Julie Wells never stops learning Spring break travel tips
Keri Moenssen Skinny Jeans winner
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For your wedding go vintage
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Julie Wells has a great imagination
editor’s note “Just one more month, just one more month.” Undoubtedly, that’s what I’ll be reciting to myself when this editor’s note hits your doorstep. I’m one who tries not to embrace the “grass is always greener” mentality and instead be thankful for and appreciate what I have at any given time, but let’s face it: We’ve had quite the winter. Usually around these parts, we see a few days of mild temps that whet our appetites and excite us for the mild season to come. Winter 2011 has been a bit different. Instead we dealt with bouts of snow that left us with several weeks where we were unable to remember if there, indeed, was green grass underneath all that white stuff. The end is near, people. In a few short weeks many of us will be enjoying an annual staple that leaves the streets of Bartholomew County rather bare — spring break. Even if you’re a family without school-age children but still taking a trip during that sacred week, it serves as a wakeup call for better weather. During my childhood my parents used the BCSC spring break as our annual family vacation. If I recall, I began packing for this trip (usually to Florida) about a month in advance — collecting clothing, beach toys and must-have supplies in a box until I was actually permitted to pack my luggage. I generally labeled the box (as if I’d forget what was in it) with the term SB (insert year here) in chicken scratch. I spent childhood spring break vacations in the hotel pool, leaving only when my parents made me because I was beginning to resemble the wrinkly frog I thought I was. It was glorious. In this issue we embrace this annual ritual with a story designed to ease the pain of spring break travel. Also in this issue you’ll meet our She Wants in Her Skinny Jeans challenge winner, Keri Moenssen. Her story will not only make you realize why she won, but inspire you to challenge yourself and pursue your own dreams. Spring also means preparation for that high school rite of passage that all teens love and parents dread — prom night. And prom night means our annual contest, Prom-a-rama. In this issue we’ll tell you all about this year’s sponsors and prizes and how you can win.
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SheQuick Note Check it out Zonta International and Granny Connection are hosting community events on March 8 in honor of the 10th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The celebration begins with a lighted walk at 6 p.m. at Yes Cinema. Entertainment by Indianapolis group Thin Air and a box dinner featuring a choice of international cuisine follow. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and are available at Viewpoint Books, Lockett’s, Natural Choices, Flowers by Lois, Claudia’s Flora Bunda and By Word of Mouth Catering.
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Knows for Sure Photo by Keisha Keen
She Facebook fan Keisha Keen lives in Columbus with her husband and a fuzzy, hyperactive kitty. She is a photographer and veterinary technology student. She volunteers for CARE and spends her free time reading, crafting and learning how to cook.
It’s the smallest of things that make the largest impact.
My “amortentia” (which is a term from the Harry Potter franchise that means a love potion that smells different to each person) would smell like leather and cherry tobacco. It reflects back on my grandfather and husband, one smells like cherry tobacco and the other one like leather.
Wisdom is gained through trials and tribulations, lessons you learn yourself and a vast array of observation.
I do not need an alarm clock. I have a cat!
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By Jennifer Willhite | Photos by Kelsey Declue
Julie Wells has always been a firm believer that one should never stop learning. Little did she know that motherhood would usher her from bookkeeping to a world of pure imagination and education. Imagination Station was born of Wells’ interest in the specialty toy market. As a new parent, she was unaware of the availability of non-traditional toys on the periphery of the commercial market. Those toys withstand the test of time, without featuring a cartoon character to ensure their success. While on business trips as a certified public accountant, Wells was introduced to a niche toy market that helped shape her entrepreneurial journey. The desire to offer her children unique, educational toys encouraged her dream of opening her own specialty toy store one day. After 10 years as a CPA, the Asbury University alumna opened her first store in downtown Franklin in 2004.
Initially, Wells relied on the expertise of sales representatives and toy manufacturers in the industry to gain a working knowledge of the market. She soon became a member of t h e Americ a n S p e cialty Toy Retailers’ Association, which aided with the development of her expertise. “I have been fortunate to build relationships with individuals who are well versed in the specialty toy business,” she said. “Toys are my passion, and I continue to search for ways to build my knowledge base.” In November Imagination Station came to downtown Columbus. “We had a really strong customer base from Columbus that traveled to Franklin to shop,” Wells said. “And getting to know those customers and their families and children led me to explore Columbus as a location.” Independent toy stores offer chil-
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dren the opportunity to play outside the box, so to speak. With a classic and educational focus, the toys offered by Wells’ stores are built to last through multiple children and numerous stages of learning. Please touch When children visit Imagination Station, playing with the toys is encouraged. “I think that’s what makes our store so unique and sets us apart from others,” Wells said. “Not only the products, but just the experience that the kids can have here. They can touch so many things.” Wells’ children, Oscar, 9, and Sara Kate, 7, often accompany her to work and enjoy helping out. The store has always been a part of their lives, since Oscar was not yet 3 when the first one opened. When visiting Imagination Station it’s not uncommon to also see Sophie, the family’s 5-pound Ocherese dog, socializing or napping in the corner. Often working part time for cucumbers or carrots (she’s impar-
tial), the mix of Pekinese, poodle and Maltese breeds enjoys her own fan base that comes to visit. When she’s not working, Wells enjoys spending time with her husband, Craig, and their children. She believes that people should enjoy every day and value the people around them. “I think when you lose sight of the people that surround you, your whole focus can be off,” she said.
Each February, We l l s t r av e l s to New York City for the American International Toy Fair. The exhibit highlights the latest in children’s toys that can be purchased by independent retailers. Latest and greatest Wells loves to travel, and this year she will head overseas for her business. As many in the toy industry know, Nuremberg, Germany, is home to many of the founding toy businesses and the place to be for the latest in specialty toys. The city’s Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair is an annual event that exhibits toys from many manufacturers not represented in the United States. An eco-friendly message is cultivated by many of the manufacturers with whom Wells works. From packaging to natural materials, she says many of the companies were green when green wasn’t cool. For instance, some of the wooden toys are stained with vegetable dye rather than paint.
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Debi Pierson first met Wells when visiting the Franklin store. Now an employee and close friend, Pierson says Wells believes in the products she sells. “She chooses them based on what she would want to give to her own children, family and friends,” she said. The experience Wells gains from her entrepreneurial venture helps her to mentor other small business owners. Pierson says her boss’s motivation and attention to detail make her a “fantastic retail role model” for others. According to Wells, staying competitive in an uncertain economy involves remaining true to one’s purpose. “It all comes down to relationships,” she said. “I measure the success of my business by the depth of relationship I have with each individual and family.” Before going to work for Wells, Nancy Purtlebaugh started out leading story time at the Franklin store. Admiring her motivation and focus, Purtlebaugh says that Wells treats her customers and employees like family. “You wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between her best friend and the customer she has just met,” said Purtlebaugh. “She genuinely cares about others and puts other people above herself.”
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Since her college days, Wells has been a runner. Having participated in several marathons over the years, she says she currently runs in 13-mile half marathons “with nobody chasing me.” When Purtlebaugh began training for a full marathon, Wells didn’t hesitate to offer help. “She actually trained with me,” Purtlebaugh said. “She ran some very long runs that she didn’t need to, and she was encouraging me the whole time.” Described by her employees as driven, generous and hard-working, Wells sees herself as a perpetual optimist regardless of the situation. She firmly believes that if something is negative, you have to figure out how to turn it around into something positive. “I’m always positive. There’s really no other way of looking at it,” Wells said.
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Vintage wedding gowns can have modern feel By Samantha Critchell | AP Fashion Writer
NEW YORK — There’s something romantic about the idea of a vintage wedding dress, with the wonderful stories it could tell. Maybe there’d be some delicate lace, too, or exquisite siren-worthy satin. Reality, though, isn’t always so pretty. Some vintage dresses are those perfect gowns you dream of, says Mark Ingram, CEO and creative director of Manhattan’s Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, but others are too costume-y, too dated or, more likely, simply ill-fitting. “You can reach back to some vintage eras and look as contemporary as buying a new dress. But,” he says, “you have to consider your figure first and foremost. If the dress isn’t flattering to your figure type, just don’t go down the road.” Cameron Silver, owner of the Los Angeles couture vintage shop Decades, suggests these questions to ask — frankly — of yourself: Do you need to wear a bra? Do you have a boyish figure? An hourglass shape? What about your hips? All of these, he says, are factors in buying any wedding gown, but particularly those meant to fit women of previous generations. Silver, a resource for Hollywood red-carpet looks, also warns that finding a pristine white vintage dress can be hard, and that a good vintage dress, if it’s not an heirloom, can be more expensive than you’d think. Even with your grandmother’s dress, there could be pricey alterations. “Don’t do this because you think it’s the easy way out, or that it’ll be cheaper,” adds Ingram. “You have to want it — you have to want to have this look.”
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“Don’t do this because you think it’s the easy way out, or that it’ll be cheaper. You have to want it — you have to want to have this look.” — Mark Ingram
One of a kind But if you do find that ideal gown from yesteryear, Silver says, it’s a magical moment. He once sold a full Chantilly lace wedding gown by Chanel. “It was such a thrill,” he says. There was a more recent Olivier Theyskens for Rochas gown that practically brought tears to his eyes. (If you find a keeper, be ready to buy it right away — no wavering — because there’s not another one stuck in some inventory closet.) If you’re partial to embroidery, look at gowns from the 1920s-’30s, while sultry, satin gowns come out of the ’40s. Women with a full bust might look to the curvier ’50s silhouette, says Ingram, WE TV’s “gown guru,” while mini-dresses of the ’60s are cool, yet hard to pull off unless the event is casual or the bride prides herself an individualist. Silver says that’s usually the case with those who wear vintage. “This bride doesn’t want to look like everyone else.” Still, you can hit contemporary fashion trends. Something from the ’70s, a little bohemian but sexy, too, is probably the hippest look going. Avoid the pouffy period The time to stay away from is, no surprise, the ’80s, with its oversize pouffy shoulders and tapered sleeves. “Right now, the ’80s looks so dated. Yes, 20 to 30 years back is ‘vintage,’ but if you’re going back, that’s a bad period to dip into. No ‘Dynasty,’ not even Princess Diana,” Ingram says. “There could be a big trend back to the ’80s if Kate (Middleton) wore it, but I can’t imagine that. It’s too big. The proportion was too big, and it wouldn’t look modern now.” A bride’s goal often is a timeless look, since the photos will hopefully last a lifetime, but each era still has its signature, says Michael Shettel, designer of bridal brand Alfred Angelo. You might be best off with a classic silhouette, while adjusting embellishments and details to current tastes, he suggests. Wedding gown trends don’t swing as quickly as readyto-wear fashion, he explains: Of course, white always dominates the market and the overall vibe is fancy, but when you line them up, you’ll see differences in the size and types of pearls and beads, changes in popular lace patterns, hemlines going up and down. “You want to make it your own, while still honoring whoever wore a vintage dress before. ... Maybe you’d like to make it a little more low cut, a little more fitted, maybe give it a fuller skirt,” Shettel says. He also borrows from the past for new gowns. The tight bodice, tea-length ball gown, which “Mad Men” helped bring back in style, seems very fresh, Shettel says, and the asymmetrical neckline remains popular.
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Ingram says the best of both worlds might be vintage or vintage-inspired accessories on a new dress. “Add a fur piece — a shrug or a stole — and it looks vintage, even if it’s new, which probably means a better fit. The look could be 1910 or 2010,” he says. He also likes to add a beaded belt or sash, which also can give the illusion of a small waist and carries that retro feel. There’s no reason, though, to go back in time for your beauty routine. “If you do a vintage wedding dress, your accessories, hair and makeup have to be incredibly modern,” says Decades’ Silver. “You don’t want to be the bride of Frankenstein. If the dress looks ‘period,’ you have to play against it in your styling — unless you have a Renaissance theme, and who does that?”
“If you do a vintage wedding dress, your accessories, hair and makeup have to be incredibly modern.” — Cameron Silver
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Up to the
challenge Keri Moenssen takes Skinny Jeans contest experience to heart … and everywhere else By Kelsey DeClue Photos by Joe Harpring & Kelsey Declue Keri Moenssen has a new passion. It’s an activity that gives her time for herself, boosts her confidence and gives her more energy. Exercise. The Columbus mother of two and Cummins employee is eating healthy, trying new things and rising daily at 4:15 a.m. to work out. In other words she’s living up to her title as the winner of the 2010 She Wants in Her Skinny Jeans challenge. Last fall, 12 women embarked on a quest to learn how to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Some wanted to lose weight; some wanted to gain muscle tone; others wanted to learn how to successfully exercise and eat right. The women trained and learned nutrition with Ian McGriff, head personal trainer at Tipton Lakes Athletic Club. Each woman’s body fat percentage was measured at the beginning and conclusion of the challenge. Moenssen won, losing 27.5 percent of her body fat. Since being crowned the winner in December, she has lost at least three more pounds.
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“And that’s even with the craziness of the holidays,” she said. During the process, Moenssen noticed her clothes fitting better and then eventually lost two pant sizes. She also noticed her muscles gaining strength and her body having more energy, but she still never expected to win. “Just being chosen (to participate) and given that opportunity, I felt like I had already won,” she said. “The rest was just icing on the cake.” Her success can be attributed, in part, to her affinity for attention to detail. “I am really good at following direction,” she said, with a laugh. “And I want specifics. If we were supposed to make a turkey chili as one of our meals, I wanted to know exactly what to put in that turkey chili.” Moenssen was an athletic teenager, so she was no stranger to an active lifestyle when she started the program. She was also used to weight loss. “I always started (trying to lose weight) with the eating side of things, by restricting my diet, but I’d always fall off the bandwagon,” she said. “I knew what I needed was accountability, but I never knew I’d enjoy the exercising side of things so much.” She entered the contest on one of the final days to submit her form, thanks to encouragement from a friend. “I honestly never thought I’d get it,” she said. “I was visiting family when I got the call that I’d been chosen as a finalist, and I was so surprised and so excited. They all kept asking me what was going on, but I was trying to play it cool.” Like many of the other participants, Moenssen was apprehensive at first. She feared walking into a super competitive environment where she and the others were forced to exercise in front of already buff and beautiful Tipton Lakes Athletic Club members. Now her naïve fears make her laugh because they couldn’t have been further from the truth. “We all became comfortable with each other pretty quickly, and once everyone opened up, we all got to be friends,” she said. “It really never felt like a competition to us. There were no secrets, and no one was trying to one-up the other. “And the staff and other members of TLAC couldn’t have been more friendly and supportive. It was just such a wonderful environment.” McGriff said the group of contestants shared a special bond that he was humbled to witness. “I just don’t know if you could get a better group
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“I knew what I needed was accountability, but I never knew I’d enjoy the exercising side of things so much.”
Moenssen family — Dave, Keri, Vaughn, 3, and Drew, 1. Photo courtesy of Heather Harris, www.heatherharrisphotography.com.
than this,” he said. “They all supported each other and motivated each other. It was not a competition between them.” Home away from hometown Moenssen and husband, Dave, moved to Columbus from Michigan in 2006, when they both took jobs with Cummins. The two met as undergraduates at the University of Michigan and then attended graduate school. They were married in 2001. They have two boys, 3-year-old Vaughn and 1-year-old Drew. “Everyone kept saying what a wonderful place Columbus was to raise a family, and they were right. Everyone is so welcoming, and its such a unique community. “We love Michigan and always will, but Columbus feels like home right now.” Participating in the She Wants in Her Skinny Jeans contest not only helped Moenssen back on a healthy track but changed her outlook on life. “I’ve become so much more confident, and the amazing thing is that I wasn’t an unconfident or shy person
before,” she said. “But I feel so much better in my skin that I’m more confident when I’m standing up in front of people. I’m not worried about what I look like or what I’m wearing.” Moenssen also said she has a new zest for life and looks forward to challenging herself in areas other than fitness. “I’m so much more open to trying new things,” she said. “You have to get rid of whatever is holding you back.” She has also made herself a better example to Vaughn and Drew. Moenssen commented that she always cooked the boys healthy, well-rounded meals, but that she and her husband used to make quick and thus usually bad choices for themselves. “The focus was on getting them fed, getting them the nutrition they need, and then we’d throw a frozen
“I’m so much more
open to trying new things. You have to get rid of you back.”
pizza in the oven for ourselves,” she said. “Now I focus on how I’m fueling my body as well. Not just counting calories but making sure what I eat is quality fuel for my body. It makes such a difference.” Moenssen is excited to get back into biking and running outside when the weather warms and keeps herself motivated by often exercising with fellow contestant Jessica Mosier and a friend from work. “It’s the new me, and I love it,” she said. “It’s so exciting.”
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Just like spring,
returns By Kelsey DeClue Despite a snowy winter and continued cold temperatures, it’s midFebruary and safe to say spring is in sight. And we all know what that means … prom! Ahh, prom. The one-night event for which many high school students (well, the girls anyway) spend weeks, maybe months, planning. You and your friends begin combing magazines for hairstyle ideas and dress trends. You wonder whom to go with — will you make it a group effort, just the girls or a special evening for you and your sweetheart? Then it comes down to dinner plans — where to go and what time — and of course, the all-important choice for mode of transportation. A lot goes into planning for prom, and it should. It could be one of the most memorable nights of your high school career. That’s why each year The Republic and She magazine, along with some loyal sponsors, give one lucky girl the chance at her dream prom. And in the process, alleviate some of that planning stress. That’s right, it’s Prom-a-rama contest time! This year, the winner will receive: • A free hairstyle from Studio B. • Makeup from Skin Deep Laser Center. • Tanning or spray tanning from Sunkiss Tanning. • Allowance for a dress from That Special Touch. • Dinner for two from Tre Bicchieri Italian restaurant. Starting today, enter for your chance to become the next Proma-rama winner. She will be chosen at random, and anyone in Bartholomew, Jackson or Jennings counties who is eligible to attend her high school prom can enter. She may even appear on a future She magazine cover. To enter, log onto www.therepublic.com/promarama and fill out the entry form. Entries must be submitted by March 2.
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By Ella Johnson Scripps Howard News Service
EVANSVILLE — It was a long, exhausting ride back to Evansville from summer vacation in Florida for Kelsey Weber Payne and her family. About halfway through the trip, she decided to take a quick nap before stopping in Atlanta to eat. She was almost asleep when a semitrailer bumped the rear of the family’s van, sending the vehicle careening out of control across busy Interstate 75. Within a flash, her life was changed forever, and her dream of becoming a nurse was almost jeopardized.
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“Everything just went wrong,” said Weber Payne, recalling the July 2008 wreck. The impact pushed the van across three lanes of traffic into the path of a second semi, which also struck them. The van skidded across the same three lanes of traffic and flipped on its side. “I guess from the impact of us hitting the ground, my arm went out the window, and from there the first semi that hit us shoved us down the highway 60 to 90 yards,” she said. “My hand was out the window the entire time.”
When the van stopped, Weber Payne looked down at her right hand to see it dangling. “It was bleeding, and knowing that I wanted to be a nurse, I kind of knew what to do already,” she said. With her left arm, she retrieved a blanket from the van’s back and wrapped it around her right hand to slow the bleeding. She walked away from the wreckage, and a few minutes later, an ambulance sped her to Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital emergency room. Her hand was nearly severed. After X-rays, she was wheeled into the operating room. Beyond repair The operation lasted more than four hours. Surgeons spent the first three hours trying to save part of the hand and a few fingers but decided amputation was the best option, Weber Payne said. “After I came out of (the operating room), I obviously had no hand.” She was released from the hospital about four days later. Weber Payne, then a new high school graduate, had been accepted into the University of Southern Indiana’s nursing program. She remembers meeting with USI’s dean of nursing after the accident and was told nursing would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, with only one hand. “My mom and I were crying in the office, and I was like, ‘Well, I’m going to do it anyway’,” Weber Payne said. Nursing requires the ability to complete a wide range of tasks, including drawing medications into a syringe, administering shots, hanging IV bags and handling patients. Weber Payne would need two hands to meet the challenge, which led her to Riverside Orthotics and Prosthetics in Evansville. Two good hands “She wanted a hand that would function like the hand she lost,” said prosthetist Tom Whitehurst. He recommended an i-Limb Plus, a high-tech replacement hand with more dexterity than a regular prosthetic could provide. Whitehurst first fitted Weber Payne with a traditional hand hook prosthetic to give the muscles in the residual arm time to atrophy until the shape of the stub stabilized. The body-powered hand hook prosthetic was very cumbersome and heavy. It had to be strapped around the chest with a harness across the opposite shoulder. The hook was limited to a pinch grip that opened and closed by moving the shoulder forward or backward. Weber Payne used the prosthetic for about a year. In the meantime, Whitehurst contacted Touch Bionics in Columbus, Ohio, to explore the i-Limb, which had been on the market for less than two years and was the first hand prosthetic with individually powered fingers and thumb.
“She wanted a hand that would function like the hand she lost.”
Whitehurst worked through several roadblocks to persuade Weber Payne’s insurance carrier to pay for the new prosthetic. The insurance company twice denied coverage until Whitehurst was able to explain to their satisfaction why a nurse needed to be able to grip objects with two hands. Approval was finally granted, and Weber Payne received the $70,000 device in August, becoming one of only about 100 people with an i-Limb. To use it, Weber Payne had to learn to move the flexor and extensor muscles in her arm individually to be able to control each finger and thumb on i-Limb. Sensors inside the i-Limb socket are aligned with nerves in the arm muscle that fire, activating motors inside the device and causing the fingers and thumb to move. Whitehurst said within minutes of putting on the new prosthetic, Weber Payne had it figured out. “You can pick up little, small things, like a pen or fork or spoon,” she said. “It’s not as good as an actual hand, obviously, but it gives you more dexterity because the fingers move independently.”
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Weber Payne recently received a new flesh-colored silicone covering to replace the clear glove used to protect the hand from moisture and damage. The covering looks more realistic, with fingernails that appear to be painted with clear nail polish.
“It’s not as good as an actual hand, obviously, but it gives you more dexterity because the fingers move independently.”
—Kelsey Weber Payne
The hand attracts a lot of attention at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where Weber Payne, now a junior nursing student, is involved in clinical studies twice a week. She’s frequently asked about the prosthetic hand by patients and the hospital’s nursing staff. “So, I tell the story of what happened, and I have the hand with me. And if they want to see it, I show it to them,” Weber Payne said. “They think it’s pretty cool.”
Getting there isnâ€™t half the fun Spring break is more of a family vacation when travel goes smoothly
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By Kelsey DeClue In about a month, many Columbus families will pack up and hit the road and airways in search of a break from winter and a celebration of warm weather to come. As industry prices reflect, spring break is a big time of year for travel. School is out for a week, winter has thawed and many of us feel as if it’s time to get away from the day-to-day. If you’re traveling out of state, chances are you’ve planned your trip already. You’ve reserved a hotel room and maybe even booked tickets for an activity or two at your destination. You’re ready with the supplies needed based on your type of trip — be it sunscreen and beach toys, hiking boots or snow skis. But are you truly prepared for family travel? She magazine polled area moms for their best travel tips on everything from keeping the little ones occupied to keeping them by your side. A 13-hour car ride requires marathon endurance and an arsenal of supplies to keep juvenile passengers tantrum free. “A week or so before the trip I have the kids each prepare their own bag of things that they want to have in the car with them,” said Margie Dasovich, a business manager at Cummins. “Books, magazines, journal and pens/pencils for writing and drawing, coloring books, small games, cards, Nintendo DS, Leapster, iPods, etc. Anything electronic has to have been charged the night before we leave, and the charger MUST be packed with it; and that includes cell phones.” The mother of three said she also packs a small “surprise bag” with new games and items she purchased specially for the trip. “It’s fun for them to discover new things they haven’t seen before,” she said.
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“A week or so before the trip I have the kids each prepare their own bag of things that they want to have in the car with them.”
— Margie Dasovich
On the screen Dasovich said the family has a DVD system in the car so passengers can watch movies or play video games to pass the time. “Ahead of time we select the rotation of who gets to pick (the movie or game) first, second, etc. If fighting ensues, the source of the trouble is turned off or taken away. “I also have a separate portable DVD player that helps keep the peace when needed. Everyone in the back has to use headphones so that mom and dad can listen to the radio or CDs while driving.” “For long car rides, we like a craft table that attaches to the seat in front with stickers, scissors (if you trust your little ones with them), paper, coloring books, washable markers and crayons,” said Jennifer Young, another mother of three. “I would suggest swapping toys with a friend or borrowing some, so they are new to your children and might keep them occupied in a car longer.” “Betty is obsessed with those Gel Cling window decorations,” said Katie Grafelman, mom of a 2year-old.
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“Since she’s little, she just thinks it’s fun to stick them up, but they come in little scenes so a big kid would probably have more fun arranging them on the window.” Experts advise that for every two hours on the road, children need at least 15 minutes out of the car to stretch their legs and run around. Frisbees and beach balls are luggagefriendly options to whip out at rest stops for playtime. Long trips and plane rides also tend to provoke little ones’ endless appetites. Nonperishable yet healthy snacks are a must for travel. After all, no one, regardless of age, can live off a bag of free peanuts. “I prepare a small plastic tub of gum, mints and snacks so they can munch on things during the trip,” Dasovich said. “I try to avoid salty things so that they don’t want to drink too much, thereby avoiding too many potty breaks along the way.” “I carry squeezy fruit packets. My favorite brand is Happy Tots. They’re these little resealable pouches with spouts, and they’re filled with pureed fruits and veggies,” said mom-of-one Crystal Henry. “They don’t need refrigeration until after they’re opened, so they’re perfect for on the go. “Easy to peel fruits like bananas and clementines are better than those you have to slice like apples or grapes that get squished easily.” Safety first Theme parks and all-inclusive resorts make great family trips, however they’re also full of crowds and activities pulling family members in different directions. It’s important to have a system in place that all family members are aware of to keep everyone safe, in parental sight and out of harm’s way. “Labeling your kids’ clothes with their name and your cell phone number just in case is something I would recommend,” said Young. “And, of course, talk to your kids about if you might separate by accident, what to do and who to talk to, or about water safety, talking to strangers, etc.” Mom Melissa Clark said while it may seem over the top, she takes a picture of her children each morning while the family is on vacation. “That way should you get separated, you will have an up-to-date picture with clothing and such detailed. Maybe drastic, but it could really help in a stressful situation,” she said. Vacations are meant to be a fun break from the ordinary, but early childhood development experts suggest sticking to a routine, even if it’s adopted specifically and only for that trip, as much as possible. Children like routine because it makes them feel secure, and they like to know a schedule if there is one. Making a daily plan that all family members are aware of is a good way to avoid typical vacation stresses. Freelance writer Crystal Henry contributed to this article, and information from travel site www.takingthekids.com is also included.
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“I try to avoid salty things so that they don’t want to drink too much, thereby avoiding too many potty breaks along the way.”
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you give to yourself By James Schmidt February is heart month, and it’s an especially good time to focus on women’s heart problems. Heart disease is often thought of as a man’s disease. Historically, much of the research related to heart disease focused on men. In fact, for the first 30 years of modern health care, women were significantly underserved in prevention and treatment. Often other health problems unique to women take the spotlight, but did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women? That’s why we need to do everything we can to emphasize to all women the importance of learning the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease. The first step is understanding that women’s hearts are different than men’s. Women are somewhat protected by their hormones and generally lag men’s heart conditions until after menopause. While heart conditions show up later in women, it is still crucial to protect your heart early by setting some very easy goals. Start by getting to know your body. Visit your physician and get screened for chronic disease risk factors. Do you have high blood pressure? How much fat and sugar are in your blood? Have you developed other conditions that can lead to heart problems, like diabetes, hypertension or kidney disease? You should also do some research into your family history. You can’t choose your family, but knowing what
health problems they have can help you live a healthier life. It is important to find out if your parents or siblings have heart conditions, diabetes or high blood pressure. You should also ask about history of stroke and other health conditions. When you know the history, it’s time to start setting some personal goals. Make an effort to follow a heart healthy diet, which means reducing your intake of fat, salt and sugar. Avoid the use and exposure to tobacco products and drink alcohol in moderation. And don’t forget about exercise. Physical activity can help lower your blood pressure and help control blood cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. Try to get in 30 minutes of exercise every day you can. The most important step is knowing your numbers. Make the commitment today to keep track of your blood pressure, pulse, weight and fat and sugar in your blood. Columbus has wonderful resources in the community to help you understand your body and the many ways you can prevent and treat the risks for heart conditions and stroke. Following these steps will ensure that you will have many more Valentine’s Days to celebrate. Dr. James Schmidt is an interventional cardiologist with Indiana Heart Physicians-Columbus.
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financially before the unexpected happens
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By Jalene Hahn And then there was one. The death of a spouse or longtime partner can be traumatic. When I think of widowhood, I think it is so far in the future I don’t have to worry about it now. The shocking statistic is that the average age of widowhood is 56. This statistic really hit home as I recently attended the funeral of my 56-year-old cousin. In attendance, in addition to his widowed wife, were his two brothers’ widows, also in their 50s, as well as his brother, who had been widowed at age 45. My father died at age 59. As difficult as it is to contemplate losing a spouse, it does happen. How will you cope and whom will you turn to? In the midst of emotional trauma, making smart financial decisions is difficult and, frankly, one of the last things we want to think about or deal with. While nothing will ever make this an easy phase of life, a little planning can go a long way toward easing this transition. We can be intelligent, competent, successful professionals, but maybe unsure of our financial footing. It can be difficult to find the education and guidance we desire. The primarily male-dominated financial services industry has not encouraged or welcomed women investors. Women often feel that financial matters are boring, complicated or time consuming. They also don’t often have the time for strategic financial thinking. As a working mother I find myself asking, “Who needs to be where when, what’s for dinner and what’s next on my current work project?” As women control more of this country’s wealth and the financial planning profession evolves, women are becoming more involved
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in financial matters. Talk with your partner about where you are financially. Create a list of all the accounts you have, either jointly or individually. Also identify what debts are outstanding — mortgage, credit cards, student loans, auto loans. Who are the beneficiaries of retirement accounts and life insurance policies? Where are statements kept? Is there enough life insurance to cover existing debts and obligations? Are your career skills up to date or will you need additional training? How much of your income is dedicated to fixed expenses? Take some time to organize your financial documents now. After someone has died, remember that you are not alone. Turn to a trusted friend or family member. Have them with you when you speak to attorneys, accountants, insurance agents and financial advisers. They may hear something you don’t or be able to ask questions you may not think about. There will be some decisions that need to be made immediately, while others can wait. Once you have worked through the grief process, re-evaluate your financial situation and decide what, if any, changes need to be made. Planning can help you make smart financial decisions at a very difficult time in your life when you may be vulnerable to emotional appeals that are not always be in your best interest. Jalene Thompson Hahn is a certified financial planner with Warren Ward Associates.
What’s for dinner? Breakfast — good any time of day
The tradition of breakfast for dinner is a strong one in many households. Sometimes the menu includes bursting veggie-and-cheese omelets and English muffins, other times there’s pancakes and bacon, or sausage. A shallow bowl of cheesy grits with a fried egg cradled on top adds a Southern twist. We’re not sure if cold cereal counts, but we know Froot Loops are a dinner staple in some homes, mostly those called dorms. Instead of copying traditional breakfast dishes from morning to night, we like the idea of taking the basic ingredients and doing something a bit different with them. After all, the egg is one of nature’s most versatile little packages, providing lots of protein and other nutrients, plus it’s a worthy alternative to meat. — Scripps Howard News Service
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MINI HAM AND EGG CASSEROLES Recipe adapted from the April 2008 issue of Every Day with Rachel Ray magazine.
Servings: 4 8-inch baguette, cut into small cubes 4 ounces cream cheese, cut crosswise into 12 slices 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling ¼ pound thinly sliced ham, chopped (about 1 cup) 4 scallions, white and green portions, thinly sliced Ground black pepper 1½ cups fat-free half-and-half (regular also can be used) 6 large eggs 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves ½ pound plum tomatoes, cut into wedges Salt
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Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray. Fill each cup of the muffin tin halfway with bread cubes. Top each with 1 slice of cream cheese. Set aside. In a small saucepan over medium, heat the olive oil. Add the ham, scallion whites and a pinch of pepper. Saute until the scallions are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the half-and-half and bring just to a simmer, then remove from the heat. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and thyme, then whisk in the warm half-and-half mixture. Pour the egg mixture over the bread in each muffin cup, then bake until puffed and golden around the edges, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edges and invert onto a cooling rack. Drizzle the tomato slices with olive oil, top with the scallion greens and season with salt and pepper. Serve with the mini-casseroles. — Associated Press page 43
HERBED-BAKED EGGS Servings: 2 ¼ teaspoon minced fresh garlic ¼ teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves ¼ teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan 6 extra-large eggs 2 tablespoons heavy cream, divided use 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided use Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Toasted French bread or brioche, for serving
Preheat the broiler for 5 minutes and place the oven rack 6 inches below the heat. Combine the garlic, thyme, rosemary, parsley and Parmesan and set aside. Carefully crack 3 eggs into each of 2 small bowls or teacups (you won’t be baking them in these) without breaking the yolks. (It’s important to have all the eggs ready to go before you start cooking.) Place 2 individual gratin dishes on a baking sheet. Place 1 tablespoon of cream and ½ tablespoon of butter in each dish and place under the broiler for about 3 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Quickly, but carefully, pour 3 eggs into each gratin dish and sprinkle evenly with the herb mixture, then sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Place back under the broiler for 5 to 6 minutes, until the whites of the eggs are almost cooked. (Rotate the baking sheet once if they aren’t cooking evenly.) The eggs will continue to cook after you take them out of the oven. Allow to set for 60 seconds and serve hot with toasted bread. — “Barefoot In Paris” by Ina Garten
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SOUTHWESTERN-STYLE BREAKFAST BURRITO Servings: 2 4 large eggs 2 tablespoons light sour cream ½ cup chopped scallions 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 burrito-size (large) flour tortilla
1 teaspoon olive oil ½ cup finely diced chorizo (2 ounces) ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese 3 tablespoons chunky salsa
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, sour cream, scallions and pepper. Set aside. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high, toast the tortilla until heated through, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Reduce the heat to medium and add the oil to skillet. When the oil is hot, add the chorizo and cook until lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the chorizo to a small dish. Pour the eggs into the skillet. As the egg cooks, use a spatula to lift
the edges to let the uncooked egg run underneath. When the eggs are completely set, sprinkle with the reserved chorizo, then with the cheese. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let rest several minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Uncover the tortilla and spread the salsa over it. Slide the omelet on top. Roll the tortilla and omelet up together to form a wrap, then cut it in half crosswise to make 2 servings. If needed, secure each half with a toothpick. — Associated Press
BAKED DILL EGGS WITH SHRIMP AND SOUR CREAM Servings: 8 8 eggs ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream, divided Dried dill Salt and ground black pepper 10 raw extra-large shrimp (veins, tails and shells removed), each chopped into 4 to 5 chunks Heat the oven to 375 F. Arrange four 4- to 6-ounce ramekins or other small oven-safe bowls in a baking dish. Spritz the ramekins with cooking spray. Bring a large kettle of water to a boil. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, ¼ cup sour cream and a pinch each of dill, salt and pepper. Stir in the shrimp.
Divide the egg mixture between the prepared ramekins. Place the baking dish on the oven’s top rack. Carefully pour enough of the water from the kettle into the baking dish to come two-thirds of the way up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes in the water bath.
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To serve, place a dollop of the remaining sour cream on top of each ramekin. Sprinkle with pepper or additional dill. — Associated Press
O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!
Thy branches are so naked
By Ryan Brand Although it seems a bit late for Christmas stories, I must tell you this one. The Brand Christmas tree from 2010 will never be forgotten. Its memory will live in infamy not for its natural beauty or splendid decorations, but rather for what was left of it at the end of the holiday season. We have always been a “real” Christmas tree family, and a trip to the tree farm is tradition in our home. Where else can you spend half a day chasing your children down the never-ending rows of pine trees while repeating, “How about this one?” countless times? The 2010 trip had all the makings for another great Christmas memory. With a van full of kids and the in-laws in tow, we headed out to search for the perfect tree. The tree farm was busy that afternoon. As Gretchen unloaded the kids, I headed off to retrieve a tree sled and saw. As we began to comb through the rows, frustration set in. It wasn’t that we couldn’t find trees that met our stringent requirements, but every single one bore the name of another family on a sold sign tied around its branches. The phrase “How about this one?” was quickly being followed by “sold.” The Charlie Brown Christmas trees were beginning to look better and better to all of us. At least they weren’t carrying an ornament of the “sold” variety. As our toes got colder, our standards continued to lower until we finally agreed on a 7-foot Norway spruce. This would be our first year with this variety of tree and possibly our last. With our selection made and family picture taken, it was time to get down to the dirty work. There is a moment while I’m lying on the wet or snowy ground every year sawing away at the base of a tree when I ask, “What am I doing?” It is a very small part of the Christmas tree process, but not my favorite and thankfully quickly forgotten. The girls dragged the sled with the tree to the barn where it was processed for its trip home. With netting applied, we hoisted it to the top of the van. I pay particularly close attention to tying our trees to the roof of our vehicles since the famous Christmas tree incident of
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2005 where I found myself frantically pulling over to the side of the road to keep our tree from becoming a road hazard on 46W. After checking all my knots one last time, we were on our way home. We had prepared the space for the tree by rearranging furniture in our living room the night before. Our newest addition to the family, Harper, made tree location a particular challenge. Our coffee table became the barrier between Harper’s tiny hands and Christmas tree disaster. With the tree stand and skirt in place, it was time to bring in the tree. Through the breezeway, kitchen and into the living room I went. With the tree safely in the stand, I cut the netting away. As the branches began to relax, it became apparent how crooked the tree was, but it was close enough and no further adjustment was made. We have in years past been less than responsible about watering our trees. We usually start strong and finish with a fire hazard. Every year I tell my family we have to do better about watering next year as I am sweeping needles off the floor. I thought to myself, “This year is going to be different,” as I filled the water basin to the rim. Boy, was I right. We spent the evening sorting and arranging lights and ornaments over hot chocolate and Christmas carols. As the days before Christmas counted down, the needles at the base of the tree began to pile up. I was diligent in checking the water and couldn’t understand what was happening to our tree. Everyday more needles cascaded to the floor, and we were all left scratching our heads. Repositioning ornaments became impossible without complete needle loss on the branch. At its worse the vibration of footsteps and forced air from the furnace were enough to start a needle chain reaction. The state of our tree was moving from sad to comical. On Christmas morning there were more needles on the floor than the tree. Christmas day was a glorious blur of wrapping paper, smiles and laughter, our first as a family of five. As the day came to an end, our attention turned to Christmas cleanup. The process of putting decorations away isn’t nearly as joyous as putting them up. This would be especially true for our poor tree. There seemed to be no way to remove the lights, ornaments or the tree itself without leaving every needle in the house. Sure enough, by the time the tree was stripped bare of Christmas, it was also stripped bare of every needle. I removed the skeleton of a tree from the stand (still full of water), and out to the curb it went. We were the first on the block to bring out our “ghost of Christmas past.” Soon the street was lined with trees of all shapes and sizes, but none like the Brand family Christmas tree of 2010. Ryan Brand is the vice president of Brands Inc. He lives in Columbus with his wife and three daughters.
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Beauty bits Believe it or not, fragrances can be layered to create a signature blend, unique to your style and preference. How to do it? Take your favorite scent and layer a new one atop it. Try out several versions until you find your favorite blend. The safest way to blend is using perfumes with citrus notes as the base and combining them with a floral, woodsy or amber fragrance.. — beauty.about.com
Recommended reading “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know,” by Alexandra Horowitz. $16. 302 pages. What do dogs know and how do they think? The answers will surprise and delight you as Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human. What is it like to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time? How does a tiny dog manage to play successfully with a Great Dane?
What is it like to hear the bodily vibrations of insects or the hum of a fluorescent light? Why must a person on a bicycle be chased? What’s it like to use your mouth as a hand? In short, what is it like for a dog to experience life from two feet off the ground, amidst the smells of the sidewalk, gazing at our ankles or knees? Horowitz examines the animal we think we know best but may actually understand the least. This book is as close as you can get to knowing about dogs without being a dog yourself. — Viewpoint Books
Healthy habits Germs and bacteria seem to run rampant during the winter months, making it difficult for the family to stay healthy. Here are four trouble spots in the home that typically house more germs and bacteria. Sanitize them regularly and you’ve won half the battle. • The kitchen sink — keep leftover food particles from accumulating and breeding disease. • Your toothbrush — keep it in an area where it can dry out between uses and swap it for a new one often, especially after illness.
• The salt and pepper shakers — disinfect them after each dinner use. • The TV remote control and computer keyboard — with all the hands that regularly touch them, it’s a good idea to cleanse the keys and touch pads with an alcohol wipe, but nothing too wet.. — webmd.com
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