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Marlo Scott gets Sweet Revenge Cool phone apps Beauty tips for 2011

Krist in Munn

Making a healthy lifestyle her job

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editor’s note

Wow, what a whirlwind year it’s been. I think I say something like that in every New Year’s note, but as clichéd as it is, I just can’t help it. The years do really seem to fly by. Sometimes not in the day-to-day, sometimes not even in the weekto-week, but inevitably each season when I celebrate the ball drop, I always think to myself, “My, where has the time gone?” One of my favorite sayings comes from a dear priest who conducts special church services I get to attend from time to time. He asks, “And let’s take a moment to stop and think, ‘How have we treated those we love the most?’” No matter how many times I hear it, it always makes me do just that, stop and think. It always holds me accountable and makes me wonder if I could have treated my loved ones better. Around this time of year I take that same approach and wonder how I have used this gift of another year of life. Did I live it to the fullest? Did I pursue my goals and dreams? Was I thankful for each day? A lot can happen in a year. For me, 2010 brought marriage, home renovations and a new family pet. Tougher times brought the death of a beloved grandfather-in-law and the closing chapter of a home’s place in our family history — a lake house where I made many a childhood memory. Of course there were the slew of “regulars,” such as family birthdays and get-togethers, each holding a place in the memory box. I wonder what 2011 will bring? This time of year is full of resolutions and big promises — a time of hope and excitement. However, they tend to fizzle by spring. It is my goal this year to continue my quest to live life to the fullest. To control what I can and accept what I cannot. To be thankful for every day. Whatever your goal, resolution or promise may be, I wish you a 2011 of happiness, prosperity and plenty of memorable moments you can cherish for years to follow. From all of us at She magazine, Happy New Year!

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Chances are you’ve seen Columbus native turned New Yorker Marlo Scott even if you don’t know her. Familiar with the Chase credit card commercials that show an affable brunette in her cupcake and wine bar filled with satisfied customers? That’s Scott. She is the daughter of Hank Scott and Diane Spofford and the late Tom Spofford. She opened Sweet Revenge in New York City in 2008, and now her business and her celebrity are booming. She magazine caught up with the busy cupcake mogul for a little Q&A.

SHE:

Tell us about your childhood in Columbus, family, hobbies, activities, etc.

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A selection of gourmet cupcakes available at Sweet Revenge. Photo courtesy of Chase.

that success is Sweet Revenge At Columbus North, I was a study bug and ran track and cross-country for coach Rick Weinheimer, who was famous for his mantra, “I am a smooth, efficient runner; I am strong and powerful; I will run to my potential, kicking butt all the way.” I still repeat this in my head when I make time for an occasional jog along the Hudson River, and it always makes me smile. I went to Butler University on an academic scholarship and graduated with international management and Spanish degrees. I had the very good fortune of studying abroad in Mexico and Spain. In 1997 I moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., to get my M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. Those two years were a blast and opened many doors for me.

SHE:

What brought you to New York City? What do you like most about living there?

MARLO:

I moved to NYC to work for NBC in corporate development. The best thing about New York is that it’s January 2011 • she magazine

a city of endless potential and energy. You can be, do and try anything here.

SHE:

Can you elaborate a bit on the work you did in the media business?

MARLO:

As an in-house investment banker for NBC, I learned how to conduct due diligence on business opportunities, build financial models and pitch deals to upper management. I had some serious fun doing brand licensing deals for the company. That job taught me how to extend a brand into new products and services, and this was instrumental as I conceived of the brand of Sweet Revenge. I then took a role at Time Inc., running Fortune/Money Group’s new business ventures team, responsible for motivating a small sales and operations staff. I got laid off a little over two years later, but my experience there helped me understand how to hire and manage my team at Sweet Revenge. page 


Truly it helped me to have awful bosses. Being stuck in “Groundhog Day” unhappy work environments motivated me to seek out my entrepreneurial dreams.

SHE:

On the Sweet Revenge website you mention a love of “cupcakes, travel and adventure.” Where did that develop?

MARLO:

My love of travel and adventure began the summer after ninth grade when I had the good fortune to be a part of a U.S. running team that competed in China. My passion was further fueled when I studied in Spain and Mexico and lived one summer in California while in college. My love of cupcakes began several years ago when I moved to the West Village in Manhattan very near to Magnolia, a famous cupcake bakery. Although I didn’t fall in love with their cupcakes, I fell in love with the idea of owning a business in the cupcake industry. I really love a challenge, and I enjoy the daily adventure of running my cupcake, beer and wine bar.

SHE: Tell us about the process of opening Sweet Re-

venge. A selection of savory cakes created by Scott. Photos courtesy of Chase.

MARLO:

I started searching for a commercial space in February 2007. I was polishing my business plan, attempting to negotiate partnerships and looking for financing. I found the space in the West Village on Carmine Street and hired a restaurant consultant. It took 75 days of pitching the banks and exploring alternative financing to finally secure a loan. I signed the lease on my bar and the loan documents in the beginning of November. The build-out took about four months, and I opened on July 11, 2008, eight months after lease signing and 18 months from when I was laid off. To say the least, 2007 through 2009 were very lean years for me, and I developed a great appreciation for saltines, peanut butter, canned tuna and ramen noodles. My place feels like a European bistro because of the antique-y mirrors, distressed hardwood floor, zinc bar and the music. I play a lot of reggae, Latin and bossa nova tunes to create a world-inspired vacation escape vibe.

SHE: What do you offer at Sweet Revenge? MARLO: I offer my patrons a sexy, edgy and playful escape in a bar that’s filled with happy energy and good cheer. I pride myself on having the greatest regulars in town. I’m primarily known for my cupcake, beer and wine pairings. For example, the Dirty Cupcake (dark chocolate truffle on a Valrhona chocolate cake) is paired with a spicy red Rioja from Spain and a light crisp pear cider from Sweden. My Pure Cupcake (Mexican vanilla buttercream on a Mexican vanilla cake) is paired with a light fruity Italian Pinot Noir and a Belgian Kwak. We also offer weekend brunch and lighter fare savories.


The bar at Sweet Revenge.

SHE:

What’s an average day like owning and running the business?

MARLO:

Every day is different. I bartend several nights a week so I serve food and drinks, wash dishes, bus tables and haul the garbage and have a blast (talking) with patrons. I speak with my pastry team to understand what’s happening with production, new recipe development, large orders and operational or vendor related issues. I get a pulse from my bartenders on how sales are. Administrative responsibilities are really the lion’s share of my job: paying bills, sending Facebook and Twitter updates on good happenings, staff scheduling, managing vendor issues, blogging, doing bank deposits and chatting with patrons about parties they want to host at Sweet Revenge.

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SHE: Talk about the food and wine. Your menu is amazing. MARLO: My menu is internationally inspired, and it’s my way of showing appreciation for the good times, good folks

and good places I’ve experienced around the world. We use amazing ingredients like Mexican vanilla and chocolates from Belgium and France for example. My beers and wines are imported. I developed the initial recipes and menu in my apartment before I got laid off. Months before I opened, I hired Daniel Rosati, a brilliant consulting chef. He trained my initial pastry team and helped me with many aspects of setting up the kitchen. As to developing the pairings, this is a super perk of my job! When I first started, I didn’t have the pairings menu. Every day, I tried to convince patrons to try a particular beer or wine with a cupcake. Most of the time, I got the strangest looks. Every now and again a patron would take my suggestion and then promptly let me know they thought I was a mad genius. Hello, happy confirmation. Two months after I opened the business, I created the pairings menu, and the rest is booze and cupcakes history!

SHE:

As many people know, you and Sweet Revenge are featured in marketing for Chase, including commercials and print media. How did that get set up and what was your initial reaction to the opportunity?

MARLO:

One of my lovely daytime patrons works for Chase’s creative agency. She told her colleagues they should include me in the focus group on small business owners they were conducting on behalf of Chase. They interviewed me, and many months went by. One night I got a call from the agency while I was bartending. We set up a meeting that week, and that’s when they shared the amazing news that I’d been chosen to be the face of Ink. I was floored and thrilled. I’ve been so grateful — it’s an unbelievable opportunity to

Left picture: Scott with fellow Butler alumnae Katie McCormick and Betsy Killilea. Right picture: Scott with Columbus natives Roy Etnyre and Braden McCormick.


Scott with her dad, Hank, and several friends on her 40th birthday.

have as a small business owner. For the filming, they hired Tony Kaye (“American History X”), who is an absolutely genius director. He made it very easy and so much fun. A huge makeup/wardrobe trailer was parked on my street, which they’d blocked off for the filming.

SHE:

You and the business have been featured on a variety of other shows and news programs. Tell us about that.

MARLO:

I consider myself really fortunate to have the media and editorial community’s support. Since I do my own PR, my coverage is the result of receiving opportunities and reaching out to writers, reporters, etc. I’m getting interviewed by Subaru for their Drive publication, which has a circulation of 3 million, for a piece about following one’s inspiration after life in the corporate world. The reality is I live off my bartending tips and keep my life very simple. I count my blessings and have faith that it’s all coming together. I don’t take myself too seriously, and I have a whole load of fun mixed in with my responsibilities.

SHE:

What else has come from the opening of Sweet Revenge that you never imagined? Can you talk more about the clothing line, etc.?

MARLO:

It’s just amazing what happens when you put good stuff out there in the world. I’m a big believer in karma, and I have learned over and over that if you’re betting on yourself, you’re the safest bet you can make. I marvel that my cupcake, beer and wine bar has led to the “Today” show, national magazine coverage, Ink from Chase ads, praise by NY mag and Time Out NY mag, and crazy fun filmings with Food Network, MTV, NBC, Fox, BBC and PBS.

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Because my business has grown this year, I’ve reinvested the profits into a Sweet Revenge apparel line and some improvements at the bar. The apparel is a reflection of the spirit of Sweet Revenge — a little sexy, edgy, and playful while being totally comfortable. (www.SweetRevengeApparel.com)

SHE:

What does the future hold for you and for the business?

MARLO:

The Ink from Chase relationship has opened my eyes to pursuing additional opportunities to represent the face of small business for other large corporations. I’m in discussions with a couple of production companies to explore getting my own TV show. I’m looking forward to growing the apparel business, developing a line of perfumes, lotions and soaps and figuring out how else to extend Sweet Revenge into other consumer products.

SHE: What do you like to do in your free time? MARLO: I swim or jog, visit with friends at book club, catch up with my fam on the phone and try to get some rest. I love the city’s many museums and quirky off-Broadway shows, although I only go when family is in town, and I really enjoy the diversity of tasty ethnic eats. When I travel, I visit my brother, Matt, sister-in law, Brandy, and nephew, Holden, in McKinney, Texas; my dad in St. Pete Beach, Fla.; and my mom in Columbus. I am looking forward to visiting a foreign spot for some serious R&R and some not-so-serious surfing one of these days for a real vacation.

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A pps to appreciate With your smartphone, information is at hand Compiled by Kelsey DeClue Submitted photos Smartphones allow us to carry nearly everything we need for daily life (and some things we don’t) in the palm of our hand. Not only can we make calls and send text messages, but smartphones allow us to store contacts, send e-mails, check Facebook, take pictures, surf the Internet and the list goes on. And that’s not even tapping into the wide world of applications. Remember Apple’s marketing campaign with the slogan, “There’s an app for that”? Well it’s true, even more today than when the campaign aired. The Apple iPhone and the Android are perhaps the two most popular and ever evolving smartphones in the market. Each is equipped to handle downloadable applications that allow the reader to further customize their phone to their personality, wants and needs. There are hundreds of applications available, many with compatible versions for either phone. But how to choose? That’s why She magazine went to technology guru and Columbus resident Julie Strietelmeier, founder of the national blog The Gadgeteer, to get her opinion on which apps are must-haves.

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Strietelmeier provided a list, with explanations, of her favorite applications for the Droid and iPhone:

1. Aldiko eBook Reader

www.aldiko.com/ Other than the Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook reader apps, this is the best ebook reader that I’ve found so far for Android. It has tons of features that allow you to customize the display (fonts, sizes, etc.). You can also easily catalog your books in different folders and with tags, which is great when you have a bunch of books and don’t like scrolling through a long list to find which one you’re looking for. There’s a free version and a pay version.

2. TeslaLED Flashlight

teslacoilsw.com/ Lets you use the LED flash on your phone’s camera as a flashlight. This one is nice because it’s free and because it can do strobe, Morse code and has a timer. You never know when you’ll need a flashlight, and since most of us always have our phone within arm’s reach, we’ll always have one.

3. Shop Savvy Barcode Scanner

shopsavvy.mobi/ This is a great shopping app. Just point it at a bar code and it will tell you the best price, both local and online. It will even show you a map to the nearest store. It can also be used to quickly download applications. A lot of websites have special barcodes on them that when used with this app will automatically go to the market entry for that app to download it. It’s free.

4. DirecTV DVR Programmer

directv.com/ If you have a DirecTV DVR, then you’ll want this app. You can use it to see what shows are on and set your DVR to record those programs right from your phone. It also shows episode descriptions and lets you see when upcoming episodes are on and search for shows by title.

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5. Instant Heart Rate

www.instantheartrate.com/ Turns your phone into a heart rate monitor. Really. Just put your finger over the camera (your phone needs an LED flash, too) and it will somehow count the beats based on the color changes of your finger as the blood flows through. It’s just one of those apps that impresses people and is fun.

6. Angry Birds

rovio.com Wonderfully fun physics game where you shoot birds from a slingshot at pigs. Sounds easy, but it takes some planning and a little skill. Fun graphics and sound effects make this game extremely popular.

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7. Dolphin Browser

www.dolphin-browser.com Better Web browser than the stock browser that comes with Android. This one has tabs and even allows finger gestures to go back and forth between pages. You can also customize it with different themes.

8. iHandy Level

www.ihandysoft.com Another really handy tool app. This one gives you a bubble level. Why would you need a level? Why not? It’s free. And I actually used this last week when I hung a large picture in my basement and didn’t want to run outside (when it was 10 degrees) to search for a regular level.

9. Evernote

www.evernote.com/ Information storage app. Evernote stores everything. Take a picture of a label, a recipe, a page in a book, etc. Upload it to Evernote. The next time you want to look up information in that picture, just search for a word in the picture and Evernote finds it.


iPhone-specific applications

1. iSmart MMS

http://persapps.com/en/applications/ismartmms This is a neat app that has a bunch of different images in various categories. You can take these images and add text to them and then MMS (text messages with graphics) them to your friends. Kind of like a greeting card creation program, only for MMS messages. There’s a free version and a full version for 99 cents.

2. iMovie

http://apple.com iMovie is like having a movie studio on your phone. It will turn your video clips into professional-looking movies with titles, transitions and background music. It’s super easy to use and even allows easy uploads to YouTube or e-mailing to friends.

3. FoodScanner

http://dailyburn.com/ This app uses your iPhone’s camera as a barcode scanner for the UPC barcodes on your food items. The FoodScanner will show you the nutrition info for that food. It doesn’t stop there though. It will let you keep track of what you’ve eaten that day and will count your calories, fat, carbs, etc. If a food isn’t in the database, it will let you add it.

4. Pulse

http://www.alphonsolabs.com Unique news reader that shows scrolling rows of thumbnail images of stories. Tap on an image and you can read the entire story. Julie Strietelmeier is the founder of the technology blog the-gadgeteer.com. She can be reached at Julie@the-gadgeteer.com.

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Reaching

for community

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Kristin Munn works to get everyone on their feet By Kelsey DeClue PHOTOS BY JOE HARPRING Kristin Munn’s personality can be perfectly demonstrated in the playful way she described the setup of her interview for this story. “She’s here to make sure I don’t say anything I shouldn’t,” Munn said with a laugh, referring to Erin Hawkins, media specialist for Healthy Communities Initiative. “No,” Hawkins said with a smile. “I’m here to make sure you say all the wonderful things about yourself you should.” One thing about Munn, the petite and bubbly workplace initiative lead for Healthy Communities, is that she never takes herself too seriously. Her job, on the other hand, is a different story. She’ll admit it. She fell into the role of helping Bartholomew County workplaces provide a healthy environment for employees. The criminal justice graduate of Indiana University intended on obtaining a law degree but ultimately decided that the lifestyle that often comes with a successful profession in law might not be for her. After working in the business office at Tara Treatment Center for three years after college, Munn decided to be a stay-at-home mom. “That was a really stressful environment to work in,” she said. “Even if you weren’t working with patients, you were around a lot of drama, and it just kind of brings you down.” Once her daughter, Izzy, was a little older, Munn decided to get back in the work force and took a job at SIHO in the medical management department.

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“She wants everything she’s involved in to be the best

it can possibly be, and her passion is contagious.”

­— Erin Hawkins

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Munn with Healthy Communities Director Beth Morris, left, and assistant Tara Hagan.

“I really started taking an interest in workplace health because of working in the insurance industry,” she said. Munn played an integral role in starting SIHO’s workplace wellness program, which was named a best-practice model for the healthy workplace initiative Healthy Communities now uses in its program. “She really got SIHO going,” Hawkins said. “It takes a team to really make something effective, but Kristin is too modest. She was the one with the passion behind it. She kept everyone going.” Munn said the changes in a small company like SIHO were easy and fun to see. “I noticed co-workers taking the stairs instead of the elevator,” she said. “Someone would walk up to me and say, ‘Hey, Kristin, I’ve lost 15 pounds.’ It was really uplifting.” Energetic start When Healthy Communities received its Reach grant in March, it allowed the organization to hire the talents of those like Munn to affect the broader community. She started as leader of the workplace initiative in late April. “She does everything all the way,” Hawkins said. “She wants everything she’s involved in to be the best it can possibly be, and her passion is contagious.” Up until a couple of weeks ago, the 29-year-old had been consumed with managing the Reach grant’s first major project, the Holiday Hustle, a walking challenge for individuals and businesses to see who could accumulate the most steps and the most improvement on their step baseline over the holiday season. Those who participated in the Holiday Hustle likely received a cheery e-mail from Munn every week or saw her roaming the streets taking photos of pedometer-wearing hustlers. Although she was in charge of a larger-scale program than at SIHO, Munn was still able to witness the effects. “I had one guy send me an e-mail after the birth of his baby,” she said. “In the photo he was holding his newborn, and I mean new newborn, and you could see his pedometer was on. That was really neat.” These days Munn and the Healthy Communities staff are working to find more ways to use the Reach grant money to make Bartholomew County healthier. “We’ve got a spring program in the works,” Munn said. “We’re coming up with a community action plan, and we’re fulfilling requests to come speak at schools and businesses.” Healthy Communities Director Beth Morris said staff members like Munn make it easy to come to work each day.

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Munn during an exercise session at SIHO. The Republic file photo

“Her passion is absolutely an inspiration,” Morris said. “Things don’t always go smoothly, and Kristin always finds a way to persevere.” Morris said she is excited about the future of the Healthy Communities programs in Bartholomew County, especially with the resources the Reach grant made available. “We’ve come so far and much more quickly than we ever could have hoped for,” she said. Another form of service Despite taking a career path away from law, Munn has found a way to keep a link to the profession and serve the community and her personal interest in children’s rights. She volunteers as a court-appointed special advocate for the Advocates for Children office. CASAs represent juveniles, who have been taken from their homes, in court proceedings. “It’s our sole responsibility to speak for the kids and their best interests,” Munn said. “I spend time with the kids and those around them, such as teachers, therapists and, of course, family members.

“The goal is reunification, but you ultimately have to do what’s best for the child, even if it’s not easy.” Munn said each case is different and some can be more time-consuming than others, but she spends about 10 hours a month fulfilling her CASA duties. “It helps being a parent yourself,” she said. Munn also serves as a board member for Columbus Young Professionals and takes advantage of family time with Izzy and her husband, Tracy, as much as possible. “We love to go to the park and play on the playground,” she said. “I like to get in there and play with her, plus I’m small enough, too. I don’t like to just stand and watch. “We like to ride bikes and just be active as a family. We never come home and just turn the TV on; we’re playing games or having fun as a family in some other way.”

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Skinny Jeans jeans participants welcome changes

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“Every part of my body has seen an improvement.”

­— Keri Moenssen

Three months of hard work and self-reflection under the watchful eyes of the public and trainer Ian McGriff culminated last month for eight well-deserving contestants in the She Wants in Her Skinny Jeans Contest finale. A winner has been crowned and a celebration held for all those who participated, but the hard work isn’t over. “This program changed my life,” said contestant Terese McQueen. “It changed my whole family. My husband and my son, they lost weight. I never could have imagined what an effect this opportunity would have.” McQueen said she and her family learned to cook healthy meals together and exercise together — a change that has brought them all closer. Such stories radiated through the contestants’ testimonials about the healthy lifestyle challenge. On average each woman lost about 15 pounds, but it was the internal transformation that impressed each of them, and McGriff, the most. Next month we’ll feature an in-depth profile of winner Keri Moennsen, but for now, check out photos from the December finale.

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Facing facts

Spas are the answer for beauty that is skin deep By Shannon Palmer Snowstorms, blustery winds and school closings. Yes, winter in the Midwest has arrived, and it not only wreaks havoc on schedules and heating bills, it also can leave tell-tale signs on our skin. Why not try something fun and relaxing for a new and improved you? These days the possibilities are endless. Facials, chemical peels, laser treatments, Botox, fillers ‌ the list goes on and quite frankly, can be a bit overwhelming. We know, the economy is still struggling, and people are mindful of tightened budgets. Going to a salon or medical spa does not have to break the bank. The small amount of time it takes to freshen up your look can do wonders, not only for the busy woman’s deprived skin but for her inner beauty as well, making her more equipped in her professional and personal life to tackle such stresses. So let’s break it down :


Facials

One of the least invasive treatments, facials can be a great way to help rejuvenate skin and get rid of dead cells that make skin appear dull and cause irritations leading to breakouts and excessive dryness. Amy Williams, aesthetician at Alternatives for Health, suggests trying a facial, not only for the benefits but because it is relaxing as well. “There are lots of wonderful procedures out there that are noninvasive in this business. I highly recommend two things: regular facials and glycolic treatments. We offer lots of options,” she said. “Glycolic treatments are a wonderful, deep exfoliation procedure that helps with fine lines and wrinkles, dullness and acne. “I recommend that you do a series of at least three. This really helps exfoliate the skin without the downtime of a deeper glycolic peel.” Williams noted that sometimes clients can experience redness after a facial, so don’t schedule any too close to a big event such as a wedding or family picture.

Laser treatments and injections If fine lines and wrinkles, age spots or unwanted hair are constantly staring back at you in the mirror, then maybe laser treatments or injections would be right for you. Leah London, licensed clinical aesthetician at Renaissance Medical Spa in Seymour, suggests that if a woman wants to improve her appearance without invasive surgery, then she’s in luck. Medically directed skin consultations and services ensure long-term, safe health of the skin. Dr. John Snook is the physician on-site at Renaissance, and the medical spa prides itself on offering the most

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technologically advanced procedures and products in the area. The term medical spa refers to physician-owned businesses that offer spa-like treatments and noninvasive procedures under the eye of a medical professional. Renaissance offers massage therapy, complete waxing services, mineral-based makeup, facials, injections and peels. These include: • Botox — Used mainly for frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead furrows. It can also be used to give a mild lift to the eyebrows if the eyelids are starting to get droopy. “I always tell my patients to try that first if they are considering a blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) because if the injector is good, it looks amazing, and people frequently are so pleased that they’ll postpone surgery,” Snook said. • IPL — Intense pulsed light treatments can banish broken capillaries (veins), facial redness (like from rosacea) and sun damage (also known as brown spots, liver spots and age spots). • Fillers — As we age, we lose volume in our faces, leaving us with a hollowed-out appearance. Fillers plump nasolabial folds (smile lines) and marionette lines (the lower corners at the mouth) and can add volume to lips and correct vertical lip lines. page 31


“No two people are going to age at the same rate or have the exact same skin issues,” London said. “Instead of offering a one-size-fits-all approach, like many practices, we pay close attention to our patients so that we can deliver the very best results for them.” In the blink of an eye However, if you’re pining for an even less invasive new look, perhaps you’re just in need of a makeover. A hot trend in beauty this year are full, long lashes; however not all of us have that gift. Lash extensions have been around for decades, but advancements have made them even more versatile and natural looking. As we age, our lashes tend to thin out, which means more mascara products, mascara removers, makeup smudges and the challenge of removing the infamous waterproof mascara. Tara Jines, of Designs by Jines, is a lash expert who can make eyes “pop” by adding lash extensions to existing lashes. The process is a hair by hair bonding. It typically takes one to one-and-a-half hours to put a full set on, and Jines says women love these lashes because of the instant beauty and confidence they have with them. As the lashes naturally grow out, a fill will be needed approximately every two weeks, depending on how quickly they grow. P a g e 3 2 SHE m a g a z i n e • j a n u a r y 2 0 1 1


“NovaLash Extensions are a glamorous new way to lengthen and add fullness to natural eyelashes and are a practical, convenient and beautiful alternative to the daily use of mascara,” Jines said. “Lash extensions are the first innovation in lash lengthening that can be worn daily without nightly removal. Because each tapered, synthetic lash is bonded to a single natural lash, the final result is of effortless glamour and difficult to detect even up close.” Designs by Jines customer Katrina Applegate said she no longer uses mascara. “Eyelash extensions are absolutely amazing. Every day, no matter where I go, someone gives me a compliment,” Applegate said. Jines also specializes in makeup and gives free consultations. “Being a beauty consultant is very important to me as well as doing lashes or organic spray tans. I love making women feel their best. We have to be comfortable in our skin,” she said. “I use all of my customer service as a ministry. Blessing others is a great way to live.” Looking good and feeling good radiates from the inside out, so beat the winter blues by finding out what is right for you.

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I resolve By Jalene Hahn January is a great time to take stock of your financial situation. Many people have joined Bartholomew County On the Move in order to become physically healthier. Behaviors gained to help live a healthier life can also be used to improve financial health. Barbara O’Neill and Karen Ensle, from Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service, developed a program in 2003 called Small Steps to Health and Wealth. They identified 20 common issues and 25 common behavior change strategies that influence overall health and wealth. For example, one of the issues they identified was that both weight and financial issues develop gradually over time, a few extra calories here or a few small purchases there. Pretty soon the little indulgences have snowballed into obesity or credit issues. Another example is that both areas use a lot of technical jargon. It is hard to understand the language, making it difficult to make healthy choices. On the behavior side there are small steps you can take that will add up to big improvements. One of the strategies suggested was keeping a journal or log. Most eating plans will have you track how much and what you eat. Some will even have you keep a journal about the settings, time and your feelings. P a g e 3 6 SHE m a g a z i n e • j a n u a r y 2 0 1 1


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t the conclusion of our skinny jeans contest, I was blown away with the results of the amazing transformations that have occurred over the last three months. When we began to develop this concept, I told Kelsey DeClue that I wanted this to be a life-changer, a program that would teach these women tools that they could use for the rest of their lives. I wanted to create something that would help them create sustainability and longevity in their pursuit of peak health and personal performance. I could not be more thrilled with the outcome. In the midst of challenge, we found that not only their bodies, but their minds, were changing as well. The body is the doorway to the mind and vice versa. Achieve greatness in your physical self and you begin to see the possibilities that lie in other areas of your life. We set out each week to attack their minds, limit beliefs and welcome objectives. We wanted to harden their resolve for personal greatness and achieve their intentions. Mission accomplished. At the finale on Dec. 15, we

showed a video that encompassed the three months that these women have spent together, more as teammates then as competitors. As the film drew to its end and the lights came on, I saw something that moved my soul. All eight of our final contestants had tears in their eyes. Joy for one another’s success, elation for their own and pride in knowing that they achieved what they set out to do. Change. As their guide through this journey, I could not have hoped of any better outcome than this. Sure they lost weight (an average of 15 pounds per person). Sure they learned how to shop at the grocery store, to read food labels, to perform intervals and to strengthen their bodies. The most important part of the process was the connection created among these women to empower one another to succeed. That’s what I am most proud of. Numbers are numbers. You can’t put a price on an experience. In talking with Kelsey after the finale wound down, she said that she couldn’t wait to do it again. I

said I couldn’t imagine another going any better, but then again I love a challenge. The contest created an awareness within each woman that overall health and fitness are more than simply working out three times a week for 30 minutes or more. It’s about creating a purpose for what you are doing. A simple plan executed brilliantly is better than a brilliant plan not executed at all. I told our ladies that it’s not ready ... aim ... fire, it’s ready ... fire ... aim! So many people get hung up on the “aim” (the how to execute) that they never fire. The most important aspect of a plan is the fire. You can always change your trajectory while you are moving, but unless you fire, your aim doesn’t matter. This is why our contestants will continue to be successful, regardless of time and place. Contact us at Tipton Lakes Athletic Club for more details about this amazing program. Ian McGriff is the head personal trainer at Tipton Lakes Athletic Club.

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Health

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By Laurie Elmes The holiday season can be a time of added stress and overindulgence that wreaks havoc on healthy behaviors. For people with diabetes, managing blood glucose and staying on track can be especially difficult. It’s easy to put blood glucose control “on the back burner” as you enjoy the holiday season, but ignoring your health and blood glucose control can be very dangerous. High blood glucose can leave you feeling exhausted and grumpy. Here are some tips to help get your blood glucose back on track now that the new year has begun. • Stay active. Activity not only helps to lower blood glucose but also helps to relieve stress. Regular activity will help burn off those extra calories from holiday treats while providing

additional energy. Try wearing a pedometer to count your daily steps. As you work toward adding more steps each day, you will not only see progress on your pedometer but also on your blood glucose meter. • Check your blood glucose regularly. Knowledge is power. Knowing your blood glucose numbers helps you make better decisions about food and activity. Take the time to record your numbers so you and your health care provider can use that information to make improvements in your diabetes plan. • Focus on family and fun instead of food. Take time to visit with family, play games or spend time outdoors enjoying the winter weather together. • Drink alcohol in moderation, with no more than one drink for women or two drinks for men a day. Be sure to eat something prior to drinking to avoid low blood glucose later.

Alcohol can add significant calories to your meal. It can also interfere with prescription and nonprescription medication. People with diabetes should check their blood glucose prior to drinking and before going to bed to ensure a safe blood glucose range. • Don’t overdo it. Eat slowly and really enjoy the flavors. Try smaller portions of the foods that tempt you. If you go out to eat hungry, you are more likely to overeat. Remember, you have control over what you eat. Set some realistic guidelines for yourself that help you stay on track but don’t leave you feeling deprived.

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Super Bowl calls for super snacks If you’re going to do nachos for the Super Bowl, they’d better live up to the hype of the big event. And so we give you a platter of double-layered nachos that combine ground beef and black beans with heaps of tomato, cheese, scallions, olives and jalapenos. Whatever recipe or toppings you use to build your nacho platter, be sure to assemble them in layers of chips and toppings. This minimizes the number of naked tortilla chips left on the bottom of the plate. This recipe also includes a batch of guacamole.

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BEEF AND BEAN LAYERED NACHOS Servings: 8 For the nachos: 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 medium yellow onion, diced 6 cloves garlic 1 pound ground beef 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon chili powder 2 teaspoons dried oregano 14-ounce can black beans 1-pound bag tortilla chips 3 cups shredded Mexican-blend cheese 6 scallions, chopped 3 medium tomatoes, cored and diced 15-ounce can pitted black olives, sliced ¼ cup jarred jalapeno slices For the guacamole: 3 avocados, pitted and skinned Juice of 1 lemon ¼ cup olive oil 3 tablespoons sour cream Salt and ground black pepper, to taste ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro Heat the oven to 350 F. In a large saute pan over medium-high, heat the oil. Add the onion, then saute until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, beef, paprika, chili powder and oregano. Saute for about 7 minutes, then add the beans and set aside. On a rimmed baking sheet, arrange half of the tortilla chips in a single layer. Top with half each of the cheese, scallions, tomatoes, olives, jalapenos and beef mixture. Top with a second layer of tortilla chips, then repeat layering with remaining topping ingredients. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine the avocados, lemon juice, olive oil, sour cream. Use a potato masher to mash the ingredients until chunky smooth. Season with salt and pepper. When the nachos are done, sprinkle with cilantro, then serve with guacamole. — Associated Press January 2011 • she magazine

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erving chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday is a natural. The tender meat and the crispy crust of a pan-fried or baked chicken wing is delicious anytime. Granted, this finger food can be messy, especially if you slather on a sauce or baste it with a glaze. But you can keep it simple and easy, and supply your guests with plenty of napkins.

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¼ cup cider vinegar Cut off wing tips. Cut wings at joint. Place in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients. Add to slow cooker. Stir. Cover. Cook on Low 5 to 6 hours. Yield: 8 main-dish servings “Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook” by Phyllis Pellman Good — Toledo Blade

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BASIC FRIED WINGS Vegetable oil 1½ cups all-purpose flour ½ to 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1½ teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon paprika ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional 12 wings, cut in half at joints, wing tips removed and discarded

Pour enough vegetable oil in a heavy saucepan to hold the wings and allow them to float. Attach a frying thermometer to the pot or use an electric frying pan or deep fryer. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 360 degrees. Meanwhile, combine the flour, black pepper, salt, paprika and cayenne, if using, in a large bowl. Dredge the wings in the mixture and shake off any excess. When the oil is hot, use tongs to gently lower the wings into the oil. Do not crowd them; they should float freely. You will need to cook the wings in batches. Monitor the oil temperature carefully and adjust the heat up or down to keep it near 360 degrees. Cook the wings 10 to 12 minutes or until they float to the top of the oil and are golden brown. Drain the wings on a wire rack placed over a plate, then serve with your favorite dip. Yield: 24 pieces “Wings: More Than 50 High-Flying Recipes for America’s Favorite Snack” by Debbie Moose — Toledo Blade

BAKED BUFFALO WINGS For the blue cheese sauce: 1/3 cup plain yogurt 1 tablespoon mayonnaise or salad dressing 1 tablespoon finely crumbled blue cheese For the wings: 12 chicken wings 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons ketchup 1 tablespoon red pepper sauce, or to taste 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce Paprika Celery sticks, if desired

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In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors. Meanwhile, continue with recipe. Using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife, cut each chicken wing at the joints into 3 pieces. Discard the tips. In a resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix the honey, ketchup, pepper sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Add the chicken. Seal the bag; refrigerate at least 15 minutes, but no longer than 24 hours, turning occasionally to marinate. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 15-by-10-by-1-inch pan with foil. Place the chicken on the foil in the pan; sprinkle with paprika. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, brushing meat with pan juices after 30 minutes, or until wings are golden brown and juice of chicken is clear when the thickest part is cut to the bone. Serve chicken with celery sticks and sauce. Yield: 12 servings (appetizer) “Betty Crocker’s Cooking Basics” — Toledo Blade

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By Spencer Thompson submitted photo About three weeks after the last article I wrote for She appeared, my wife, Heather, and I found out that we were expecting a child in September. This was a complete surprise to us, but that’s how we wanted it to be when the time came for us to have kids. I had always wanted children and knew that I would be ready. I have four older brothers, and three of them have two kids each. I have played with their kids and done all of the fun things that I had always looked forward to as a parent. Once Heather and I found out she was pregnant, we were so excited and on cloud nine. The excitement never left, but I began to think more about becoming a parent. I thought about my experiences with my nieces and nephew. Sure I had watched them and played with them, but I had never changed a diaper. When they would start to cry, I was the first to hand them over to mom or dad and make my way into the other room. So I began to think that this parent thing might not be the same as I expected. I would have to change diapers and would have no one to hand our baby off to. It would be my responsibility to figure out why the baby was crying and what I needed to do to make her happy. So while I was excited about what was to come, I will admit that nerves started to set in. Heather bought and borrowed parenting books, including one for expecting fathers. I have never been one to read self-help books. I prefer to try things my way first. I opened the book a few times, but it didn’t take long for me to put it aside. While I had not read anything, Heather was on her third or fourth book preparing for the most important thing in our life. I think most people would have looked at me and said that I was just another dad who did not want to do the work. Heather knows how I am and respected my way of preparing. I wanted to be as involved in our child’s life as she did. As the pregnancy progressed, I began to feel more confident about becoming a dad. I attended all of the doctor’s appointments with her, and we enrolled in classes for expectant parents. Going to the appointments made me feel connected with what was going on and

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helped us feel that we were in this together. Hearing positive comments from the doctors assured us our baby was doing great, and seeing ultrasounds reminded me that this was for real. We found out at 20 weeks that we would be having a baby girl. We had already chosen names: Owen for a boy and Stella for a girl. Stella Virginia it was. Both Heather and I have grandmothers named Virginia, so it worked out perfectly. We picked out furniture and painted her room. All we had to do was wait for her to arrive. At 2:30 in the morning on Sept. 11, Heather nudged me. I popped right up, got ready, grabbed the bag, and we were off to the hospital. It felt like we were there for no more than an hour, and at 9:19 a.m. we met Stella. With a scream that could be heard from two rooms down and a full head of dark hair, she made a grand entrance to the world. I could throw all of the books, advice and preconceived notions out the door. Something happened when Stella arrived, and I knew what to do. It didn’t take long for me to change my first diaper, quiet her crying, swaddle her and put her to sleep. I am enjoying being a dad more than I ever expected. Watching Stella grow and change every day is the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed. What I do as a dad is nothing close to what Heather does for her. I did not realize how important a mom is and how much she does. Stella and I are very lucky to Heather in our lives. By no means do I consider myself the best dad in the world, but I consider myself the best dad in the world for Stella. If I were asked for advice from expecting parents, I would tell them to do it the way that feels the most natural. Every day is different. Some diapers are better than others, some nights we get more sleep than others, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I agree with those people who told us that Columbus is a great place to have and raise children. We are looking forward to all the things to come. Spencer Thompson resides in Columbus with his wife, Heather, daughter, Stella, and dog, Eddie.

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Healthy habits Think allergies go away in the winter? Think again. Those susceptible to spring and summer allergies are more likely to be susceptible in winter. Common winter allergies include pet dander, mold and mildew and damp wood. If you’re noticing that cold you caught last month just won’t go away, consult a physician. You could have allergies. — webmd.com

Recommended reading “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress,” by Rhoda Janzen. 241 pages. $14. Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned 40, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her husband of 15 years left her for Bob, a guy he met on Gay.com, but that same week a car accident left her injured. Needing a place to rest and pick up the pieces of her life, Rhoda packed her bags, crossed the country and returned to her quirky Mennonite family’s home, where she was welcomed back with open arms and offbeat advice. (Rhoda’s good-natured mother suggested she get over her heartbreak by dating her first cousin. He owned a tractor, see.) Written with wry humor and huge personality — and tackling faith, love, family and aging — “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress” is an immensely moving memoir of healing, certain to touch anyone who has ever had to look homeward in order to move ahead. — Viewpoint Books

Beauty bits Do your lips look like a molting snake’s skin? Winter is one of the worst times for dry skin, and thus dry lips, but the solution can be fairly simple. Exfoliate every other day with an old toothbrush by brushing it across your lips in a circular motion and moisturize with plain Vaseline. — beauty.about.com

Landscape logic Don’t worry, it’snow-kay! Despite the task of snow removal during the winter months, snow does provide benefits to perennial plants in the home landscape. Not only is snow a source of moisture for the plants, but it protects them from cold and wind. Snow is an excellent insulator against low temperatures and excessive winds. The extent of protection depends on the depth of snow. Generally, the temperature below the snow increases by about two degrees for each inch of accumulation. In addition, the soil gives off some heat so that the temperature at the soil surface can be much warmer than the air temperature. — Extension educator Mike Ferree P a g e 4 8 SHE m a g a z i n e • j a n u a r y 2 0 1 1


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