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Come, draw hearts in the sand. Take a trip to Paradise... visit Florida.

Mission: To connect the Hearts of People & Businesses. Create * Conceive * Connect 2 Editor's Letter News and Celebrations from Nicole Flothe.

3 33 Websites that offer Crafts and Savings.

4 The Model Pose Taylar Meehan shares her Heartfelt story.


5 Athletics So many options, which one is right for you?

Ave Maria Dance

6 Heart Questions What causes Cholesterol problems?

7 Books of the Month Intriguing Books Heartbeat Connection Reviewed.

8 Happy Birthday


9 Heart Healthy Recipe Cheryl Flothe's Corner.


10 Makeup Party

Beauty inside and out!

Mermaid's Bite No factories, just fashion, jewelry, and art handcrafted with heart all over the world. Once Bitten, Indie Smitten!

11 True Love

Love songs you don't want to miss.

12 Tech Tips

10 Heart saving apps.

13 Featured Artist Mermaids Bite.


Options with Athletics

Mardi Gras President's Day

Chocolate Mint Day Violet Flower

Leap Year National Banana Bread Day Valentine's Day National Tooth Fairy Day

Amethyst Stone

National Almond Day

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How are Companies touching the hearts of the world? At Heartbeat Connection Magazine we are discovering these answers. Online we offer companies the opportunity to answer heartfelt questions at Several new exclusive company reviews have been posted to our Blog.

letter from the editor

Welcome to February---a month full of romance, love, birthdays and parties. Our kids finished their basketball session with Southwest Florida Basketball, had fun and learned new skills. Last month we had a Mary Kay makeup party for our daughter, Elizabeth, and her friends to celebrate her sixth birthday and they loved every minute of it. For my mother’s birthday, we took her to Brambles Tea Room in Naples where we had a special afternoon tea served in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. In this issue, we’re excited to share websites offering crafts and savings. As the kids continue to grow, it's great to keep up with new ways to entertain them. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we have a delicious heart-healthy recipe, some beautiful love songs in Featured Musicians, e heart questions for Ask the Nurse, and more. Keep checking the websites for new company giveaways. Our most recent heartfelt raffle is an awesome heart ballet bag from It's free to enter and I'm sure someone will be blessed with the prize.

With love, Nicole Flothe

Managing Editor



Send us an email at with Websites, Online Magazines, Love Quotes, Events, and Books with a Heartbeat.


17. JoAnn Fabrics - Supplier of crafts and savings. 18. Lakeshore Learning - Products designed with learning in mind. 1. - Crafts site that offers DIY instructions. 2. - Is a premier site for catering, special event planners and wedding planners for wedding and reception supplies. 3. Alphamom - Is a consumer lifestyle brand and new media company for moms and moms-to-be. 5. Toddlers To Teens Parent TV Show - Support and advice for mums and dads of toddlers to teens. 6. Inspiring Mums - Is where Mums are INSPIRED FOR LIFE! We are Mothers Leading The Way To Promote Healthy Living For Life. We are the Mother Revolution! 7. Daily Savings From All You - Provides DIY crafts and savings. 8. Coupons Crafts and Causes - Bringing the arts of saving, crafting and giving together to help make a difference in the lives of others. 9. Savings - Save money, be happy. 10. 247 Moms - Keeping it simple by making every Mom-Moment count! 11. DIYnetwork - Find Projects, How-tos and Experts' Advice. 12. Afloral - Offering silk flowers, supplies, howto videos, and artificial plants. 13. CreateForLess - Over 50,000 craft supplies at discount prices. 14. Factory Direct Craft - Factory Direct Craft Supply specializes in craft supplies and wedding supplies. 15. Oriental Trading - Carries irresistible party supplies and crafts. 16. Michaels - Offers craft supplies and weekly savings coupons.


19. Craft Gossip - A website offering the best DIY and handmade craft ideas their editors have found. 20. Hofcraft - The painter's source, serving professional artists, decorative painters, and crafters since 1973. 21. Centsible Savings - Your resource for coupons, deals, freebies, and more! 22. Coupon Divas - My motto: Let's make saving fun! 23. Clipping Money - Saving money is what I love to do. Watch how much money you can save at the grocery store. 24. Child Fun - Quick and easy crafts for the kids. 25. Coupon Cabin - Channel your inner artist and take on a fun project. Look no further for great deals on arts and crafts supplies. 26. Spectacular Savings - I love finding great deals, simple ways to earn, and sharing it all with others! 27. Craftsy - Learn it. Make it. 28. Savings is Free - Coupon your way to saving money, Today! Let's all save money and have fun doing it. 29. Money Saving Parent - Save for Tomorrow, Live for Today! 30. Mommy Savers - Moms living well for less. 31. TipJunkie - Money savings through couponing. 32. Etsy - Community of artisans providing products for sale and craft ideas. 33. Craftsyble - Is all about talented crafters and artisans.

I went to an interview and made the call back in which I was suppose to read a script. I got to talking about my dance experience and the "Fish Flop" It grabbed their curiosity so I demonstrated it in the hall for them...handed me a contract right there. 6. What are your talents? Talents - Dancing, Jazz,Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Acting and Participating in Drama Club. I have been nominated for United Nations and gave a speech to over 500 people on a resolution to help foreign children and I also participated in Pier Mediation at my school for 2 years in which our school sent us to the local hospital for training. 1. How did you learn to pose like a model? It's just something that came natural for me. I learned to take direction well from years of discipline in my dance. 2. Who inspires you? Britney Spears inspires me! Even when people say bad things about her, she still stays strong. 3. What is your dream role? To model for Hot Topic and Get into the singing business and go on tour. 4. Do you have a best friend and what do you do together? Kylee is my best friend and we like to watch scary movies together and ride snowmachines in the Caribou Hills of Alaska. 5. How did you get signed with an agency? I submitted a one-time photo in which a director of a Model/Talent Agency liked my look.


Athletics - So many choices

Making a decision on what sport you will participate in can be a difficult choice. Determine your enjoyment of the sport or activity by trying them out and watching them locally, on youtube videos, or on tv. If you like to dance or always dreamed of being a ballerina, check out some local dance companies and their schedules. My daughter loves to dance so we did some research and found Ave Maria Dance Academy at Ave Maria was a perfect fit. Their mission is to bring the joy of music and movement to students of all ages and help build lasting memories for all those who come through their doors. They offer several different class schedules and provide beginner lessons. They also teach the children proper body positions that help them develop great posture and learn a routine for an end of year dance recital.

Zumba instructor, Jesenia Zapata, at Crunch Gym. The other sport that has been predominant at our home is basketball. We found a great organization that the kids have been participating in called Southwest Florida Basketball. They have sessions and learn new skills with competitions between teams with weekly games. This session finished up last weekend with several championship games and kids running back and forth down the court for great exercise. Another option is to join a local gym that offers exercise programs you can enjoy. Some may be too advanced for beginners, but you can work up to those levels. I recently joined Crunch gym and my monthly membership includes all the Zumba dance classes, pilates, yoga, and more. Their Zumba instructor, Jesenia Zapata, says that combining Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system gets people excited and motivated, burns calories and improves health.

Whichever sport you decide to chose for yourself and your family, make sure you follow your heart. To visit their websites go to or

By Nicole Flothe



Heart Questions Answered... Although cholesterol is important and necessary for the body, high levels of cholesterol in the blood have been linked to damage to arteries and Heart disease.


hat causes Cholesterol problems? Wikipedia's definition of Cholesterol from the Greek chole- (bile) and stereos (solid) followed by the chemical suffix -ol for an alcohol, is an organic chemical substance classified as a waxy steroid of fat. It is an essential structural component of mammalian cell membranes and is required to establish proper membrane permeability and fluidity. In addition, cholesterol is an important component for the manufacture of bile acids, steroid hormones, and vitamin D. Cholesterol is the principal sterol synthesized by animals, predominantly in the liver; however, small quantities can be synthesized in other eukaryotes such as plants and fungi.


High Cholesterol is caused by several things one of them being the foods we consume. If we eat large portions of red meat, pies, sausages, hard cheese, pastry, cakes, and biscuits: to name a few, we will see our LDL (bad cholesterol) rise. People that have a sedentary lifestyle and don't exercise will also risk the development of higher levels of LDL. How much we weigh, smoking, and alcohol are other factors that have an impact on increasing our cholesterol. As per the Mayo Clinic, the top 5 foods to lower your numbers are... 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Oatmeal, oat bran and high fiber foods Fish and omega-3 fatty acids Walnuts, almonds and other nuts Olive oil Foods with added plant sterols or stanols

Nicole Flothe RN and Dr Lucienne Valcourt MD Taking Care of Kids is Our Priority! 239-963-9855


of the Month

Here are four heartfelt writers that share their message and are making an impact on the world...

Twitter Reference Hardback Book by Claire Diaz Ortiz

AutoBiography Hardback Book by Shaquille O'Neal

Non-Fiction Hardback Book by Howard Schultz

Non-Fiction Paperback Book by Kristina Arias

Twitter for Good is a book written by the head of social innovation and executive leadership at Twitter, Inc.

Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal is a four-time NBA champion and a three-time NBA Finals MVP.

In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as the CEO eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company and became chairman.

An honest reflection and testimony of one Christian's discovery of God's plan for abundance and increase in our lives.

It's the official word from Twitter on how to harness the power of the platform for any cause. As recent events in Japan, the Middle East, and Haiti have shown, Twitter offers a unique platform to connect individuals and influence change in ways that were unthinkable only a short time ago.

But if you follow the game, you also know that there's a lot more to Shaquille O'Neal than just basketball. From growing up in difficult circumstances and getting cut from his high school basketball team to his larger-than-life basketball career, Shaq lays it all out in SHAQ UNCUT: MY STORY.



Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

For anyone who is struggling with a mindset of scarcity in his or her life whether it be time, finances, relationship, forgiveness, or any other area - this book is a must read.


ebruary Birthdays

A special day comes when our child is born, each year goes by and we celebrate the joy of having them in our lives!

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Rebecca Wolfson Suzanne Ervin Teri Sweigart Kenneth Vandereecken Sabine Bernard Jeanette Rodgers Fred Plocinski Keith Cameron Smith Azim Khamisa Cathy Henbest Blake Ervin Marie Deltor Rebecca Gonzalez Susan Terrones Melissa Groom June Cherry Monique Wright Kristin Lesney-Ruiz Ken Esquilin Elayna Wolfson


Cheryl Flothe's

Recipe Corner In keeping with the heartbeat of St. Valentine’s Day, here’s a heart-healthy recipe for Beef and Vegetable Kebabs rice your whole family can enjoy. Broiled Beef Kabobs Recipe Prep/Total Time: 25 min. Yield: 4 Servings Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon water 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon honey 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 pound beef top sirloin steak (1 inch thick), cut into 1-inch cubes 2 small green and/or sweet red peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces 12 large fresh mushrooms Hot cooked rice Directions In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Add the beef, peppers and mushrooms; toss to coat. Thread meat and vegetables alternately on metal or soaked wooden skewers. Broil 3 in. from heat, turning often, until meat reaches desired doneness and vegetables are tender, about 12 to 16 minutes. Serve with rice.

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Photo by: Taste of Home

The Holiday Spot (, tells us St. Valentine’s Day origins date to the early Roman fertility celebration, Lupercalis, which was celebrated on February 15th. With the spread of Christianity, many pagan or Roman holidays were renamed for Christian martyrs. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius moved the celebration to February 14th, the day the 3rd century Roman priest, Valentine, was martyred. Valentine conducted secret marriage ceremonies for Roman soldiers who were forbidden by Emperor Claudius II to marry. Claudius thought married soldiers would be too attached to their families, thus weakening his army. Valentine was condemned by the emperor for not renouncing his religion. During St. Valentine’s imprisonment, legend says he wrote a letter to the daughter of one of his jailors signing it, “From Your Valentine.” The day was not related to romance until the 14th century when a scholar’s research showed the poet Chaucer’s connection. Chaucer wrote a poem associating February 14th as the day of a royal wedding, the day birds were believed to mate, and St. Valentine’s Day. Thus a tradition starting in the Middle Ages was born and St. Valentine’s day has evolved into one of the biggest holidays celebrated in the U.S. today. Submitted by Cheryl Flothe


Makeup Party No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important. - Mary Kay Ash While some girls like Barbies and some like ponies, my daughter has a love for makeup. I recently met Lori Pereira, a Mary Kay Makeup consultant, and learned the secrets of keeping my skin healthy and rejuvenated. I did a makeover with her and thought it'd be fun to have her show my daughter how to apply makeup the right way and instill a belief in her that she is beautiful inside and out. We scheduled a makeup party and the kids got to wash their faces before they applied the different shades of color to their eyes and lip gloss of their choice. They learned how to use the soft part of their finger when applying cosmetics and to put on the blush to highlight their cheekbones.

I see beauty.

Caitlyn Smiles

The kids learned the secret Mary Kay hand sign to show Lori if they ever see her in the supermarket. Psst...put your ring finger and middle finger down and make an M sign. Once the makeup was applied and they all looked beautiful, they learned the model pose. It was a great experience for the children and one I would recommend to others that would like to teach their girls how to feel and look spectacular.


Clean Faces

Featured Musicians


About Adelaine Hometown: Houston, TX Genres: Rock / Pop Members: Stormy, Zach, Matt, Wayne, Donny Formed with a specific mission at heart, Adelaine sets out to make a difference in the lives of all that hear their music, living out Gandhi’s timeless words of being the change you want to see. "One thing that we feel sets us apart is the passion we put into our music, and why we do it. It’s not about being famous or the money. This becomes personified through the resounding anthem, “Your heart is your weapon, it’s time to make our move." Adelaine creates a work of art in its purest form: raw, edgy, and filled with heart and soul. The band’s mission is bringing back a long lost piece of what music today has lost, and along with it a glimmer of light that is faith filled hope in this dark world. They plan to take their mission on the road and beyond armed with the “Take Heart” EP.

RYAN PRYOR About Ryan Pryor Hometown: Austin, TX Genres: Singer Songwriter / Acoustic / Beach Music Label: Hush Tone Records Members: Ryan Pryor, Steven Arthur, Risa Wolf, Tony Wheeler Almost immediately after picking up the guitar, Ryan Pryor began writing his own material, feeding off influences from singer/songwriters to R&B icons like Boys II Men. Ryan combines thoughtful lyrics with soaring melodies to create a sound that is truly his own. After graduating from college in May 2010, Ryan spent a year living in Maui, Hawaii. The first installment of music from Ryan Pryor is the Lovely Days EP, which was recorded in Maui towards the end of his stay in the summer of 2011. The EP is now available on iTunes. Written by Braeden Defrees

* Strength in My Weakness * New Hope * Take Heart


* Fresh Love * Lovely Day * Can't Take My Love


10 Heart Saving Apps Being in the medical field I am always interested in what new apps are coming to market in the Health category. If you click on the app store on the iphone you can do a search under categories, then choose Health & Fitness or Medical. They have a list of the Top Paid apps, the Top Free apps and Release dates. Here are some great tips from "Into Tomorrow," by Beth Gatrell, on the new photo sharing technology that is available.

Heart Saving Apps! 1



Into Tomorrow's Tech Tip of the Week High Tech Photo Sharing ‌




Top 10 Heart Saving Apps 1. Heart Fitness 2. Pocket First Aid & CPR 3. My Heart Says: Love Quotes 4. Cardiovascular Medicine 5. iPharmacy - Pill Identifier 8



6. iRunner 7. City Walks 8. The Heart 9. Find iPhone 10. iHeartradio 10

To view more information about iPhone apps visit

February Quote -

The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within. William C. Bryant


People love to share their photos especially on Facebook and Twitter. Video sharing is also a favorite with sites like YouTube and Shutterfly. In addition to using them from your computer, you can share on the go with these sites and apps like Klip and Vlix. Pictures can be fun using apps like Instagram and Little Photo which allow you to use special filters and features to enhance your existing photos and then share them with family and friends. And if you want to just look at pictures of all kinds you can check out Pinterest and create boards of things you love and share your interests. You can also visit sites like Buzznet to view and share photos about music, fashion, and more. And if you'd like to see lots of comedy, there's even a special sharing site for that with Atom. Be sure to check us out, subscribe to "Into Tomorrow," and share your ideas, comments, and suggestions .. but mostly share us with your friends. Beth Gatrell

Featured Artist Indie In Style Mermaid's Bite supports the ideal that all artists everywhere in the world should earn a fair wage for their art. We offer unique, independent designer fashion, jewelry and art from the Americas, the East, the Outback, and beyond. Our custom designs proudly wear our label Indie In Style.

Mermaid Prints by Nikki Burnette

Peacock Maxi Skirt

Grace's Grecian Gown From imagination to a dream...

Fachadas en Madera Every pebble reproduced in detail, every time-worn window, every shadowy doorway... No factories, just fashion, jewelry and art handcrafted with heart all over the world. Once Bitten, Indie Smitten! Address: 472 5th Ave South, Naples, FL 34102 路 Get Directions Phone: 1 813.335.0043 Website:


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