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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

15 A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO WELLNESS by Drs. Jennifer Taylor and

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This month’s issue focuses on celebrating and honoring all of the moms that have blessed and influenced our lives, and on articles that help women address balance and wellness in today’s fast-paced world. Included are an abundance of articles providing healthy alternatives to bust stress, nourish the body, enjoy a little downtime and help get finances in order. Today, moreso than ever, women wear multiple hats, with responsibilities that encompass the home and career. According to The Shriver Report, half of all U.S. workers are women and 56.6 percent of all mothers with children under the age of 1 work outside the home. Women are so busy there is a risk that they may neglect taking the time to care for themselves, physically, mentally, spiritually and financially. I don’t know about you, but I’m terrible about telling those in my life how much they mean to me and how important they are to who I am, so I’m thrilled that this month’s issue is focused on expressing appreciate and love for the women in our lives. Our Wise Words article this month is an interview with Dr. Christiane Northrup, a best-selling author and respected OBGYN. Dr. Northrup discusses why life is meant to be joyous and how life after 50 can be the most pleasurable time of all. She explains how reaching the point that one learns to take responsibility for their actions makes one younger, smarter, more intuitive and healthier. Take a break to read “Natural Beauty Head to Toe” to find out how beauty and happiness can be achieved naturally from the inside out. Can’t figure out what to give for Mother’s Day? Read our article about the benefits of massage and how beneficial massages are to a healthy body and attitude. A big challenge to one’s well-being may be their relationship with money. “A Woman’s Guide to Financial Health” introduces 10 steps to financial success and independence, while addressing the relationship between spending and personal values. Happiness, balance and harmony are some of the essential qualities discussed in maintaining a healthy relationship with money and wealth. As a child of a single parent, my mom was and remains “the rock” in my life. As the sole breadwinner, my mom had very little time for herself. She worked all day, cooked and ironed when she got home, was active in our church and still found time to make sure I fully understood and held deep respect for elders, friends, and God, as well as myself. She still makes sure of that today, and is more than willing to provide corrections, if needed! My wife has faithfully taken up the challenge of keeping me grounded when my mom isn’t around. I love her for that, her advice and input as a business partner, and the strong ethics she instills in our son. My son and I are blessed. Women like those that I am fortunate to have in my life, are the saints that continue to support, teach and bring out the best in us, no matter how challenging, while all the time embracing us as we truly are. In celebration of women everywhere,


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Hartsell Elected to National Board

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unstone Yoga founder and CEO Brandon Hartsell has been elected to the board of directors of Yoga Alliance, the national education and support organization for yoga in the United States. Based in Arlington, Virginia, Yoga Alliance works to ensure there is a public understanding of the benefits of yoga, that the teachers of yoga value its history and traditions and provide a standard of quality and conBrandon sistency of instruction. Hartsell Sunstone Yoga has 12 franchised studios in the DFW area. Hartsell is also a trustee of Sunstone Yoga Academy, a yoga school registered with Yoga Alliance. The academy provides yoga teacher training, with a focus on inspiring students and changing lives through learning and growing and the application of yoga principles with regard to individual health and well-being. With more than 10 years experience in teaching yoga, along with nonprofit experience serving on the board of Open Source Yoga Unity, Hartsell has built Sunstone Yoga on the principle of consistently providing the most current and sustainable fitness programs within yoga industry standards. For more info, call 214-764-2119 or visit SunstoneYoga.com/grow.aspx See ad, page 2.

Walking to Benefit Arthritis Research

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he Arthritis Foundation, North Texas, will host their signature 2011 Let’s Move Together Dallas Arthritis Walk at 9 a.m., May 14. The Arthritis Walk helps increase public awareness of the group’s efforts in fighting arthritis and the disability it causes. Free registration begins at 8 a.m. The walk offers a one- or three-mile route, food booths and events including a family activity area, educational health fair and entertainment. More than 1,200 walkers and Arthritis Foundation supporters are expected to attend the event, and pet owners are invited to bring their leashed dogs along for the walk.

Location: 12700 Park Central, Dallas, at the Lending.com building. For more information, call 214-818-0351 or visit DallasArthritisWalk.org.

Swimming for a Cause

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wim Across America, a national organization that raises money for cancer research and charities, is holding their first annual Swim Across America Dallas Open Water Swim event, June 11, in Rockwall. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and a fee of $50 is applied to the fundraising goal. The event begins at 9 a.m., with the half-mile course. Breakfast and an awards ceremony will follow the swim at 11:30 a.m. and is open to nonswimmers with purchase of ticket. Swimmers of all skill levels are welcome and can participate as an individual or as part of a team. Course options are swimming a half-mile, one-mile or twomile course, and all swimmers will be using a timing chip, regardless of what length course they swim. The swim will raise money for the Innovative Clinical Trials Center, at the Baylor Charles Sammons Cancer Center, a local cancer research and treatment facility. The 10-story facility is the largest outpatient cancer center in North Texas, with more than 15 disease-specific support and educational programs. Location: The Harbor on Lake Ray Hubbard, Rockwall. For more information, visit SwimAcrossAmerica.org.

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ain Street Days kicks off their 27th annual event in Grapevine the weekend of May 13-15 with a variety of activities and entertainment options for attendees of any age. For children, there is a midway full of carnival rides and games, a wild west gunfight, funnel cakes and a kid-friendly KidZone, featuring a petting zoo, interactive games and live entertainment. For adults, there are international wines and craft beers, live music on five stages and shopping for everything from jewelry to paintings. Everyone can sample the Central Market Grillin’ Competition or take a complimentary shuttle to a winery tour and tasting room. Thirty-minute mini-excursions on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad offer up travel as it was centuries ago, capping off a fun-filled festival for the entire family. Location: Parking at 1209 S. Main St. or 401 Boyd Dr., Grapevine. For more information, call 800-457-6338 or visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/MainStreetDays.

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step toward solidifying the right to install solar panels on Texas homes has worked its way through the Texas House. HB 362 passed by a vote of 147-3, paving the way for a homeowner to install solar devices on their home as long as the components meet the basic criteria set forth by the Homeowner Association (HOA). In the past, most HOAs have either denied solar panels or not adopted a solar policy that establishes approved guidelines, leaving the homeowner without options. HB 362 supports the position that the HOA would still have the authority to mandate what roofing materials and solar energy devices are aesthetically appropriate, but HOAs would be required to establish a solar policy which would enable the homeowner to install HOA approved solar components. As long as the solar components meet the basic criteria set by the HOA, the homeowner would have the right to install the solar devices. For more information visit Capitol.State.TX.US.

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Test Yourself 5K & Fun Run

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he Jim Utley Foundation and Dont E v e n Tr y I t . org will host the 2011 Test Yourself 5K and Family Fun Run, May 14. The event starts off at 8 a.m., with the Family Fun Run/Walk, followed by the 5K run, with cash prizes and awards for overall top male and female runners. Early registration packet pick-up May 10-12 at RunOn! store locations in Coppell, Dallas, McKinney and Richardson. Race day registration is also available at 7 a.m. onsite. Activities include a Cowboy’s autograph session, kid bounce houses, booths and Amy Vanderoef, of Good Morning Texas, as celebrity announcer. An awards ceremony will commence after the 5K run. The Jim Utley Foundation helps fund educational and reward programs like Test Yourself, which provides incentives to preteens and teens between 10-18 years of age that pledge to stay drug-free and become involved in community service projects and healthy lifestyle choices. Location: 7300 Lone Star Dr., Shops at Legacy (Legacy and North Dallas Tollway), Plano. For more information, visit DontEvenTryIt.org.


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he Patriot Games hosts the Patriot Mud Challenge June 25 and 26, in Sanger. Activities include camping the nights of June 24 and 25, live music and prizes for best costumes. The Mud Challenge is a race with obstacles for thrill-seekers of all ages and fitness levels. The course for adults is 3.1 miles, with 18 obstacles, while kids are challenged by a one-mile course with six obstacles. Runners compete at their own pace to the best of their abilities, participating in a form of exercise and bonding experience that instills confidence in overcoming obstacles individually or as a team. The 5K Fun Run Mud Challenge is a fundraiser to provide scholarships for individuals with aspirations of attending college or that will soon be enrolled in an academic institute for higher education. Location: 17000 East Clear Creek Road (455 and Indian Trail), Patriot Field, Sanger. For more information, call or text 940-535-4999 or visit ThePatriotGames.com.

Nature Calling

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he new Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, in Cedar Hill, is opening a 6,000-square-foot center that will offer visitors the opportunity to understand the value of protecting the canyon’s 270-acre habitat and its impact on plants and wildlife. Audubon acquired the wildlife habitat in the canyon to build an education center with hiking trails. A key initiative for the center is to provide science education to fourth-grade students from the surrounding DFW Metroplex. Audubon’s sciencebased programs focus on local ecology and habitat study, scientific observation and identification, and stewardship of natural resources. Dogwood Canyon is located 16 miles south of downtown Dallas, and is part of the White Rock Escarpment, where a variety of plants and animals not normally found in one area in North Texas can be found, such as the black-chinned hummingbird of West Texas nesting in the flowering dogwood tree of East Texas. Location: 2904 Swiss Ave, Cedar Hill. For more information, call 214-309-5811 or visit DogwoodCanyonAudubon.org.

National Women Build Week

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abitat for Humanity celebrates National Women Build Week from May 1-9. Each Habitat affiliate designates a specific Women Build Day, in which women volunteers work and are celebrated for volunteering at least one day to their communities, building homes and raising awareness of local housing needs. Women Build projects are held across the United States and in more than 30 countries in an effort to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. According to National Habitat for Humanity data, Women Build events have helped to construct more than 1,800 houses. Today, the program continues to grow across international borders, empowering women everywhere to address poverty housing for themselves, their families and their neighbors. Several local Women Build projects can be found by visiting the Habitat affiliate sites for North Collin County, South Collin County, Grayson County, Fort Worth Trinity and Garland. Some of the local Women Build projects are currently underway, while others are schedule to begin in May. For more information, visit Habitat.org. natural awakenings

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Healthy Kids Pediatrics: A Holistic Approach to Kids by Beth Davis

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eborah Bain, M.D., of Healthy Kids Pediatrics Center for Health and Well-Being, has been a practicing pediatrician for 16 years. In her 30s, Bain worked as a “traditional” pediatrician at a local practice. It was a time of great stress trying to balance work and a new baby. She developed a herniated disk in her neck and was told she just needed a simple fusion to make it all better. After having the procedure done, she went back to work and developed a second herniation and had more surgeries—five in total. When she became pregnant with her second child, she began having lower back pain and weakness in her legs. After her daughter’s birth, Bain had four surgeries to stabilize her lower back. “I was in so much pain, but was not questioning the doctor,” she explains. “I just kept going back after each surgery, doing the same things, with the same nutrition and same amount of stress.” Then, the unthinkable happened. Five months after her last surgery, she was diagnosed with stage 3B breast cancer. Devastated and in shock, Bain took a leave of absence from her practice. “God was telling me to rest and get well,” she says. “And, I needed to learn how to be well.” Determined to fight the cancer, Bain began doing lots of research, while undergoing traditional cancer treatment. She came to realize that, after everything she had been through, her body was left ravaged and depleted, creating a sick immune system. Her journey to get well was initially focused on whole food nutrition, but even after she was “declared cured,” she still felt very sick. Bain knew that it was not enough to get the good stuff in, but she also had to get the bad stuff out. It was then that she sought the help of Dr. Matt Chalmers, a chiropractor that she says saved her life. According to Chalmers, when he first met Bain, the list of problems she was enduring was beyond what the majority of people could fathom. They included rampant infection in almost every organ; tremendous nutritional deficiencies; large infestations of parasites; Candida overgrowth; toxic chemotherapy drugs stored in her body tissues; and scars from several surgeries that would have to be remediated before any real nutritional detoxification could be effective. With the help of Chalmers, Bain began a months-long detoxification process and as time went on, her life began to change. She was so inspired by her journey with Chalmers that she wrote a book about it, How the Chiropractor Saved My Life. Although her journey to wellness was a long, tough road, it inspired her to make a change. “I discovered that the

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body has an amazing ability to heal itself, if we just get out of the way,” she says. “I wanted to share all of my discoveries with other parents like me.” During her illness, she dreamed of leaving her traditional pediatric practice of 10 years and opening an integrative practice—she had even come up with a name, Healthy Kids Pediatrics. At the end of her journey to health and wellness she decided to take the leap, and has never looked back. In August 2006, she created Healthy Kids Pediatrics to bring a more holistic approach to the treatment of children, for the purpose of helping kids become healthier; not just managing their symptoms. She focuses on the whole body—mind, body and spirit—to help give kids and parents their lives back. “Because of our whole body approach, we are open-minded and non-judgmental,” explains Bain. “We concentrate on how we can get kids healthy.” She says nutrition often plays a large part in many of the symptoms she sees, whether it’s food sensitivities or lack of proper vitamins and nutrients. The practice has seen incredible results in kids with autism, ADHD, eczema and more. Bain is quick to point out that just because the practice is integrative, they have not thrown out the need for Western medicine—especially when it comes to getting a child through a crisis. Bain says she knows she is right where she is supposed to be, and feels as if she has been guided, saying, “God wants me to save people.” Just ask the mother whose autistic child has gone from not speaking or making eye contact to showing no autistic tendencies—and she knows that’s exactly what Bain is doing—saving people. Earning her medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center, in San Antonio, Bain completed her internship and residency programs at Dallas Children’s Medical Center, is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her credentials are impressive, but it’s her amazing story of strength and perseverance that has made her the physician she is today. Healthy Kids Pediatrics is located at 4851 Legacy Drive, Ste. 301, in Frisco. For more information, call 972-294-0808 or visit HealthyKidsPediatrics.com. To order Dr. Bain’s book, How the Chiropractor Saved My Life, go to Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com or Lulu.com. See ad, page 13.


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ere’s yet another reason to switch completely from refined flour products to whole grains. In a new study by the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, at Tufts University, adults who ate three servings of whole grains a day while also eating less than one serving a day of commercially enriched flour products had less of a type of fat tissue that is thought to play a key role in triggering diseases. The fat is known as visceral adipose tissue, or VAT, which surrounds internal organs. The researchers examined 2,834 participants, ages 32 to 83, and VAT volume was approximately 10 percent lower in the healthy eating group. However, lead study author Nicola McKeown, Ph.D., explains that, “Whole grain consumption did not appear to improve VAT volume if refined grain intake exceeded four or more servings per day. This result infers that it is important to make substitutions in the diet, rather than simply adding whole grain foods. For example, choosing to cook with brown rice instead of white, or making a sandwich with whole grain bread instead of white bread.”

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How Laser Heat Fights Wrinkles

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aser treatments have long been widely used by beauticians and dermatologists to smooth wrinkles; now research reveals why the treatments work. Susanna Dams, Ph.D., describes the process in her biomedical engineering doctoral dissertation for Eindhoven University of Technology. The principle of laser therapy involves introducing heat under the skin with precision. Dams first tested the effect of heat on cell cultures by giving them heat shocks of 113 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit without a laser, to exclude possible effects generated by the laser light. Next, she conducted similar tests on pieces of excised human skin. Finally, she heated pieces of skin with a laser. The results showed that the heat shocks led to increased production of collagen—a crucial factor in natural skin rejuvenation that declines after the age of 25, causing wrinkles to form and skin to sag. The best rejuvenation effect in Dams’ research resulted from a heat shock of 113 degrees lasting eight to 10 seconds; her work further showed that just two seconds at the higher temperature damages skin cells.

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ccording to a new study from the University of California–San Francisco, the bodies of virtually all U.S. pregnant women carry multiple manmade chemicals. Some of those counted are found in flame retardants now banned in many states; some were used in the DDT pesticide that was banned nationwide in 1972. Other chemicals of concern continue to be used in non-stick cookware, packaging of processed foods such as metal cans, and personal care products. Because chemicals can cross from the mother through the placenta and enter the fetus, exposure during fetal development is problematic. The researchers note that prior studies have shown that such exposure increases the risk of preterm birth, birth defects and childhood morbidity, as well as adult diseases and earlier mortality. The new study marks the first time that the number of chemicals that pregnant women are exposed to has been counted; it analyzed for a total of 163 possible chemicals.

Video Games Boost Daddy-Daughter Bonds

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esearchers from Brigham Young University have found that the time that dads and their adolescent daughters spend playing age-appropriate video games has positive outcomes. Girls who co-played with a parent (it’s usually the dad), felt a stronger connection to their families, exhibited less aggressive behavior and showed signs of stronger mental health, such as less depression and anxiety, compared with female peers. The parents likewise described an enhanced feeling of connectedness. However, lead study author Sarah Coyne, Ph.D., notes, “When girls played inappropriate games (rated M for Mature), their reported family-connection levels fell.” Popular age-appropriate videos include Wii Sports, Rock Band, Mario Kart, Mario Party and Super Mario Bros. Surprisingly, the results discerned with girls ages 11 through 16 do not apply to adolescent boys. The researchers surmise that this may be because boys tend to play video games more often than girls, mostly without a parent present, so a few more hours with a parent has less of an impact. Other studies have shown that boys also tend to play more violent games than girls. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids should be allowed no more than two hours of nonschool-related screen time a day, and get at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Source: Rodale News


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Clotheslines Make a Comeback Eco-minded people who love to save money on their utility bills, shun dryer-sheet chemicals on their clothes, and adore snuggling into fresh-smelling, sun-dried bedding are part of a growing movement that is choosing line drying over machines. The Pew Research Center’s triennial U.S. survey gauging demand for household appliances reports a public Uturn: These days, 66 percent of Americans consider a machine dryer as a necessity, down sharply from 83 percent in 2006. While 75 percent of U.S. households currently own a clothes dryer, they are considered a luxury in Europe, where only about half of households on the continent own one, according to the Netherlands Statistical Office. According to the recent Residential Energy Consumption Survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, clothes dryers consume as much as 6 percent of total residential household energy in the nation. In the process, an electric dryer emits more than a ton of carbon dioxide each year—a gas dryer about half the amount. Even line drying just one load of laundry instead of using an electric dryer keeps 3.35 pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere. Furthermore, line drying itself emits no CO2. Natural outdoor drying time is much easier on fabrics, especially knits and elastics, and sidesteps shrinkage. “Where do you think lint comes from?” inquires Project Laundry List; it’s your clothes literally falling apart, due to tumbling and overheating. Line drying can be a boon to busy people who don’t have to worry about being present when the dryer shuts off to avoid wrinkling; it can also eliminate the need for ironing, yielding additional energy savings. Line dryers save money on whiteners and dryer sheets, because sunlight is a natural bleaching agent and disinfectant that delivers the genuine, fresh smell of sun-dried clothes that chemicals try to mimic.

As a further bonus, line drying eases wear and tear on an expensive appliance, so that the machine can stay in service longer and stay out of the local landfill. A variety of different types of clotheslines are available today for use both indoors and outdoors, from a simple do-it-yourself clothesline to retractable lines and collapsible umbrella models. Drying racks also have folding frames for space-efficient storage. All of these free benefits can work to effectively counter those who mandate consumption and waste by arguing against clotheslines because of perceived aesthetic and property value concerns. Individuals who get a negative response from their community or homeowner’s association about installing a clothesline may need to address community covenants, landlord prohibitions, and zoning laws. LaundryList.org offers helpful counsel and resources through its advocacy programs. As an easy first step, sign the Right2Dry.org online petition.

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Bicycle Economy

May is National Bike Month Bikeway networks are emerging along urban, lowtraffic streets as residents employ increasing pedal power in cities like Cambridge, Massachusetts; New York City; Portland, Oregon; and San Francisco. Tourism and transportation trend watchers note that the amount of on-street bicycle parking provides a ready gauge to how rider-friendly a city is. Still, according to the findings of a National Household Travel Survey that 40 percent of all trips we make are two miles or less, the International Bicycle Fund (IBF) reports that Americans choose a bike over a car for only 11 percent of these trips. In Europe, which favors walkable cities, Amsterdam commuters lead the way by choosing their bikes 28 percent of the time, followed by 20 percent in Denmark, 10 percent in Germany, 8 percent in the United Kingdom and 5 percent in both France and Italy (versus 1 percent by U.S. city commuters). According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, at least a quarter of Americans age 16 and older will likely ride a bicycle sometime this summer. The National Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes notes that 26 percent of American bicyclists ride for recreation, and 24 percent for health. Additional reasons include getting home (14 percent), errands (14 percent), visiting (10 percent), commuting to school or work (5 percent) and “other.” BikeLeague.org, the official website for Bike-to-Work Week, May 16-20, hosts a searchable database of bike clubs and ride resources.

Farm Aid

Maine Town Passes Landmark Local Food Ordinance Residents of Sedgwick, Maine, have unanimously voted to adopt a Local Food and Self-Governance Ordinance, setting a precedent for other towns looking to preserve small-scale farming and food processing. Sedgwick is the first town in the state, and perhaps the nation, to exempt direct farm sales from state and federal licensing and inspection. The ordinance also exempts foods made in the home kitchen, similar to the Michigan Cottage Food Law passed last year, but without caps on gross sales or restrictions on types of exempt foods. Local farmer Bob St. Peter explains: “This ordinance creates favorable conditions for beginning farmers and cottage-scale food processors to try out new products, and to make the most of each season’s bounty.” St. Peter, who serves on the board of the National Family Farm Coalition (nffc. net), based in Washington, D.C., sees this as a model ordinance for rural economic development. “It’s tough making a go of it in rural America,” he continues. “Rural working people have always had to do a little of this and a little of that to make ends meet. But up until the last couple of generations, we didn’t need a special license or new facility each time we wanted to sell something to our neighbors.” As a result, “Small farmers and producers have been getting squeezed out in the name of food safety, yet it’s the industrial food that is causing food-borne illness, not us.” Read the Local Food and Self-Governance Ordinance at tinyurl.com/46kswcm. 12

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Bundled Deductibles

Breast-feeding Benefits Now Recognized by the IRS Until its 2011 decision for the 2010 tax year, the Internal Revenue Service did not classify breast-feeding supplies as tax deductible because it viewed them as nutritional benefits, instead of medical care expenses. Now, under a new ruling, nursing mothers can write off breast-feeding equipment if they have flexible spending accounts or if their total medical expenses exceed 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income. U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin has issued a call to action to support breast-feeding, stating that it can protect babies from infections and illnesses, including pneumonia and diarrhea. Breast-fed babies are also less likely to develop asthma and to become obese, according to the report. First Lady Michelle Obama has declared her support for breast-feeding as part of her campaign against child obesity. The American Academy of Pediatrics has spent years trying to roll back the push for infant formula, trumpeting the benefits of breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of life (the World Health Organization promotes breast-feeding for two years). A recent Harvard Medical School study published in the journal Pediatrics estimated that if 90 percent of American women breast-fed, 900 premature, infant deaths would be prevented and patients and hospitals would see savings of $13 billion in lost wages and saved health care costs.


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by Isha Judd

or most of us, our mother is the earliest and most significant influence in life. She is likely our first encounter with unconditional love. The service and selfless giving that mothering universally represents are qualities that we all must learn to emulate on our journey to self-realization. In order to love unconditionally, I have learned that I must first learn to love and accept myself exactly as I am. How can I embrace others in their perfection if I cannot first see my own? If in judging myself, I reject certain aspects, unconditional love towards others can never be anything more than a hollow façade. Similarly, in order to mother the world, I must first learn to mother myself—to find the beauty and perfection of my own individuality and rejoice in my own unique way of being. Then naturally, acceptance and love of others will overflow to my friends and family and ultimately, to my community and the world. When we cultivate true love of self, the love that is present within radiates out to all beings, all peoples, and to Mother Earth herself. Many talk about what we should do—respect basic human rights, care for the environment and so on. Yet, if we must remind ourselves to do these things and so impose them upon ourselves, then the desire to care and serve is not arising naturally and spontaneously; then we are not dwelling in a healthy place where our innate capacity to give and support all life grows and thrives naturally. Ultimately, our own inner healing will

cause these qualities to flourish; not because we are trying to behave responsibly, but because out of an open heart, we are joyfully taking responsibility for nurturing and protecting life. Unconditional mothering is motherhood without fear or fear-based control. It is neither lax nor careless, nor based on pleasing or fear of losing the favor of a child. Real mother love knows how to set limits, establish boundaries, confront unsatisfactory situations and guide a child’s development with a steady, firm hand. Inwardly, such a large love is surrendered, trusting that things will unfold as they should and free of the ego-based fear of making a mistake, and so it is neither overprotective nor overbearing. An individual focused on unconditional love is giving the greatest contribution of all to the evolution of our planet. Our gift to humanity comes through our own inner growth and advancement, a mothering of our self that births our own greatness, even as it brings out the greatness in others. As you cultivate an unconditional relationship with yourself, you will find the unconditional love you seek to express for your children, parents, friends and colleagues. You will become a universal mother: a mother of the world. Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher. Her book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? (WhyWalkWhen YouCanFly.com) explains her system for selflove and the expansion of consciousness.

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A Systematic Approach to Wellness by Drs. Jennifer Taylor and Christy Porterfield

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t’s springtime, and our motto for this time of year is, “Out with the old and in with the new.” For many, this means cleaning the house, holding a garage sale or finally organizing that cluttered closet, but what about our bodies? We’ve all heard the phrase, “garbage in, garbage out” as it relates to computers, but the same holds true for our bodies. If you are struggling with weight or chronic health issues, inflammation, fatigue or stress, it is especially important to consider this adage. By addressing the foods we eat, we focus on the nutrients that are vital for health and are the building blocks for improvement in areas of concern, while laying the groundwork for making healthier choices for a lifetime. While the need to eat right isn’t new, the first steps can be surprisingly confusing. If you’re like most people, and not sure where to start with the process of your personal “house cleaning,” perhaps you should consider undertaking a purification program. It can help cleanse specific toxins from our bodies and help identify past habits in our lifestyle that need to be modified. Starving yourself for a month just to fit into a bathing suit for a week, and then packing it all back on a week later, is what you get from fasting and starvation, not purification, and that is not a recommended or reasonable approach to a healthier lifestyle. Key components of any purification program promote eating several times per day with a diet of real food, like lean protein, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, free from processed or boxed products. Supplements should come from a whole food source and support the body’s natural detoxification process. Herbs are included in many purification programs, and while no long-term effects have been documented, they force the body into an unnatural detoxification state instead of supporting the body’s natural detoxification process. Finding a purification program free of herbal products is essential. Utilizing natural foods and detoxifying processes lays the groundwork for continuing with a healthy lifestyle through changes on many levels, without leaving you hanging as what to do next. Many individuals face one or more health concerns. Statistics show that a majority of illnesses today are lifestylerelated, long-term chronic health issues. Our bodies are confronted by chemicals and toxins; water and air pollution; stronger drugs; new chemicals; and an abundant supply of

processed foods, filled with sodium and stimulants like sugar and caffeine. The good news is that you can decide to make a change in your lifestyle and set in motion a plan to live a long and healthier life. That next step, after completing detoxification through a natural purification program, is to create a plan to reach a higher level of health for the long-term. This is where many wellness programs fall short, yet it is one of the most important elements in building a foundation for a long and healthy lifestyle, while halting the rollercoaster approach to health and nutrition. This philosophy is exemplified in the slogan of a Wellness Council of America-recognized wellness program called Creating Wellness, which is Be Fit. Eat Right. Think Well. This approach focuses on every aspect of one’s well-being through a personalized program that defines each step around the philosophy of eating right, becoming and remaining fit, and thinking well. Even when we understand the importance of eating right and being fit, few people recognize the major importance of thinking well. In many chronic disease processes, stress plays not only an important role in the choices we make when it comes to eating and exercising, but also a vital role in how our body responds to and recovers from stressful situations in life. Most programs don’t probe for essential information that helps determine whether your current lifestyle, including stress activators, is causing your organs to age prematurely. A superior wellness program should break down the areas of your health into segments that are doing well and segments that need the most immediate attention. Based on that assessment, the program should provide in-depth information that eliminates the guesswork of where to begin, the changes that are key to healing and the creation of a roadmap to arrive where you want to be. Finding a superior wellness program is a very personal and sometime arduous task, but well worth the research. Your health affects everything you do and everyone you know. Don’t waste time just thinking about getting healthy. Be proactive and find a recognized wellness program that suits you and follows these guidelines. Remember that health is a journey, not a destination. Dr. Jennifer Taylor and Dr. Christy Porterfield are doctors of chiropractic and owners of HealthWorks; A Creating Wellness Center in Plano. For more information, call 972-6121800 or visit HealthWorksTx.com. See ad, page 28. natural awakenings

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Happy Trails Hiking and biking offer economical ways to reconnect with the great outdoors by Beth Davis

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ome to more than 200,000 miles of trails, America offers abundant opportunities for citizens to get out into nature, breathe fresh air, escape daily stress and support overall health. According to a recent study by the Outdoor Industry Association, 76.7 million of us take to these trails on foot, while 85.8 million others travel suitable routes atop two wheels. Bobbi Sankey, communications manager for the American Hiking Society, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting trails and the whole hiking experience, credits the pastime’s popularity to its flexibility. “The wonderful thing about hiking is that you can choose your challenge,” notes Sankey. “Beginners can easily find trails with mild elevation gain and lengths with which they’re comfortable; you need not be a long-distance backpacker to be considered a hiker.” In a fast-paced society, getting out on the trail is a good way for anyone to reconnect with the natural environment, relax, slow down and appreciate nature. “It’s a good family activity, a great way to introduce kids to nature and a fun outing with friends or a partner,” says Sankey. Trails are found in every state, in national forests and parks, Bureau of Land Management designated areas,

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Trails are found in every state, in national forests and parks, Bureau of Land Management designated areas, state and community parks and regional trail systems, as well as the National Trails System. Many resources exist to help us find the right one for an expedition; many are free. state and community parks and regional trail systems, as well as the National Trails System. Many resources exist to help us find the right one for any given expedition; many are free. National park maps, trail guidebooks and Web sites dedicated to American trails typically describe routes in our own backyards and beyond, including where to call for details or advice and indicating which trails are best for hiking, trail running and bicycling, as well as which areas permit trail bikes. Enthusiasts will find maps of more than 43,000 trails at Trails. com, including where to go for mountain biking. Information includes route details and custom maps, plus helpful hints for planning an adventure. For anyone just getting started, Sankey recommends consulting a local trail guide as the best introduction. Hiking and bicycling both offer an inexpensive way to enjoy a refreshing break from routine. Whether we’re up for a weekend

getaway or more serious trek, the following highlights open our eyes to the endless possibilities: n The American Discovery Trail stretches across 6,800 miles and 15 states, from Delaware to California. It is the only coast-to-coast, non-motorized recreational trail in the country. Linking communities, cities, parks and wilderness, it allows hikers and bikers to partake of anything from a sunny afternoon to a full cross-country adventure. n The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the most visited national park in the country. A hiker’s paradise, offering 800 miles of maintained trails, the park boasts unspoiled forests similar to those encountered by early settlers. Like many other well-visited trails, guided tours are a common way to learn about the surrounding natural habitat. n Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park offers a


National park maps, trail guidebooks and Web sites dedicated to American trails typically describe routes in our own backyards and beyond, including where to call for details or advice and indicating which trails are best for hiking, trail running and bicycling, as well as which areas permit trail bikes. landscape rich with mountains, lakes and extraordinary wildlife. This granddaddy of a system maintains 200 miles of trails through its picturesque valleys and mountains, tranquil lakes, streams and canyons. n The Pacific Crest Trail boasts the greatest elevation changes of any of America’s national scenic trails. It passes through six of North America’s seven ecological zones, including high and low deserts, old-growth forest and arctic-alpine country. Adventurers can

start in the desert valleys of Southern California and end in the Pacific Northwest rain forest. Erik Plakanis is among the nation’s caring corps of tour guides who stand ready to assist visitors in making the most of their outdoor experience. For 10 years, he and his wife, Vesna, have operated A Walk in the Woods in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “We will help you use all of your senses to experience nature in a new way,” he explains. “All of our trail programs are interpretive.” This particular pair of avid naturalists share their expertise in the medicinal and edible uses of plants. They enjoy providing programs suitable for all ages and skill levels, from nature and birding tours to classes, seminars and overnight adventures. “Hiking’s a wonderful experience, whether you’re in it for fitness, exploration, nature appreciation or all three,” observes Sankey. “It’s a great boost, whatever your level of exertion.”  For more info visit: NPS.gov AmericanHiking.org AWalkInTheWoods.com Trails.com

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Rent Any Type of Bike Onsite Online Coast-to-coast, independent bicycle dealers in 144 cities now make it easy to hook up with everyone’s bicycle of choice by the hour, day, week or month. Reserve anything from a comfort or recumbent bike to a road, mountain or kid’s bike at RentaBikeNow.com. Trailers and accessories can be specified right along with destination and travel dates, like with booking a hotel or car. Route information, too, is available at a click of the mouse.   The new service addresses three critical issues making headlines these days: environment, gas prices and health awareness, notes company President and Founder George Gill. Connect with a convenient bike shop at RentaBikeNow.com, a division of Go. Play. Everywhere. LLC.

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One of the most overlooked, but common causes of anxiety is the body’s sensitivity to environmental toxins. Toxins from food, air, water or cleaning products cause a toxic overload to the immune system triggering irritability and symptoms of anxiety. Be sure to drink plenty of pure filtered water every day. This hydrates the body and helps to flush out toxics. In the Texas heat, dehydration compounds the problem.  ~Margaret Ann Kellogg of Starwood Counseling Center: 972-768-4795

aaa Replace chemical based household cleaners with natural cleaners. This will keep the chemicals from getting in the air, water, or on your skin. se natural fiber sponges and rags to do the cleaning. Avoid using paper towels and other one-time use tools. Replace store bought bottled water with filtered water stored in a metal reusable container. ~Mike and Lisa Todd of Independent MonaVie Distributors: 972-746-1050.

aaa Reduce your energy bill and save money by setting your TV to an optimal setting such as Standard, Cinema or Movie instead of the settings stores use like Dynamic or Vivid. Check your manual for the power and optimal settings. A CNET survey showed a household could save $30 to $60 a year by adjusting the settings on their set(s). ~Steve Kemper of Total Wind & Solar, Inc: 214-379-1950

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A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO

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HEALTH It Starts with Trusting Your Intuition

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ne midnight, serving behind the counter of a Dunkin’ Donuts, Jen Smith could see the future—and it terrified her. She was working the graveyard shift at a job she hated, living in a cramped apartment and knew nothing about entrepreneurship or investment strategies. When a homeless woman clad in rags wandered in for a warm cup of coffee, Smith shivered. “The only thing standing between her and me was one paycheck and that counter,” recalls Smith, 45, of Fort Collins, Colorado. “I realized that I was in a vulnerable spot, with no backup plan.” Fast forward two decades to today; Smith now boasts a $2 million net worth and the financial independence to work only when she wants to. When you ask for her secret, she makes little mention of how to create a winning stock portfolio. Instead, she says, her decisions about how to earn and how to spend have come from a deeper, more esoteric source. Says Smith: “I asked myself: ‘What is it that I love to do?’” Then she went to work investing in herself and a succes-

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“A wealthy woman absolutely has money, but she also has happiness, courage, balance and harmony. A wealthy woman is generous, clean, wise and therefore, beautiful. It’s my wish that you will carry these eight qualities within you wherever you go and that they will serve as your guideposts to make sure you are always walking toward wealth, rather than walking away from it.” ~ Suze Orman sion of six small businesses, starting with $1,500 per bootstrap operation. Initially, she earned her way working with animals while investing her dollars with an eye toward environmental stewardship. In 2007, she founded a personal finance blog, MillionaireMommyNextDoor.com. Along the way, she discovered that, “Mindfully identifying what truly makes you tick, and then aligning your decisions with your own personal values, is key to financial well-being.” Smith is among a growing number of women looking beyond the traditional world of personal finance to

summon emotions, spirituality, intuition and personal values in the pursuit of economic abundance. Many books, blogs and magazines, too, have begun to explore the unlikely intersection of right-brain, inner voice consciousness and personal finance. “Our culture has always been very much focused on facts and research, but people are starting to realize we can’t just continue to rely solely on what we have relied on before, because it doesn’t work,” remarks Lynn Robinson, a Massachusetts-based “business intuitive” who advises executives


on how to use their intuition to make better business decisions. “We are all looking for a deeper knowledge base, and that means looking within.”

Setting the Stage The shift comes at a time when, according to national statistics, women are facing unprecedented financial responsibility. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2010 marked the first time in U. S. history that women comprised more than half (50.3 percent) of the workforce. Fifty-seven percent of all current college students are women, according to the American Council on Education. Thirty-eight percent of all working wives earn as much or more than their husbands, as of the 2009 Shriver Report. Nearly 16 percent of wives are the sole family breadwinners. Meanwhile, women continue to do the bulk of the housework (97 minutes per day for married women, versus 29 minutes per day for married men, according to a 2009 study by Vanderbilt University). Despite these employment trends,

women still make roughly 80 percent of what men do for the same work. Complicating the situation, when it comes to making financial decisions, many females still tend to be fearful, naïve and disempowered, according to financial health guru Suze Orman. “Women have been thrust into an entirely new relationship with money that is profoundly different than anything we have ever encountered before… Yet when it comes to navigating the financial ramifications of this new world, they are using old maps that don’t get them where they want to go,” writes Orman, in Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny. Orman notes that only 12 percent of women feel confident about retirement and many continue to either leave their financial decisions in the hands of a male or ignore them altogether. This may be due to feeling embarrassed about their lack of knowledge, or a sheer lack of time. New female graduates are facing a brutal job market; many laid-off women find themselves in a mid-career job

search and widows and divorceés are facing retirement with a smaller-thanexpected nest egg. All these women want to know, “How can I confidently embrace my new role in the evolving economy in a way that leads to financial independence?”

First Steps to Solvency Understand the Underlying Emotions Few heard in high school economics class that our relationship with money is intricately intertwined with emotion, comments Julie Murphy Casserly, a Chicago-based certified financial planner. Some of us are spenders, whipping out the credit card at the mall to ease some inner pain. Some are givers, picking up the tab at group events in an effort to feed a need to be liked. Others—perhaps those who grew up in poverty—are hoarders, holding on so tightly to their money that they cease to enjoy it or make it grow via sound investments. Recognizing which type we are, and when our emotions are sabotaging

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TEN STEPS TO FINANCIAL SUCCESS Set a goal: Ask yourself what financial independence means to you and determine your “enough” point. If you’ve already reached it and continue to work long hours to buy more stuff, it may be time to re-evaluate your priorities.

need your own. Start today by socking away a reasonable portion of your income each month. Depending on the investments you choose and what the market does in coming decades, that could amount to a nice nest egg by retirement age.

Keep good records: Balance your checkbook every month and use that account only for ready cash and bills (the rest goes into savings). Create a bill file and pay them on time. Knowing how much money is coming in and out is critical to relieving anxiety and will save on fees and fines.

Invest wisely: Be prudent, but not too prudent. If you’re young, invest the bulk of your retirement in stocks, which tend to outperform bonds. If you are closer to retirement, shift to stable-value funds.

Save: Every woman needs a safety net in the form of her own savings account. Remember that on average, half of all marriages end in divorce, women tend to outlive their husbands and other relationships often end. Ultimately, you should have living expenses for six to eight months saved. Put something in the account each month, even if it means making a lower payment on a household credit card. Get out of debt: Pay off the highest interest rate credit card first; once it’s at a zero balance, shift all that money to another one. To avoid racking up debt again, envision what you would do if you didn’t have that monthly payment and put a picture depicting it on your refrigerator or stick a Postit note describing it on your credit card as a reminder. Spend thoughtfully: Consider money spent as “life energy.” Every time you spend, ask yourself: Is it worth the life energy (or time spent working) it will take to earn this amount back? Open a retirement account early: As with savings, many women tend to leave the couple’s retirement account up to their husband, but you 20

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Consider joining or starting an investment club. These meet regularly, pool $25 to $100 per member per month, discuss investment strategies and collectively choose stocks to invest in as a group. Of the 8,600 clubs in the United States, about one-quarter are womenonly, according to the nonprofit Better Investing. Learn more at BetterInvesting. org or ChicksLayingNestEggs.com. Think in thirds: Think of your money in three segments: “past, present and future.” Spend some of it paying for the past (getting out of debt), use some to treat yourself in the present (to keep yourself from feeling deprived) and invest some for the future. Show gratitude: It is interesting what begins to happen when you start to say “Thankyou,” to people, observes financial advisor

and workshop leader Rosemary Williams. Your employees work harder. Your banker might waive a fee or make a courtesy call to let you know an overdraft is pending. More importantly, it forces you to take stock of what you do have right now—and appreciate it. Trust your instincts: If it doesn’t feel right, whether it’s an investment or a new business partnership, don’t do it. If it does feel right, do your homework first before making a decision. Sources: Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin, Women and Money, by Suze Orman, and Rosemary Williams, author of The Women’s Book of Money & Spiritual Vision


good financial decisions, is an important first step to attracting wealth. A tip for spenders and givers, who both tend to end up carrying debt, is to cut up credit cards and start using cash. “There is no emotional connection with sliding a debit or credit card, but when you physically hand over $200 in cash, you feel that,” says Casserly.

Create a Life Map With her Dunkin’ Donuts job behind her and a blank slate ahead, Smith took a serious self-inventory. When she concluded that she wanted to work with animals, she called a kennel and agreed to groom dogs a few hours each day in exchange for an education in dog training. Within a few years, she owned a lucrative dog training and boarding business. “Our lives are the stories we narrate for ourselves,” she says. “If we don’t like the story our life has become, we can tell our self a better one… and act on it.” Smith recommends making a “Treasure Map to a Rich Life” out of poster board as a visual reminder of what’s important to us (e.g., travel, family, a career in a specific field). When life circumstances derail those aspirations, which often happens, we can take a reminder peek. Say our leading aspiration is getting out of debt. Imagine what the day would look, feel and taste like absent that nagging credit card bill. Would we start saving for a son or daughter to go to college or quit that second job? Write it all down and post the intention in full view. “Surround yourself with all the things you are trying to create,” advises Casserly. “Persistently replace any shame, blame and guilt with dreams and desires.”

Earn with Our Spirit in Mind As Rosemary Williams, founder of Women’s Perspective (Womens Perspective.org), puts it: “Spirituality and money come together easily when we realize that we cannot live a satisfactory life when we don’t engage our own spirits or when we operate against our soul’s purpose.” No one would argue that we all tend to do our best work when we choose jobs we are passionate about, and that when we invest in

things contrary to our beliefs, they are never as satisfying. “Part of what the chaos of the current economy is bringing up for people is the question, ‘What am I here to do and what calling do I have?’” says Robinson, noting that the root of the word enthusiasm is entheos, or “God within,” in Greek. “Try to figure out what it is that enthuses you,” she counsels, “and then ask, ‘How can I make a living at this?’ at least part of the time.”

Trust Gut Wisdom Whether deciding in which stock to invest or whether to trust a potential business partner, the power of intuition cannot be understated, advises Robinson. Some view a gut instinct as the subconscious synthesis of past knowledge that rises to the surface when our brain needs it. Others see it as a manifestation of a Higher Power. Either way, it’s worth listening to, as a critical adjunct. A good way to start each day is with a 10-minute prayer/meditation, asking that inner voice to provide three ways to help advance our financial health, and staying alert the rest of the day to listen for the answer, which can come when we least expect it. “I often find that when a woman asks these questions, it primes the pump, and when she is walking the dog or doing the laundry, she may hear an inner voice speaking,” Robinson says. “Pay attention.”

family for what it costs? What is worth that much to us? Once we start aligning our spending with that inner conversation, we will inevitably spend less, which results in less debt, more savings and ultimately, more freedom, she says. Smith agrees. With the money she made working with animals, she invested first in real estate, and then in stocks. When she acknowledged her four-bedroom, three-bath home didn’t jive with her Earth-conscious values, she downsized. She still drives a 12-year-old car, frequents Craigslist and sticks with a frugal but gratifying “values-based budget.” The payoff for her, her husband and her young daughter has been huge. “We spend very little on housing or transportation, but we buy organic food. We travel when we want to, we homeschool our daughter and we spend as much time as we want together,” she smiles. “Probably the biggest thing this has all bought us is time.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer who lives in Lyons, Colorado. Contact her at LisaMarshall08@gmail.com.

Spend According to Personal Values To Washington-based writer Vicki Robin, author of The New York Times best seller, Your Money or Your Life, financial independence is as much about spending less as making more. “It’s not about going out and getting a financial advisor or turning over your savings to the stock market. It’s about living within your means, saving money and getting out of debt,” she observes. “Every financial decision you make is a chance to say ‘What are my values, really, and how does this serve them?’” Robin recommends viewing money as “life energy” and assigning value as such to each purchase we make. Is that high-end haircut and coloring really worth the stress or time away from natural awakenings

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prevent flyaways by using a [nontoxic] anti-frizz serum.”

Sustainable Beauty

Pamper Yourself—and the Planet— with an Eco-Friendly Routine by Sally Farhat Kassab

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efore slathering or spraying a product on your body, it’s worth asking yourself: Do I really need this? Can I find a different product with more natural ingredients and less packaging to recycle? How can I beautify myself without dirtying the planet? Try these 12 simple tips to green your daily routine.

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poo; for most hair types, every other day is fine and for curly hair, once a week is plenty. In-between shampoos, try a dry shampoo or hair powder to reduce the amount of grease. Limit yourself to a three- to seven-minute shower (a kitchen timer can help you keep track), and save both shaving and brushing your teeth for outside the shower.

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DRY SMARTER: Air-dry your hair or use an eco-friendly blow dryer. “Reduce drying time and conserve energy by drying at the roots only, using a round brush and nozzle,” advises Amanda Freeman, founder of Vital JuiceDaily.com, an eco-friendly wellness e-newsletter. “Let the ends air-dry and

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COLOR SAFER: At home and at the salon, look for ammonia-free hair colors, counsels Stuart Gavert, of Gavert Atelier Salon, in Beverly Hills, who uses non-ammonia color treatments, never lets excess color go down the sink, and recycles the aluminum foils used during highlighting.

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SKIP AEROSOLS: Hair sprays, shaving creams and deodorants that come in aerosol spray cans contain volatile organic compounds that hurt the environment and can negatively affect health. The vapors can cause diarrhea and earaches in infants, and headaches and depression in mothers, according to a study published in the Archives of Environmental Health. Plus, the cans can be difficult to recycle.

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FINISH WHAT YOU BUY: Most women use only six of the average of 12 products they keep in their vanity, according to an O.B. Tampons survey. Use up the products you have before buying more, and if you aren’t going to use one, recycle or reuse the container.

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DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY: Any beauty products that contain solvents, flammables or petroleum count as hazardous waste, including nail polish remover, nail polish, hair color and aerosol hair spray. Most counties in the United States have regular collections or specific locations to drop off hazardous waste; search the local company online to find lists of what they will accept. Better yet, buy products from companies that don’t use toxic chemicals in the first place, to protect your health and that of the planet (CosmeticsDatabase.com is a good place to start).

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RESEARCH THE COMPANY: Check the manufacturer’s website— the more forthcoming they are about sourcing and processes, the better. Then, support those that behave in an ecologically and socially responsible manner; some companies even gift a percentage of their profits to environmental organizations.


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LOOK FOR PLANTABLE PACKAGING: Many products come in recyclable boxes, but some companies are now embedding seeds in the box, so you can plant it in your garden afterward.

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RECYCLE: If you’re not sure a package can be recycled, recycle it anyway; it will get sorted at the center. Better yet, collect used cosmetic containers and drop them off for recycling at a U.S. Origins cosmetics retail counter; they accept all brands. For makeup, there is no standard for recycling, but don’t put it down the toilet or drain; recycle a plastic blush compact, for example, but put the powder in the trash.

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SIMPLIFY: Choose products with fewer ingredients, in general, and fewer synthetic ingredients, in particular, says Debra BenAvram, co-founder of OrganicallyHappy.com. Look for the Demeter Certified Biodynamic label; it means ingredients were grown using sustainable practices that support balance in the ecosystem.

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MAKE YOUR OWN: A lot of what comes from a bottle can be made at home, advises esthetician and organic chemist Kimberly Sayer (KimberlySayer.com). “For an at-home facial mask, for example, mix one to two tablespoons of clay powder with spring water until you get a smooth paste.” Honey also works well; simply mix it with equal parts milk.

localresources FRESH PRODUCE & PRODUCTS Dedicated “locavores” can easily find delicious, nutritious choices, at these food stores and local marketplaces in the North Texas area.

CENTRAL MARKET – PLANO 320 Coit Rd, Plano 75075 469-241-8300 CENTRAL MARKET – SOUTHLAKE 1425 E Southlake Blvd, Southlake 76092 817-310-5600

CUPBOARD NATURAL FOODS 200 W Congress St, Denton 76201 940-387-5386 GARDEN RIDGE FARMERS MARKET 2999 N Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville 75077 972-317-2508 KEN’S PRODUCE 410 N Bell Ave, Denton 76201 940-382-6368

MARKET STREET - ALLEN 985 W Bethany Dr, Allen 75013 972-908-3830

It’s empowering to discover that responsible beauty care starts at home. When we know better, we do better.

MARKET STREET - COLLEYVILLE 5605 Colleyville Blvd, Colleyville 76034 817-577-5020

Sally Farhat Kassab is a freelance journalist who specializes in health, parenting, beauty and travel. This was adapted from an article she wrote for Natural Health. Reach her at SallyKassab.com.

MARKET STREET - COPPELL 700 N Denton Tap Rd, Coppell 75019 469-322-6800

MARKET STREET - FRISCO 11999 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco 75034 214-872-1500 MARKET STREET - MCKINNEY 6100 W Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney 75070 972-548-5140 MARKET STREET - PLANO 1929 Preston Rd, Plano 75093 972-713-5500

SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET 2301 Cross Timbers Rd, Flower Mound 75028 972-874-7380 SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET 5190 Preston Rd, Frisco 75034 972-464-5776 SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET 207 East FM 544, Murphy 75094 972-265-4770 SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET 4100 E Legacy Dr, Plano 75024 972-618-8902

WHOLE FOODS MARKET 105 Stacy Rd, Fairview 75069 972-549-4090

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Natural Beauty — HEAD TO TOE A Holistic Guide to Looking Your Best by Frances Lefkowitz

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s it true that, You’re only as pretty as you feel? Yes, says Alan Dattner, a New York medical doctor and pioneer in holistic dermatology. “The most important thing that people can do for beauty,” he says, “is to come from peace, joy, appreciation and happiness inside, and let that radiate out on their faces.” Many experts agree: The secret to true beauty is to work from the inside out, as well as the outside in, reducing exposure to toxins of all sorts, including stress, and watching what we put in the body, as well as what we put on it. Here’s how Natural Awakenings’ panel of beauty professionals answered when asked how we can take good care of skin, hair and nails, and look our best, naturally.

healthy fats, such as olive oil. As for key foods, helpful antioxidants are found in berries and brightly colored fruits; Tannis especially likes kiwis and raspberries. Seeds and nuts have well-known anti-inflammatory properties, as well as minerals that form the building blocks of healthy skin and hair. Studies in the British Journal of Nutrition and elsewhere indicate that omega-3 oil, from borage, flaxseed, or fatty, saltwater fish like salmon can help hydrate the skin and reduce puffiness. According to research from the University of Brussels, silica—present in cucumbers, rhubarb, bean sprouts and other veggies—seems to play a role in skin hydration, as well as the formation of healthy nails and hair. Because skin, nails and hair all need a range of nutrients to grow, repair, and rejuvenate, Tannis also suggests a good multivitamin supplement. Finally, drinking plenty of water is vital to keeping skin hydrated from the inside out.

SKIN How do I keep my skin resilient, clear and looking youthful? “Lifestyle issues, including stress, have a huge impact on skin,” advises Allison Tannis, a registered holistic nutritionist and author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles. Before spending money on creams and treatments, look at your eating, sleeping, working, playing and exercising habits. “Stress, whether environmental or internal, increases the body’s production of free radicals, which leads to damage of cells, including skin cells,” Tannis explains. So, anti-stress activities, and just relaxing, boost your appearance. Adequate sleep is also crucial for cellular rejuvenation, which is why signs of sleep deprivation show up in the face immediately, ranging from pimples and puffiness to creases and dark, under-eye circles. 24

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A healthy skin diet is high in antiinflammatory foods and antioxidants that fight free radicals. Tannis notes that, “Inflammation disorganizes the skin’s complex infrastructure that keeps it tight and strong.” Basically, a diet that’s good for the body is great for the skin, as well, and comprises vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and

HAIR Labels on my hair care products show a long list of unpronounceable ingredients. Is it possible to get great hair without dumping all these chemicals on it? It’s smart to be concerned about the ingredients in hair care and skincare products, because they are subject to little official regulation and may include ingredients that are not only ineffective, but harmful to health and damaging to hair and skin. That’s why


green living expert Renée Loux, author of Easy Green Living, makes environmentally friendly choices. “If it’s toxic for the Earth, it’s probably toxic for our bodies, too,” she believes. Complex ingredient lists often make it hard to know what we’re applying. Fortunately, consumer advocates like Loux (ReneeLoux.com) and the Environmental Working Group (ewg. org) have done our homework for us. When choosing products, Loux’s rule of thumb is, “plants over petroleum.” In other words, if the primary ingredients—listed in descending order by percentage in a shampoo, conditioner, gel, serum or mousse—are botanical or plant-derived ingredients, you and the planet are probably safe. Petroleum and petrochemicals—which are commonly used in many hair care products and are derived from a non-renewable resource—don’t break down well into natural components in the environment and may be harmful to human health. Loux also pays special attention to the, last few ingredients listed on the label because this is where innocuoussounding toxins often hide, perhaps as a fragrance or colorant. In the shampoo category, Loux likes low-sudsing versions, because suds are typically created by syntheticfoaming agents called sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate is common) that may irritate skin and poison the environment. With hair color, look for a stylist that uses low-ammonia dyes, or buy them yourself in health food stores and natural pharmacies; temporary colorants are safer than permanent dyes. “The deeper the color, the more important it is to look at the ingredients,” counsels Loux.

FACE With so many products and spa treatments to choose from, I’m confused about what my skin really needs to look its best. What are the basic necessities for a natural skincare routine? Cleansing (morning and night for oily skin, just at bedtime for dry skin) and moisturizing (all skin types) are the

While the European Union has banned 1,100 chemicals from cosmetics, the United States has banned just 10. Only 11 percent of chemicals used in cosmetics in the United States have been assessed for health and safety. ~ The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (SafeCosmetics.org) basics of daily skincare, according to dermatology physician Jeanette Jacknin, author of Smart Medicine for Your Skin and founder of the J.J.M.D. Botanical Dermatology skincare line. She says that soaps are generally too harsh and drying for facial skin, so use a non-soap cleanser instead, preferably one that is pH balanced. Oily skin will need a toner after washing to control oil secretion, and then a moisturizer, while dry skin can go straight to the moisturizer. “Men’s skin is actually thicker, rougher, and more oily and sweaty than women’s skin,” notes Jacknin. “Also, men have the special challenges of a beard. So, while a man may borrow his wife’s or girlfriend’s lotion, he may also want to find a skincare line made especially for him.” The next two steps in Jacknin’s natural skincare routine are exfoliation, to remove dead skin cells from the skin surface, and facial masks, which deepclean, nourish and revitalize skin. These steps should be done once or twice a week, depending on skin type and the strength of the exfoliator or mask. Exfoliates come in two forms: abrasives, which physically rub off the dead skin cells; and chemical, which dissolve or peel away the surface skin layer. Natural abrasives include oatmeal and sugar granules, while fruit sugars and fruit acids, from pumpkin, apple or papaya, for example, provide natural chemical peels. Look for products with fruit-derived exfoliates or make your own (Jacknin recommends Skin-CareRecipes-and-Remedies.com). Take advantage of professional exfoliation and facial treatments by estheticians and natural awakenings

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WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR Avoid Unpronounceable Toxic Ingredients

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he Environmental Working Group is a great resource for evaluating ingredients in beauty products and translating the gobbledygook into plain English. Check out the researchers’ latest findings at CosmeticsDatabase.com. To start, steer clear of these ingredients, identified as most toxic:

Parabens or any ingredient that ends with this word –

Each day, the average woman uses a dozen products containing 160 chemicals, while men apply about 80 chemicals to their bodies. However, 64 percent of beauty product users say they use at least some “natural” items. ~ Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, by Stacy Malkan spas that use professional product lines with plant-based ingredients. The final step in any skincare routine is sun protection. Wearing essential clothing, including hats, sunglasses and long sleeves, and staying out of

to natural, safe, mineral- and plantbased cosmetics is easy, as long as you are realistic. In general, the fewer ingredients used, the safer the product. “Give natural products a bit of time, and don’t be so hard on them,” she suggests. Her natural eyeliner requires reapplying a few times a day, she says. “But I’m willing to do that for my health.” Her tips for making the transition: 1) Switch slowly; don’t dump all your old favorites all at once; 2) Go natural on the products you use every day, such as concealer and lipstick, which gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream when you eat or lick your lips; 3) Change your expectations, as natural makeup is not as long-lasting, inexpensive or easy-to-find as the more common, but toxic, stuff. The good news is when it comes time to remove it, all you need is raw coconut or sweet almond oil and a cotton ball. “Natural makeup just slides right off,” says Blades.

affects hormones

Polyethylene glycol (PEG) – toxic contaminant

Sodium lauryl, or laureth, sulfate – contaminant that may

cause skin damage

Triclosan and triclocarban antibacterials – present potential

thyroid concerns

Triethanolamine (TEA) – contaminant that may trigger allergies

Dimethylol Dimethyl (DMDM) hydantoin and Imidazolidinyl urea – preservatives that release formaldehyde

Fragrance and dyes – may

cause allergies or cancer and affect the nervous system

Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone –

preservatives that may cause allergies and affect the nervous system

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the midday sun are dermatologist Dattner’s first choices for protecting skin from rays that can age and damage it. When in the sun, wear a mineral-based sun block such as zinc oxide, which stays on top of the skin, rather than getting absorbed, and forms a physical barrier to both UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays. Also, watch out for nano-minerals; these have been broken into particles small enough to be absorbed by the skin during the manufacturing process, with possibly harmful results, according to Dattner, Loux and other experts. Unfortunately, the U.S. government does not require that nano-minerals be listed on labels, so consumers must do their own research. What about makeup? As Loux points out, the skin absorbs 60 percent of what goes on it, and many cosmetics are full of unregulated, untested petrochemicals. Does that mean you shouldn’t wear any makeup? Not at all. Makeup artist Jessa Blades, of Blades Natural Beauty (BladesNatural Beauty.com), says that switching over

HANDS The smell at the nail salon is noxious; should I be worried about what’s going onto my fingernails? “If your eyes are watering, your nose is twitching and your lungs are seizing

Naturally safe alternatives to commercial chemical deodorants may be made with lavender, cypress or geranium essential oils, beeswax, baking soda or rock crystal salts. ~ ehow.com


Getting a good night’s rest is not only healthful, it induces others who see our well-rested faces to perceive us as more healthy and attractive than those who are sleepdeprived, according to research by the Karolinska Institutet, in Sweden. The study is the first to demonstrate that the objective of getting our “beauty sleep” is the right thing to do. ~ British Medical Journal up, you should listen to your body,” says Loux. It is hard to get colors—especially bright, deep, rich, shimmering ones—to stick to nails; consequently, of all cosmetics, nail polishes tend to contain the most toxins. “Nail polish is one of the tougher products to find for someone who’s looking to go natural,” says Loux. But she points out that some brands are eliminating toluene, a petroleumbased solvent that the Environmental Protection Agency has linked to mild to severe problems with respiratory and nervous systems as well as kidney

and liver functions. These less toxic polishes require more benign removers than conventional noxious-smelling acetones. Always apply them outside or near an open window. Even better, achieve a smooth, clear shine without any polish using a nail buffer. It’s a quick, inexpensive way for men and women to sustain a natural, finished look.

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FEET What can I do to get my winter-weary feet ready for sandals? In a word, exfoliate. Rub away calluses and thickened, cracked skin with an emery board, and then relax while soaking feet in Epsom salts to soften skin, and rub gently with a luffa or pumice stone. Foot scrubs containing salt or sugar granules invigorate and increase circulation, especially if they include peppermint, rosemary or tea tree oil within a moisturizing Shea butter or organic foot oil. Exfoliating creams, similar to facial exfoliates, but stronger, also help peel away withered winter skin. Always be sure to apply a moisturizer to protect the newly exposed skin. Remember to soften elbows and knees, too. Frances Lefkowitz’s new book, To Have Not, was named one of five Best Memoirs of 2010 by SheKnows.com. Connect at FrancesLefkowitz.net.

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Finding More Pleasure in Life A Conversation with Dr. Christiane Northrup by Ellen Mahoney

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hristiane Northrup, a respected obstetrician/gynecologist and visionary in women’s health and wellness, is renowned for the practical medical and emotional counsel she generously shares in her many bestselling books. Among her best known are Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and Mother-Daughter Wisdom. Now Northrup is focused on another aspect of women’s health in The Secret Pleasures of Menopause. The idea is to help women of all ages achieve vibrant health by tapping into their inner wisdom in order to experience joy and fulfillment throughout life.   Why do you believe the pursuit of pleasure is just as vital for a vibrant life as a healthy diet and exercise? You will not stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan unless you find pleasure in the pursuit of

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it. You must come to this by yourself and discover that the moment-tomoment way you live your life has to be pleasurable, because there’s not a happy ending to an unhappy journey.  For years, I’ve watched people foregoing various foods to look a certain way; I see people who have perfect bodies, but absolutely no joy or life force shining behind their eyes. The joy and pleasure have to come first; then the lifestyle supports this.  We consider a narrow waist beautiful because it is generally healthy. Too much belly fat is unhealthy, because it produces an abnormal hormonal milieu and can lead to an earlier death from cancer, heart disease and/or diabetes. You have to exercise your body and eat well on a sustainable basis to look healthy—there’s just no way around it. The more you


take care of yourself, the more pleasure you experience. How do we enhance our pleasure in life at any age? One of the biggest keys to enhancing your pleasure is to pay attention to what feels good. This is your vital guiding factor. Simple things, like enjoying a bouquet of flowers, are important. Pleasure begins with awakening the senses. I also recommend that you start to appreciate your skin, as well as the other parts of your body that serve you well. One of my older patients told me, “I’m no longer concerned with how my legs look. What I love is that when I get up in the morning, my knees work.” I hold the position that pleasure and happiness are actually the only things that work for us and are sustainable.  What is the relationship of pleasure to the health-enhancing effects of nitric oxide? Nitric oxide is an odorless, colorless gas that’s produced by the lining of every blood vessel in the body. It passes

through cell walls instantaneously and can simultaneously boost circulation. It’s also the über neurotransmitter that signals all body cells to balance out levels of serotonin, dopamine and betaendorphins, which produce feelings of well-being. Nitric oxide is not stored in the body, so exercise, especially aerobics, helps raise its levels in the body at any age. When someone wins an Olympic gold medal, you can be sure he or she is at the height of a nitric oxide burst. Why do you believe that “life has just begun” after menopause? When you are in midlife, you obviously have the same soul as when you were 12. However, if you have negotiated midlife skillfully by getting rid of excess baggage, thinking positively, moving into relationships that support you and making peace with those that haven’t— then you have access to the dictates of your soul.  Menopause is a wakeup call. We’re waking up to who we are and to what we love. You find that you don’t care what other people think nearly as

much as you used to, and yet you are able to better appreciate others because you appreciate yourself. Now that I’m over 50, everything I’m drawn to and everything my body wants to do brings me more pleasure. This goes against everything we’ve been taught—that we’re designed to disintegrate with age, get osteoporosis and decline into chronic degenerative diseases. As of midlife, I feel like I’ve come home to myself. For example, I’ve been dancing Argentine tango for a year and loving it. I’m also happy to report that my daughters have come home to themselves more quickly than I have. I would like to egg all women on with this concluding thought: A woman’s body is designed for pleasure, and when we invite it into our own lives, we are a gift to the world.   For more information, visit DrNorthrup.com. Ellen Mahoney teaches writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Email evm@Infionline.net.

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healingways The first rule of massage— to feel, rather than think—transforms the therapeutic stroking, rubbing, wringing, tapping, kneading and squeezing of muscles into deeply satisfying human contact.

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become her life’s work. “I regularly see practical evidence that supports research on the powerful and critical role that touch plays in the state of a person’s mind-body health,” Stahl says. Her years of patient/client sessions also provide her with a wealth of evidence that combining touch and talk therapy is far more effective than talk therapy alone.

by Linda Sechrist

Beyond the Massage Table

The Blissful Benefits of Massage

Other than a silent retreat or a loving and comforting embrace of a friend, child or another family member, few actions are as multi-beneficial to body, mind and spirit as massage.

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nce considered primarily a pampering experience for the wealthy, massage and its counterpart, bodywork, is today acknowledged by the larger medical community for its therapeutic value. The U.S. Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health provides the largest source of published up-to-date research on the subject, including substantiation for claims citing the many positive effects of massage. Among the reported improvements is an individual’s ability to relax and sleep better following therapeutic massage treatment. Recipients also tend to enjoy a better immune system response, fostering the relief of fatigue, pain, anxiety and

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nausea. On this basis, some large U.S. cancer centers, such as the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, now integrate massage therapy into conventional settings. Judy Stahl, past president of the American Massage Therapy Association, is a strong, longtime advocate for acceptance of the therapeutic benefits, including some that haven’t yet made it into the annals of conventional medicine. She became a professional massage therapist in 1987, and today continues the research she initiated for her master’s thesis in counseling and psychology: Touch Therapy in Enhancing Psychological Outcomes. It’s

What a difference 60 minutes on a massage table can make. The first rule of massage—to feel, rather than think— transforms the therapeutic stroking, rubbing, wringing, tapping, kneading and squeezing of muscles into deeply

“Massage is a perfect elixir for good health, but it can also provide an integration of body and mind. By producing a meditative state or heightened awareness of living in the present moment, massage can provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing with it true relaxation and peace.” ~Anatoly Kolmakov, a licensed massage therapist trained in several modalities such as deep tissue, sports, Swedish and Russian massage, etc. Connect with Anatoly at Massage Space in Plano. Call 972-612-5363 or visit MassageSpace.com.


satisfying human contact. Concentrating on the practitioner’s touch, while listening to relaxing music playing in the background and breathing in soothing aromatherapy scents, helps turn the mind off and focus attention on the moment. Such a restful state of mindfulness is key to successful meditation.

A Natural Sleep Aid

It makes sense that a good night’s sleep is essential to health. A study published in the American Journal of Critical Care showed that patients receiving a sixminute massage slept better than those in the control group, which participated in a teaching session on relaxation followed by a bedtime audiotape comprising muscle-relaxation supported by imagery and music.

Easing Pain and Anxiety

study of patients that underwent twice weekly, 30-minute massage sessions demonstrated decreases in blood pressure and cortisol (a stress hormone), as well as depression, anxiety and hostility.

More is Better

Who wouldn’t want to have a massage twice a week? The ongoing research of Dr. Maria Hernandez-Reif, of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami, and Tiffany Field, Ph.D., the institute’s director, demonstrates that while an individual can benefit from even small doses of massage (15 minutes of chair massage or a half-hour table session), longer bodywork, performed two to three times a week, compounds the positive effects. Linda Sechrist is a senior writer and editor for Natural Awakenings.

“In our increasingly overstressed society, it becomes that much more important to take the time to relax and decompress. Massage, whether 15 minutes or an hour, can create a reduction in stress levels and improve overall function. The power of touch through massage alleviates symptoms and pain where no other therapy has been able to.” ~Dr. Amy St. John, a doctor of chiropractic and licensed massage therapist specializing in treating the whole body; muscular and skeletal at once. Connect with Dr. St. John at St. John Chiropractic in Plano. Call 214-801-0741 or visit SerendipityWellness.net.

While massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care, it is being increasingly used in the allopathic community to help manage chronic pain. The results of a study by the Royal College of Nursing Research Institute, at the University of Warwick, in the UK, demonstrated that massage provides effective short-term relief for moderate to severe chronic pain. Patients receiving massage therapy reported significantly less pain immediately as well as one hour after treatment. They also experienced a significantly reduced level of anxiety. Six years ago, when integrative family physician Fred Morgan discovered that massage helped to alleviate the back pain he had suffered from for 11 years, he began recommending it to his patients. “The first time I went to a massage therapist, the pain went away for a week,” says the co-owner of Pleasanton Family Wellness Center, in California, which combines allopathic, complementary and alternative medicine.

Stroking Blood Pressure in the Right Direction

Not only does massage help to lower blood pressure, it also helps ease stress levels. One study published in Heart and Lung: the Journal of Acute and Critical Care noted that patients that had massage after heart surgery showed a lower level of postoperative blood pressure. Another natural awakenings

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Foods for Ageless Beauty Nourishing Skin from Inside and Out Using naturally effective skincare products and eating foods that fortify and foster healthy cells works to renew, repair and rejuvenate skin for lasting beauty.

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any authorities have good reason to champion the fact that food nutrients such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and omega oils are now showing up in personal care products. According to studies published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Food and Chemical Toxicology and Environmental Health Perspectives, skin can absorb up to 60 percent of what we apply to it. So, feeding skin high-quality ingredients may be as critical as the food we eat. It’s common knowledge that drinking a sufficient amount of pure water is essential for overall health and radiant skin. Here is a look at how other recommended foods contribute to ageless beauty.

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Avocados: Avocados are abundant in skinbeautifying goodies: omega-3 fatty acids, which support healthy, flexible, strong cell membranes to ensure that nutrients can enter cells and waste can be removed; antioxidant vitamins A and E; fortifying B-complex vitamins; lecithin, to protect and strengthen cell walls; and potassium, to support new cell growth. They also host a portfolio of antioxidant and antiinflammatory compounds—including phytosterols, carotenoids, flavonoids, zinc and folate—that fight free radicals and repair, soothe and renew skin and tissue on a cellular level. Blueberries: The Tufts University Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging reports that blueberries contain some of the highest antioxidant levels of any food, especially when fully ripe, and teem with skinhealing, anti-inflammatory properties. The deep, purple-blue color of these morsels is a reflection of the pigmentrich antioxidant phytonutrients, called anthocynanins, shown to improve the integrity of collagen in skin and inhibit photoaging (sun damage), according to a study in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. Chocolate: Chocolate offers a wealth of antioxidant catechins (like those found in green tea), and according to the National Academy of Sciences and the European Journal of Nutrition, works to improve hydration, skin density and circulation of blood to skin tissues, for a more youthful, glowing complexion. Scientific American and the Journal of Investigative Dermatology report that chocolate is also a supreme


source of procyanidins, which counter skin damage and help protect it while stimulating cellular growth and renewal. Dark chocolate offers the most beautifying benefits per bite, so look for 65 percent or higher cocoa content, and keep the portions small to mindfully manage calorie and fat intake. Cruciferous Vegetables: The crucifer family— including cabbage, broccoli, kale and radishes— is loaded with skin-beautifying compounds. According to studies by the National Academy of Sciences, its sulfur-containing phytonutrients boost the body’s natural detoxification enzymes to combat and repair damage to skin. Low in calories, these mineraldense and antioxidant-rich veggies are packed with carotenoid antioxidants, which help neutralize carcinogens and oxidative stress on skin, reduce inflammation and bolster immune response. They also contain isothiacyanates, which research published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows, specifically guard against breast cancer. Dark Leafy Greens: Dark leafy vegetables, such as collard greens, parsley, spinach and Swiss chard, offer more nutrients with fewer calories than any other food. Like cruciferous veggies, they’re packed with carotenoid antioxidants. Green veggies are also an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which the body needs to produce and regulate the sebum in our skin and hair follicles for healthy, well-conditioned skin and a supple complexion. Green Tea: Green tea is infused with a potent portfolio of age-defying antioxidants. Because green tea is minimally processed, of all the teas, it offers the

most antioxidant polyphenols, including a specific catechin believed to inhibit cancer and also beautify the skin. Micro- and Macro-algae: Micro-algae, including bluegreen algae, chlorella and spirulina, are among the most concentrated sources of a full spectrum of beautifying vitamins and minerals for skin and hair and are easy for the body to absorb. These single-celled plants contain one of the highest sources by weight of protein, beta-carotene, nucleic acids (RNA/DNA) and chlorophyll of any food on the planet, according to studies published by the American Society for Microbiology. Micro-algae are available in capsules or tablets, as well as in powder form for powerhouse smoothies. Ocean-growing seaweed (macroalgae) contains more minerals and trace minerals than any other food, according to research published by Food Chemistry—10 to 20 times more than many land vegetables. Long prized for their beautifying effects on skin and hair, sea vegetables are an abundant source of antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, as well as B-complex vitamins, including B12, for glowing skin; plus they have the unique ergosterol, which converts into vitamin D2 in the body to support healthy skin cell metabolism and growth. Look for sea veggies arame, dulse, hijiki, nori and wakame for a concentrated source of age-defying nutrition. Omega Oils: Healthy oils, including omega fatty acids, grow and nourish healthy, glowing skin, strong nails and lustrous hair. They act as a conditioner for skin, maintaining and supporting healthy, flexible, strong cell membranes to ensure that nutrients can enter cells and waste can be removed.

Uncooked oils offer many beautifying benefits; because many nutrients are damaged and destroyed by heat— the fresher and less refined the oil, the better. Foods rich in omegas include flax seed and oil; olives and olive oil; pumpkin seed and oil; walnuts; and winter squash. Raw Honey: With an ample spread of vitamins and minerals, such as antioxidant vitamins A, C and E; skin-supportive vitamins D and K; amino acids; and fortifying, reparative B-complex vitamins, raw honey’s combined flower nectar and enzymes are laden with beautifying nutrients, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and healing compounds. The benefits are largely determined by the honey’s source and the environmental conditions in which the bees live. Red Wine: Loaded with beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoids, red wine is a well-known source of cell-protecting resveratrol. Concentrated in the skin of grapes and championed for anti-aging and anticancer properties in studies published by the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology and Anticancer Research, resveratrol appears to protect the skin against the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, notes research in Neoplasia. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes contain some of the highest concentration of age-defying antioxidants. So, eat and drink up! Renée Loux is a celebrated green expert, organic chef, restaurateur and media personality and the co-founder of Andalou Naturals. She has authored four books, including Easy Green Living and The Balanced Plate. Visit ReneeLoux.com. natural awakenings

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Honey Avocado Masque (for normal to dry skin)

Honey and avocado are a luscious blend to nourish skin. As an emollient, avocado is rich in oils, vitamins and minerals, and the honey supplies antioxidants and enzymes. Lemon juice is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) for skin renewal. Together, they yield velvety skin. 1 avocado 1½ Tbsp raw honey 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1. Mash avocado and blend with honey and lemon juice in a small food processor or blender until smooth. 2. Cleanse the face. 3. Steam face to open pores over a hot pot of water; or drench a washcloth with steaming hot water, wring out, let cool to a comfortable touch and cover cleaned face with it for two minutes. 4. Apply avocado honey mixture evenly over all parts of the face, avoiding the eyes. Let stand for 15 minutes. 5. Wash off with warm water, followed by a cool water rinse. Apply natural toner or face spray and moisturizer. Variations on the theme Exfoliation for dry skin: Mix 2 Tbsp rice flour thoroughly with the avocado and honey. Apply as directed. Exfoliation for oily skin: Mix 2 Tbsp ground oatmeal thoroughly with the avocado and honey. Apply as directed. For both, wash off gently with warm water and a cloth, being mindful not to rub too hard, followed by a cool water rinse. Recipe courtesy of Renée Loux. For more recipes, visit ReneeLoux.com. 34

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Recipes for Ageless Beauty by Renée Loux Beautify your body and skin from the inside out with these recipes that pair agedefying nutrients and nourishing ingredients with incredible taste and texture.

Chocolate-Avocado Parfait Massaged Greens Leafy greens respond well to a good with Blueberries & Mint Chocolate and avocado may sound like an unusual couple, but when these antioxidant- and omega-rich champions get together, the results are scrumptious. Yields: 4-8 servings 2 cups diced avocado ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp maple syrup 2-4 Tbsp organic evaporated cane juice or sugar (optional) 2 Tbsp coconut oil (optional; look for a mild aroma) 1-2 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract 1 tsp balsamic vinegar (aged is best) ½ tsp shoyu (organic soy sauce) 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 pint blueberries Handful of fresh mint leaves 1. In a food processor, blend avocado, maple syrup, organic sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract, balsamic and shoyu until smooth and creamy. 2. Sift the cocoa powder to remove lumps, using a simple metal strainer. Add cocoa powder to the avocado mixture and blend until very smooth. If time allows, let the mixture rest, covered in the fridge for an hour, for flavors to marry and develop. 3. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature. Place a few blueberries in the bottom of a wine, parfait or martini glass. Top with a generous dollop of chocolate-avocado mixture and garnish with more blueberries and chopped mint.

rubbing with oil, with a pinch of salt and seasoning. Fresh herbs always taste great. Keep it simple or add green onion, garlic and ginger for a tasty variation. Yields: 2-4 servings 6 cups chopped greens: any type of kale, spinach, chard or mixture 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp flax oil or additional olive oil 1 Tbsp umeboshi plum vinegar or lemon juice 2 tsp shoyu 1 tsp agave nectar or maple syrup (optional) 2-3 green onions, chopped (optional) 1-2 cloves garlic, pressed (optional) 2-3 tsp ginger, finely grated (optional) Sea salt to taste 1½ cups or more of chopped basil or parsley Pinch of fresh oregano, thyme or marjoram (optional) 1. Wash the greens and remove any tough stems. 2. Chop finely and toss with olive oil, flax oil, umeboshi plum vinegar and/or lemon, shoyu, agave or maple, green onion, garlic and ginger. 3. Use freshly cleaned hands to massage with love, paying attention to tougher parts. 4. Allow to stand and marinate, rubbing now and again for an hour or two. 5. Toss in herbs and allow to stand 10 minutes to absorb flavors; stores well for a day or two. Recipes are courtesy of Renée Loux. For more recipes, visit ReneeLoux.com.


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Gardening with Kids by Ted Fisher

Whether kids have access to a large yard or only a windowsill planter, young gardeners’ inborn curiosity encourages them to discover nature’s cycles firsthand, while learning respect and concern for Earth’s larger ecology. Gardening not only instills lifelong appreciation for the beauties of nature, but fun, hands-on activities develop delicious skills of creativity, self-discipline and even self-sufficiency.

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hile we can’t run out and raise a rainforest in a day, a childhood head start on understanding the environment in one’s own garden can seed a lusher future. A backyard plot of just four by four feet will serve. Be sure to provide pathways or stepping stones for access, and then plant a rich mix of flowers and vegetables. If the family doesn’t have access to land, a container garden on a balcony, patio or deck can produce abundant flowers and vegetables; often, it makes caring for the garden even simpler. An important tip: Although a child’s garden of any size may not be as neatly tended as a parent’s or grandparent’s, give the choicest garden spot to the child. Lots of sun and good soil will aid in the success that cultivates interest. To begin, invite one or more youngsters to help prepare the soil, turning over dirt with a small shovel or trowel. Break up clumps by hand or by stomping on them. Digging holes is a favorite kids’ pastime. Next, choose easy-to-grow plants. Select as many different types as will fit well into the allotted space. Carrots, fast-growing radishes and bite-sized cherry tomatoes are good vegetable choices. For flowers, choose some that can be used as cut flowers or as special gifts for Mom, like zinnias, marigolds, snapdragons or salvia. For a spectacular touch, also plant a few sunflowers, which not only can tower up to 10 feet tall, but supply edible seeds. Include herbs such as basil and parsley for garden grazing. Yummy fragrances come courtesy of lemon verbena, rose-scented geraniums and pineapple salvia. Some plants are just for touching, like perennial lamb’s ears, with their soft, fuzzy leaves, in silvery shades of green. Starting from seed that the family has selected together from a catalog provides a wondrous learning experience. Small children find large seeds such as corn, beans, pumpkins, zucchini and sunflowers easy to handle and plant. Colorful annual bedding plants such as petunias, pansies or periwinkles are also excellent choices for a ready-made start to the season. Use the seed packet, stapled to a stake with a child’s name written on it, for easy identification. Bedding plants picked out together at a nursery usually come with a plant tag, as well. Vivid pictures help children imagine what will grow. Children love something of their very own, so keep them interested and aware natural awakenings

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Fun Plants for Kids to Grow Morning Glories Pansies Johnny Jump Ups Nasturtiums Snapdragons Cleome Sunflowers Strawflowers Zinnias Mexican Hat Blanket Flower Larkspur Herbs Lambs ear Butterfly Attracting Plants Source: Aggie Horticulture for Kids site & Nutrition in the Garden by Sarah Lineberger of the Texas A&M University Horticultural Program.

of their garden by personalizing it with a sign; say, “Mary’s Plot,” or “John’s Place.” Kids also love to water—particularly with the full force of the hose. Reminders that rain usually falls more gently encourage them to take it easier. A personalized sprinkling can is a good idea for younger children. Wait before weeding. Even adults can have difficulty distinguishing small, wanted plants from unwanted weeds. Often, it’s best to let things grow a little. As they do, let the garden teach recycling. Grass clippings, shredded leaves and vegetable matter, placed into a homemade compost bin, recycle themselves into highly nutritious soil for plants. “Patience is a virtue,” advises the adage, and the wait for flowers and vegetables to mature can teach the rewards of patience. Watching a garden grow may not be easy: Children may want to pull up young root veggies to see if they are “done.” Even if they do pull sprouting produce, the edibles may be just big enough to wash off and give them a taste of better things to come. Gardening provides an ideal time to talk to a child about how plants grow and the role of worms, insects and birds as nature’s caretakers. Ask them, “If you were a plant, what kind would you be, and why? What would you tell the gardener?” The discoveries and lessons never cease. The often surprising child’s-eye view of their world can help parents guide youngsters’ personal growth, as well as their gardening skills. Finally, remember that half the fun is to pick, wash and cook the bounty. Big and small folks alike revel in the joy of the harvest.

Ted Fisher is a county extension horticulturist emeritus with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. For age-appropriate activities and other helpful insight, see: Gardening with Children, by Monika Hanneman; A Child’s Garden, by Molly Dannenmaier; BackyardNature.net; and Kids Gardening.org/primer.asp. 36

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Garden Activity Ideas Collect flowers, berries, leaves and insects Plant seeds (inside or outside) Make your own bug spray Create vegetable, fruit and leaf prints Start a worm bin Create a compost cake Watch a butterfly develop Release beneficial insects Make a seed viewer Place a potato or carrot tops in water and watch them sprout leaves and roots Arrange fresh flowers Plant a bean teepee Plant a sunflower house

Source: Aggie Horticulture for Kids site & Nutrition in the Garden by Sarah Lineberger of the Texas A&M University Horticultural Program.


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HOME RECIPES HUMAN FOODS ARE GOOD FOR PETS By Carla Soviero

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ou may have heard this warning: Keep animals away from chocolate; garlic, onions and chives; Macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins and currents; and alcohol… because if they eat even a little bit of these human foods, it can not only harm, but kill them. Fortunately, the calming counsel of Dr. Carol Osborne, a world-renowned veterinarian and leading authority on alternative and holistic veterinary medicine, offers new understanding: “These foods have the ability to become a toxic threat when continually fed to your pet,” she advises, “with the exception of grapes, raisins, currents and alcohol, which should be entirely avoided.” That’s not to say that these foods are good for a pet, but in general most are generally not deadly. For example, chocolate contains theobromine, which, as a cousin to caffeine, may cause signs of hyperactivity, including an abnormally elevated heart rate and/or seizures in pets. Grapes, raisins and currents, if eaten in sufficient quantities, can damage kidneys, although the exact toxic mechanism remains unknown. Onions, garlic and their powders have the potential to damage red blood cells and lead to anemia. So, while we don’t feed these routinely, a little onion powder or garlic in a pet’s meal or the accidental bite of chocolate off the floor are generally not issues to cause concern. Osborne explains that liver function in dogs and cats is less efficient in its ability to detoxify certain foods when compared to the liver capabilities of an adult person. “The liver’s function is to detoxify what people and pets put into their mouths,” she says. “But this organ in these animals, like that of an infant child, has a limited ability to

metabolize and detoxify certain foods, thereby rendering those foods potentially toxic.”

Rumors of Harm The concept of killer pet foods escalated into a crisis when Menu Foods, a Canadian-based manufacturer of pet foods sold under various brands, recalled its products in 2004 and 2007, creating the biggest-ever pet food recall in U.S. history. The pet foods in question contained wheat gluten from China that was contaminated with two chemicals: melamine (used to make plastics); and cyanuric acid (used to sanitize pool water). Both were added as cost-saving bulk agents. The cyanuric acid was added to artificially elevate the protein content of the pet foods, a procedure still allowed and approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Later, published studies showed that the lethal mix of these two chemicals is what led to acute kidney failure resulting in 250,000 pet deaths. Menu

Foods and other firms ultimately agreed to pay $24 million in compensation to affected North American pet owners. “Heightened awareness and demand for quality pet foods skyrocketed after the 2004 recall,” remarks Osborne. “It’s frightening that cyanuric acid may still be added legally to commercial pet food as a way to artificially boost the protein levels. It also misleads pet owners as to the true protein content of pet foods while camouflaging a toxic chemical capable of poisoning dogs and cats.” Currently, the AAFCO, along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) promotes the adoption of uniform laws and standards pertaining to the manufacture, distribution and sale of animal feeds. But Osborne maintains that’s not enough. “The FDA’s Minimum Daily Requirements (MDR) are also outdated,” she states. “They were developed back in the 1920s to prevent the development of diseases due to gross nutritional deficiencies such as scurvy, rickets and beriberi in institutionalized individuals.” They were never designed to promote good health, much less optimal health in pets or people. She notes that while scraps left over on the slaughterhouse floor are considered inedible for humans, they nevertheless comprise the bulk of ingredients in 99.9 percent of commercial pet foods, regardless of the label or price. Osborne further notes that clever pet food names are often misleading. Unlike “certified organic,” holistic and natural are marketing terms which, when used on pet food labels, guarantee nothing about content or quality.

A Sound Solution Osborne’s professional experience, training and research validate the fact that we can and should feed our pets meals composed of foods generally similar to those we eat. “Chicken, sweet potato and broccoli, for example, are as good for your pet as they are for you,” advises Osborne. “Don’t be afraid to prepare natural awakenings

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meals made of human foods for your pets. In addition to offering honest pet nutrition, it also helps to curb bills for commercial pet foods, where prices have hit the roof.” Her clients have learned that simple recipes can save time and money, promote health and wellness and help avoid emergency room visits due to, among other things, explosive diarrhea, salmonella poisoning or pancreatitis resulting from tainted pet food ingredients. For dogs, meals may consist of equal portions of a lean protein, such as chicken, turkey, beef, veal, duck, fish, eggs or venison; long-acting carbohydrates, like potatoes, rice, pasta or oatmeal; and fresh vegetables, including broccoli, spinach, green beans, lima beans, peas and carrots. If a dog suffers from allergies, the proportions change to 50 percent lean protein and 50 percent veggies, omitting the carbohydrates. Cats require more protein than dogs, so the percentages are 80 percent lean protein or meat and 20 percent fresh veggies. For both dogs and cats, owners can cook the ingredients any way they prefer; broil, boil, fry, bake or grill. Mix them together, then add about a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil; the oil enhances the smell and taste of the pet’s food and is a great source of essential omega-3 fatty acids. Pets like food that smells good, so season it up. The top three flavors that pets prefer tend to be barbecue, pasta sauce and low-sodium tamari. Osborne balances homemade pet meals with a reputable vitamin/mineral/antioxidant supplement. Carol Osborne is America’s first veterinarian to be a board-certified anti-aging diplomat. She founded the American Pet Institute, created Pet Anti-Aging Wellness Systems (PAAWS) and authored Naturally Healthy Dogs and Naturally Healthy Cats. Her research has pioneered new therapies to treat and prevent age-related degenerative disease and promote optimum health and longevity for pets. Visit Carol OnPets.com. Carla Soviero is a freelance writer in Naples, FL. Contact her at mscarla11@ gmail.com. 38

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CAT & CANINE CUISINE You can prepare a homemade diet for your pet as easily as for your family, according to Dr. Carol Osborne, veterinarian extraordinaire. She notes that these recipes will help keep your family’s furry four-legged companions happy and healthy. Here are a few of Dr. Carol’s tried-and-true kitchen creations that will treat beloved pets to five-star, lip-smacking-good nourishment. They’ll thank you for years to come and be barkin’ and purrin’ for more.

FOR DOGS Shepherd’s Salmon-n-Sesame 2 tbsp fresh lime juice 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp soy sauce 4 salmon steaks (8 ounces each) 1 tbsp sesame seeds ½ tsp celery seeds Sesame butter, chilled 1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add the salmon, turning to coat well in the mixture. Let stand, loosely covered, 1 hour. 2. Preheat oven to 350° F. 3. Spread out the sesame and celery seeds on a baking pan. Place the pan in the oven and toast the seeds until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Check after 3 minutes; if the seeds are not done, shake the pan and continue to toast, but watch carefully to prevent burning. Remove from the oven and set aside. 4. Broil the salmon steaks 8 minutes per side. Serve with sesame butter. Sprinkle with toasted sesame and celery seeds.

FOR CATS Cats are obligatory carnivores, unlike dogs and people, and most turn up their noses at anything that doesn’t offer a taste and smell to their liking. About 5.5 ounces of food per meal, twice a day, is ideal for most cats. Most cats are either meat- or fisheaters, although occasionally individuals enjoy meat and fish. Cats like chicken, chicken livers, lamb, beef,

turkey, duck, veal and venison; many fish-loving cats relish salmon. Lean meat may be prepared in many ways— boiled, broiled, fried or grilled. Cats also enjoy vegetables such as puréed squash, puréed carrots, creamed corn and white asparagus tips.

Feline Creamy Chicken Delight Consists of 80 percent meat, 20 percent veggies 5 oz baked chicken breast 2 tbsp creamed corn 2 tsp finely grated zucchini 1. Mix all ingredients together, add ¼ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil to enhance the smell and taste (also a source of essential omega-3 fatty acids). 2. Season with low-sodium tamari sauce (the brown sauce Chinese carryout comes in), which is available at most local grocers.

Purrin’ Salmon Pate 6 oz boneless, skinless salmon ½ cup finely chopped celery 1 envelope unflavored gelatin ¼ cup breadcrumbs 1 organic egg, beaten ½ cup distilled or spring water 1. Preheat oven to 325° F. 2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. 3. Pack into a small, fish-shaped mold and bake for 45 minutes. 4. Serve at room temperature. Source: Recipes courtesy of Dr. Carol Osborne.


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Irrigation Insights Seminar – 10am-12pm. $5. Century Parkway, 301 Century Pkwy, Allen. 214509-4553.

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Flowers for Mom – 10:15am. Make a container garden for mom and learn design tips from Texas garden experts. Free. Calloway’s Nursery – All locations. Calloways.com.

Camp Invention Registration – For children entering grades 1-6, this full-week program employs inquiry-based activities in science, technology, engineering, math, history and the arts that elicit creative thinking to solve real-world challenges. One week only, programs will run in the cities of Allen, Denton, Frisco, McKinney, Southlake, Trophy Club. For details: 800-968-4332. CampInvention.org.

Vanishing of the Bees – 3pm. Film about the plight of the bees and how we can help. Free with refreshments. North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Rd, Dallas. 214-363-5316. NHG.com.

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival – Tickets required. Thirty minutes south of DFW in Waxahachie. Phone for info and say you saw it in Natural Awakenings North Texas edition: 972-938-3247. Summer Camp Registration – Activities are educational, fun, entertaining with opportunities for fitness. Camp runs June 6-August 19. Achievers Gymnastics, 3014 S I-35 E, Denton. 940-484-4900.

SUNDAY, MAY 1 National Women Build Week – May 1-9. Women volunteers work and are celebrated for volunteering at least one day to their communities, building homes and raising awareness of local housing needs. More info: Habitat.org. Historic McKinney Kiwanis Triathlon & Run Races – 7:30am. Sprint Triathlon: 300 yd pool swim, 13 mi bike, 3.6 mi run. Wellness Run Race: 3.6 mi. Fun run: 2k. McKinney High School, 1400 Wilson Creek Pkwy, McKinney. Playtri.com/node/78. Dallas Roars! Festival of Flight – 1-5pm. Celebrate spring and the opening of the zoo’s new bird show, SOAR, A Festival of Flight, with live entertainment, activities for the kids, bounce houses, and more. $15/adults, $12/children 3-11, free/children 2 & under. Dallas Zoo, 650 S RL Thornton Fwy, Dallas. DallasZoo.com.

MONDAY, MAY 2 Fossil Finders – 3:45-4:45pm. Kids ages 6-10 travel back in time when Plano was covered in water to explore Rowlett Creek for fossils and other interesting things, and discover a place in history. $10/ child. Outdoor Learning Center, Bob Woodruff Park, 3401 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano. 972-941-7250. PlanoParks.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 Pre-K Celebrate Mother’s Day – 11am. Best for ages 1-5. Stories, songs and crafts. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8718.

THURSDAY, MAY 5 Food Waste Composting with Worms – 7-9pm. Learn to use specialized red worms to compost food waste, then use their waste as a fertile soil amendment to benefit plants. Learn to set up and maintain a worm bin and to harvest and use the worm castings. $5. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. 972-941-7250.

FRIDAY, MAY 6 Music Muscles and More Camp – May 6 & 20.

Camp geared towards children ages 3-5 yrs. Plenty of games, gymnastics, crafts and music to keep your child busy for 3 hours. Reserve your spot. $25. Eagle Gymnastics Academy, 6085 Sports Village Rd, Frisco. 972-712-4644. Fridays at the Farm – May 6 & 20. 9am-12pm. The farm will be open to the public to come chat with the chickens, dig in the dirt, ride a tractor and tour the tools. $1 tractor rides. All programs supported by donations. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St, Grapevine. 817-410-3185. NashFarm.org. Make Floral Mother’s Day Cards – 4pm. Make a homemade Mother’s day card with pressed flowers and help from the Garden Culture Club. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. Register: 940-349-8718.

SATURDAY, MAY 7 Hike Cedar Ridge Preserve – 7:30am. Rain or shine. Non-competitive hike to benefit Cedar Ridge Preserve. Hike the trails and enter for a chance to win great prizes. $20/individual, $40/family. Hike on the Wild side. Cedar Ridge Preserve, 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas. 972-709-7784. Family Morning Hike – 9-10am. Walk the woods with family and friends, guided by a trained naturalist. $2/person. Oak Point Park, 5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano. 972-941-7250. PlanoParks.org. Kayaking for Beginners – 9am-12pm. Learn beginning kayaking skills under the instruction of an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor teaching the ACA Quick Start program. Boats, paddles, life jackets provided. $65. Oak Point Park, 5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano. 972-941-7250. PlanoParks.org.

Mother’s Day Concert & Butterfly Release – 10am-4pm, garden events; 3pm, concert. Educational booths, crafts, garden strolls, and more, with “Nature vs. Nurture” concert by The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, ending with butterfly release and song inside the conservatory. $20/concert ticket, $25/butterfly to release, free/TDG admission with concert ticket purchase. Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas. 214-4287476 x 341. TheWomensChorusOfDallas.com. Flowers for Mom – 10:15am. Mother’s Day planting station. Your child will plant a flower as a special Mother’s Day gift. Free. Calloway’s Nursery – All locations. Calloways.com.

MONDAY, MAY 9 Family Night Hike – 7-8pm. Walk the woods with family and friends, guided by a trained naturalist. No pets allowed. $2. Outdoor Learning Center, Bob Woodruff Park, 3401 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano. 972-941-7250. PlanoParks.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 10 Twilight Toddler Time – 6:30pm. Stories, songs, and activities in the evening for toddlers and their caregivers. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8718.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 Butterfly Festival – May 11-15. Hundreds of butterflies will be released in an 800-sq ft mesh tent conservatory, lined with flowering plants and green foliage, water fountains and butterfly feeders. $6/ adult, $3/child. Collin Creek Mall, 811 N Central Expy, Plano. GreaterPlanoKiwanis.org.

Mother’s Day Local Campout– May 7-8. 9:30am. Learn and camp with a ranger. No experience necessary. Basic camping equipment needed for the weekend provided. How to pitch a tent and use stoves safely, fire building, creating careful kayakers, introduction to fishing, adventure and exploration through GPS and Geo-caching. $65/family (up to 6 people). Texas Parks and Wildlife, Lake Tawakoni State Park, near Dallas). More info: 512-389-8903. Herb Day – 9:30am-2pm. The experts from the Herb Society of America will teach you about herbs, companion planting and answer your questions.

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THURSDAY, MAY 12 Extreme Green Home Makeover – 7-8pm. Learn how to apply green remodeling and design to your home. Tour the Environmental Education Center and learn how to apply earth-friendly design concepts at home. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. 972-941-7250.

FRIDAY, MAY 13 27th Annual Main Street Days – May 13-15. A variety of activities and entertainment options for attendees of any age. Parking at 1209 S Main St or 401 Boyd Dr, Grapevine. 800-457-6338. GrapevineTexasUSA.com/MainStreetDays. Family Fun Camp Out – The fun and excitement of family camping without leaving town. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner; light breakfast will be served Saturday morning. Minimal number of tents provided by the Parks & Rec Dept. Ages 3 & up. No pets allowed. $13. Oak Point Park, 5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano. Must register: 972-941-7250. PlanoParks.org. Relay for Life – 7pm-7am. Teams of people camp out and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Find healing, comfort and support from others who have faced cancer or who have lost a love one to the disease. Phone for more information and say you saw it in Natural Awakenings North Texas edition. American Cancer Society. Allen High School Track. 214-218-5155. Home School Open Gym – May 13 & 27. 1-3pm. Program includes an hour of instruction and an hour of open gym time. Perfect for children who are currently enrolled in a home school program, or for Pre-K students. $15/one, $20/two. Eagle Gymnastics Academy, 6085 Sports Village Rd, Frisco. Reservations required: 972-712-4644.

SATURDAY, MAY 14 Run for Retrievers – 5k and 1m races to help alleviate the suffering of homeless or misplaced Labrador retrievers. $35/adult 5k, $30/student 5k, $20/adult 1m, $15/student 1m. Bird Fort Trl, Campion Trails, 5756 Riverside Dr, Irving. DFWLabRescue.org. Test Yourself 5K & Fun Run – 7am, registration; 8am, start. Family Fun Run/Walk followed by the 5K run, with cash prizes and awards for overall top male and female runners. 7300 Lone Star Dr, Shops at Legacy (Legacy & North Dallas Tollway), Plano. DontEvenTryIt.org. Let’s Move Together Dallas Arthritis Walk – 8am, registration; 9am, walk. 1- or 3-mile route. Food booths and events: a family activity area, educational health fairs and entertainment. 12700 Park Central, Dallas, at the Lending.com building. 214-818-0351. DallasArthritisWalk.org.

equipment needed for the weekend is provided. Something for everyone. Adults learn how to pitch a tent, use stoves safely, and fire building. Junior Rangers learn environmental awareness and Leave No Trace. State Park Junior Ranger Certification Programs for ages 5-12. Families gather equipment and build base camp for the weekend. Trail adventure and exploration through GPS and Geo-caching. Experience the natural wonders at night. Introduction to kayaking and fishing and fossil hikes at some locations. $65/family (up to 6 people). Texas Parks and Wildlife. Martin Dies Jr. State Park (E Texas). For more info & specifics about this location and activities: 512-389-8903. Bird Research Presentation – 10am. Wayne Meyer, Associate Professor of Biology at Austin College, will share his findings from a research project on the Painted Bunting. This colorful songbird comes to Hagerman NWR each May to nest, and is highly popular with birdwatchers. Open to the public. Free. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826.

Ft Richardson Camping Trip – May 20-22. Transportation, meals, and overnight park fees included. $100. Meet at Liberty Rec Center, 2601 Glencliff Dr, Plano. 972-941-7250. PlanoParks.org.

Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival – May 20-22. Named “Best of the Fests” by D Magazine, the area’s premier arts and music festival. $20/adult, $10/ Richardson resident, $30/3-day pass, $3/kids 5-12. Galatyn Park, 2351 Performance Dr, Richardson. WildflowerFestival.com.

Vegetarian Cooking Class – 11:30am. All welcome. $15/nonmembers, $10/members. Black Vegetarian Society of Texas. Nash-Davis Recreation Center, 1710 N Hampton Rd, Dallas. 214-331-2812. Mother & Daughter Tea – 1:30-4pm. Luncheon, crafts, entertainment, silent auction and style show to benefit City House. Tickets required. Email for details and say you saw it in Natural Awakenings North Texas edition. Frisco Women’s League. Embassy Suites, Frisco. Chair@FWLTea.org.

Fridays at the Farm – 9am-12pm. See May 6 listing. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St, Grapevine. 817410-3185. NashFarm.org. Space Days – 4pm. Learn all about space ships and gravity. Children will create and test their very own space capsules. For ages 8-12. Free. South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Ln, Denton. 940-349-8752.

Japan-A-Mania Day – 2-4pm. Celebrate Japanese culture with arts, crafts, games & food. Program best for teens in 6-12 grade. Free. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8718.

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SUNDAY, MAY 15

WildRide! WildRun! Against Cancer – 8am. The only bike ride to allow riders across the long stretch of the Lavon Lake Dam, closed all other days of the year, and inaugural timed run through Richardson parks. Benefits the Methodist Richardson Cancer Ctr. $40/adult rider, $20/child rider, $35/adult runner, $20/child runner. Verizon Parking Lot, 2400 Glenville Dr, Richardson. 972-498-7678. MethodistHealthSystem.org.

Kite and Lantern Festival – 8:30am-6pm. Features colorful kite flying and exciting dragon boat races, cultural performances, a lantern festival, plus traditional Asian food, arts and crafts and educational activities. Free. Marco Polo Foundation. Lake Carolyn, Irving. DFWDragonBoatFestival.com.

MONDAY, MAY 16 Bike to Work Week – May 16-20. Save gas, clean air, and get active with the League of American Bicyclists. BikeLeague.org.

Healing Emotional Stress – 6-7:30pm. Learn quick, easy and effective ways of dealing with the stressors of life. EFT is absolutely the best tool we’ve found and are excited to share this with our patients and community members. EFT specialist

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FRIDAY, MAY 20

Crapemyrtle Day – 10:15am. Get expert advice from Master Gardeners about these beautiful Texashardy plants. Free. Calloway’s Nursery – All locations. Calloways.com.

Guided Nature Hike – 8-9:30am. All welcome. Free. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826.

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Teen Animae and Manga Night – 6:30-8pm. Watch anime? Read Manga? Draw fan art? Come share your love of all things anime/manga. Snacks provided. Best for teens in 6-12 grade. Free. North Branch Library, 3020 N Locust St, Denton. 940349-8752.

Music Muscles and More Camp – See May 6 listing. Eagle Gymnastics Academy, 6085 Sports Village Rd, Frisco. 972-712-4644.

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Organic Society Meeting – 6:30pm. Seed and information exchange at 6:30pm. Meeting begins at 7pm. “What Do Food Labels Mean?” by Gail Wesson, Weston A. Price Foundation. Denton Organic Society. Denton Senior Center, 509 N Bell Ave, Denton. 940-382-8551.

Blooming Shrubs – 10:15am. Learn easy ways to grow blooming shrubs. Free. Calloway’s Nursery – All locations. Calloways.com.

Walk for Lupus – 8am, registration; 9am, start. Walk on the grounds of Texas Pythian Home in Weatherford. Children and adults welcome. Free to walk, raise money and earn rewards. Lupus Foundation of America, North Texas Chapter: 469-3740590 or 866-205-2369. Walk@Lupus-NorthTexas. org. WeatherfordWalkForLupus.kintera.org.

Learn to Camp Family Weekend – May 14-15. 9:30am. No experience necessary. Basic camping

Marion Solis will lead the workshop. Call ahead, seating is limited. Free. HealthWorks, 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano. 972-612-1800. HealthWorksTX.com.

Book Club for Girls – 6pm. A book club for girls and their mom, grandma, or other woman friend. Join us for refreshments and book discussion. Best for girls ages 8 - 12. Free. South Branch Library. 3228 Teasley Ln, Denton. 940-349-8752.

Open House: Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center– May 21 & 22. 2904 Swiss Ave, Cedar Hill. 214-3095811. DogwoodCanyonAudubon.org.

Dallas Farmers’ Market Season Opener – 8am5pm. The Dallas Farmers’ Market welcomes its momentous 70th season. The Chef at the Market summer series kicks off at 10 am; the Inner City All Star Band will be performing on the plaza. Support local farmers, produce dealers, specialty food vendors and restaurant vendors. Dallas Farmers’ Market, 1010 S Pearl Expy, Dallas. 214-939-2807. DallasFarmersMarket.org. Rain Gardening Class – 9am. Dr. Dotty Woodson, water resources specialist, teaches unique ways to capture and use water in the landscape as well as the best plants to use in a rain garden. Learn innovative ways to really put the rain to work for you. $25. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas. 214-515-6540. DallasArboretum.org. Growing Heirloom Vegetables – 10am-12pm.


$5. Century Parkway, 301 Century Pkwy, Allen. 214-509-4553. Health Fair – 10am-2pm. Learn about the health related services in Little Elm area. Organizations offering services to community members of all ages will be in attendance. Free. The Little Elm Lions Club and Little Elm Independent School District.s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). Little Elm High School, 1900 Walker Ln, Little Elm. 972-292-1840 x 22102. Prosper Chamber of Commerce Founders Fest – May 21-22. 10am-6pm. The Prosper Founders Fest will kick off on Friday May 20 with the Prosper Fire Dept. BBQ cook-off. Saturday will start with the Founders Day 5K run followed by a full day of music, art, entertainment and food. The Sunday Family Fellowship Event will be focused on families, faith and community. Admission free. Parking $5/car. Prosper Town Center. 972-508-4200. Backyard Oasis – 10:15am. Learn how to create own backyard paradise hide-away with color, fragrance and beauty. Free. Calloway’s Nursery – All locations. Calloways.com. This Sud’s For You! Soap Making Basics – 12pm. Learn how to make hand-crafted soaps from scratch in a wide range of styles and scents. Materials and supplies included. $40. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas. 214-515-6540. Dallas Arboretum.org.

SUNDAY, MAY 22 Tails on the Trails Doggy Hike – 11:45am. Scenic hike for dogs and their people. Doggy lunch to follow at Chill Sports Bar. All breeds welcome, even with socialization issues as long as owner has good control. Horseshoe Trail, Oak Grove Park, 2576 Dove Loop Rd, Grapevine. RSVP: Meetup.com/ DawgsOut. Family Nature Walk – 2-4pm. This themed walk will be guided by a knowledgeable expert in a specific area. Walk is planned to take about two hours. All ages welcome. Free. Connemara Conservancy, Main Entrance at Alma, S of Bethany Dr, Allen. 214-351-0990.

MONDAY, MAY 23 Lightning Bug Class – 8-9:30pm. Experience Plano’s nightly display of lightning bugs up close with a certified entomologist as he teaches about their behavior and how they are helping with cancer research. No pets allowed. $5. Oak Point Park, 2801 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano. 972-941-7250.

TUESDAY, MAY 24 Tour France without Leaving Texas – 7-8pm. A vicarious visit to Southern France. Jo Long and Mary Jane Hamilton will share pictures, souvenirs, and anecdotes from their travels to France. Light refreshments served. Free. Allen Public Library, 2nd Fl Computer Lab, 300 N Allen Dr, Allen. Preregistration required: 214-509-4900.

THURSDAY, MAY 26 Sam Bass Day – 10am-2pm. Family games and activities, a blacksmith demonstration, view the Sam Bass and Gang documentary, see re-enactment of the first train robbery in Texas every half hour. At 1:45pm awards for the coloring contest, and at 2:15pm Tom Keener will give a talk on Sam Bass’s

life and his impact on history. Free. Allen Heritage Depot, 100 E Main St, Allen. 972-727-8985.

FRIDAY, MAY 27 Polka and Czech Heritage Festival – May 27-29. Experience Czech traditions, dance, religious customs, tastes, sights, and sounds at our three spacious air-conditioned halls. Thirteen live polka bands including Grammy Award winning Brave Combo. Admission: $7/Fri, $12/Sat, $10/Sun. For more info, email and be sure to say you saw it in Natural Awakenings North Texas edition. Ennis. Director@ NationalPolkaFestival.com. Home School Open Gym – 1-3pm. See May 13 listing. Eagle Gymnastics Academy, 6085 Sports Village Rd, Frisco. Reservations required: 972712-4644.

SATURDAY, MAY 28 Paddling and Campout Weekend – May 28-30. 9am. We begin the trip just east of Broken Bow, OK. Paddle down the Lower Mountain Fork to the Little River confluence, then down the Little River to Horatio, Arkansas, arriving there around 12pm, Mon. Camp on private property Saturday night, and on a river island Sunday night. Fishing is normally pretty good, so bring your pole. Call for details, gear requirements, backup plans and to reserve your spot. Dallas Down-River Club. On the river near Broken Bow, OK. 972-979-2519. In-Sync Exotic Wildlife Tour – 9am-12:30pm. Trip to tour the In-sync Wildlife Rescue and Education Center in Wylie. As tour the facility learn how the cats are cared for and rehabilitated. If child is 7 years or younger, must provide a child safety seat as required by state law. Everyone 17 years or younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. $13. Meet at Liberty Rec Ctr, 2601 Glencliff Dr, Plano. 972-941-7250. Lavender Festival – May 28-30. 9am-5pm. Rain or shine. Lavender bouquet cutting, lavender cooking demos, food, music and shopping. Vendors with everything from antiques, art, hand-crafted items and more set up around the lavender field. Free. Lavender Ridge Farms, 2391 CR 178, Gainesville. 940-665-6938. Tractors, Trucks and Heavy Equipment – 10am12pm. Explore vintage and modern machines. All programs supported by donations. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St, Grapevine. 817-410-3185. NashFarm.org. Basics of Landscape Design – 10:15am. Learn the basics of Texas landscaping, from soil preparation, to a simple design, to selecting plants. Free. Calloway’s Nursery – All locations. Calloways.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 29 Texas Gardening 101 – 11am-4pm. Learn all you need to know about Texas gardening. $65/nonmembers, $60/members, includes book Easy Gardens for North Texas and class handouts on soil amendments, planting, maintenance and more all bound up in an easy to use binder. North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Rd, Dallas. 214-363-5316. NHG.com.

PLAN AHEAD SATURDAY, JUNE 4 Playtri Kids Triathlon – 7:30am. For kids ages 6-14

interested in fun competition in the sport of triathlon. Course: age 6-10: 100 m swim, 2.5 mi bike, 0.5 mi run; Age 11-14: 200 m swim, 5 mi bike, 1 mi run. Playtri’s “Race Ready” Program: One month before race, a USAT certified coaches will provide your child with an individual training plan, group practices and clinics, and individual advice on training and racing. Race registration included price. Lively Point, 909 N O’Connor Blvd, Irving. Details, Lead Developmental Coach Morgan Johnson: Morgan@ Playtri.com. Playtri.com/node/84. Bird Walk – 8-11am. Bring binoculars and field guides if have them, and learn what to watch for in habits, characteristics and calls. Can expect about 30+ species. The walk is planned to take about three hours. All ages welcome. Recommend wearing long pants, closed-toed shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Free. Connemara Conservancy, Main Entrance at Alma, S of Bethany Dr, Allen. 214-351-0990. Learn to Camp Family Weekend – Jun 4-5. 9:30am. No experience necessary. Basic camping equipment needed for the weekend provided. Adults learn how to pitch a tent, use stoves safely, and fire building. Junior Rangers learn environmental awareness and Leave No Trace. State Park Junior Ranger Certification Programs for ages 5-12. Families gather equipment and build base camp for the weekend. Trail adventure and exploration through GPS and Geo-caching. Experience the natural wonders at night. Introduction to kayaking and fishing and fossil hikes at some locations. $65/family (up to 6 people). Texas Parks and Wildlife, Eisenhower State Park (near DFW). More info & specifics about location, activities: 512-389-8903.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11 Race for the Cure – All funds from the Komen North Texas Plano Race for the cure go to research, education, screening and treatment programs. Register yourself, start a team or join a team and start your own personal fundraising program using online registration system. Susan G. Komen Foundation. KomenNorthTexas.org. Swim Across America Dallas Open Water Swim – 7am, registration; 9am, .5-mile; 11:30am, breakfast and awards ceremony. Open to non-swimmers with purchase of ticket. Raises money for cancer research and charities. $50. The Harbor on Lake Ray Hubbard, Rockwall. SwimAcrossAmerica.org.

MONDAY, JUNE 20 Exploring Sustainability Annual Conference – Jun 20-23. AT&T Conference Center, Austin. More info: KTB.org.

mark your calendar SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JUNE 25 & 26 Mud Run – 8am. Muddy 3.12-mile run with 18 obstacles and a 1-mile kid’s run with 6 obstacles. Course is set on 365 acres just north of Denton and winds through trees, ponds and creeks utilizing natural and manmade obstacles. Come for the day or camp for the weekend. Scholarships, prizes for best costumes, live music. Spectators welcome. $65/adult, $40/child. Patriot Games Mud Challenge, 17000 Clear Creek Rd E, Sanger. 940-5354999. ThePatriotGames@gmail.com. Pre-register ThePatriotGames.com.

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Adventure Guides and Princesses – A father-child program for grades K-3 designed to help foster a lifetime of understanding, relationship strengthening and companionship between father and child. $27/YMCA Family Members, $67/Community Members. Frisco Family YMCA, 3415 Main St, Frisco. Mark Hull: 972-335-3222 or MHull@ YMCADallas.org.

First Aid Classes, CPR and Babysitter Training – Various days. Monthly at various branches. For specific info on cost, space availability, times: YMCADallas.org. Live Animals of the World: A Conservation Exhibit – Ongoing. Encourages visitors to take a role in conserving nature. Native and non-native animals. $9/ adults, $6/children 3-12 and seniors, free/children under 2. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566. HeardMuseum.org.

SUNDAY Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group – 2-3pm. 3rd Sun. Get info on local resources, education and support. Open to anyone whose loved one may be affected by dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Autumn Leaves of McKinney, 175 Plateau Dr, McKinney. 972-542-0606. ZSmith@AutumnLeavesLiving.com.

MONDAY Bonus Day – Thru May. 10% off All Aveda products for Natural Awakenings North Texas edition readers. Eco Salon & Spa, 5964 W Parker Rd, Plano. 972-422-8332.

Massage for Mom –10am-4pm. $10 off any massage for Natural Awakenings readers. One-hour Hot Stone, Swedish or Pregnancy massage, reg. price $55/hr. Massage Space, 7000 Independence Pkwy at Legacy, Plano. Reservations required: 972-612-5363. Overeaters Anonymous – 12pm. Weekly Mon-Fri. A 12-step recovery program for compulsive eating. Prairie Creek Baptist Church, 3201 W 15th St, Plano. 972-238-0333.

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Discovery Classes – Mon-Sat. Times vary by age, 4mo-3yrs. Teaches motor skills, develops coordination and body control, and builds self-confidence and body strength. A Parent/Tot program that allows parents to help their child discover movements with music, games, and gymnastics. Achievers Gymnastics, 3014 S I-35 E, Denton. 940-484-4900. AchieversGymnastics.com.

Achievers Gymnastics, 3014 S I-35 E, Denton. 940484-4900. AchieversGymnastics.com.

Muayi-Thai Kickboxing & Aikido Class – 6pm, Muayi-Thai; 7:15pm, Aikido. Move your body, empty your mind, center your emotions. Agatsu Integral Dojo, Sunstone Yoga Academy, 4540 Beltway Dr, Addison. 214-531-0129. Beekeeping Meeting – 6:30pm. 2nd Mon. Beginner to experienced keepers welcome, ages 8-80. Free. Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association meets at Heard-Craig Center, 205 W Hunt St, McKinney. 972-843-8084. CCHBA.org. Non-Medical, Performance Enhancement Training Demo – By appt. Weekly, Mon-Fri. Learn how Interactive Metronome training is used for those with Learning Differences (ADD/ADHD, Sensory Integration, Autism Spectrum), serious athletes looking to improve their game, and adults and professionals wanting to better their day-to-day. Free demo appt. Willow Bend Academy, 2220 Coit Rd, Ste 500, Plano. 972-599-7882. WillowBendAcademy.com. Try Gymnastics – M-F. Times Vary. Programs for boys & girls. Ages 3-4 introduce fundamentals. Recreational classes for age 5+ build on basics and vary by age and ability. Call to schedule. Free. Kurt Thomas Gymnastics, 10825 John W Elliott, Frisco. 214-872-4646. Coffee with the Mayor – 8-9am. 2nd Mon. Residents are invited to join Mayor Maher Maso for coffee and casual conversation. Stadium Club inside Pizza Hut Park, 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco. Interactive Metronome Training Demo – M-F. 8:30am-5pm by appt. Find out how IM can help improve one’s performance at school, on the job, or in chosen sport. Free. Willow Bend Academy, 2220 Coit Rd, Ste 500, Plano. 972-599-7882. WillowBendAcademy.com. Indoor Park – 10-11am. Mon & Fri. The perfect place to bring little ones when it’s cold outside. Ages: up to 5yrs. $9/visit or $44/8 visit punch card.

Native Plant Society Meeting – 7pm. 3rd Mon. Guest speakers on topics related to native plants and habitats. Free. Dallas Chapter Native Plant Society. REI Outdoor Equipment Store, 4515 LBJ Frwy, Dallas. 866-527-4918.

TUESDAY Prosper Chamber of Commerce Meetings – 7am, networking; 7:30am, meeting. 2nd Tues. Open to nonmembers as visitors. Bring plenty of business cards and a few dollars to contribute to the breakfast fund. Gentle Creek Golf Club, 3131 E Prosper Trail, Prosper. 972-508-4200. ProsperChamberOnline.com. Tuesday Morning Live – 7:30am. Breakfast sponsors receive 10 mins on the program for a presentation about one’s business. Sponsor is responsible for bringing breakfast for about 50 people. Other attendees receive a 30-second commercial. $1/member. $7/guest. First visit free. Dodie’s Place, The Village at Allen, 190 E Stacy Rd, Ste 1320, Allen. AllenChamber.com. Leads Networking Meeting – 8-9:30am. 2nd & 4th Tues. See what the excitement is all about and learn how to make networking work. $5. Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church, Ministry Center, 6101 Morriss Rd, Flower Mound. FlowerMoundChamber.com. Healthy Eating Tours – 10am & 4pm. Learn how to make healthier choices, using our ANDI scoring system. Learn how to read labels; build menus around plant-based foods low in fat to ensure highly nutrient dense meals. Whole Foods Market, 2201 Preston Rd, Plano. 972-612-6729. Toddler Time – 10-10:20am. A good introduction to the library for children aged 2 years using stories, puppets, poems, and songs. Free. Registration required. The Colony Public Library, 6800 Main St, The Colony. 972-625-1900 x 3. Toddler Story Time – 10:15am & 11am. Tues, Thurs & Fri. Reinforces literacy skills through rhymes, music and reading. Ages 18 mos-3 yrs. Free ticket at 2nd floor desk. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child. Frisco Public Library, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco. 972-292-5669. Dallas Museum of Art – 11am-3pm. 1st Tues. Programming designed specifically for children age 5 and under and their families, but all ages welcome.

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Art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities. Free. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood St, Dallas. 214-922-1200. Chamber After Hours – 5-6:30pm. 4th Tues. Features Event is sponsored by a different business each month at their location and offers an excellent opportunity for members to connect and get acquainted with each other in a relaxed, informal setting. Notices are sent in advance of the meeting. 972-508-4200. Dates and sponsors: ProsperChamberOnline.com. Yoga Series – 6:30-7:30pm. Different content each month. Call for details. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. 469-854-6244. Beginner’s Knitting for Adults – Thru May. 6:308:30pm. Class for beginners or those who have forgotten how to get started. Space limited; preregistration required. Free. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8753. Crochet 101 for Adults – Thru May. 6:30-8:30pm. Class for beginners or those who have forgotten how to get started. Space limited; pre-registration required. Free. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8753. Collin County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas Meeting – 7pm. 2nd Tues. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. More info: 972-380-4030. HeardMuseum.org. DFW Greenweavers – 7pm. 2nd Tues. Networking for professionals and companies who are greenminded, eco-friendly or wishing to become more so. $1. Call for location details: 214-378-8686. Public Knowledge – 7pm. 1st Tues. Adults celebrating brains and brews through conversation and presenters from diverse fields in science and history. Different bar or restaurant location each month. For location details: FWMuseum.org/PublicKnowledge. Sierra Club Meeting – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Tues. Urban Wildlife: The Truth is Stranger than Fiction Discover why coyotes, foxes, bobcats, raccoons and opossums are thriving in urban areas. Learn how to prevent problems with these city critters and what to do if you find an orphaned or injured wild animal. Presented by Bonnie Bradshaw, Texas Master Naturalist, Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator and president of 911 Wildlife. Free. REI Dallas, Guadalupe Peak Rm, 4515 Lyndon B Johnson Frwy, Dallas. 972-699-1687. Dance, Dance, Dance – 7-9:15pm. Dance hosts available to dance with unescorted ladies. Refreshments served. $5. Plano Senior Recreation Center, 401 W 16th St, Plano. Details: 972-941-7155 or PlanoSeniorCenter.org.

WEDNESDAY Dallas Greendrinks – 2nd Wed. Meet for happy hour with other eco-conscious people. No cover, buy own drinks. Location TBD. DallasGreendrinks@ yahoo.com. Greendrinks.org/TX/Dallas. Eyebrow Threading – All day during business hours. 50% off for Natural Awakenings readers. Gold Salon & Spa, 9720 Coit Rd, Plano. 469-212-8000. Toddler Time – 10am & 11am. Wed & Thurs. Includes 25 minutes of books, songs and activities for ages 18 mos-3 yrs. Pre-registration not required. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child. Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Ln, Flower Mound. 972-874-6200.

Christian Women Business Networking – 11am1pm. 1st Wed. Fellowship and networking with other professional Christian women, to draw us closer together. We meet monthly over lunch, for prayer, inspiration and a “Spiritual Vitamin.” Prestonwood Country Club, 15909 Preston Rd, Dallas. For reservation & details: 972-704-3898.

Home Sellers Seminar – 7pm. 2nd Wed. The experts show how to make it move. Adults program. No registration required. Free. The Colony Public Library, Conference Rm, 6800 Main St, The Colony. 972-625-1900 x 3. NBoykin@TheColony. Lib.TX.us.

Art History Brown Bag Series – 12:30-1:30pm. 1st Wed. Presented by Annie Royer. A look at the “isms” including cubism, romanticism, modernism and impressionism. How did one “ism” influence the next? How did artists influence and challenge each other? Series will heighten one’s appreciation of art and provide insight into the mind of the artist. Free. Heard-Craig Carriage House located, 205 1/2 W Hunt St, McKinney. 972-569-6909. HeardCraig.org.

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Tween & Teen Game Day – 3:45-5pm. Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Guitar Hero and many other Wii & Play Station games. Free. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600 N Locust St, Denton. 940-349-8752. Twisted Stitchers Knitting Book Club – 4:30pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Needlecrafters ages 12-16. Bring knitting needles and listen to teen audio books while knitting projects for charity and personal use. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. For titles and dates: 940-349-8718. Clinic Series – 6-7pm. 2nd Wed. Different content each month. Example clinics: proper shoe fittings, nutritional information, injury prevention, Garmin, Polar, Nike watch technical sessions. Call for details. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. 469-854-6244. Fitness Workshops – 6-7pm. 2nd Wed. New topic each month to help one achieve one’s fitness goals. Free. Luke’s Locker at Watter’s Creek Village, Allen. 469-854-6244. Organic Society Meeting – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Seed and information exchange at 6:30pm. Meeting begins at 7pm. Denton Organic Society. Denton Senior Center, 509 N Bell Ave, Denton. 940-382-8551. Teen Anime Club – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. The Colony Public Library, Conference Rm, 6800 Main St, The Colony. 972-625-1900. Teen Anime/Manga Night – 6:30-8pm. 3rd Wed. For teens in grades 6t-12. Watch anime? Read Manga? Draw fan art? Share your love of all things anime/manga. Snacks provided. Free. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600 N Locust St, Denton. 940-349-8752. Bedtime Stories – 7pm. All ages. Come to story time prepared for lifelong learning and a barrel of fun. Free ticket at 2nd floor desk. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child. Frisco Public Library, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco. 972-292-5669. Home Buyers Seminar – 7pm. 1st Wed. Great advice from experts on buying a home. Everything need to know about the real estate market, getting a loan, HUD and more. Adults program. No registration required. Free. The Colony Public Library, Conference Rm, 6800 Main St, The Colony. 972625-1900 x 3. NBoykin@ TheColony.Lib.TX.us.

Social Run – 6am. Run/walk a total of 45 mins and then come in and enjoy coffee and bagels before heading to work. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. 469-854-6244. Get On Track (GOT) Networking – 7:16-7:46am. All attendees have 30 seconds to give their “business commercial.” Also have a 5-min presentation from sponsor each week. No registration required. Request a donation of $1. Frisco Chamber office, 6843 Main St, Frisco. 972-335-9522. FriscoChamber.com. Free Admission and Wildlife Program – 9am9pm. 3rd Thurs. Admission and parking free. 7:15pm, Special Program: Saving Our Birds – The work of the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. 214-309-5801. Craft Works – 9:30-11:30am. Everyone invited to work on crafts, exchange tips, and learn techniques. Free. Emily Fowler Library Program Room, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8752. Toddler Time – 10am & 11am. See Wed listing. Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Ln, Flower Mound. 972-874-6200. Storytime – 10-10:30am. Thurs & Fri. Pre-school children with a parent in attendance. The Colony Public Library, Story Corner, 6800 Main St, The Colony. 972-625-1900. Newcomer’s Coffee Mornings – 10am-12pm. 4th Thurs. Texas Star Bank, 320 S Preston Rd, Celina. CelinaChamber.org. Farmers’ Market at Adriati – Thru Oct 27. 10am7pm. Adriatica, 401 Adriatic Pkwy, McKinney. 972562-8790. CindyJohnson@ChestnutSquare.org. Lunch Hour Yoga – 11:30am-12:20pm. Class utilizes the Franklin Method and Smart Spine along with various types of yoga for relaxation and rejuvenation. $15. Pilates for Life, 103 W Belmont Dr, Allen. 214-704-3070. Business After Hours – 5:30-7pm. 2nd Thurs. An event where local business leaders meet and connect with delicious food and after hour drinks. A fun atmosphere and a great way to unwind after work while building one’s network of community leaders. Reservations required and must be made

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Rd, Ste 1408, Allen. TheVillageShopping.com. Second Saturday Bird Walks – Thru May. 9-10:30am. 2nd Sat. The Heard Museum and Prairie & Timbers Audubon Society (PTAS) offer guided bird walks on the Heard Museum and Sanctuary. Free with admission. Pre-registration required. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. Register: 972-562-5566 x 237. HeardMuseum.org.

CPR Training – 6-8pm. American Heart Training Center with 125 trained instructors. Texas CPR Training, 4013 Carrizo, Plano. 214-770-6872. TexasCPR.com. Dallas Organic Gardening Club – 6:30pm, refreshments; 7pm, meeting. 4th Thurs. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. DOGC.org. Teen Writers Group – 6:30pm. 3rd Thurs. Join other teen writers to discuss projects, get ideas and suggestions for publication, and for fellowship and fun. Free. The Colony Public Library, Conference Rm, 6800 Main St, The Colony. 972-625-1900 x 3. JSveinsson@TheColony.Lib.TX.us. Yoga Series – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Different content each month. Call for details. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. 469-854-6244. The Colony History Project Committee – 7pm. 3rd Thurs. Help cultivate and preserve The Colony’s rich history. The Colony Public Library, 6800 Main St, The Colony. 972-625-1900. Men’s Only Pilates – 8pm. Class utilizes all the Pilates equipment. $15. Pilates for Life, 103 W Belmont Dr, Allen. 214-704-3070. Crafter’s Corner – Thru May. 9:30-11:30pm. Crafters get together to share tips and work on individual projects. Free. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8753.

FRIDAY Friday Focus – 8am. Networking opportunities. Enjoy a cup of java and learn more about business community. IHOP in The Colony, Meeting Rm, 4801 State Hwy 121, The Colony. 972-625-8027. TheColonyChamber.com. European-Style Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Local farmers, ranchers, crafts, local vendors, artisanal craftsmen in a family atmosphere. Free. Parking lot behind Apricot Lane Boutique at Water Creek, 907 Market St, Allen. FourSeasonsMarket.com. Storytime – 10-10:30am. See Thurs listing. The Colony Public Library, Story Corner, 6800 Main St, The Colony. 972-625-1900.

First Friday Movie – 3:30pm. 1st Fri. Featuring a new movie each month. South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Ln, Denton. 940-349-8761. Free Community Yoga – 6-7pm. 1st Fri. Suitable for all levels. Space limited. Free. Transform U Fitness, 1565 W Main St, Lewisville. Pre-registration required: 972-849-9666. Open Gym – 7-8:30pm. Enjoy playing in the gym or practicing one’s skills. Ages 7-17. $11/nonmembers, $9/members. Achievers Gymnastics, 3014 S I-35 E, Denton. 940-484-4900. AchieversGymnastics.com. Live Music – 7-9pm. Live music and delicious treats: blended or hot coffee, delicious hot cocoa, Collin County’s award-winning specialty bakery treats, hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream, fresh baked cookies, cakes and bakery sweets. Free. Coffee N Cream, 11660 Legacy Dr, Frisco, 214-705-9600; and 190 E Stacy Rd, Allen, 972-678-2626. Square and Round Dance for Fitness and Fun – 7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Fri. Individuals and couples of all ages welcome. Texas Reelers, 820 W Arapaho, Richardson. Details: 469-384-3499 or 972-239-4078.

SATURDAY Small Fry Sports Classes – A skills and developmental sports class for boys and girls ages 3 and 4. Each month offers a different sport which allows children to develop new skills and gain exposure to all sports offered at the Y. Parents participate alongside their child during this fun and active class. $20/YMCA Family Members, $40/everyone else. Frisco Family YMCA, 3415 Main St, Frisco. Trey Gilmore: 214-297-9622 or TGilmore@YMCADallas.org. FriscoYMCA.org.

Indoor Park – 10-11am. See Mon listing. Achievers Gymnastics, 3014 S I-35 E, Denton. 940-484-4900. AchieversGymnastics.com.

Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 29. 8am-12pm. Locally grown and produced food and craft items. Chestnut Square Historic Village, 315 S Chestnut St, McKinney. 972-562-8790. CindyJohnson@ ChestnutSquare.org.

Ageless Wonders Luncheon & Trips – 12:30pm. 2nd Fri. Activities for seniors, potluck dinners and trips/field trips. Grand Prarie YMCA, 4556 S Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie. 972-642-9632. GrandPrairieYMCA.org.

Coffee N Cycling – 8:30am. Bicycle riders of all fitness levels will depart on a spirited, but inclusive, 15-mi ride winding through parts of Allen and McKinney before returning to the shop. Outside Coffee N Cream, 190 E Stacy

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Recycling: Electronics – 9-11am. The city of Plano encourages residents to bring all old electronic devices (not being used) to this site for proper disposal. For more info and location details: LiveGreenInPlano.com. Second Saturday Storytime – 10-10:30am. 2nd Sat. Stories, songs, puppets and more. Age 1-5 and their caregivers. Free. North Branch Library, 3020 N Locust, Denton. 940-349-8752. Family Story Time – 10:30am. All ages. Come to story time prepared for lifelong learning and a barrel of fun. Free ticket at 2nd floor desk. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child. Frisco Public Library, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco. 972-292-5669. Parkour Clinic – 11am-1pm. 2nd & 4th Sat. Indoor parkour and free running instructional classes open to all ages and abilities. Learn more challenging techniques in a padded environment. Release of liability waiver is required prior to participating. $15. LIFE Cirque. Elite Champion Gymnastics, 2621 Summit Ave, Ste 300, Plano. 214-450-3286. Parkour in the Park – 11am-1pm. 1st & 3rd Sat until it’s too hot. Parkour and free running exhibition and instructional happening open to all ages and abilities. Free. LIFE Cirque. Robert E. Lee Park, 3400 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas. 214-450-3286. Heard Nature Photographers Club – 1:30pm. 2nd Sat. Speakers and discussions. Topics include how-to and technique discussions and travelogue presentations. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. More info: 972462-7314 or HeardNaturePhotographers.com. Parents Night Out – 6-11pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Drop the kids off for tons of games. Pizza and drinks served. $15 with pre-registration, $20 at door. Corinth Gymnastics, 1402 N Corinth St, Corinth. Details: 940-498-4386. Live Music – 7-9pm. Live music and delicious treats: blended or hot coffee, delicious hot cocoa, Collin County’s award-winning specialty bakery treats, hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream, fresh baked cookies, cakes and bakery sweets. Free. Coffee N Cream, 11660 Legacy Dr, Frisco, 214-705-9600; and 190 E Stacy Rd, Allen. 972-678-2626.


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Doctor of Chiropractic & Massage Therapist 3900 W 15th St, Ste 506 Plano, 75075 214-801-0741 • SerendipityWellness.net Relieving pain head to toe, whether caused by injury, stress or fatigue. I offer personalized care, private appointments and therapeutic massage. See ad, page 42.

GREEN CLEANING ECOMAIDS

18352 Dallas Pkwy Dallas 75287 • 214-382-2644 High quality green cleaning service for homes and businesses. See ad, page 19.

GREEN GARMENT CARE OXXO CARE CLEANERS 5110 Eldorado Pkwy

COMPREHENSIVE HEALTHCARE HEALTHWORKS

2317 Coit Road, Ste B Plano 75075 972-612-1800 Whole body & lifestyle healthcare rejuvenating your body from the inside out. Comprehensive healthcare—naturally. See ad, page 28.

COUNSELING STARWOOD COUNSELING CENTER Margaret Ann Kellogg, LCSW 972-768-4795 StarwoodCounselingCenter.com

Frisco 75034 214-705-7739 • OxxoUsa.com Eco-friendly garment care cleaners. Convenient 24hour drop-off and pick-up system. Odorless process leaves clothes brighter and retaining their correct size and shape without “dry cleaning” smell. See ad, page 5.

GREEN PEST CONTROL NATURAL PEST SOLUTIONS 214-763-2758 GuysInGreen.com

Eco-friendly residential and commercial pest control using botanical products. See ad, page 11.

Worried, anxious, or can’t relax?LCSW Margaret Ann Kellogg, You are not alone. I specialize in HEALTHY DINING Proven of Treatments For Anxiety the treatment stress and anxiety. Call today to start getting relief. See ad, pageCall 43. 972-768-4795 THE SALAD STOP For Recommendations Developed 3685 Preston Rd Specifically For You. Frisco 75034 • 972-377-7867 Fresh and nutritious, locally grown food. Hwy. 121 and Dallas North Tollway

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2220 Coit Rd, Ste 500 Plano 75075 972-599-7882 • WillowBendAcademy.com An accredited, educational alternative that offers individualized, masterybased instruc-tion for students grades 4-12. Master Learning. Master Life. Experienced Interactive Metronome provider.

5809 Preston Rd, Ste 578 Plano 75093 972-943-9922 • PlanoZizikis@yahoo.com

Full-service restaurant serving Greek cuisine in a contemporary bistro setting.

HERBS & CHINESE MEDICINE

INTERNAL MEDICINE CENTENNIAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 4401 Coit Rd, Ste 409 Frisco 75035 972-377-8695

Highest ethical and clinical standards of care while providing exceptional attention to every patient.

KID FIT – KID FUN SPORTS TRAINING KURT THOMAS GYMNASTICS 10825 John W Elliott Frisco 75034 214-872-4646

Gymnastics training for preschool to competitive levels.

WINKIDS SPORTS & LEARNING CENTER 3000 Waketon Rd Flower Mound 75028 972-355-9988

Gymnastics, marital arts, swimming, dance, cheerleading and more.

MARKETS INDIA GATE GOURMET FOODS 4020 Hedgecoxe Rd Plano 75024 972-943-1177 Indian grocery store.

SIERRA MARKET 7777 Warren Pkwy Frisco 75034 972-377-4977

Convenience market. Organic beer and wine available.

SPICE BAZAAR 4681 Ohio Dr Frisco 75035 214-618-3175

Indian grocery store.

MASSAGE CLASSIC NAILS & SPA 6910 Windhaven Pkwy The Colony 75056 214-483-6006

Nails, waxing, facials and massage.

GREAT WALL ORIENTAL MEDICAL CENTER

MASSAGE SPACE

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.

Seven different types of massage therapy for rejuvenation and energy. See ad, page 9.

1312 Village Creek Dr Plano 75093 972-732-7804

7000 Independence Pkwy, Ste 180 Plano 75025 972-612-5363, Massage-Space.com

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Orginial antique maps and biblical prints from 1595 to 1850. Highresolution digital reproductions are available to those that prefer the art over the investment.

OUTDOOR GEAR & EDUCATION REI

2424 Preston Rd Plano 75093 • 972-985-2241 Quality outdoor gear and clothing with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

4851 Legacy Dr, Ste 301 Frisco, 75034 972-294-0808 • HealthyKidsPediatrics.com Where your child’s health is our passion! Offering a full range of pediatric services integrating conventional and natural medicine for your child’s optimal health. See ad, page 13.

PLAYCARE ADVENTURE KIDS PLAYCARE

690 Parker Square Flower Mound 75028 • 972-899-2060 And 1401 Shoal Creek, Suite 140 Highland Village 75077 • 972-899-2060 Drop-in child care and entertainment center.

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RESTAURANTS SHANDIZ MEDITERRANEAN GRILL & MARKET 4013 West Parker Rd Plano 75093 972-943-8885

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TOTAL WIND & SOLAR

Offices and service throughout D/FW 866-631-5934 Total Wind & Solar offers consultation, design, installation and service of alternative energy and weatherization systems based on your actual needs. Serving the North Texas-D/FW area. See ad, page 14.

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT ST. PHILIP’S EPISCOPAL

6400 Stonebrook Pkwy Frisco 75034 214-387-4700, StPhilipsFrisco.org Sunday services, community programs, job ministry, preschool, and St. Philip’s Academy “K” class.

TAILORING & ALTERATION SERVICES AUTUMN STITCH 279 W Main St Frisco 75034 972-712-1727

Tailoring, custom clothing, monogramming, draperies and shoe repair.

YOGA SCHOOL SUNSTONE YOGA ACADEMY 4540 Beltway, Addison 75001 214-764-2119 x 3 SunstoneYoga.com/grow.aspx

Sunstone Yoga Academy is a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance. We are dedicated to certifying the most highly trained yoga teachers in the area. See ad, page 2.

YOGURT ORANGE PEEL

310 E Round Grove Rd Lewisville 75067 469-831-7608 Fourteen flavors of yogurt and more than 60 toppings.

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We are here to make a difference in the lives we touch. Structured water systems and unique healing herbs from around the world. See ad, page 6.


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