiple sources, such as from the chamber, the town, and the Economic Development

Department for all of the businesses in the community. “We used any lists that

we could get our hands on and sent mass emails to them explaining the program

and explaining how easy it was. All they had to do was go into the website and sign up,” Lori said.

The Chamber also encouraged each

business that participated in the Shop

Local week to have specials and discounts that were applicable during the week of the event.

“What is so important about Shop Local

week is that it was not intended to be one week. It is meant to be long lasting,” Lori said. The Chamber intends to hold this

event next year. “It will be even bigger and better,” Lori said.

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at FLOWER MOUND’S River Walk

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ell, fellow Flower Mounders... we’ve been waiting a long time for this moment and we are so happy to report that the first restaurant located in the River Walk at Central Park here in Flower Mound is officially open! And we couldn’t think of a more perfect restaurant than Sfereco to be the inaugural restaurant in this long-awaited development. Sfereco was created by Refined Hospitality Concepts, who own The Statler hotel in Dallas. In fact, the first Sfereco location is inside of The Statler. You probably heard about their second location opening in Old Town Lewisville a few weeks ago. And now we’re honored to have their third location right here in Flower Mound. When you visit Sfereco, think “Spaghetti Western.” It’s classic Italian food with a

little bit of a Texas twist. And that unique concept is all thanks to RHC’s owner, Robert Hall and their Corporate Executive Chef, Jason Tilmann. So, what does a “Spaghetti Western” menu look like? Think menu items like Brisket Meatballs, their version of a Supreme pizza called the 6 Shooter, and an Italian-style chicken fried steak which is a ribeye topped with meatballs, broccolini, and a mozzarella salad. But Sfereco has a lot of traditional Italian dishes on the menu as well including an incredible eggplant parmesan, shrimp scampi, calzones, and lots of delicious pizzas. Sfereco also has a full bar where they have some great signature cocktails, wines,

beers, and frozen drinks. Visit them for Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 11:00am7:00pm to enjoy some of their Happy Hour beers, frozens, and House chardonnay and cabernet by the glass.

As you can tell, Sfereco came to play. And like we mentioned, we couldn’t imagine a better first restaurant to open its doors in the River Walk. So, make your reservation to visit Sfereco as soon as possible! (They are asking for reservations, especially when they’re first open.) Enjoy the ambiance of looking out over the water, combined with Sfereco’s incredible food. Sounds like a recipe for success to us! 4120 River Walk Dr. Flower Mound, TX 75028 469.993.1201

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Things 5TO DO

UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER CONTEST A great way to spice up a Christmas Party is by adding in an ugly Christmas sweater contest. Each guest can either buy new, use an oldie but goodie, or even create their own. And the uglier the sweater the funnier it is. This is a fantastic way to liven up any party. You could even have a festive prize for the winner.

CHRISTMAS COOKIE DECORATING

ORNAMENT EXCHANGE

A fun Christmas Party activity to do with your friends is to decorate Christmas cookies. Everyone at your party is sure to have a ball designing the festive treats. Not to mention the delicious snacks they’ll make after. If you’re not a baker, no worries! There are tons of local businesses that will sell them to you to decorate.

Do you ever debate on the best gifts for your friends to exchange at a party? Why not make it a game and do an ornament exchange. Each guest can pick out a cute ornament that they’d like to bring and add to the fun of the party. It’s always fun to play and everyone leaves a winner.

WRAPPING PARTY Is there anyone out there that waits until the very last minute to wrap their Christmas gifts? Why not have a lastminute wrapping party? Have all of your friends get together for an evening of food, drinks, and last-minute gift wrapping. Having fun with your friends will make the task much more enjoyable.

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CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON Who doesn’t love a good Christmas movie? And there are so many to choose from. Whether you’re a fan of the classics, animation, or even the newer releases, with a Christmas movie marathon everyone will enjoy the party. Don’t forget the festive holiday movie theater snacks!

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FASHION GUIDE 2021

photos courtesy of each respective business

MEGAN’S LIFESTYLE BOUTIQUE

972.899.4060 4081 Waller Creek, Ste. 160 Highland Village, TX 75077 Festive for the upcoming season, this rose gold chevron dress designed by Veronica M, is one our favorites. The flattering neckline, long sleeves and above the knee cut makes this the perfect party dress. The dress can be worn with or without the belt tied at the waist and with a fun pair of boots. This beautiful print is also available as a top. Megan’s Lifestyle Boutique offers its patrons everything from party to casual chic clothes to lounge wear. Plus we have the perfect bags, shoes and jewelry to match. Located in The Shops at Highland Village. Come see us! Thank you for shopping small and local!

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BRIESLY’S BOUTIQUE

MAINSTREAM BOUTIQUE

MADIJAKS

817.581.2743 brieslysboutique.com 2451 Lakeside Pkwy., Ste. 160 Flower Mound, TX 75022

972.539.4800 5801 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 810 Flower Mound, TX 75028

817.965.0648 400 S Oak St., Ste. 110 Roanoke, TX 76262

Ahh, Winter! This season brings us lasting memories with the holidays, playing in the snow (if we are lucky!) and getting cozy by the fireplace. Your fashion choices can also bring you joy! If you look good, you feel good! Our Texas weather is perfect for layering as shown here. Stay on-trend while not sacrificing comfort in this tie dye pullover. Style with buttery soft black denim from our exclusive brand, Mac and Me and a trendy, chunky bootie. Don’t forget to throw on that cute pom pom beanie before heading out the door for that effortless girl-on-the-go look! Come visit mother-daughter team, Susan and Maddie, for all your winter wardrobe needs!

MadiJaks is a women’s clothing and gift boutique conveniently located in Downtown Roanoke.

The Model is wearing our Claudette Jacket, which features a removable collar for a more sleek feel and who doesn’t love a piece that’s two looks in one. We paired her gorgeous jewel green jacket with black skinny jeans and the Hearts On Fire Necklace. Skip the mall and support local for all the best pieces this holiday season. Stylish tops, custom jewelry and great gifts. Shop local, shop Briesly’s Boutique.

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We offer a collection of unique, affordable, and on-trend items that are handpicked with our customers in mind. We strive to bring our customers captivating, fashionable pieces that encourage them to live with confidence. Our Adeline wrap dress is style and comfort all wrapped into one! The loose fit, wrap waist, and mid-thigh length allows you to be comfortable for your entire event and looking great while partying the night away! Pair with a pair of our white boots or heels to accent the details in the dress! DECEMBER 2021 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | 39


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cocktails

with the locals by Caylie Howard

GINGER EADS

RACHEL BAGLEY

KELLY HESLEP

JANA MELTON

I will be at Mi Dia every day during the holidays for their famous Mistletoe!

My go to holiday cocktail is always a hot toddy!

I love eggnog during the holidays, so making it into a cocktail is always a win for me!

I’ve recently fallen in love with spiked apple cider and now it’s my go-to drink for the holidays!

2 oz Clase Azul Tequila 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice 1 Egg White ¾ oz Strawberry Infused Agave 2 Frozen Cranberries 1 ¾ Rosemary Sprig

1 Cup Boiling Water 1 Shot Whiskey 1 Tbsp Honey 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice 1 Star Anise

6 oz Eggnog 2 oz Irish Whiskey Stout 1/3 oz Vanilla Extract

Apple Cider Fireball

Grated Nutmeg

4 Cloves

Powdered Sugar

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The Flower Mound Communications Department

takes home

THE WIN T

by Caylie Howard | photos courtesy of flower-mound.com

he town of Flower Mound prides itself on holding every employee and department at the highest standard. So it comes as a shock to no one that the Town of Flower Mound’s Communications Department has been recognized as one of the best in the state by taking home 13 Top State Awards. These 13 prestigious Top State Awards were given based on the videos that the Town’s Communications Department produced. The department received these awards at the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA) conference that was held in Houston. Among the 13 awards that the Town received was Overall Excellence for an operating budget under $250,000, four 1st place awards, four 2nd place awards, as well as four 3rd place awards.

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THE 13 AWARDS THAT WERE RECEIVED ARE THE FOLLOWING: Overall Excellence – Operating Budget Below $250,000 1st Place (Public Health/Safety, Budget Below $250,000) – Bicycle Safety 1st Place (Special Audience, Budget Below $250,000) – FMFD S.A.F.E Team 2020 1st Place (Use of Humor) - Porch Pirates 1st Place (Intern Production) – Around Town: Lakewood Park 2nd Place (Parks and Recreation) – Around Town: Heritage Park Disc Golf Course 2nd Place (Event/Program Promotion, Budget Below $250,000) - Dorothy’s Dash 2020 2nd Place (Special Audience, Budget Below $250,000) – Summer Reading Program 2nd Place (Intern Production) - Around Town: Heritage Park Disc Golf 3rd Place (Parks and Recreation) – Around Town: Lakewood Park 3rd Place (Event/Program Promotion, Budget Below $250,000) – 2020 Summer Reading Program: Dracula 3rd Place (Public Health/Safety, Budget Below $250,000) – FMPD SRO’s: Anti–Vaping 3rd Place (Profile of an Organization, Budget Below $250,000) – FMTV Cribs

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The Town of Flower Mound as well as the Town’s Communications Department truly has set themselves up for success. With all of the time, energy and focus that the Flower Mound Communications Department has put into each and every one of those videos, it’s easy to see why the department took home 13 Top State Awards. The Town of Flower Mound and all of its employees work tirelessly every day to create the best environment for each and every one of its residents to be proud to call Flower Mound their home. With these 13 impressive awards, it’s safe to say that the Town has been successful in its goal. If you would like to view all of the videos that were created and submitted at the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors conference, you can visit the Town of Flower Mound’s Youtube page at www.youtube.com/ TownOfFlowerMound.

The Town of Flower Mound and all of its employees work tirelessly every day to create the best environment for each and every one of its residents.

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TIS THE SEASON FOR HOLIDAY EVENTS

COUNTYWIDE

Lighting Ceremony 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Parade: Spinks Road to Gerault Park; Events: Gerault Park Reindeer Run 5k & Grinch Sprint 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Bakersfield Park Breakfast with Santa 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 11, 2021 Flower Mound Community Activity Multipurpose Rooms

by Denton County Judge Andy Eads photo courtesy of Judge Andy Eads

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ur area is rich with tradition during the holidays. Many of the festivals are outdoors with lots of activities for young and old alike such as Aubrey’s Small Town Family Christmas on Dec. 3-4 at the Old Downtown Aubrey Festival Grounds or the Justin Old Town Christmas on Dec. 11 in the center of that community. There is also the well-known annual Holiday Lighting Festival on Dec. 3 surrounding our Courthouse-on-the-Square in Downtown Denton.

And, of course, you can’t miss the 32nd annual Town of Flower Mound Christmas Parade of Lights at Lexington and Spinks Road to Gerault Park. This year’s theme is “The North Pole.” At Gerault Park, a tree lighting ceremony with fireworks begins at 7:20 p.m. with choir performances, photos with Santa, kids’ activities, food trucks, local vendors, and more also available on Dec. 4. The Flower Mound Summit Club will be accepting canned good donations along the parade route to benefit CCA. We compiled this list of holiday celebrations so that you can plan your seasonal calendar to join in the fun with friends and family.

30th Annual Merry Main Street 3:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Simpson Plaza JUSTIN Justin Old Town Christmas 9 a.m. on Dec. 11, 2021 Old Town Justin

AUBREY A Small Town Family Christmas

KRUM

Dec. 3, 2021 – Dec. 4, 2021 Old Downtown Aubrey Festival Grounds

Krumtry Christmas Parade & Chili Supper

Family Storytime with Santa 4:15 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2021 Aubrey Area Library

6 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Chili Supper, following the parade, Krum High School Cafeteria

CARROLLTON

LAKE DALLAS

Santa on the Square

Lighting Up The Season

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Historic Downtown Carrollton

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Lake Dallas City Hall

DENTON

LANTANA

Denton Holiday Lighting Festival

Lantana’s Holiday Market & Festival

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2021 Courthouse-on-the-Square

3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2021 Lantana Town Green

Annual Argyle Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

FLOWER MOUND

LEWISVILLE

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Cross Timbers Church Parking Lot

32nd annual Town of Flower Mound Christmas Parade of Lights and Tree

Old Town Holiday Stroll & Christmas Parade

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8 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Wayne Ferguson Plaza LITTLE ELM Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tony Jeary International & Murray Media celebrated Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines New CEO and local Flower Mound resident with a welcome reception at Lakeside DFW's beautiful RESULTS Center. The event was sponsored by the Flower Mound Chamber and Denton County Judge Andy Eads.

6 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Little Elm Park PILOT POINT Christmas on the Square 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Pilot Point Historic Square PROSPER Prosper Christmas Festival 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Prosper Town Hall ROANOKE Roanoke’s Hometown Holiday 12 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2021 Roanoke City Hall SANGER 4 Days of Christmas Dec. 7, 2021 – Dec. 10, 2021 Downtown Sanger THE COLONY Holiday in the Park 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 Perryman Park, 4930 South Colony Blvd. TROPHY CLUB Christmas in the Park 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2021 Independence Park East

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MANTELS by Caylie Howard

With stockings hung by the chimney with care, it’s safe to say that the mantel is a centerpiece for all things Christmas décor. There are so many different ways and styles to make your mantel merry and bright this holiday season. A staple in all things Christmas decorating is the classic holiday garland. There are so many different types of garland to choose from. No matter what is in your color wheel for the holidays this year, you can be sure that there is a garland that will fit perfectly into your theme. Garland is commonly used to be wrapped around your banisters, however, it’s also

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a fantastic way to spruce up your mantel and bring the spirit of Christmas to the room. Having the festive Christmas garland as your base of mantel décor really helps to add dimension to your display. By adding differently sized and shaped décors such as elves, trees, nutcrackers, ornaments, and candles, you bring a bright and joyful essence to your space. One fun way to dress up your mantel is by adding lighted garland. This is a great option to add ambiance to the room in the evening. With the lights shining from your festive mantel as you relax by the fire watching your favorite Christmas movie,

you are sure to truly feel the spirit of Christmas. Having a jolly and joyful holiday mantel truly helps to tie your holiday space together. And with holiday garland, you’re sure to impress with your merry mantel this Christmas season. But no matter how you choose to decorate your mantel this Christmas, remember to give, love, and be thankful for the year’s blessings with your family and friends during this Christmas season. Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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by Caylie Howard | photos courtesy Jeff Fisher

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In today’s day and age, we are becoming more and more focused and committed to teaching the young people of today to be accepting and inclusive of everyone. That’s why having the gift of Miracle League, and all that Miracle League represents, come to Flower Mound is such a huge step for our local community.

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The very first Miracle League began in Georgia in April of 2000 as a way to give people of all ages with special needs the opportunity to get out of the stands and onto the baseball field. “We’ve got kids that have siblings that play baseball. They’ve grown up watching them play the game. Now the tables have turned and they’re the ones that are playing and their siblings are cheering them on,” Jeff Fisher, Executive Director of Miracle League North Texas, said.

The town of Flower Mound had its first Miracle League season in the fall. “We were only expecting about 20 kids or so, but we ended up starting with 43. It blew our expectations out of the water. We never closed registration, so we ended up finishing the season with 57 kids,” Jeff said. By word of mouth, Miracle League in Flower Mound spread like wildfire. “We ended up adding a whole new team at the end of the season because of how many players we had,” Jeff said.

On that opening day in 2000, the rosters had grown to more than 120 eager and excited players. And just like that, the wonderful gift of Miracle League spread across the country. Currently, there are 320 active Miracle League organizations including in places such as Puerto Rico,

Miracle League North Texas in Flower Mound found its home at Baker’s Field Park on one of their softball fields. However, Jeff noticed that the kids in wheelchairs didn’t have the easiest time on the traditional fields. “We’re hoping by the fall of 2022, we will have raised

“We’re always looking for players,” Jeff said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are. We are all about being inclusive. We want you to come out and have fun.”

It goes without saying that Miracle League of Flower Mound wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible

Canada, as well as the newest member of the organization, Australia.

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enough funds to purchase turf for the softball field, making it easier on the kids,” Jeff said.

support of the Flower Mound Youth Sports Association (FMYSA) and the Town of Flower Mound. “They have both been so incredibly supportive,” Jeff said. Miracle League of North Texas’ mission statement is to provide children and young adults the opportunity to play baseball regardless of their abilities. “The most rewarding part of all of this is getting to see the smiles and pure joy on these kids’ faces,” Jeff said. And thanks to the help of the staff, volunteers, along with everyone who has had a hand in Making Miracle League a success, it’s looking like Miracle League will be creating that joy for many years to come. miracleleaguentx.com 214.923.4421

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S TA R

HORIZON ON THE

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by Diane Ciarloni | photos courtesy of Sable Breeze’s social media page

able Breeze stood out from other youngsters for two reasons. First was by virtue of her pretty, lyrical name. The second was by the way she always answered the age-old question posed to children by adults. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked aunts, uncles, cousins, and family friends.

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With wide-open, candid eyes, Sable consistently responded, “I want to be a superstar.” There was something about the tilt of her head and the lift of her chin that underlined her answer, giving it an air of valid confidence. Sable’s parents never blinked when they heard their daughter’s answer. Instead, using that wordless and magical language between parent and child, they gave their silent pledge to support every step of her journey. “There is absolutely nothing I could have ever done to deserve the kindness and generosity of my parents,” Sable, 25, of Flower Mound, said with obvious gratitude. “They are always there, no questions asked, and no answers needed.” “It’s like I always knew there were songs inside of me. I knew I needed to write them and to sing them. I needed to do that not to just become a superstar, but to help people through their own difficult and troubled times.” Sable grew up listening to different types of music, developing an appreciative ear for all genres. “I think I’m the product of a lot of blending,” she said. “There’s folk, pop, country, and classic rock. For me, all the influences came together into what I refer to as mellow pop. I write all my songs and accompany them with a ukulele, an acoustic guitar, or an electric guitar. I choose whatever instrument best fits the mood of the song. The result is my music is more chill and more laid back than the style of other pop artists. I think it would be accurate to say I have a quieter pop style.” “I bought my first instruments when I was 17, after saving enough money from the retail jobs I worked. I taught myself to play them through YouTube.” Sable learned early that just being good at something isn’t enough to achieve superstardom. There’s also the process of letting other people see your talent. It’s called marketing and, sometimes, it can be the most difficult part of the journey. In January of 2019, a series of unplanned steps landed Sable in T’s Bar and Grill in Lewisville, where she met musicians J.C. Scars and Tim Naylor. “Soon after we met, J.C. introduced me to James Greenlee, who owns Vetted Studios. Our personalities clicked and we started working together to record and produce my songs. Tim, who’s an accomplished guitarist, played lead guitar for my single Not Afraid.” Sable has released three EPs this year. An extended play recording typically has fewer tracks than a long play or LP. “They’re both pricey and time-consuming to put together,” she continued. “After that, the next step is to have them picked up and released by major online streaming networks.” Most of my growth as an artist has come through live www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

“I’ll be more successful than I am today, and that success will include inspiring others through my music.” streaming. It’s called hustling! It’s also called work, but I love every minute of the effort. “I play a lot of gigs throughout Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, and all points in-between. This is my main source of income and provides the money to finance everything else that goes into the process.” “I also devote a lot of time to maintaining a social media presence. It’s critical that I keep my schedule current and in front of people, letting them know where I’ll perform and when. It’s one of my most effective ways to advertise.” The question of “What do you want to be when you grow up” changes with the passage of time. Frequently, it becomes, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” “I’ll be 30 years old,” Sable answered, “and much closer to where I wanted to be when I was five. I’ll be more successful than I am today, and that success will include inspiring others through my music.”

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DENTON COUNTY SPOTLIGHT

A Heart

for the Community

by Caylie Howard | photos courtesy of Rob Veal, President and CEO of Heart of the City

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t’s not uncommon for people to fall on hard times, especially in the last two years. No matter what the circumstances may be, the struggle is still the same. In times of need, it can be difficult for people to reach out and ask for help for themselves and their family. Many people have a fear of being judged or being looked down upon simply because of their difficult situations. At Heart of the City, they truly do care for the people of their community and they make it their mission to treat every person that walks through their doors as a valued member of society.

Heart of the City truly does try to meet all of the community’s needs. They offer food supply, clothing, and life counseling on how to get out of the situation

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these people are in and better their lives. “Heart of the City is a big umbrella and under that are three different major programs. One is the Farmers Market Food Pantry, the second is Graham’s

Totally Free Clothing, and the third part is called Thrive where we do life skills coaching.” Rob Veal, President and CEO of Heart of the City, said.

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Heart of the City truly does try to meet all of the community’s needs. They offer food supply, clothing, and life counseling on how to get out of the situation these people are in and better their lives. Heart of the City was born in 2019 and the nonprofit just celebrated 2 years of giving quality help service to the community in need. However, the idea of Heart of the City came to be in 2009. “It took me, personally, about 10 years to be able to get into a position where I had the time to do this. So in January of 2019 I stood in front our church and said, ‘God’s leading me to start this and I need two people to help’ and a couple of senior adults in their seventies say ‘we’ll plug in and help’,” Rob said. The first thing that Heart of the City did was hold a free clothing giveaway. “Everyone has extra clothes in their closets, so everyone brought clothes and we gave them to the community and that’s how we began to establish links in the community,” Rob said.

A couple of months after their free clothing giveaway, the nonprofit began to raise funds for an office expansion. “In four different dinners we raise $42,000 to remodel our building and make the food pantry,” Rob said. “October 28th, 2019 was our first day to serve,” Rob said. The goal for the Farmers Market Food Pantry was to serve around 200 to 300 families a month. But then COVID hit. “The whole world shut down, but we never did. We actually reprogrammed everything and started serving at people’s cars, and when we did that, we serving an excess of 250 families every Saturday. We exponentially grew,” Rob said. www.LiveLocalMagazines.com

Heart of the City has designed their facility to make each person that walks through their door feel like they are getting a true, high end shopping experience. When you step into the Farmers Market Food Pantry, you truly feel like you are walking through a grocery store. When you walk through the Door of Hope in Graham’s Totally Free Clothing, you feel as if you are strolling through a local boutique. Every experience you have at Heart of the City is made to make you feel valued and important, which is just one of the things that make Heart of the City such a special part of our community.

They serve all of south Denton County. To learn more about Heart of the City and how to volunteer, visit heartofthecitylewisville.com

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