Heartbeat Connection Magazine April 2013 Edition

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Collection Earth Day By Elizabeth age 7 Tick Tock We are on the clock It's time to recycle and pickup. It's Earth Day, a time to clean. Making things all sparkly. If you see trash, you know what to do. Pick up all the Pee-u. It's Earth Day, a time to clean. Making things all sparkly. If you see trash, you know what to do. Pick up all the Pee-u. All the stuff you see on the ground Pick it up and make a pretty town. And that's all we have to say about Earth Day!

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“To change the world, start with one step – however small, first step is hardest of all…” ~Dave Matthews


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Mission: Sharing the Art of Living with Heart. Create * Conceive * Connect 2 Letter from the Editor


News and Celebrations


3 Heart of Fashion Must Do Spring Trends for Women, Fiammisday.com

5 Out and About Naples Depot Museum

6 A Lesson My Art Professor Taught Me 7 Ask a Question


How do I know I'm Vitamin D Deficient?

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8 Healthy Habits Breathe, Exercise, Love, Live, Pray, Believe

8 Volunteering 5 Easy Ways to Volunteer

Book Giveaway Love you Today, Tomorrow, & Forever Necklace

9 Forever Cherished Moments 10 Recipe Corner


Leftover Mini Pies

11 Amazing Nature Animals Need Love too!

11 Earth Day Surprise 12 Tech Tips

Garage Sale from the couch, and Art on Photos Apps

13 Featured Foundation 1:Face watch and Teen Challenge


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Letter from the Editor

This month has been full of ups and downs. The most important is to share that my sweet nephew, Austin, was injured in a car accident in Alaska. He has been in intensive care for several weeks now and we are believing for his continued healing. Each day I'm updated on his progress and what the next steps to his care will be. My heart is with him every day and I continue to pray with my family and friends for his recovery! I celebrated my birthday with my family. It was sweet getting to eat a cake decorated by my eldest son in purple and pink. This month's giveaway is The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. Please make sure to visit the Giveaway section on our website for more details. If you'd like to be a contributor or are interested in advertising, visit our website or send us an email at info@heartbeatmag.com! Also, our hearts and prayers go out to the Boston community and to the people of West, Texas!

With love, Nicole Flothe


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This month's cover is a special photo captured by Melinda Nagy Otero. She was able to frame the sweet essence of a mother's love with her two boys. My sister-in-law, Tina Ervin, is pictured with her sons, Austin and e Robert, happy to be in their mother's presence. Read more in the Forever Cherished Moments cover story on page 9.


Lee Heyward - Style with Lee Shelly Aristizabal - You Asked & We Answered Beth Gatrell - Tech Tip of the Week Cheryl Flothe - Out & About, Recipe Corner Jason Swann - A Professor's Effect

MUST DO Spring Trends for Women


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With the change in season come new trends. Trends often get a bad rap for being something you spend money on and only wear one season. However, I believe they are more of an opportunity to add something fresh and new. The trick is knowing which ones make sense for you. Pick trends that are relevant for your lifestyle and can be easily mixed in with your current wardrobe. And remember it never hurts to try something on. Clothes aren’t permanent. If you don’t like something you can simply take it off. Here’s to being willing to try it on!



2. FLATS These shoes are made for walking—Hooray! This season flats and low heels are making a comeback. Punch up your spring style with a flat shoe in a bold hue. Look for a brand like Cole Haan for comfort and style.

3. PEPLUM TOPS With new trends popping up each season how do you know which ones are for you?

1. BOLD STRIPES Stripes aren’t just for the nautically enthused. Take a lesson from Coco Chanel and turn stripes into a chic and modern wardrobe classic. REMINDER: Horizontal stripes can be very flattering. The trick is choosing a garment with great shape.


This 19th Century fashion has made its way back onto the style scene. It’s a chic way to add a modern touch to a professional look. Pair a peplum top with your favorite pencil skirt. Best of all it’s a great way to accentuate a waist and hide a tummy.

4. GLOBE TROTTER Ethnic prints and inspirations make up this seasons Globe Trotter trend. Swap out your traditional blazer for a funky patterned version.

The Children's Fashion Blog Outfit and Kids Style Mom and Daughter's Outfits: Flowers and Stripes Our outfits (Fiammetta’s and mine) were made of flowers and stripes. I love them together, maybe to some they can seem a little daring together, but we like it. The flowered sweatshirt, cannot miss, it's in our closet this Spring! Sneakers to complete. What do you think?- Fiammisday.com



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by Cheryl Flothe

NAPLES DEPOT MUSEUM When we visited the Naples Depot a few years ago we found an unexpected connection with our family history. The facility was built in1926 by the Seaboard Air Line Railway (SAR). And my grandfather, William Shaw, and his brother, Horace, worked on the SAR until they retired. Grandpa was a conductor and Uncle Horace an engineer. Grandpa was probably very dashing in his conductor’s uniform! Our family connection with the railroad made the memorabilia in the Depot even more interesting. Seaboard Air Line Railway competed with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACLR) in 1926/27 to be the first to offer passenger service to Naples. Although ACLR started service to their depot at Airport Pulling and Radio Roads a month before, Seaboard Air Line arrived in grand style with their famous Orange Blossom Special from New York to Naples in January of 1927. For the fascinating story of the Orange Blossom Special, go to the Naples Daily News Lighthouse Project article. Seaboard Air Line had passenger service to Naples until the late 1920’s and continued with freight service only until the 1930’s, when Atlantic Coast Line bought out their service to Naples. The SAR operated on the east coast until 1967. The Naples Depot was also used for USO shows for military troops stationed in Naples during WWII. Atlantic Coast Line continued passenger and freight services until 1967, followed by freight service only until the 1980’s. When you walk into the beautifully restored Naples Depot you feel you’re getting ready to board the next train. You can even see and hear the train coming! There’s a good collection of railroad memorabilia and a history of travel in the Southwest Florida area, including native dugout canoes and vehicles from the early days in Southwest Florida. The Naples Depot is on the National Register of Historic Places and well worth seeing on your next outing. If you go, plan to check out the model railroad display housed in the other end of the building. The kids and the kid in you will love it!

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Atlantic Coast Line Caboose

Grandpa William Shaw & Uncle Horace Shaw in front of a Seaboard Air Line Train.

Conductor’s uniform for Seaboard Airline Railway.




My sister, Dottie, and I by the passenger train.


by Jason Swann

A Professor's Effect I wasn’t exactly motivated in my earlier years. I was a typical boy, who was more interested in playing and girls than anything else. I began my BFA in Fine Art at the University of Utah. It was my first day of life painting, and in walks my first professor. Mean old looking ‘coon dog. He was bald with a white beard and a scowl that could curdle milk. He said, “Welcome to life painting, you’ve all picked the wrong career.” I thought he was a jerk. I had several more classes with him and over time ended up seeing him as a great mentor. See, I was taking too many credits, and working two jobs. So you could say that I was doing the bare minimum. We were once in a hallway on a break, both of us hunched over looking at my latest painting. He hummed and hawed, scrunched his face up, and sighed. Then he dropped the bomb. “Jason, when are you going to…get pissed off enough to just do better?” It was like an inoculation shot. It stung for a bit, I cried, and then wanted a bandage and a sucker. After I had time to process what he said, I began to understand. He knew I wasn’t giving it my best. He was asking when I going to take it seriously. It changed my relationship with him, the way I approached my artwork, and the way I looked at any task from that point forward. As a professional, husband, father, and guy, I will occasionally feel like I’m falling short on my effort. I’ll hear my old professor’s voice in my head and ask myself, “When are you going to get pissed off enough to just do better?”




by Kathryn Stockett


Jason Swann, hubby to one and daddy to three. A lifelong creative, he continues to look for outlets to make new things. He loves to paint, draw, collage, assemblage, camouflage, and so forth. He is the owner of www.thecheekydaddy.com. He shares practical guy experiences, his favorite recipes, all on top of dad experiences, advice, and more.


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The Help is about a young white woman in the early 1960s in Mississippi who becomes interested in the plight of the black ladies' maids that every family has working for them. She writes their stories about mistreatment, abuse and heartbreaks of working in white families' homes, all just before the Civil Rights revolution.

by Shelly Aristizabal of Healthy Living Concierge

Health & Wellness Q: How do I know if I'm Vitamin D Deficient? If you shun the sun, suffer from milk allergies, or adhere to a strict vegetarian diet, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced by the body in response to sunlight. It also occurs naturally in a few foods -- including some fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks -- and is in fortified dairy and grain products. Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body use calcium from the diet. Symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean you have a vitamin D deficiency. However, for many people, the symptoms are subtle. Yet even without symptoms, too little vitamin D can pose health risks. Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with the following: Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease Cognitive impairment in older adults Severe asthma in children Cancer Research suggests that vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including type1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis.

Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency: You don't consume the recommended levels of the vitamin over time. This is likely if you follow a strict vegetarian diet, because most of the natural sources are animal-based, including fish and fish oils, egg yolks, cheese, fortified milk, and beef liver. Your exposure to sunlight is limited. Because the body makes vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight, you may be at risk of deficiency if you are homebound, live in northern latitudes, wear long robes or head coverings for religious reasons, or have an occupation that prevents sun exposure. You have dark skin. The pigment melanin reduces the skin's ability to make vitamin D in response to


sunlight exposure. Some studies show that older adults with darker skin are at high risk of vitamin D deficiency. Your kidneys cannot convert vitamin D to its active form. As people age their kidneys are less able to convert vitamin D to its active form, thus increasing their risk of vitamin D deficiency. Your digestive tract cannot adequately absorb vitamin D. Certain medical problems, including Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, and celiac disease, can affect your intestine's ability to absorb vitamin D from the food you eat. You are obese. Vitamin D is extracted from the blood by fat cells, altering its release into the circulation. People with a body mass index of 30 or greater often have low blood levels of vitamin D. Treatment for vitamin D deficiency involves getting more vitamin D -- through diet and supplements. Although there is no consensus on vitamin D levels required for optimal health -- and it likely differs depending on age and health conditions -- a concentration of less than 20 nanograms per milliliter is generally considered inadequate, requiring treatment. Guidelines from the Institute of Medicine increased the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin D to 600 international units (IU) for everyone aged 1-70, and raised it to 800 IU for adults older than 70 to optimize bone health. The safe upper limit was also raised to 4,000 IUs. If you don't spend much time in the sun or always are careful to cover your skin (sunscreen inhibits vitamin D production), you should speak to your doctor about taking a vitamin D supplement, particularly if you have risk factors for vitamin D deficiency.


by Nicole Flothe

BREATHE Do you have difficulty breathing sometimes? Research says that listening to classical music and dimming the lights can help support your breathing. Taking a nice deep breath and yawning can increase the oxygen to your body and make you feel better. EXERCISE It's funny to me to think that exercise boosts energy. Exercise can be tiring but in the long run the benefits are amazing. With regular physical activity you improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy! LOVE Don't argue, love through your disagreements. A study by Ronald Glazer and Jan KiecoltGlaser, in which couples were observed during disputes showed that a more loving, positive interaction had higher immediate immune function. Dr. Gonzaga says, the key to positive conflict resolution is productively engaging in conversation. LIVE Live for today. Sometimes we get so caught up in our past that we aren't paying attention to our present day. Stop thinking for a moment and look around you at the many small blessings you have in your life. PRAY Good communication is essential to a good relationship. If we start with a simple daily prayer, it opens up our hearts. Some people pray in the morning to start their day and others finish their night with a prayer habit. BELIEVE "Changing habits is fundamental to changing your life. Everything you repeatedly do, say and think is as a direct result of your habits. To enjoy permanent, positive change in your life, you must change your negative beliefs and their associated habits," says Tania Kotsos. Believe in possibilities!


Volunteering can be a great way to not only help someone, but in turn, help yourself. Volunteering doesn't have to be complicated. Here are five easy ways you can Volunteer. 1. Check in with your local church, workplace or school. They will be in touch with those that are in need in your community, like nursing homes, moms, etc. 2. View online volunteer websites. Some important ones are volunteermatch.org and handsonnetwork.org 3. Join a volunteer organization you are passionate about. If you are excited about the cause your time will be quick and easy. 4. You can volunteer from your house. With the use of the internet you can now help people over the computer. Type a document, design a logo, etc. 5. Visit your local hospital and see if they have any special requests. Donation of clothing, food, books, and magazines are always useful.


by Nicole Flothe December 2012 was a special time for my family. We were able to get all of us together in one location for family photos. While these moments will be forever cherished, we have some sad news that happened recently. Austin, the youngest of the family, was severely injured in a recent car accident. He has been in the ICU in Anchorage, Alaska and soon will be transferred to Seattle Children's Hospital. We are all praying and believing for his recovery. My sister-in-law, Tina, made these beautiful dream boards for him. The first one highlights all the words that shine what we are believing for Austin, and the second board shows images of things we are excited to see happening for him now and in the near future! We thank everyone for their continued prayers! My cherished moments with Austin will always be his incredible smiles and huge hugs.


Updates on Austin Ervin can be found at www.facebook.com/AustinErvinHealing


Recipe Corner

by Cheryl Flothe

Leftover Mini Pies Wondering what to do with those leftovers? Make them into these easy mini pies. I found this yummy and easy Betty Crocker recipe posted on my Face Book page by a site called, “Tot Shop.” Kids can even help make these and you can also freeze them to pop into the microwave later. Add a salad and you have a meal! Directions: 1. Mix ½ c. Bisquick (see following recipe to make your own), ½ c. milk, and 2 eggs together. 2. Put about 1 T. Bisquick mixture in each greased muffin cup for base. 3. Add ¼ c. leftovers or other filling you prepare (veggies, meats, seasonings, cheese, etc.) 4. Top with 1 T. Bisquick mixture. 5. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. To make your own Bisquick mix: 1. 6 c. sifted flour 2. 3 T. baking powder 3. 1 T. salt 4. ½ c. cold, unsalted butter 5. Mix above ingredients with whisk. 6. Cut in cold butter with pastry cutter or two knives. 7. Store in airtight covered container for up to 4 months.


Here are two sites with fun examples of animals showing affection or interest in other species:



BuzzFeed Animals, December 2012, http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/interspecies-friendships-of-the-year;

by Cheryl Flothe

Birds of a feather flock together may be the norm for animals, but we often see heartwarming pictures of different species showing love and interest in each other. These instances make us feel so good we just have to say, “Awwww!�

When wildfire rescue workers in California ran out of animal crates, they placed a fawn and bobcat kitten together. The two cuddled right up to each other for comfort.

Meteor over Banff National Park, Canada Photo by Yuichi Takeshaka, in National Geographic News


MSN August 2012, http://now.msn.com/seeadorable-photos-of-interspecies-love.

Koko, a 230 pound ape, not only had her own kitten, she also named it All Ball using sign language. For more on Koko: http://www.koko.org/index.php

by Cheryl Flothe Celebrate Earth Day during the wee hours of the morning, April 22, 2013. The Lyrid Meteor Shower has been thrilling mankind since 687 BC when it was first noted. Usually 1020 meteors can be seen per hour, but in 1803 there were up to 1,000 per hour! The Lyrids started April 16 and will run until the April 25th, but the peak will be just after moonset on April 22nd. This could be a memorable way to start your Earth Day this year. For more information see: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/04/100419-lyrids-meteor-shower-earth-day-peak/


Art on Photos Apps by Nicole Flothe

Into Tomorrow's Garage sale from the couch... by Beth Gatrell

Want to entertain the kids with a way to color a photo? Or add a shock of color to a black and white image. I love my Art on Photo apps. I've made some fun holiday and colorsplash designs. My Art on Photos apps:

Now is a great time to clean out your closets and garages to make room for all things summer. With today's technology, it has become easier than ever to sell or look for items without even leaving your house. Popular online sites, like eBay and Amazon, allow you to list items for sale, as well as search for items you may be wanting. Once you make your online purchase, the items will then be shipped to you. Another often used site is Craigslist, which also lets you list and search for items, but you do so by area, and make your own arrangements to pick up the items, therefore avoiding any shipping or online service fees. Many online outlets allow you to list, search for, and sell items. For example, GarageSale Homepage and Yard Sale Items, which are helpful when researching pricing for your own items. FleaBay and The Online Yard Sale are additional great sites to check out when looking to buy or sell. And when you want to physically visit a garage sale in your area, you can check out Yard Sale Search or Garage Sale Rover and download the free mobile app to search sales in your neck of the woods. Some local communities even set up Facebook pages dedicated to items in the area. We wish you luck buying and selling today and "Into Tomorrow."

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by Nicole Flothe Happy National Volunteer Month

The heartbeat of organizations worldwide, volunteers are working every day to create and be the change they want to see. From far-off jungles to organizations in your town, there’s a network of incredible people constructing a new reality for those in need. April is National Volunteer Month, time to put the spotlight on the people who give up time with their families, their pets, and their friends to invest in something bigger than themselves. Mary Haight from www.dancingdogblog.com

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Teen Challenge was established in 1958 by David Wilkerson, and has grown to more than 170 centers in the United States and 250 centers worldwide. Teen Challenge offers a number of services to the community, many times free of charge. For over 40 years, Teen Challenge has been going into schools around the world working with teens to educate them about the dangers of drugs. Teen Challenge reaches out to people in juvenile halls, jails, and prisons. Their "jail teams" help show inmates that there is hope for them to turn their lives around. And more importantly, they educate them in how to change their lives! Many of their centers hold weekly support group meetings such as Turning Point. Turning Point's purpose is to assist local churches in establishing effective, ongoing, Biblically-based, small group ministry to help people overcome and/or remain free of lifecontrolling problems. Turning Point groups are designed to have a beginning and an end. Teen Challenge of Southwest Flordia has a residential program with a minimum of 12 months commitment required of the students. During their stay there, students experience a strict schedule, personal structure, accountability to authority, individual mentoring relationships, and one-on-one counseling. They will also participate in Biblicallybased Life Skills Training classes along with supervised work details which enable them to learn new patterns of thinking and behavior in personal relationships. https://www.facebook.com/SWFL.TEENCHALLENGE







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