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Bernice Carter-McNeil Editor & Publisher Satori LifeStyle Magazine


Seniors Going Back To School

ave you been pondering the thought of going back to school and for some reason you keep missing the registration date? When you are over 50 why is it so difficult to get started and really commit to this scary and seemingly uncertain undertaking? I am turning 60 years of age this month and my desire to return to school is something that I have been contemplating since I retired. When you have been out of school for a number of years it is not easy to reconnect with the idea of sitting in a classroom with a group of much younger students. It may sound silly but my number one question was “Am I going to be the oldest one in the class? I can laugh about it now because I am not the senior student in all of my classes and no where near being the senior student on campus. At this point, even if I were the oldest student, it would not matter one wit because I am having so much fun and my peers are there for me when I need them. You may be wondering if I find it easy, not at all. It is challenging to say the least; however, I find it refreshing, interesting, stimulating and a great way to fill my day. If you love learning new things and want to get out of the house, or stay

at home for that matter, this is the way to go. Taking college level courses can be incredibly expensive but don’t let this stop you. There are numerous government programs that will help you to go to school. You may qualify for an educational grant or a loan. If you are strapped financially, a grant is preferred because, providing you pass all your classes, it does not have to be repaid; conversely, a school loan must be repaid. Some of my classes are online and this can be a great way for you to get started if you wish to continue your education at home. You can do everything online! First you find a community college near you and go to their website and follow their instructions for student enrollment. Another concern I had was my ability to grasp information and keep up with the pace of weekly assignments. Face to face classes can be a little easier because the professor is right there to answer your questions and alleviate your concerns. You also gain the benefit of student classroom interaction that can enhance the learning process. Just as important is the unique perspective you as a senior can contribute to classroom discussions. Also, in class demonstrations are quite effective. It is a little different with the online classes with its communication process that entails sending an email to your professor

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and waiting for a reply which can take a day or so. I have been fortunate in that my instructors respond very quickly and I do not lose time with my assignments. Tutoring is also provided on campus for one of my classes for which I am very very thankful! Somehow, I think I would be lost with some of the Multimedia assignments. Let me re-phrase that “Somehow, I KNOW I would be lost.” The point here is, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. I can surely understand why it may be somewhat scary to move forward with your thought of going back to school; but, I say “Go for it!” What is the worst thing that could happen? You will get more exercise, meet new people, learn new things, and feel better about yourself. All in all not too shabby! Age is a good thing and should not induce fear and anxiety when contemplating return to school; however, it has stopped many seniors before you. Don’t let it stop you from fulfilling your educational desires. You can do it!


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Add Healthy Fresh Produce to Family Dinners


he U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. While this may seem difficult, summerfresh fruit from Chile provides for year round availability and daily use in a variety of healthful recipes. With fresh beets, sweet maple syrup, blueberries, tangy Dijon mustard and walnuts, this crowd-pleaser salad can be easily adapted to fit the tastes of even the little ones. The stuffed sweet potato recipe features notes of sweet potato, pear, grapes, brown sugar, honey and cinnamon with the added crunch and nutty flavor of almonds. Enjoy these dishes with the whole family, and find more healthful recipes at www.

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mixed salad greens, thoroughly washed cup fresh blueberries package (4 ounces) goat cheese, crumbled

Preheat oven to 400°F. Trim beet stems to 1 inch; gently wash beets. Wrap individually in aluminum foil; place on jellyroll pan. Bake at 400°F for 1 hour or until tender. Transfer to wire rack, and let cool, wrapped in foil, 30 minutes. Meanwhile, decrease oven temperature to 350°F. Bake walnuts in single layer on jellyroll pan 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Cool completely on wire rack (about 15 minutes). Whisk together lemon juice, syrup, mustard, salt, and pepper in small bowl. Add oil in slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth. Peel beets; remove stem ends. Cut beets into 1/2-inch wedges; gently toss with 1/4 cup vinaigrette. Arrange greens on serving platter. Top with beet mixture, blueberries, cheese, and walnuts; serve with remaining vinaigrette.

Roasted Beet-Fresh Chilean Blueberry Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 Servings 6 1 2 1 1-1/2 1/4 1/4 1/2 1

medium beets (red, golden, Chioggia – about 6 ounces each) cup walnuts tablespoons fresh lemon juice tablespoon maple syrup teaspoons Dijon mustard teaspoon salt teaspoon freshly ground pepper cup canola oil package (5 ounces) gourmet

NUTRIENTS PER SERVING: 211 calories, 10g fat, 90 calories from fat, 4g saturated fat, 15g cholesterol, 64g sodium, 4g dietary fiber, 3g protein

Fresh Grapes-Pear-Almond Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Yield: 8 servings Prep. Time: 20 minutes Bake Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes

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medium sweet potatoes (3 1/2 pounds) cup sliced almonds cup butter Red Bartlett pear, chopped cup halved grapes cup firmly packed brown sugar tablespoon honey teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place potatoes on aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425°F for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until tender. Heat almonds in nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 5 to 7 minutes or until toasted. Remove from skillet. Melt butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add pears and grapes; sauté 2 to 3 minutes or until pear is tender. Stir in brown sugar, honey, and cinnamon. Remove from heat. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; scoop pulp into large bowl, leaving shells intact. Add pear mixture to pulp in bowl; gently stir until blended. Spoon mixture into shells. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Top with nuts. NUTRIENTS PER SERVING: 581 calories, 52g fat, 468 calories from fat, 11g saturated fat, 22mg cholesterol, 383mg sodium, 11g protein, 4g dietary fiber

Recipe from the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association


Easy, Breezy Entertaining With Fresh Tomato Recipes


hether you’re having a friend or two over for a casual lunch, or hosting a weekend party, you want to serve great tasting food that’s easy to make. Chef Justin Timineri, known as the Florida Chef, and Florida Tomatoes have created some fabulous recipes that make serving a delicious meal a breeze. Fresh, ripe Florida tomatoes are versatile enough to use in a creamy bisque, a sizzling stir fry, a crisp seafood salad, and a zesty tortellini toss. To get more easy, breezy tomato recipes, and to sign up for a free newsletter, visit

Tomato and Sweet Corn Bisque

Tomato Tips

—Coring: Use a sharp paring knife to make several angled cuts through the stem and under the core. —Seeding: Lay the tomato on its side and halve with a sharp serrated knife. Squeeze each half firmly enough to push out the seeds. Discard seeds. —Peeling: To eliminate the skin in cooked dishes, gently lower 2 or 3 tomatoes at a time into enough boiling water to cover. Boil for 15 to 30 seconds, lift into a colander with a slotted spoon. Rinse briefly under cold running water. Peel off and discard skins.

Yield: 4 servings 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 onion, finely chopped 1 pound fresh Florida corn kernels 1 large garlic clove, minced 4 cups low-sodium broth (vegetable or chicken) Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons sour cream 2 medium Florida tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1 scallion, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish Melt butter in large, heavy pot. Add onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until lightly browned, for about 6 to 7 minutes. Add corn and garlic, and cook while stirring until corn is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add broth and simmer until corn is tender, about 15 minutes. Lightly season with kosher salt and pepper to taste. Using slotted spoon, transfer 1 1/2 cups corn to blender, add sour cream and 1/2 cup cooking liquid and puree until smooth, for about 2 minutes. Return puree to soup. Add tomatoes, scallion and 1 tablespoon cilantro to soup and cook until heated through. Serve hot and garnish with cilantro and chopped tomato, if desired.


Gingered Steak and Fresh Tomato Stir-Fry

Whisk together oyster sauce, 1/4 cup water, ginger and cornstarch. Add to vegetables in skillet; cook and stir until sauce thickens. Stir in snow peas; cover and remove from heat. Meanwhile, thinly slice steak across grain; cut slices into quarters. To skillet, add steak with any drippings and reserved tomatoes; cook stirring constantly, just until heated through. Serve over steamed rice or fried noodles, if desired.

Sun and Sea Chef Salad

Yield: 4 servings 1 pound fully ripened fresh Florida tomatoes 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 pound flank steak 1 1/2 cups broccoli flowerets 1 1/2 cups quartered fresh mushrooms 1 cup green onions (scallions) cut into 1-inch pieces 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/4 cup oyster sauce 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh gingerroot or 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 teaspoons cornstarch 4 ounces snow peas, trimmed Cut tomatoes crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices; cut slices into quarters; set aside. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add steak; cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Turn; cook until browned and medium-rare, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to platter; cover loosely with aluminum foil. To skillet add broccoli, mushrooms, green onions and garlic; cook covered, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 5 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings 1 1/3 cups of dressing(about) 2 large fully ripened fresh Florida tomatoes (about 1 pound) 2 medium oranges, peeled 1/3 cup prepared vinaigrette dressing 4 cups packed mixed salad greens or lettuce leaves 12 ounces cooked peeled and deveined shrimp (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 green pepper, thinly sliced 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup) Core and cut each tomato into 12 wedges. Cut each orange crosswise into 6 slices; cut

Sun and Sea Chef Salad

slices into halves. In blender or food processor, place 8 tomato wedges and 4 end orange slices. Whirl until smooth, about 1 minute. Add vinaigrette; blend until smooth. Place 1 cup of greens on each of 4 chilled salad plates. Top each with equal amounts of tomato wedges, orange slice halves, shrimp, green pepper and goat cheese. Drizzle each salad with some dressing; serve with remaining dressing.

Tomato and Tortellini Toss Yield: 4 servings 2 to 3 cups fresh broccoli flowerets 1 9-ounce package (about 2 1/2 to 3cups) meat or cheese tortellini 1/2 cup pesto, homemade or store-bought 2 large Florida tomatoes, cored, quartered, and cut into large bite-size chunks Freshly ground pepper to taste 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese for garnish

In small saucepan, steam broccoli for about 5 to 6 minutes, until just tendercrisp. Drain and transfer to serving bowl. Bring medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add tortellini and cook until done according to package instructions. Drain and toss with broccoli and pesto until thoroughly coated. Add tomatoes and toss briefly. Pepper dish and garnish with feta cheese. Serve at once.



Peppercorn Crusted Strip Steaks


ender, juicy, flame-kissed and seasoned just right — there may not be anything more satisfy­ing than a perfectly grilled steak.These recipes and grilling tips from the steak experts at Omaha Steaks will help you put the perfect steak on your plate any time you want. Get more grilling recipes at www.omahasteaks. com. You can also download the free Steak Time app to get exclusive recipes and an innovative grilling timer.

Filet Mignon with Garlic Butter Medallions

Serves 4 4 Omaha Steaks Filet Mignon Steaks Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste 1 recipe Garlic Butter Preheat grill on high. Season steaks with salt and pepper. Grill steaks to desired doneness. Use Steak Time app or grilling chart to determine correct cooking times. Just before removing the steaks from the grill, place a generous medallion slice of Garlic Butter on each steak. Let steaks rest 2 minutes, while butter continues to melt and then serve. Garlic Butter Serves 4 to 6 2 heads garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 pound unsalted butter, softened 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 375°F. Slice half an inch off tops of garlic heads and place on baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over garlic and cover with tented foil. Roast in oven for 1 hour. Remove garlic from oven and let cool until able to handle. Squeeze roasted garlic out of the skin into food processor or blender. Add butter, salt, Worcestershire and parsley, blend all ingredients together. Place mixture in middle of a large piece of plastic wrap. Form into a log and wrap tightly. Refrigerate 4 to 6 hours. Butter will keep for several weeks in refrigerator.

Ribeye Steak with Shallot Demi-Glace

Serves 4 4 Omaha Steaks Rib Eye Steaks Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste 1 cup Shallot Demi-Glace Prepare Shallot Demi-Glace sauce. Blot steaks dry with a clean paper towel.

Preheat grill on high. Season steaks with salt and pepper. Grill steaks to desired doneness using Steak Time app or grilling chart. Place steaks on serving plate and sauce with the Shallot Demi-Glace. Shallot Demi-Glace Serves 4 1 tablespoon cooking oil 1 medium shallot, minced 1/2 cup red wine 1 cup demi-glace (can be found in most grocery and specialty food stores) Salt and pepper to taste Preheat oil in a small sauce pan. Add shallots and cook them for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Shallots should be well browned and some should be blackened. Add red wine and reduce liquid by 2/3. Add demi-glace and bring to a boil. Reduce sauce while stirring for 2 to 3 minutes or until desired consistency reached. If desired, add salt and pepper.

Food Top 5 Tips for Perfect Grilling 1. Clean and pre-heat grill on high. 2. Lightly oil and season everything before you put it on the grill. This helps the searing process and prevents sticking. 3. Sear the outside of steaks when grilling, using tongs or a spatula to turn the meat, and cover the grill as much as possible during the grilling process to help lock in the great flavor and to prevent flare-ups.

Peppercorn Crusted Strip Steaks

Serves 4 4 Omaha Steaks Strip Loin Steaks 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 teaspoons coarsely ground black peppercorns 1 teaspoon coarsely ground sea salt 4 teaspoons garlic cloves, minced

4. Use the 60/40 grilling method. Grill for 60 per­ cent of the time on the first side, then grill 40 percent of the time after you turn over the food. This will give you an evenly cooked steak. 5. Place your cooked steak on a clean plate and allow to rest for five minutes before serving to retain moisture and juiciness.

Preheat grill on high. In small bowl, combine black peppercorns, salt and garlic. Blot steaks dry with a clean paper towel. Brush both sides of steaks with olive oil. Evenly apply rub on to one side of each steak. Grill steaks to desired doneness. Use Steak Time app or grilling chart to determine correct cooking times. Serve steaks with rub side up.

Buffalo Sirloin Tips

Serves 4 to 6 1 pound Omaha Steaks Sirloin Tips 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon chile powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 4 to 6 bamboo or stainless steel skewers 1 recipe Buffalo Sauce Leaves green leaf lettuce Optional celery sticks, ranch or blue cheese dressing Preheat grill on high. Prepare Buffalo Sauce. Blot sirloin tips dry with a clean paper towel. In small mixing bowl, combine sirloin tips, salt, chile powder and pepper. Thread seasoned sirloin tips onto skewers, keeping the thickness even and allowing space between each piece. Place skewers on grill and cook to desired doneness. Use Steak Time app or grilling chart to determine correct cooking times. Remove skewers from grill and use tongs to slide cooked sirloin tips into a large bowl. Toss cooked tips with Buffalo Sauce until well coated. Use a toothpick to remove tips from bowl onto a plate lined with lettuce leaves. Pour extra sauce into a dipping cup and serve with tips. If desired, serve with celery or dressings. Buffalo Sauce 4 tablespoons butter, softened 2 tablespoons hot sauce 2 tablespoons chile sauce Mix ingredients in mixer or food processor until completely combined.

Buffalo Sirloin Tips

How Long?

Here’s how long you should keep steaks on the heat for grilling perfection. Cooking times are in minutes and based on fully-thawed steaks. Thickness




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Southwestern Beef Casserole with Sweet Potato Waffle Fries Topping

Convenient cooking with sweet potatoes


an you really cook delicious, wholesome dishes that are also easy to make? It’s not a trick question — the answer, according to cookbook author Holly Clegg, is most definitely “yes.” “I’m all about no-fuss, flavorful and nutritious cooking,” says Clegg, also known as The Queen of Quick. “And one of my go-to ingredients for that is the sweet potato.” Clegg says that sweet potatoes grown in Louisiana are also called yams. But no matter what you call them, they come in several convenient forms that make cooking great meals something that is truly sweet and simple. In these recipes, Clegg has used Louisiana sweet potatoes in four convenient forms: Canned sweet potatoes — for her Yummy Yam Quick Bread with Crumble Topping. Fresh sweet potatoes — in savory Butter Pecan Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Bruce’s Pancake Mix — as the basis for her crunchy Sweet Potato Loaded Cookies. Alexia Frozen Sweet Potatoes — in a hearty Southwestern Beef Casserole with Sweet Potato Waffle Fries Topping. To get more easy and delicious recipes, visit www.


Sweet Tips for Cooking with Sweet Potatoes n When selecting fresh yams, choose those that are smooth, plump, dry and clean. n Yams should not be refrigerated unless cooked. Store at 55°F to 65°F. n One cup of canned sweet potatoes equals one medium-sized, cooked fresh sweet potato. n When using canned yams, add them at the end of the recipe because they are already pre-cooked.


Southwestern Beef Casserole with Sweet Potato Waffle Fries Topping

A fast-fix, meaty dinner made with pantry-friendly ingredients and flair. Makes 6 servings 1 pound ground sirloin 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 14 1/2-ounce can chopped tomatoes (fire roasted) 1 cup frozen corn, thawed 1 10-ounce can 98 percent fat free cream of chicken soup 2 cups Alexia frozen sweet potato waffle fries Preheat oven 375°F. Coat 9-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In large skillet, cook meat until done; drain any excess liquid. Add black beans, tomatoes and corn to pan, mixing well. Transfer to prepared baking dish. Cover meat mixture evenly with cream of chicken soup and top with waffle fries. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until fries are done and casserole is bubbly.

Butter Pecan Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Easier than a sweet potato casserole but with the same sweet flavors — candied yams at their finest with a surprise of cayenne. Makes 4 cups 6 cups peeled Louisiana yam cubes (about 1/2-inch cubes) 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 1/4 cup chopped pecans 1/8 teaspoon cayenne Preheat oven 400°F. Line baking sheet with foil. Spread cubed yams evenly on pan. Bake 30 to 35 min­utes, turning after 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with butter, brown sugar, pecan pieces and cayenne. Return to oven and continue baking 10 to 15 minutes or until sugar is caramelized.

Sweet Potato Loaded Cookies

Sweet potato pancake mix serves as a step saver and flavor booster to these outrageously delicious crunchy cookies. Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup light brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup Bruce’s Sweet Potato Pancake Mix 1 cup crisp rice cereal 1 cup oatmeal 1/3 cup flaked coconut Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray. In mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar and brown sugar until blended. Add egg and vanilla and continue to beat on low speed until blended. Stir in pancake mix, cereal, oatmeal and coconut. Drop by tablespoons onto lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light brown.

Yummy Yam Quick Bread

Yes, you read the recipe correctly, as these few ingredients create one of my very favorite moist lip-smacking breads. 1 18.25-ounce box spice cake mix 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 15-ounce can Bruce’s Sweet Potatoes, drained and mashed 1/2 cup water Crumble Topping, (see recipe) optional Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. In mixing bowl, mix together spice cake mix, cinnamon, sweet potatoes and water just until combined. Transfer to prepared pan. Sprinkle with Crumble Topping if desired. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Crumble Topping

This crumbly topping adds the ultimate finishing touch to the bread. 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup flour 1/3 cup chopped walnuts 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract In small bowl, mix together all ingredients.



Frost Cupcakes Like a Pro

Roasted Shrimp and Mango Salad Serves 8 to 10 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided 2 teaspoons paprika Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon honey 6 cups mixed baby lettuces, washed and dried 2 large mangos (about 2 pounds), peeled, pitted and diced 1/4 cup shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 400°F. On large rimmed baking sheet, toss shrimp with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Roast until pink and cooked through and beginning to lightly brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to bowl to chill in refrigerator. In large bowl, whisk together remain­ing 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and honey. Season with salt and pepper. Toss lettuce, mango and chilled shrimp in olive oil lemon juice mixture. Divide among plates, and sprinkle with Parmesan.



etween engagement parties, bridal showers and brunches with new family and friends, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the happy couple. Why not bring a taste of the tropics to your celebrations with mangos? Each of these elegantly simple recipes is inspired by the color, texture and sweet, slightly exotic flavors of mangos — and you won’t need to hire a caterer to pull it off. When choosing mangos, don’t focus on color. Instead, gently squeeze. A ripe mango will be slightly soft to the touch, similar to a ripe peach or avocado. To get more fresh recipe ideas for wedding celebrations — and everyday occasions — visit www. To get more host­ing ideas and helpful entertaining tips, visit

Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Mango Buttercream

It’s easy to create these Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Mango Buttercream. With a few simple tricks, they’ll appear as though you selected them from a professional bakery. Just follow these simple steps from the kitchen pros: n Use a large, star-burst piping tip in a pastry bag or large zip top bag. n Set the bag over a tall glass or measuring cup, and fold the bag edges into a cuff over the rim of the glass. n Scoop frosting into the bag using a rubber spatula. Fill it about two-thirds full. n Take the bag out of the glass and twist the top closed. n Hold the bag just barely above the top of the cupcake at a 90 degree angle. n Squeeze the bag to pipe a spiral of icing, starting at the outer edge and working inward. n Stop squeezing and pull the tip straight up.

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Goat Cheese, Bacon and Mango Crostini

Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Mango Buttercream

Goat Cheese, Bacon and Mango Crostini

Makes 48 mini cupcakes

Cupcakes 1 15.25-ounce box vanilla cake mix 1 cup water 1/2 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs Preheat oven to 325°F. Line mini muffin tins with cupcake liners. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and mix until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool in pans for 5 minutes then cool completely on wire rack.

Mango Buttercream

2 large mangos (about 2 pounds), peeled, pitted and diced 2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature 5 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons white sparkling sugar sprinkles (optional) Purée 1 1/2 diced mangos in food processor or blender until smooth, set aside (will yield about 3/4 cup). Reserve remain­ing diced mango for garnish. In large bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed, until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing between each addition. Add 3/4 cup of mango purée. Increase speed to high and beat until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Transfer buttercream to a pastry bag or a large zip top bag fitted with a pastry tip. Top cooled cupcakes with buttercream. Top with 1 piece diced mango and sparkling sugar, if desired.

Makes about 30 pieces 1 baguette, sliced crosswise into1/2-inch pieces 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Salt 1 pound bacon, chopped 1 cup balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons sugar 8 ounces goat cheese, softened 2 large mangos (about 2 pounds), peeled, pitted and diced 3 green onions, sliced thin (about 1/3 cup) Preheat oven to 400°F. Place sliced baguette on large rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and bake until golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through baking. Set aside. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. Using slotted spoon, remove from pan and drain on paper towel lined plate. In small non-reactive sauce­pan, simmer balsamic vinegar and sugar over medium heat until reduced by half and balsamic is thick and syrupy, 15 to 20 min­utes. Set aside to cool. To assemble, spread toasted bread with 1 1/2 teaspoons goat cheese, top with diced mango, sprinkle with cooked bacon, and drizzle with cooled balsamic syrup. Top with sliced green onions. Note: Balsamic syrup can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 week.



n A signature drink is a fun way to welcome guests and get the party off to a great start. The Prosecco Ginger Cocktail is delicious and memorable. I like to serve it in uncon­ventional glassware and garnish with Persian cucumber “swizzle sticks” for even more impact. n A popular alternative to the traditional sit down meal at engagement parties or showers: food stations with a range of different foods offered at each. Pair a different wine with each station to create maximum variety and enjoyment as guests taste and mingle. n Factor in overall ambiance and the vibe you want for your wedding or event. Light­ing is key. And when it comes to candles, more is more.

Alison Hotchkiss


hether it’s an engagement party, bridal shower, the reception or post-wedding brunch, profes­ sional event planner Alison Hotchkiss knows a thing or two about creating mem­orable bridal cele­brations. As the founder-owner of Alison Events, and author of “The Destination Wedding Planner: The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Wed­ding From Afar” (Chronicle Books), she’s produced stunning weddings all over the world. Whether you


enlist the help of a planner or do it yourself, Alison’s tips on enter­taining will help you make your bridal celebra­tion picture perfect. n Bubbles add a festive, celebratory note to any bridal celebration. I love Cupcake Prosecco sparkling wine from Italy. It’s crisp and refreshing — an affordable alter­native to pricey French champagne yet equally delicious. n Food doesn’t have to be complicated to be remarkable. The finger foods here are varied and flavorful — but they’re not hard to make. To satisfy all guest preferences, I always recommend 3 to 5 appetizers including chicken, beef and fish plus two veggie options (ideally one being vegan or dairy free).

n Flavored vodka is another big trend I’m seeing right now. Look for vodkas infused with such exotic flavors as vanilla frosting, devil’s food cake and more. And don’t be afraid to mix spirits with wine: One of my favorite concoc­ tions is a blend of lemony Cupcake Chiffon Vodka with muddled black­ berries, fresh mint, sparkling grapefruit water and a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon. n It’s not only more fun to serve bite-sized cupcakes at your wedding but they offer more variety and unexpected flavor combi­nations than a traditional cake. n Be sure to have a good assortment of non-alcoholic beverages on hand as well such as bottled water, soft drinks and more to prevent dehydration and ensure that guests drink responsibly. For more tips from Alison for creating a bridal event to remember, visit www.


Melted Gruyere Toasts with Crisp Frizzled Prosciutto

Prosecco Ginger Cocktail

Yield: 12 servings, 2 pieces per serving Extra virgin olive oil 4 slices (about 3 ounces) prosciutto, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 24 1/4-inch-thick slices Italian bread 4 ounces aged Gruyere, coarsely shredded (about 1 3/4 cups) Heat 1/2 inch olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat until hot enough to sizzle a piece of prosciutto. Stir half the prosciutto into hot oil and cook over medium heat until prosciutto is crispy, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from with a slotted spoon to a side dish. Add remaining prosciutto and cook until crispy. Set aside. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray and arrange bread slices on tray. Top each bread slice with a rounded tablespoon of cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Stand a crispy piece of prosciutto in the center of each melted mound of hot cheese and serve at once.

Yield: 12 servings, 2 glasses per serving 1 1/2 cups water 1 cup (6 ounces) crystallized ginger 1/2 cup sugar 2 bottles (750 ml) Cupcake Prosecco, chilled 24 thin diagonal sliced seedless or Persian cucumber Combine water, ginger and sugar in saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer on low heat, uncovered, 15 minutes. Off heat let steep, covered, 30 min­utes. Cool. Purée in blender until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon ginger purée to each champagne glass. Add chilled prosecco, and stir well with swizzle stick until blended. Garnish glass with cucumber slice.

Shrimp Fajitas Salad on Crisp Flour Tortilla Chips

Yield: 12 servings, 2 pieces per serving 4 8-inch flour tortillas 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon finely chopped cilantro 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeño, or more to taste 6 ounces extra small (salad shrimp) cooked and peeled shrimp, chopped (about 1 1/4 cups) 3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ripe mango 2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro 1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeño 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons thin sliced green onion (scallion) tops (garnish) Preheat oven to 350°F. Use ruler to trim tortillas into 4 large 6-inch squares. Cut 24 2-inch squares from the squared off tortillas; discard trimmings. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. Arrange tortilla squares on pan and spray with nonstick spray. Bake until toasted golden and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool. Purée avocado, lime juice, cilantro and jalapeño in a food processor until smooth. Set aside. Combine shrimp, mango, cilantro, jalapeño and lime juice in small bowl. Spread about 1/2 tablespoon avocado mixture in center of each toasted tortilla square. Lightly press a tablespoon of the shrimp salad in center of each. Gar­nish with scallion slices and serve.

Beet Purée with Sesame Flavors

Yield: 12 servings, 2 pieces per serving 1 pound fresh golden or red beets, trimmed, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 24 endive leaves, thick ends trimmed, separated into individual leaves 3 tablespoons reduced sodium tamari or soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon toasted (dark) sesame oil 1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh garlic Salt to taste Toasted white sesame seeds (garnish) Place beets in a steamer and cook, covered, over sim­mer­ing water, until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool. Place endive leaves in a large bowl. Add water and a cup of ice and refrigerate until crisped, about 15 min­utes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Place tamari or soy sauce in a small saucepan and boil gently until reduced to 1 tablespoon. Cool. Purée beets, 1 tablespoon reduced tamari or soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and salt in food processor until smooth and creamy. Arrange endive leaves on a platter. With two tea­spoons, place a mound of beet purée in the center of each leaf. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds. Note: Canned or cooked vacuum packed beets can be used as a substitute.



Sweet and Salty Bites

Hosting a Chic Cinco De Mayo Party


Tips for Easy Entertaining


he writer Nancie Carmody once said, “I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.” Entertaining for loved ones can be an enjoyable affair but also one that requires a lot of work. This Cinco de Mayo, Madria Sangria, along with entertaining expert Jillian Harris, are looking to help make those duties a bit more effortless.

Jillian Harris and Madria Sangria have developed the following tips that will be sure to help anyone with their hosting duties not only on Cinco de Mayo but year-round.

• BYOF(ood): Instead of doing all the cooking, have a tapas-style potluck dinner. Encourage each guest to bring a unique small plate of their choice such as Sweet and Salty Bites or Spicy Shrimp. This not only makes your hosting tasks easier, but also allows your guests to show off their culinary skills.

• Sangria Soiree: When hosting a Cinco de Mayo party, serve a delicious, popular and effortless readymade drink, such as Madria Sangria. For a refreshing twist, make frozen fruit cubes in place of ice beforehand to simply drop in to your drink for a cooled down, mouth-watering beverage.

• DIY Drinks: To continue allowing your guests to show off their skills, try a “make-your-own” sangria bar to wet their palettes. Prepare an assortment of exotic fruits such as mangos and passion fruit alongside pitchers of pre-made Madria Sangria so your guests can add a fun twist to their drinks.

• ¡Viva Mexico! Fiesta: Host a fiesta that will have your friends wanting to hop on the next flight to Mexico. Set your table with festive orange plates and pink napkins and decorate the room with papier-mâché flowers and colorful tea lights to enhance the mood.

• Hey Mr. DJ: Create a playlist with upbeat music that will have your guests itching to get up and groove. Move larger furniture out of the way to make room for an at-home dance party. For more information on Madria Sangria and the recipes, please visit


Hosting a Chic Cinco De Mayo Party


Sweet and Salty Bites

Similar to prosciutto, jamón is a salt cured ham from Spain. If you can’t find it at your local butcher, you can easily substitute with prosciutto.

3 1/4

1 medium cantaloupe or honeydew melon 20 to 30 paper thin slices of jamón or prosciutto

Sauté garlic and minced chilies in peanut oil over medium-high heat until garlic turns slightly brown. Add rice wine and cook for 1 minute to evaporate alcohol.

Cut melon into bite size pieces. Wrap jamón around melon slice and secure with a toothpick. Spicy Shrimp 1 5 2 1/4 1/2

tablespoons soy sauce cup fresh scallion, chopped Juice of 1 lemon

Add soy sauce and lemon juice. Let cook for 1 minute. Stir, add shrimp, and raise heat to high. Cook, stirring often, until shrimp become pink between one and two minutes. Then remove from stove immediately, garnish with chopped scallions, and serve shrimp, along with sauce.

pound shrimp (medium-sized), peeled cloves garlic, diced serrano chilies, seeded and minced Photos courtesy of Getty Images cup peanut oil cup sweet cooking rice wine (found in the Asian section of most grocery stores)


Beauty Tips

Expert Beauty Tips and Tricks

Beauty Regimens That Won’t Break the Bank


hen it comes to looking your best, it’s easy to spend a fortune. With manicures, pedicures, hair stylist appointments and facials, you can quickly run through your budget. Here are a few tricks to save money while looking great: Skip the manicurist. Regular manicures and pedicures can be expensive, but if you’re willing to purchase the tools up front, you can save a great deal over time. To get started, follow these step-by-step instructions: Beginning with clean nails, file or cut the nail into shape. Next, soak your nails in a bowl of warm water for about 3 minutes; for pedicures, soak feet a bit longer. Follow the soaking with a moisturizing lotion or cream. To get rid of dry skin on your feet, use a scrub or foot file. Then, using a cuticle remover, push the cuticle away from the nail gently; carefully trim any excess. Follow this process by adding polish to your nails, but before you do so, remove any oil with nail polish remover using a cotton swab, so as to protect the cuticle area. Apply a base coat, two coats of color and finish with a top coat. Get healthy hair at home. Every woman wants beautiful, touchable hair, but for many, other hair concerns crop up as well, such as dandruff. A recent survey conducted by, found that one in three men admits to being put off by their wife or girlfriend’s dandruff issues. In addition, 95 percent would like their mate’s help when choosing a product that will rid them of their own dandruff issues.

To get rid of dandruff, look to an affordable multi-tasking product, such as the new line of shampoos and conditioners from Suave


Scalp Solutions. This line fights flakes while also providing the benefits of a professional product by giving your hair the care it needs, leaving it soft, shiny and beautiful for no more than $4.00. The line of shampoo and conditioners are available in three scents: Nourishing Coconut and Shea Butter, Invigorating Mint and Eucalyptus and Invigorating Ocean Minerals and Aloe Vera 2-in-1. Give yourself a facial. Opting for home facials can also help ease the burden of a beauty budget as well. Even the most basic of routines can really make a difference. Start by cleansing the skin and removing any makeup. Fill a pan with water and bring to a boil. Use a bath towel and drape it over the back of your head, then slowly and carefully lower your face over the steaming pot for several minutes. Next you can use a gentle facial scrub, or you can make your own using 1 tablespoon of ground steel-cut oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of yogurt. If you’re looking to create a facial and body scrub, try mixing 1 teaspoon of honey with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and apply before stepping into the shower. Remember that the key to great skin is moisture, so be sure to apply body lotion and facial moisturizer just after you towel dry skin. For more information on the Suave Scalp Solutions shampoos and conditioners, visit or www. Photo courtesy of Getty


o matter what the season or occasion, every woman likes to update their look. Beauty expert, Rebekah George has a few tips and tricks to help you spice up your look and easily and stylishly glam up for any occasion: Skin – “The trick to good skin is hydration – and not just from your moisturizer. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water as well,” says George. During dry months, be sure to mix a little bit of moisturizer in with your foundation when applying. This will keep your skin from drying out. Apply body lotion right after you get out of the shower for super soft and moisturized skin from the neck down. The steam will help the lotion seep into the skin. Hair – Regularly styling your hair with a blow dryer, flat iron or curling wand will likely lead to some split ends. Mend those locks with a deep conditioner. “Apply to your hair and wrap in a warm towel while you apply your nightly moisturizer and brush your teeth. The warmth from the towel will help the conditioner penetrate your locks,” says George. “Do not be afraid to skip a day of washing your hair during the colder months. You can get away with it this time of year because your scalp is producing less oil. Use a dry shampoo to refresh between washes.” Eyes – “New Q-Tips Precision Tips cotton swabs, with pointed tips at both ends are specially designed for precise makeup application and beauty touch-ups, and are an affordable and clean alternative to makeup brushes,” says George. “Use these unique cotton swabs for softening bright

Beauty Tips

Caring for Problem Skinin Expert Beauty Tips and Tricks

colors, mixing eye shadows and precisely applying concealer.” Made from 100 percent pure cotton, they are a versatile home and beauty tool that are safe for use on the delicate skin around the eyes, including touching up eyeliner and removing any smeared mascara mid-day. Draw a thick line close to your lash line using eyeliner and smudge upwards with a cotton swab to achieve a quick smokey eye. “Define your brows by brushing on a shadow of the same shade with a cotton swab in quick, feathery strokes. This will help frame your face and provide the perfect finishing touch,” explains George. Lips – “Spice up your look by trying a new trend like a deep burgundy lip,” suggests George. Keep lip color from bleeding by using a cotton swab to apply loose translucent powder along the outer edge of the lips. “Smear clear gloss in the center of your mouth to help reflect light and brighten up your skin since we all tend to appear a bit duller this time of year.” Nails – Perfecting a manicure like a pro is easy with a few tricks. Q-Tips Precision Tips cotton swabs are the ideal tool to clean up excess nail polish around the nail bed. “Simply dip the pointed end of the cotton swab into nail polish remover and swipe along the edges of your cuticle and nail,” says George. “Be sure to moisturize daily to keep hands soft and smooth. Gloves this time of year are essential, not only to keep hands warm, but also to prevent the elements from drying them out.” For more tips and tricks and to share your own, visit Photo Courtesy Getty Images


ccording to the National Institutes of Health, skin is the largest organ of your body. Skin can be a very delicate thing, and as the outermost layer, it needs to be cared for in order to look and feel its best. Unfortunately, for those who suffer from highly prevalent skin conditions, such as eczema, caring for and maintaining skin can be a daily challenge. What is eczema? Eczema is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition characterized by dry, itchy skin and visible skin rash. Over 35 million Americans, both children and adults, suffer from eczema. The prevalence of eczema has increased nearly 400 percent over the past 30 years and is projected to continue to increase due to environmental and other factors such as stress, according to the National Eczema Association. In a healthy state, the external layer of your skin acts as a protective barrier. For eczema sufferers, the skin has a deficiency in the external layer that allows the moisture to escape and causes chronic dryness. When skin is dry and unprotected, irritants can reach the sensitive layers below and cause uncomfortable itch flare-ups. Common triggers There are a number of things that can trigger an eczema flare-up: • Irritants such as synthetic fibers, detergents, perfumes, rough or poor fitting clothing, dust or sand. • Environmental factors such as hot or cold temperatures, humidity, or dry air. • Emotional factors such as anxiety or stress. Tips for managing eczema The National Eczema Association says that

daily skin care is essential to help manage eczema. • When bathing, wash in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes. • Use a non-irritating and fragrancefree wash. Do not scrub skin harshly. • Moisturize within 3 minutes after every shower. It helps lock in your skin’s natural moisture to help prevent eczema-related dryness. • In addition to your daily skincare routine, try applying a cold compress to soothe your skin. When choosing skincare products, look for gentle, fragrance-free washes and moisturizers, such as Neosporin Essentials products, a line of skincare products which includes a daily body wash, daily moisturizing cream and anti-itch cream specifically designed for people with eczema. Each product has a unique Relipid formula, which contains a lipid, humectant, emollient and botanical blend to help retain the moisture essential for healthylooking skin. Plus, the daily moisturizing cream contains colloidal oatmeal and was clinically shown to restore visibly healthier skin in three days. Use all products as directed. Eczema can be stressful and make daily living challenging and uncomfortable. With diligent skin care and good habits, you can help maintain healthy skin and effectively manage symptoms when they do flare up. To get more information on living with eczema, daily management tips and money-saving coupons, go to www. Photo courtesy of Getty Images


Health & Fitness

Getting Started Diona Lynn Austinn


f you tend to use the escalator, or head to the kitchen during commercials, or park in the nearest space, and the mere thought of breaking a sweat makes you tired, don’t feel like the “lone ranger,” you are a member of a growing majority. The first time it’s the stairs instead of the escalator, 60 seconds of crunches during commercial break, or park in the furthermost space, that’s the first step to becoming and staying fit.

How to get started? I think I can plot a reasonable course; however, before starting any exercise routine, it is advisable to check with your physician; it’s also advisable to know your family medical history so that any concerns can be dealt with up front. What follows are the components for creating a plan to get started: Commit to a fitness regimen: A fitness regimen is the vehicle to turn your love and respect for your body into an action plan. In order to establish a regimen consider the following: Step one, figure out exactly who you are, what you have to work with, and then accept yourself as you are. In front of the mirror take a good look at your body and decide what to make better. Use this feedback to develop workout goals and to create a plan. Promise your body that you will honor and respect it everyday. Develop ways to overcome inertia and deal with the issues that keep you in the same old rut. Lastly, establish starting baseline and set an end goal. With out a road map, One can wander aimlessly about and never reach the intended destination.


Know why you need to exercise – not why you should. According to Dallas Fuentes, a certified Pilate’s instructor, body therapist, anatomist and a fitness consultant. “What’s likely to keep you going is recognizing what truly motivates you.” There are no right or wrong reasons, so examine what matters and check all that apply: Improve my health Like what I see in the mirror Feel better Be stronger Fit into my favorite jeans Better sex More attractive Compete in a sport Keep up with my children Keep knees/back/neck/feet from hurting Don’t want to gain another size Feel better about myself Fill in your own reason () Visualize how you want your body to look, but don’t base that picture on some external standard of beauty or what others think because, when it comes to bodies, it’s not a level playing field. But keep in mind, nothings more beautiful than what you have. Keep your ideal image in mind and identify the areas for improvement. The overall goal should be a healthier and fit body and shedding pounds is a critical step; however, its normal that the arms and waist are also targeted for toning. This is the basis of your exercise plan. How Fast Can I slim down? Are those drop 5 pounds in 5 days ads are realistic?

Consider this: The body has to burn 3,500 calories to lose a pound. To burn 300 to 600 calories, it takes 45 minutes to an hour of aerobics and stretching. To zap 3,500 calories, it takes six hours per day of exercise and fasting. As a practical matter focusing on weight loss is shorted sighted. If one is in a hurry to lose weight, starvation works but at what cost to health and fitness. It’s more effective to establish a goal; put a workable plan in place to accomplish that goal, and be disciplined in the execution of the plan. This is a general plan for getting things done and it works. A scale is not necessary to check progress; however, it may be useful to some. Every time you slip into a dress, take a shower or

walk up a flight of stairs the body provides a direct read out as to progress. It can be depressing to jump on the scale and it indicates a gain when a loss was expected. Although it’s best not to focus on weight loss per se, a reasonable expectation is to lose a pound or two each week. The more exact in goal, the better chance of attaining it. It’s an accepted fact that in order to burn calories its necessary to increase the heart rate. How much is enough? It depends on age:

Target Heart Rate Zone by Age 20s 98-170 beats per minute 30s 93-162 beats per minute 40s 88-153 beats per minute 50s 83-145 beats per minute 4. Knowing your goal provides a better idea on how to attain it. Cardio and aerobic workouts improve lung capacity and endurance. Some popular exercises are brisk walks, jogging and biking. If the goal is to tone and firm, resistance training and weight training exercises will strengthens muscles. To attain greater flexibility and improve posture, Pilate’s, Yoga or Tai Chi will stretch and lengthen muscles. To increase strength, supervised weight training and circuit training are recommended. 5. Set aside time for fitness: A common refrain is “jeez, with the children, and the job, I just can’t find anymore time. Of course you can’t find anymore time, you already have all there is. Every one has the same amount of time; the difference is in scheduling. Workouts need to be scheduled just like any important event. Take a look at your schedule and see what can be let go. Sun bathing can become a stretching session. Instead of kicking back to watch TV, with a little ingenuity the treadmill can be relocated to where you can run/walk and watch TV at the same time. That’s “having ones cake and eating it too.” If a healthier body and fitness is important, finding time will be no problem. 6. Keep a Journal: At least once a day, write down goals and assess progress. Don’t get discouraged if goals sometimes exceed reach. Remember that sticking to the plan will get you to your goal; however, the time line may stretch out or it could

Health & Fitness shrink, but you will get there. Don’t just track quantitative measures such as pound loss, track what’s in the mirror, track what your body is saying, track improvement in stamina and strength. Listen to your body it will not lie. If you live your plan, your lifestyle will morph into the lifestyle needed to get in shape and stay fit. That’s the ultimate goal, and soon enough, the mirror will reflect, the body will say, and stamina and strength will verify, how far one has come. Not living your plan will probably lead to stalls along the way. If this should happen, get up, dust yourself off, and get back on the plan.

Make your daily diet a lifestyle and a commitment to good health. 7. Eating Habits: Not eating regularly and starving yourself to lose weight will result in rapid weight loss and you may look great. The problem is your body is smart. It knows that it was starved, so as soon as you start eating again, it stores anything and everything it can from the food being eaten. By storing up food its creating a reserve to live off should it be starved again. With your body in the storing mode, weight gain will occur, rapidly, and sometimes the gain will be more than the initial lost. 8. Proper Sleep – There is a misunderstanding about the sleep diet, which suggests weight lost from simple sleep. Its doesn’t mean that if you sleep, you will lose weight. What it does mean is sleep deprivation inhibits metabolism not allowing it to function properly. On average, the body needs about 7.0 hours of quality sleep per night. If 7.0 hours is already the norm, another hour will not help lose pounds, but if a five-hour sleeper starts to sleep for seven hours a night, weight loss should occur. Proper sleep in proper amounts is also needed for the body to recover from the day’s strains and stresses. Body recovery in general needs proper sleep and continued sleep deprivation will exact a price.

Reprinted from Edition One October 1, 2010.

Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes during exercise routine. If you are thirsty you are already dehydrated. I hope that by providing this information you will be able to start on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Although it may not be easy, and at times you may want to give up, just say to yourself “I can do it – I will do it.” Stay focused, stick to the plan and together “We Can Stay Fit From The Inside Out.” <end>

Another Year, Another New Year’s Resolution

But This Year You’ll Have An Edge


his January, millions of Americans will put holiday indulgences behind them as they shift their focus from giving gifts to making those highlyanticipated New Year’s resolutions. Some people will vow to travel more, some to give up smoking, and some will commit to finally losing weight the old-fashioned way – by getting off the couch and into workout mode. In fact, more than half of the resolutions pledged across the country will be about fitness. Worried about how you will keep your fitness resolution? Afraid you’ll fall off the workout bandwagon come February? Fear not; here are three tips and a great new

product to help make 2012 the year your resolution finally sticks. Be Specific – Many fall short by creating New Year’s resolutions that are lofty and open-ended. Make sure your fitness resolution is small enough to achieve and specific enough to measure each day. Committing to lose weight is a great idea, but attaching a specific, measurable action like working out for 30 minutes three times a week, turns that idea into an attainable goal. Get Pumped – Music can take your workout to the next level. Give your goals a soundtrack with MOTOACTV by Motorola – the world’s first GPS fitness tracker and smart MP3 player – all in one. The device can rock up to 4,000 of your favorite songs while tracking your every move and the smart music player learns what tracks motivate you by measuring your performance against your jams. It uses those songs to create your personal highperformance playlist that you can count on when the going gets tough. Lamar Graham, editor-in-chief at Everyday Health, describes the music features, “The really cool thing about MOTOACTV is that it’s an MP3 player that plots your favorite songs against your performance. It knows what songs you run or bike best to and then when you see the finish line in sight you hit your fit song and really kick it out.” Now you have no reason to cut that workout short! Stay Motivated – Motivation is half the battle when you’re trying to reach your fitness goals. MOTOACTV helps get you there faster than ever by tracking your fitness stats including time, distance, heart rate and even calories burned. It also features an audio coach that uses information you’ve uploaded onto the device to remind you where you are in your workout. The audio coach will help keep you on the path to success by giving tips like speed up, slow down or stay on pace to reach your desired goal. For more information, visit www.motoactv. com. Photo courtesy of Getty Images


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etting fit and losing weight are two of the most common goals people set for themselves each year. Between gym memberships, the latest diet trends and miracle-promising supplements, billions of dollars get spent each year on achieving fitness goals. But what if one of the simplest things you could do for yourself wasn’t found in a costly diet book or in an expensive pill? Healthy Hydration and H2O Believe it or not, being properly hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body. That means being in balance — the water your body loses from perspiration, breathing and other body processes is replaced by the water you consume. Based on clinical trials on adults, published in the journal Nutrition Reviews in 2005, scientists have identified that dehydration has an impact on physical and mental performance. Even mild dehydration — a loss of 1 to 2 percent of body weight — can impact your mental and physical performance. In addition to being thirsty, mild dehydration can cause headaches, decrease your alertness, concentration and memory, and reduce your endurance. So making sure you stay healthfully hydrated is an important part of taking


Drink to Your Health good care of your body. And water is the key. Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated Good hydration is at the heart of a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips for getting water into your daily routine: 1. Choose water instead of caloric, sweetened beverages, especially during mealtime. 2. For an easy and inexpensive thirstquencher, carry bottled water throughout the day. 3. Give your water variety by adding slices of lemon, lime, cucumber or watermelon. 4. Choose flavored sparkling water as another zero-calorie option. 5. Drink a cup of water before and after workouts, and more if it’s hot or your workout is long and strenuous. Sip water throughout the workout for steady rehydration. Drink in the Facts n 38 out of 50 states have obesity rates higher than 25 percent. According to “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011,” a report funded by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,

twenty years ago no state had an obesity rate above 15 percent. n The average person gets more than 20 percent of their total caloric intake each day from beverages. Research suggests this number should be closer to 10 percent. To achieve that goal, pay attention to the calories per serving in all your beverages. n We drink about 450 calories a day. In 1965 we con­sumed only 225 calories from beverages. n A 2010 study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that soda, energy and sports drinks — including sweetened water products — are the number 4 source of calories for Americans, providing an average of 114 calories/day. n Unlike soft drinks and sweetened juices, water has no calories. In fact, making a simple switch such as replac­ing one 140-calorie sugared beverage a day with water can reduce 50,000 calories from your diet each year, as reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Choosing water is one small healthy choice that can make a powerful difference. To learn more about healthy hydration, visit

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Drink to Your Health

The Beverage Pyramid

The beverage pyramid shows how many calories “hide” in beverages and provides a guide to how many calories per day should come from beverages.

Water-Containing Foods Did you know you can also keep hydrated by eating certain foods? Food

% Water

Lettuce (1 1/2 cups)


Watermelon (1 1/2 cups)


Broccoli (1 1/2 cups)


Grapefruit (1 1/2 cups)


Milk (1 cup)


Orange juice (3/4 cup)


Carrot (1 1/2 cups)


Yogurt (1 cup)


Apple (one medium)


Information from the American Dietetic Association

Sip Smart Occasion

Instead of ...


Try ...


Morning coffee shop run

Medium café latte (16 ounces) made with whole milk


Small café latte (12 ounces) made with fat-free milk


Lunchtime combo meal

20-ounce bottle of non-diet soda with your lunch


Bottle of water or diet soda


Afternoon break

Sweetened lemon iced tea from the vending machine (16 ounces)


Sparkling water with natural lemon flavor (not sweetened)



A glass of non-diet ginger ale with your meal (12 ounces)


Water with a slice of lemon or lime, or seltzer water with a splash of 100% fruit juice

0 calories for the water with fruit slice, or about 30 calories for seltzer water with 2 ounces of 100% orange juice.

Total beverage calories



USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference


Health & Fitness

Have a Question About Vitamins? Ask Your Pharmacist


hen it comes to understanding which vitamins are right for you, it can be tricky to know what your body needs. For some, a multivitamin can help fill in gaps in nutrition, for others, extra calcium and vitamin D are needed to help keep bones strong and healthy. While most Americans will turn to their local pharmacist with questions concerning prescription medicines, few ask about which vitamins and supplements are right for them.

In fact, many Americans don’t realize they have unlimited free access to a health expert – their local pharmacist – who can provide detailed guidance on products sold at the pharmacy. This includes everything from over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines to vitamins and supplements. A recent survey sponsored by Nature Made found that pharmacists estimate they answer questions regarding prescription medications for about half of their customers. By comparison, they estimate they answer questions about OTC products for just one in three customers (35 percent) – and when it comes to answering questions about vitamins and supplements, they estimate they do so for just one in five customers (23 percent). Pharmacist Tips for Vitamin Supplements According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than half of all U.S. adults are now taking supplements, which makes understanding the difference between quality vitamins even more crucial. Approximately nine in ten pharmacists (93 percent) agree taking vitamins and supplements is important for maintaining good overall health. When choosing between brands to recommend, pharmacists consider the following: •


Product Quality. Nearly nine in ten pharmacists (85 percent) say that product quality is a very important factor when deciding whether or not to recommend a specific brand of vitamin. Look to trusted brands, such as the number one pharmacist recommended brand of letter vitamins and fish oil – Nature Made. Product Purity. Many people may not be aware that it’s important to consider a vitamin’s purity. In fact, nearly four in five pharmacists (77 percent) say that product purity is very important in choosing whether or not to recommend a brand, and two in three (65 percent) say the same of product potency as well.

USP Seal: Two in three pharmacists (67 percent) also say it’s important to look for the USP seal or other third-party certification when selecting vitamins and supplements. The USP Dietary Supplement Verification Program is a voluntary testing and auditing program that helps dietary supplement manufactures ensure the production of quality products for consumers. The program verifies the quality, purity and potency of dietary supplement finished products.

Top Pharmacist Recommendations The survey also found that pharmacists were “very” and “somewhat” likely to recommend the following: • In addition to recommending fish oil to support heart health, two in three pharmacists (63 percent) are also likely to suggest flaxseed oil and about half (47 percent) recommend garlic. •

Nine in ten pharmacists recommend certain vitamins and supplements like Vitamin D to fill specific nutrition gaps

Only about two in five pharmacists (42 percent) recommend ginkgo biloba for mental alertness.

For urinary and immune health, four in five (82 percent) recommend cranberry.

To maintain normal energy levels, nine in ten (91 percent) recommend a B vitamin complex, and about three in four (72 percent) recommend an iron supplement. In addition, pharmacists are two times more likely to recommend a protein-based product over a caffeine-based product for maintaining energy.

To learn more about vitamin supplements and for more pharmacist recommendations, visit Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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Spring Lawn and Landscape Tips From yard work and pest control to cleaning and taking care of home systems, there’s a lot that goes into maintaining a house. Everything Home offers practical tips and expert know-how to help anyone take good care of their home.


beautiful landscape doesn’t happen on its own. You can help your lawn, trees and shrubs get off to a healthy growing season. “Trees and shrubs add tremendous appeal to our urban home environments, but to thrive, particularly out of their natural world, they require regular care with added nutrients and protection against invasive pests,” said Ben Hamza, Ph.D., director of technical operations at TruGreen. Here are some lawn and landscape tips to help you take care of your yard this spring. Clean Up: New spring growth can be hampered if it’s covered with debris. Clean out dead leaves, branches, trash or anything else that could impair your lawn’s growth. Prune Properly: Corrective pruning of your trees and shrubs can make them not only look better, but help them grow better, too. • Don’t top-shear overgrown shrubs or trees – thin them out to preserve their shape. • Spring-blooming plants like azaleas, rhododendrons, forsythia and lilacs should only be pruned after they flower. Put the Right Plants in the Right Place: When you’re ready to plant new plants, make sure you put them where they’ll thrive. •

Be sure you know the light requirements for a new plant.

Fences or other structures can restrict air flow, which can interfere with growth.

Make sure you have the right type of grass for your lawn. Wherever grass has a hard time growing, plant shady ground covers instead.

If you’re considering sod, make sure the temperature is warm enough for grass growth. Firmly pack sod into the soil and water as needed to encourage deep root growth.

Nourish the Roots: Spring lawn, tree and shrub roots seek nourishment after the dormancy of winter. • Make sure your early spring fertilizer has less nitrogen and more phosphorus to promote strong roots. Consider a professional company, such as TruGreen, which will design a custom plan to give your yard exactly what it needs. • Be sure to keep fertilizer on target to prevent run-off, and sweep fertilizer granules that may reach pavement back onto your lawn. Get Ready to Water: Give your lawn a slow, steady watering about once a week, but adjust depending upon rainfall, grass and soil type in your area. • Follow the owner’s operating manual to take an automated sprinkler system out of hibernation. Ensure sprinkler heads and related water lines are working properly. • Make sure the irrigation system covers your landscape efficiently. For example, you can place a oneinch deep, empty food can in the middle of the lawn area to measure

the depth of water collected after each watering cycle to ensure uniformity. Mulch the Right Way: Mulch can keep soil in place, reduce weeds and retain moisture. But you need to make sure you’re doing it right. •

When the soil has warmed up, apply three inches of organic mulch to base of shrubs and trees to help conserve soil moisture and to reduce weed pressure. But be mindful not to cover the flare of the tree base in mulch “volcanoes,” which can lead to rot.

When your lawn is actively growing, return grass clippings back to the soil for added lawn nutrients and consider using composted materials to nourish plants.

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Top Five Tips for Growing Beautiful Roses

rom June to Sept., roses add a special flourish to yards, gardens and public parks throughout the U.S. But for many gardeners, tending roses may seem intimidating. With 23 years of experience, Jamie Shiffer, head gardener at Hershey Gardens in Hershey, Pa., knows a thing or two about cultivating a beautiful rose, in all of its varieties. Here are Shiffer’s top five rose gardening tips for gardeners of all experience levels: Plant and fertilize early. Consider planting new rose bushes in early spring. “Both new and existing rose plantings will need to be fertilized at this time,” says Shiffer. He recommends applying a slow-release fertilizer surrounding the base, such as the GreenView with GreenSmart Rose Food, which is formulated with essential macro and micro nutrients that provide extended feeding for up to 12 weeks. Research reveals it helps to produce superior plant growth, improve plant health and vigor, and increase buds, blooms and plant yield. After fertilizing, thoroughly water your roses. If desired, you can apply two inches of mulch around the plant.


Avoid over watering. “You should water roses sparingly throughout the very hot season,” recommends Shiffer. “The biggest mistake people make when watering is to water from overhead with a hose, instead of at ground level,” says Shiffer. Watering from above, Shiffer explains, can cause black spots to appear on the petals and throughout the day. As the heat intensifies, the water on the petals promotes fungal growth. To avoid this, water at ground level first thing in the morning. Prevent black spot. While good watering techniques can prevent fungal growth, for some gardeners, a humid environment can still lead to the same problem. “Treat black spot using a fungicide spray application on the plants every two weeks,” says Shiffer. Prune for increased plant growth. To encourage rejuvenation and growth from your rose bushes, be sure to deadhead through Sept. Count from the blossom down to the fifth leaf and make an angled cut. Maintain throughout each season. Regardless of variety, roses require year round maintenance. Use this calendar as a guide to care for your rose bushes: March – Thin out the plantings; cut them back to 8 or 12 inches in length. April – Beginning in late April or early May, fertilize roses with a slow-release fertilizer that will last for 3

months, such as GreenView with GreenSmart Rose Food. May to Oct. – Use spray application on roses every two weeks. From June to Sept., deadhead your plantings, so they will push new growth. Sept. – Remove rose petals without cutting the bulb off completely. Nov. – Cut all roses back for the winter to 32 inches in height. For novice gardeners, Shiffer recommends starting with star roses or knockout roses, as they are among the most disease and insect resistant. “They come in many different colors and produce blooms throughout the year,” says Shiffer. To discover more about Hershey Gardens, visit www.hersheygardens. org and to learn about GreenView with GreenSmart Rose Food, other plant-specific formulations, and find more gardening tips, go to www. Photo Captions: Slow release fertilizers help produce superior plant growth. Hershey Gardens in Hershey, Pennsylvania

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hink ahead with a good yard-care routine this year so you’ll have a backyard oasis through the year for entertaining or simply relaxing and enjoying the hazy, lazy days of summer with family and friends. There’s simply nothing that compares to running barefoot through the lush green grass, here are some tips to get started: 1) Begin with a good spring clean up, which includes raking leaves and removing debris, tree guards and burlap. Just be careful not to remove mulch from perennials or shrubs too early, or to rake your flower garden too vigorously. Doing so could damage the soil, tendering new bulbs and emerging plants. 2) Clean, repair, sharpen, lubricate and tune all of your garden tools, mowers and trimmers, so they are ready to go when you are.

Five Spring Steps for a Beautiful Summer Yard applied. While tests don’t have to be done every year, they are a good idea every three or four years. 4) Control crabgrass, dandelions and clover, three of the most common weeds you’re likely to see trying to take hold in your lawn. Crabgrass is best tackled before it emerges from the ground and begins to grow leaves. Conversely, members of the broadleaf weed family – like dandelions, clover, plantain, chickweed, and spurge – require a treatment that comes into direct contact with the plant’s leaves, so they must be dealt with, once they’ve made their appearance known. Be sure to choose a product that is best suited for your region, especially if living in the south.

3) Testing your soil is the starting point of any lawn fertilization program. Consider testing your soil each time you plant new seed. State Extension services and private labs offer kits that let you mail in soil samples for analysis. The reports will give you an accurate reading of what your lawn needs and how much of it should be

For a simple spring lawn care routine, try GreenView with GreenSmart Crabgrass Control plus Lawn Food, and Broadleaf Weed Control plus Lawn Food in a zerophosphate formulation. In addition to handling tough weeds, they also fertilize in one easy application. The broadleaf control kills over 250 of the toughest weeds, as listed on the package label.

Look for lawn fertilizers with a slow-release nitrogen ingredient for strong roots and long lasting results. Once you get it on the lawn – you’ll be done for the season because the slow-release nitrogen provides your lawn with controlled, steady nutrition – resulting in thicker, healthier grass. That means no excess growth, and less mowing. 5) Set your mowing height at 2 1/2 to 3 inches and mow at the same height all growing season. Try not to remove more than 3/4 inch of grass at any single mowing. Whenever possible, mow during the cooler morning or evening hours to avoid damage to the turf. For additional lawn care tips and more information about the complete GreenView with GreenSmart product line, visit www. or call 1-800-2331067. Secondary Photo caption: Fertilizers with slow release nitrogen produce long lasting green lawns.


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Home Insulation 101


omeowners spend a lot of time and money making their homes comfortable, inviting places to live. But if you’re not putting some of that effort into what’s behind the walls, you could be missing out on comfort and savings.

Insulation is Key Heat naturally flows from warmer spaces to cooler spaces. Proper insulation decreases the heat flow and helps you keep your home at a comfortable temperature. “Good insulation can do a lot for your home and your family,” said Ed Reeves, building scientist with Icynene, makers of spray foam insulation. “It can improve indoor air quality, protect your home from winter damage, and, ultimately, save you money.”

cantly. Making sure you close air leaks with weather stripping, caulking and insulation helps reduce your heating and cooling bills. The U.S. Department of Energy says that floors, walls and ceilings account for 31 percent of the air leakage in most homes. So good insulation is a must for lower energy bills.

• Protection from ice dams in winter – In winter, as warm air from your home comes in contact with the inside edge of your roof, snow melts on that section. As it slowly trickles down, it refreezes, causing ice to build up. Water can then leak into your home, causing damage. Closing any insulation gaps with the right insulation can prevent ice dams from forming. • Saving money – Air leakage can run up your energy bills signifi-


• How well does the insulation control air leakage without the use of extra finishing materials (tape, gaskets, plastic wrap) and labor?

• How quickly will the insulation pay for itself? Could the monthly savings outweigh the monthly cost of financing? • How does it compare in reducing air leakage in hard-toinsulate areas without extra materials?

Reeves says that proper insulation can help with:

• Indoor air quality – Moisture can build up in your walls, causing the interior to slowly rot. Not all insulations can prevent mold, however. Spray foam insulation forms an air barrier, which protects your walls against moisture.

Reeves recommends asking these questions to make sure you’ve got the right insulation for your home.

• Will it improve the air quality in your home by minimizing air infiltration to help keep out allergens, dust and other outdoor pollutants?

Choosing Insulation There are a number of different insulation types to choose from. They all have what’s known as an R-value, which is the measurement of insulations resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation. Older insulation types such as fiberglass can settle or compact over time, decreasing their insulation properties. Compressed insulation won’t keep its full R-value. “Spray foam insulation such as Icynene has great long-term benefits,” says Reeves. “The others may have a cheaper up-front cost, but in the long run, spray foam protects better, lasts longer, and can reduce your energy bill by up to half as much as with older insulations.”

• Can the insulation shift with the home as it settles and lose its R-value? • What happens if it gets wet? How well will the insulation dry out? Will it keep its insulating properties? • Can it help make your home quieter, suppressing plumbing, between-room and street noise? Learn more about insulation and how you can choose the right one for your home at or www.insulationsmart. com. House Image Courtesy Getty Images

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Simple Steps To Home Safety


eeping your home and family safe is a high priority. If home fires, break-ins or weatherrelated disasters have you worried, here are some simple steps you can take to make your home a safer place. Be Forewarned Every home should have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors, but they require some minor maintenance and don’t last forever. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), a working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a home fire. • Make sure you have smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, including the basement. The USFA recommends installing them inside and outside of sleeping areas. • Replace your batteries regularly. While having a working smoke detector more than doubles your chance of survival, it’s estimated that one third of smoke alarms are not working, often due to worn out batteries. Many people use the time change each spring and fall as a reminder to change batteries. A twopack of Enercell 9V batteries at RadioShack is a small investment to keep your family safe. • Replace old smoke alarms. According to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. It

is also recommended that homes have both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms, or dual sensor smoke alarms which have both types of sensors. (Ionization alarms sound more quickly in a flaming, fast-moving fire. Photoelectric alarms are faster at sensing smoldering, smoky fires.) When the time comes to replace your detectors, consider a First Alert product. You can find affordable options with both types of sensors. Seeking Security? Taking precautions to protect your home extend to home security, as well. According to the Bureau of Justice, many home burglaries occur simply by a thief walking through the front door. • Protect yourself and your family through the use of deadbolts on doors and locks on windows. • Installing motion-sensor lights on walkways or driveways can potentially deter a thief. • Many home security kits are available in a “do it yourself” complete package, allowing you to customize sirens, entry points and more. A kit like this from RadioShack features five different door sensors and one wireless motion sensor. • If installing an entire security system seems too much, something simple like a keyless entry system provides peace of mind and easy installation. A garage door keyless entry using fingerprint identity ensures

that only the right people gain access to your home. Weather the Storm Protecting your home from inclement weather is an essential part of ensuring your family’s safety. • The first step is having a family discussion about safe rooms in the house and a plan in case of dangerous weather. • According to FEMA, a weather radio with NOAA technology allows as much as eight minutes lead time before public alarms sound to move family and pets to a safe room or secure location. • Make sure you have a weather safety kit that contains a flashlight, portable power for your electronics, an emergency radio, walkie talkies, bottled water and dry goods. Let each child choose 1 to 2 items to put in the weather prep toolkit, such as a toy, game or personal item to help keep them occupied and calm in the case you have to take shelter for a long period of time. Additional alkaline batteries are always good to have on hand in case of emergency. For more information on home safety products and other options to keep your family safe, visit Photo courtesy of Getty Images



New to Motherhood? There’s an App for That


ll moms need more time to handle their busy schedules – that’s a universal truth – but it could be argued that no one feels that cataclysmic time shift more than a firsttime mother. Suddenly, there is little room for showering and sleeping, let alone for making grocery lists, keeping up with workout routines, planning weekly meals, or managing a household budget. The good news is that help is just a download away.

Smart Moms Use Smart Phones According to “Dr. Mom Study 3,” conducted by BabyCenter, smartphone ownership is higher among moms than the general population and moms spend an average of 6.1 hours a day with their smartphones. Having the right apps ready to assist is just one way to save time, money and sanity while moms focus on their new role. New moms should consider the following apps as they gear up to bring an infant home or focus on those first few months with their little one. All of the apps are free, user-friendly and ready to make motherhood easier: Similac StrongMoms Baby Journal app – Gone are the days of juggling notebooks to jot down feedings and diaper changes or booting up the laptop to enter sleeping schedules. This app allows moms who breastfeed, formulafeed and pump to easily track feedings, diapering, growth and sleeping patterns – and create graphs to help monitor them – anywhere, anytime. Moms can even email reports to family, friends or the pediatrician. Read more about the features of this app at http://similac. com/app.


Grocery iQ – No more racking your brain to jot down a grocery list. With Grocery iQ, simply scan the barcodes of products in the kitchen that need to be replenished and they’re automatically added to the list. You can also search for millions of items independently. Once complete, the list can be synchronized with other devices, so when mom is home with baby, dad can feel confident he’s picking up the right stuff. To read more, visit Calorie Counter by My Net Diary – New moms should ease into any kind of physical activity, but many are eager to reinvest in their physique. Calorie Counter avoids fad dieting and

helps tailor a diet to mom’s personal preferences, giving her a better chance for long-term success. With an expansive food database, automatic recent history, recipes, custom foods, an emphasis on key nutrients and a community to help with morale; this is an all-in-one diet app. Check out this app at Dinner Spinner – Dinner still needs to get on the table, even when the fridge is low on food and mom’s brain is even lower on sleep. With the AllRecipes Dinner Spinner app, simply plug in the ingredients available on hand and a variety of recipes will appear to take the guesswork out of mealtime. Visit www. to check it out. Stocking up on these apps before baby arrives, or downloading them once baby comes home, can alleviate some of mom’s stress as she adjusts to the wonderful chaos that her infant will bring and what better time to start than the very beginning? For more information on the Similac Baby Journal app, visit http://similac. com/app. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Four Ways to Help Kids Make Cents of Finances


inancial literacy is as important as learning the ABC’s. By teaching financial and entrepreneurial practices at a young age, children will be better prepared for their financial futures. The first step is to get started, so start with these educational activities: Start Talking: Try a simple question such as, “What is investing?” Questions are conversation starters and shouldn’t be complicated. The key is to teach through open communication that allows kids to discover – rather than be told – the answers. Starting Thinking: Most kids are impulsive and fixate on things that are interesting. It’s

tough to get them thinking beyond “now” when it comes to money. Overcoming that helps kids understand the basic principles of budgeting. Challenge them with questions such as, “Are you still going to want that expensive sweater in a month, or would it be better to save toward something else?” Helping kids grasp the concept of “value” instills a sense of financial ownership and responsibility. Remind them that once they spend the money, it’s gone. Start Practicing: Kids learn through repetition. The more they do something, the better they get. No matter what age the child is, present her with scenarios that require practicing different financial principles. For example, during the

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summertime give your child $20 to set up a lemonade stand. Ask her, “What types of products will you need to buy to make lemonade? How much will those items cost? How many days do you plan to have the lemonade stand open?” Asking these questions will not only help her work through the answers, but will also increase her understanding of simple business terms such as “overhead” and “profit.” Additionally, contributing more “investment” money to the fledgling business opens up dialogue about investors and stocks. It takes a little imagination to come up with scenarios, but it can be a fun learning opportunity for the child and the parent.

Start Investigating: The Internet provides a wealth of financial learning tools for children and parents. Of course, parents should monitor what their children are vieing online, but there are some invaluable educational sites, such as www.smckids. com, which features webisodes for Secret Millionaires Club (SMC), an animated series starring Warren Buffet as he mentors a group of kids. Featured on The HUB network, as well as the website, the SMC series is an innovative way to teach sound financial and entrepreneurial practices to young people. Modeled after the lessons instilled by Mr. Buffett in the animated series, SMC’s “Learn & Earn” Promotion – sponsored exclusively by – also offers interactive educational tools for parents and kids. The bottom line: Stop waiting. It’s never too early to start teaching financial lessons. For more fun and engaging financial resources, or to watch “The Secret Millionaires Club” webisodes, visit www.smckids. com. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Financial Planning Helps Manage Student Debt


n an increasingly competitive global market, education is becoming more important. But many families find the cost of education to be outside their grasp. According to a study commissioned by the US Department of Education, from the 2001-02 to the 2010-11 academic year, the cost of attending a 4-year undergraduate instate school rose by 47.3 percent. With ever-increasing education expenses, many families are accumulating significant debt, putting students further behind. However, with planning and financial management, students can control their finances. Here are some tips for parents of soon-to-be college students. Start the conversation. Talk with other parents, teachers and guidance counselors

about the cost of education. Make contact with the student financial aid offices of the colleges on your child’s list and get an accurate estimate of the cost of each institute. Most importantly, talk with your child. It is imperative your child learns the budgeting process as they will soon be managing their finances away from home. Set the budget and stick to it. Once you have a set budget, add wiggle room for other unforeseeable expenses. Make sure you set this budget realistically. Calculating the cost of pens and pencils may seem ludicrous, but if you’re on a tight budget, every expense counts. Get connected. Tracking your financial spending is easier than ever. From smart phone apps to free financial planning software, you can get an accurate financial report at any time. Research banks to determine which ones offer services to help you can stay on top of your budget. Also, consider linking your banking account with

your child’s, to easily transfer funds online. Make a plan. When taking on debt, it is important to have a plan for paying it off. Calculate the monthly payments and time it will take your child to pay off the debt. Research salary ranges for the field in which your child plans to pursue a career to understand the debt they can realistically carry. Find more information and calculators to help determine payment schedules and interest rates at Do your research. Before taking out a student loan, look to other options, such as financial aid and scholarships. While some scholarships are awarded on academic merit, others are given based upon both academic performance and community service. ForestersTM, a life insurance provider committed to the well-being of families and their communities, is one organization that provides a competitive scholarship program1 open to eligible members or their dependent children, including grandchildren, worth up to $8,000. Recipients can use the scholarship to attend accredited universities, colleges and vocational schools, as long as they are pursuing their first post-secondary degree or diploma. There are up to 350 Foresters Competitive Scholarships available, in the US and Canada including five Ken Peterson Awards for Community Service. These awards are worth up to $11,000. Learn more about the scholarship opportunities awarded by Foresters at www. Photo courtesy of Getty Images ForestersTM is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9; its subsidiaries are licensed to use this mark. This program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. Only eligible Foresters members and their families can apply for these scholarships. Foresters member benefits are non-contractual, subject to eligibility requirements and limitations and may be changed or cancelled without notice. For details, visit 1



Giuliana Rancic


re you ready for a decorating change? A recent survey by the retailer HomeGoods found that while almost half of Americans haven’t updated their home décor in the last five years, only 20 percent are happy with it. If that sounds like you, then it’s time for some fresh ideas. These budget-friendly decorating ideas from Glade, the worldwide leader in home fragrance, and Giuliana Rancic, entertainment journalist and style guru, make it easy to discover your personal style. All it takes to refresh a room are a few simple updates and your home will be ready for entertaining in no time.


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Get Inspired The first step in discovering your own style is to make a personal “styleboard.” You can create one on a bulletin board, in folders or make a virtual one at n To create one at home, start by looking through magazines and websites and collect images of things you love, such as fashion, décor, or any­thing that catches your eye. Sort through the images and look for patterns. Do you find yourself drawn to clean lines and minimalistic décor, or do you see more traditional colors and furnishings? Is there a color that keeps popping up? This is a great way to narrow down your options when you are not sure of a style. n On the Glade Facebook page, you can create an online styleboard to help you put together the perfect look and match it with a signature scent. Each personalized styleboard created on the application includes a Glade Expressions Collection fragrance, home furnishing sugges­tions, color and fabric swatches and music playlists — all of which can be shared with friends and family on Facebook. Glade has created hundreds of innovative scents in partnership with top fragrance houses and perfumers, so you can be sure to find an inspir­ing scent that’s just right for you.


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Small Changes Add Up

“You don’t have to redo a whole room,” says Rancic. “Small changes like adding a new color or introducing a scent to a room really make a big difference. I love how the Glade Expressions fragrances not only match my design taste perfectly, but also help make my home feel welcoming and guest-ready by giving it that finishing touch of a signature scent.” n Start at the beginning. The entryway of a home is the first thing guests see, so make sure it’s impactful. Tidy up the outside area around the front door, and add some inexpensive pops of color with a planter full of seasonal flowers. On the inside, think about updating the walls with floral or damask wallpaper, or even a painted chevron pattern to add visual interest. n Engage all the senses. Sights, sounds, textures and scent all work together to complete the ambiance of a space. Try using soft lighting with lamps and dim­mers for a warm and inviting atmosphere. Mix textures in the room by adding a soft throw to a modern, sleek sofa. Select a signature scent with one of the true-to-life fragrances from the new Glade Expressions Collection. The new fragrances combine classic scents with an exotic twist, andthey’re available in two contemporary designs to complement any room’s décor. And for sound — think about tabletop fountains or a good music selection to play when you have guests. Rancic loves Frank Sinatra tunes for entertaining.

n Bring the outdoors in. Live plants and flowers do wonders for a room. Lemon or orange tree topiaries are a popular way to add a natural pop of color. If you’re not sure about taking care of live plants, you can easily find artificial ones that look natural. Silk bamboo plants come in all sizes and fit on a table top or fill up an empty corner in a room.

n Dream of world travel and far off places? Go global, placing old maps and a magnify­ing glass on a side table and adorning the mantle with beautiful apothecary jars filled with spices. Add rich, velvet fabrics and pillows with colorful prints and a mono­grammed throw for a personal touch. Scent: Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice.

n Personal Style Tips Rancic recommends taking cues from the things you love to add elements that express your personality without having to do a floor to ceil­ing makeover. Here are some more of Rancic’s ideas to get you inspired, which include fragrance options from the Glade Expressions Collection that complement different styles:

n Feel connected to nature? Display elements from nature to add earthy touches to a room. Look for small terrariums, beautiful rocks and geodes, or even shells. Use natural fabrics, woodwicked candles, and display sprigs of lavender and green leaves in ceramic vases or mason jars. Scent: Lavender & Juniper Berry.

n Love sea breezes and a touch of the tropics? Match this energy with a fresh coat of paint in a bright color like electric blue or Kelly green. Add a vivid printed rug and vases of tropical flowers. Put the final touches on the space with a teak bowl or vase full of lemons to add a pop of color and sparkle to the room. Scent: Pineapple & Mangosteen.

n Wish you could visit the Mediterranean? Freshen up sofas and chairs with crisp cotton slipcovers, and white, flowing sheers on the windows. Add a couple of bright pillows or a colorful throw for a warm and sunny feel. Look for a few decorative tiles that remind you of Italy or Greece, and set them out on display. Show off white floral bouquets that have a few pops of orange. Scent: Cotton & Italian Mandarin.


Making Cents Of It All

Americans Need To Go To School


By N. Ronimus

well informed citizenry is essential in order for a democracy to work; however, to be well informed one must first be well educated. In Andrew Delbanco’s new book “College: What It Was, And Should Be” he presents a compelling reason why young adults cannot afford to forego higher levels of education and older adults need to go back to school if they are to prosper in this increasingly knowledge based global economy. “The United States of America, is just one on several countries on the American Continent; however, in US minds it alone is America and every body else is just small fry of little importance. It is this basic attitude that underlie US policy towards other States of the Americas and the world at large. When we sing God bless America do you think we have chileans, brazilians etc.. in mind? I don’t think so. When we overvalue our selves it automatically devalues others. This is and has always been the prevailing US attitude. This basic analysis can be overlaid over US national workings.” While we were so busy overvaluing ourselves, those we devalued for so long, were in school laying the foundation for the global economy as we know it today. Today the world looks increasingly to the BRIC nations, which are at the pinnacle of economic power, to drive global economic activity and growth. It’s difficult to dispute


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in March for those with at least a bachelor’s degree was 4.4 percent — almost half of the nation’s 8.2 percent jobless rate. For individuals with a little college or an associate’s degree the rate increases to 7.7 percent; the ratio for high school graduates jumps to 10.5 percent. China’s meteoric rise to become THE driver of global growth followed by Brazil, Russia and India. A position the US had held since WWII. In a recent interview with the The Daily Ticker, Delbanco stated “College training has irrefutable benefits to the student, but society as a whole advances from an intellectually literate populace.” “We need and want the best educated population we can have for a lot of different reasons,” he says. “We cannot have a democracy without an educated citizenry. We cannot have a political system that works if we don’t have a population that say knows the difference between a dogmatic opinion or a demagogic speaker and somebody who makes arguments based on evidence. We

need people who can think critically about what they’re being told.” Delbanco goes on to state, “College should be a place not only where you gain the competence and the skills you need to compete in the economy which is increasingly a global, knowledge economy,” he says. “There’s a lot of evidence that even a little college (1 or 2 years, he notes) translates into higher lifetime income, even better health, happier marriages.” The value of a college degree has never been more apparent and more Americans are attending school for the first time and more are returning for secondary and advanced degrees. It is both ironic and depressing that with the need so great for schooling the cost is at an all time high. College is an expensive double whammy and hits you like sticker shock; public universities are raising there tuition fees as state and federal government funding for education is shrinking. Delbanco acknowledges the financial pressures facing students these days but emphasizes that students should view college as more than just a line on a resume.”Students are afraid to take intellectual chances, they take too many courses, they double and triple major, they worry about their resume from day one,” he says. “We should encourage students to make the best of this precious experience.”



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Issue 7 - Spring 2012