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January 10 - 16, 2013

Lifestyles FIRST IN A THREE-PART SERIES

Local professional organizers share insight on the steps to take a home from trashy to classy in 2013 By Jessica J. Saggio THE CHRONICLE

Overflowing laundry baskets, messy bathrooms, cluttered kitchens and inundated closet space is enough to launch the next box office horror flick for those who have vowed to get organized in the new year. While many attempt to get their homes in order, the idea of sorting through mountainous piles of possessions can be enough to leave one discouraged, overwhelmed and even apathetic as troubles grow bigger and bigger with each pair of shoes or stack of junkmail. But with the help of local organizers and interior design experts, goals to get the clutter whipped back into shape don’t have to be daunting. With baby steps, anyone can tackle the task of getting his or her home together. It just takes a little time, patience and a reasonable plan of attack, professional organizer and Winter Springs resident Bonnie Miller said. And that plan begins right here. Perhaps starting is the most difficult for some, Miller said, but to delve right into it, pick a small area and begin with devoting 30 minutes to that spot. But there’s a catch — you can’t leave that area. “Go in with a bunch of Publix bags and as [you] find things that go in somebody else’s bedroom, put it in a bag and mark whose bedroom it goes in, or if it goes in the garage put it in a bag and mark it for the garage,” said Miller, who operates her own business, Utterly Organized. “The problem is most people will think ‘Oh, this goes in the garage,’ and then they go in the garage and get distracted by something else and they never get back. Do not leave the room. Stay there and put things that go other places into bags, and then when you’re done, you take those bags and put them where they’re supposed to go.” Suzanna Kaye, a professional organizer and owner of A Space That Works, also emphasized the idea of starting small. “Any job that’s overwhelming, just break it into smaller pieces and do it

one small piece at a time and it won’t seem as overwhelming. Our mind sees an end instead of seeing this huge, massive project,” she said. “A lot of this is just getting your mind around the project. Most of the disorganization is happening in your head.” As these small projects take off, it won’t be long before you run into an issue that afflicts even the most organized of people – paper. Both Miller and Kaye agreed that the No. 1 issue they see their clients face is organizing the heaps of paper that pile up as they print off records, pay bills and accumulate mail. From important documents to useless junk mail, everything must be sorted, Miller said. In attempt to manage your paper woes, consider a filing system. Begin with sorting your papers into what you need and what can be tossed. To determine what you need, Kaye suggested asking yourself these questions: Am I legally required to keep it? Is it tax-related? If the answer is no, the next question is what is the worst thing that could happen if I don’t have this paper. Is there somewhere else I could find this information? Because so many billers have gone paperless, most of these documents can be accessed online. Once you’ve lightened your load, separate your documents into four categories: financial, personal (medical records, etc.), lifestyles (hobbies, children’s sports, etc.) and taxes and insurance. Make a file system with these labels and input your documents. Christina McCombs, interior decorator and owner of Tina Marie Interior Designs, said she regularly calls upon a personal organizer when her clients deal with space issues. While organizers can help give you a plan and aid with your efforts, sometimes it all goes back to storage. McCombs said she tries to find ways to incorporate storage into the design of a room. Using a trunk as a coffee table or apothecary jars in the bathroom can serve both as decor and space to keep loose items. “The biggest problem I find is storage and not just having adequate storage, but having the right kind of stor-

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UTTERLY DISORGANIZED: Do you have a cluttered space, like this garage, that needs some organization? Bonnie Miller, a professional organizer, said that all you need is some time, patience and a plan of attack.

age for the space,” she said. Putting storage in otherwise wasted space can not only alleviate clutter, but complement the design of the room. While closets may be a nightmare for those trying to get organized, it’s a battle most personal organizers conquer regularly. Miller said when attempting to control your closet, a subject she gets many calls about, pull everything out. Yes, it will make a bigger mess, but it will all work out in the end. As you’re pulling items and clothing out, separate everything into piles

— a keep pile, a throw-out pile and a donate pile. Once you’ve done this, only put the “keep” pile back into the closet. If you’re having trouble determining what is a keeper, take Kaye’s advice: “There is something called the 80/20 rule. Out of everything we keep, we only wear 20 percent of it,” Kaye said. “What I do after I’ve gone through a closet and organized it is I flip all the hangers backwards. So instead of where the hook is pointed ■ Please see GET ORGANIZED | A11

Senior citizens take to the stage in ‘Best of Times’ By Laura Gabaroni THE CHRONICLE

Delight the whole family with an action-packed musical performance — singing, dancing, and acting — all brought to you by a group of retired senior citizens. The Best of Times, an original musical extravaganza by choreographer Elizabeth A. Taylor, wraps up its yearlong run with two performances in Central Florida — Sunday at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford and Feb. 5 at the St. Cloud Senior Center. This is just the latest production by the Fab Follies, a troupe of senior performers ranging in age from 55 to 87, who have entertained Central Florida audiences for the past 15 years, said Bobbie Collins, Fab Follies secretary, performer and marketing director. “Our group originated in

1998 at the Civic Theatre of Central Florida, which is now the Orlando Repertory Theatre,” Collins said. “We are approximately 25 men and women — all seniors, all volunteers and all with lots of talent.” The talent begins with Taylor, who has been performing since she was 10 years old in her native England, and who comes up with original ideas for Fab Follies presentations each year. “I go to London over the summer, and I go to see the shows down there,” Taylor said. “I get an idea, and I know what I want for the opening and for the finale, and then it just sort of evolves and takes shape.” The Best of Times is a regular production that includes music, acting, tapdancing, singing and piano playing, Collins said. It’s a two-hour show with a 15minute intermission, and its

Performances ■ Sunday, Jan. 13, 3 p.m.

Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center 201-203 S. Magnolia Avenue, Sanford Gen. Admission – $18, Seniors – $16, Groups of 8 or More – $15 www.wdpac.com ■ Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. St. Cloud Senior Center 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud Tickets sold at the door www.scscci.org ■ We’ve Got Rhythm

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KICKIN’ IT: Choreographer Elizabeth A.Taylor (center) dances with the chorus girls during a Fab Follies rehearsal.

cast hopes to make the whole family enjoy and sing along. And a little comedy added in goes a long way, said Miriam Kreindel, the troupe comedian who has

been with the Fab Follies since its beginnings. “I like making people laugh,” said Kreindel, who made the transition from dance to comedy. “I took to comedy naturally. I work

with the dialogue I’m given and then elaborate and make it funnier on my own.” Kreindel and the group love bringing smiles to ■ Please see FAB FOLLIES | A11

Auditions Tuesday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m., Casselberry Senior Center Thursday, Feb. 14, 5 p.m., Maitland Civic Center For more information on the Fab Follies, visit www.fabfollies.com, or email info@fabfollies.com.


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Roll out the resolutions with skates, socializing By Bel Huston THE CHRONICLE

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GANGSTER SQUAD (R)

A chronicle of the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s. Directed by: Ruben Fleischer Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Giovanni Ribisi

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ZERO DARK THIRTY (R)

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy SEAL Team 6 in May, 2011. Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow Starring: Jason Clarke, Reda Kateb, Jessica Chastain, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle

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Promised Land

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Happy 2013. How are those resolutions holding up? Maybe you’ve decided you’ll commit to a healthier lifestyle and stop fearing the bathroom scale. Or perhaps you’ve resolved to spend less time with your laptop and more time with your loved ones. Still on track with those resolutions? Great! You’re on a roll. This weekend, reward yourself with a night out while staying on track with those new goals. Visit Semoran Skateway in Casselberry for some roller skating with your family, and have some fun while you’re getting your blood pumping. Afterward, enjoy some food with your loved ones at one of Oviedo’s newest restaurants, Miller’s Ale House, with a menu so expansive you’re sure to find a dish that fits into your new healthy lifestyle. Semoran Skateway will be celebrating its 35th birthday this year. The rink was first opened in 1978 by the Moyer family. Owner and general manager Deborah Moyer said her father, Edward Moyer, always wanted a legacy to leave to his kids and for his family to be able to work together. “When we were younger, living in Delaware, we were involved in competitive roller skating. So skating has always been in

Date Night Semoran Skateway 2670 Cassel Creek Blvd. Casselberry, Fla. 407-834-9106 Ale House 321 W. Mitchell Hammock Road Oviedo, Fla. 407-365-6331 our blood,” Moyer said. The facility is 35,000 square feet, with a newly remodeled Canadian maple skating floor measuring 185 feet long by 80 feet wide. It also has a skate shop that offers roller skates, inline skates, wheels, bearings and other accessories. Moyer said the rink offers a number of fundraisers for the community, including PTA events and school spirit nights, and draws visitors from all over the state, such as Tampa, Jacksonville, Ocala and West Palm. “On Saturday night we have old-school jams. It’s a lot of roller disco that the adults enjoy coming to,” she said. “And then on the Sunday adult night, the age range is, I would say, 20 to 55. Probably the median age is about 35 or 40. These are serious skaters. They love their music, they love their skates, they come out there and work up a good sweat and everybody has a good time.” Fees for the adult skate night on Sunday are $8.75 a

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SAY CHEESE: Carly Reese serves up a plate of Zinger Mountain Melts at Miller’s Ale House in Oviedo.

person, which includes skate rental. Public skating fees for Old School Jamz on Saturday night are $7.50 a person, plus $2 for a quad skate rental or $3 for inline rental. Visit its website for skating times at semoranskateway.com. “We have skaters from 18 months to 88 years old,” Moyer said. “If you can walk, you can learn how to skate.” Next, treat yourselves to a night out at the Oviedo Ale House. The new restaurant officially opened its doors Oct. 29. Being the newest location has had its advantages for the Oviedo Ale House.

“We’ve added a lot of upgrades to this one, compared to the other ale houses. We’re actually the newest, so we’re taking all the extras and putting it all into one building,” general manager Matt Robb said. The Ale House has an expansive menu, so even the choosiest diners will find something they’ll enjoy there. You’ll find about a dozen different salads, seafood selections that include fish tacos and a lobster and clam bake, and house specialties like jambalaya and baby back ribs. “That menu is just so wide. It’s just everything,” Robb said. “Steak, seafood,

pasta, burgers. You name it. It’s every possible category.” And then, of course, there are Zingers, boneless chicken wings dressed up in a variety of ways: covered in melted cheese and sour cream, tossed in florentine sauce and topped with a spinach dip or served up in tacos, to name just a few. “We are known for our world-famous Zingers,” Robb said. “Basically, it’s a breaded chicken tenderloin, and we hand-make them. It’s not a frozen product. The chicken’s fresh, never frozen, and I guess that does make a difference.” He added that the restaurant’s outdoor patio, complete with couches, a fireplace, a firepit, a 90-inch TV and heaters, makes for a great place for people to mingle and stay a while. “We are definitely local. We’re not near a lot of touristy stuff, we’re not near an airport. We’re not near big shopping centers. We are in the middle of Oviedo, and it’s just a really great place for families to gather and hang out.” This weekend, stay true to your resolutions and go out for an active date night. Visit nearby Casselberry and enjoy the music and lights on roller skates at Semoran Skateway. Then, visit one of Oviedo’s newest restaurants, Ale House, and spend some time out on its outdoor patio after dinner for a great night out.

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away from you, I flip them so the hook is pointed toward you. That way, as you wear things and wash them and put them back, you’re going to hang your hanger like normal, and at the end of the season you’re

going to see what’s backwards and what you never wore. So that’s something that you should consider letting go because there’s obviously something you like better.” For the kitchen, Miller suggests hitting the pantry. Get rid of expired foods and group items together

Life of Pi

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Red Dawn

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SOLO ACT: Choreographer Elizabeth A. Taylor, performs her solo at a Fab Follies rehearsal.

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This Is 40

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The Guilt Trip

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Life of Pi

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Rise of the Guardians

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Silver Linings Playbook

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Central Florida residents, performing to audiences of 300 or more on a regular basis and attracting people of all ages. Show tickets usually sell for less than $20, and because the cast and crew are all volunteers, proceeds from each show are used for the next Fab Follies production, which will follow a few months after this latest presentation concludes. “It’s a family-oriented program, but it’s geared more toward seniors,” Collins said. “They all love to come to our show because they remember all the old songs.” The songs are timeless classics, also known fondly by people of all ages, Taylor said. Seniors need not just watch, Taylor said, encouraging those with an interest in the performing arts to be a part of the action. “People come out and see the show, and they tell me they’d love to be involved with it, and I tell them to come to rehearsal and let me see what they can do,” Taylor said. “It’s amazing to see how some people can come out of their shell and become great performers.”

Most importantly, Kreindel said, becoming a part of something bigger can help senior citizens stay active and motivated. “It’s the best decision they can make,” Kreindel said. “It will add years to their life. Being active helps me continue, gives me something to look forward to. Like they say, use it or lose it.” “You don’t have to sit home in a rocking chair,” Collins said. “None of us look or act our age.” “People sometimes say, ‘They’re seniors. What could they do?’ Boy, do we surprise them!” Kreindel said. Taylor said that, while she is amazed the group has been around for 15 years, she is ready to continue with the next show, a 15th anniversary presentation titled We’ve Got Rhythm. “There is a new show coming up this fall,” she said. “If anyone has talent and wants to be a part of the Fab Follies, come on out. We’d love to have you.” This production, with its original costumes, set designs and visual effects, will close its curtain for good in February, but theatre lovers can stay tuned for We’ve Got Rhythm, which will begin later this year.

based on the meal. Keep all Italian meal items, such as marinara sauce and spaghetti, on the same shelf. It makes it easier to spot, she said, and keeps your pantry organized. Also, ditch kitchen gadgets you don’t really need. If you rarely use an apple corer and still own a set of knives, get rid of it, Kaye said. Likewise, put a limit on the number of items you keep. “Think realistically about how many of something you really use. Like mugs, they breed in the cupboards when you aren’t looking. Pick a number of how many you really need and find your five, or whatever it is, favorites,” Kaye said. To keep the kids in check, bring them into the equation, Miller said. The best way to maintain children’s rooms is to let them have a say in how they’re organized. Let them determine where they’d like to keep their toys, but keep the categories broad — just like you would with paper. When it comes to the garage, Miller said to ditch the cardboard, install shelving and invest in Rubbermaid containers. Also, If it’s the husband’s domain, you have to have the husband involved, Miller said. “The cardboard boxes just absorb humidity and

Bonnie Miller, a professional organizer, recommends using the acronym SPACE to help you remember how to keep organized.

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they attract the roaches and the silverfish,” she said. But as the purging begins, many will find that it’s just too hard to let things go — especially memorabilia. Kaye said it’s important to hold on to things you care about, but if it doesn’t elicit a positive memory, get rid of it. “Only keep it if it makes you happy and brings you joy. You don’t need to keep anything that gives you a sad memory, because you’ll still remember the sad memory,” she said. “People keep things out of guilt or whatever, but if it does not bring you joy, let it go.” Kaye said you can take photos of old school projects and memorabilia and put it into an album that’s

easier to keep if the items are sentimental. But, in the end, the idea is to create peace in the place we call home, Kaye said, and if that means letting throwing things out, the load will be much lighter without it. “Most of my clients feel like A, they’ve lost weight. There’s just a lot less pressure and you have more time to do the things you want to do because your things aren’t taking up your time anymore. We spend so much time trying to manage our things that they start to own us,” Kaye said. “You get more time and you can find a peaceful place in your house where you can breathe. It’s pretty life changing, actually.”

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January 17 - 23, 2013

Lifestyles GETTING ORGANIZED SECOND IN A THREE-PART SERIES

Beef up your finances with advice from local experts on how to stay in control

By Jessica J.Saggio THE CHRONICLE

Just like a giant, heaping, pile of laundry on the bedroom floor, managing finances is something we know we have to do, but eh — maybe later. Sure, the rent is due and the bills have to be paid, but do we organize much more than that? The idea of numbers, spreadsheets and budgets can be overwhelming, but with a little direction from local finance experts, it’s one lasso worth throwing out and reeling in. Rounding up the finances and getting them straightened out is an easy thing to let go, but as the new year offers a fresh start, it may be time to whip out the old spreadsheets and budget — or for some, scrounge up the pennies in the couch and open a bank account for the first time. But where does one begin? Kevin Boyle, branch manager of the Oviedo Fairwinds Credit Union, said it all starts with setting small goals. Perhaps just coming up with a budget for a week or for a month is enough. Whatever it is, start small and let yourself feel the success of controlling your finances, no matter how small in nature. “Set very small goals ... [such as] I want to make sure in the month of January, we’re successful. I don’t want to budget for the rest of the year because a lot of times you throw a budget out to people and it doesn’t work, but if you throw out little opportunities for success, then you feel like people want to budget more,” he said. A way to start small, he said, is to simply begin writing down your transactions. Grab a piece of paper and a pen, and just start keeping track. While it may sound old school, it’s the best route to getting your finances on the right track and aligning yourself for something he calls “financial freedom.”

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THE MAN WITH A PLAN: Kevin Boyle, the branch manager of the Oviedo Fairwinds Credit Union.

“Nothing replaces a pen and a paper and knowing what you’ve spent. Nothing,” he said. Just by writing these things down, you’ll not only start to pay attention to how you’re spending your money, but also what you’re spending it on. Knowing where your money is going is the first step in identifying where you can make change, said Terri Walsh, Seminole State College accounting program manager and CPA. “You should look at what you spent. However you get your ins and outs of your checking account, you should probably look at what you spend your money on,” she said. “People tend to know their revenue; they know exactly how much they make, they know their raises, they know that. They don’t tend

to know or exactly see where the cash is going out for. If they can see they’re spending more on a particular category, they need to know why.” While online banking may offer some an out for the old-fashioned method of reconciling a checkbook, she said, banks still make mistakes and it’s important to keep track. “People don’t reconcile their bank statements anymore, and that’s a problem … now because of online banking, it makes us think we don’t have to do that,” Walsh said. “You have to review your statements because there are mistakes that banks make and we make.” Walsh said that after keeping track of your spending habits, you can begin the process of making a budget. First, take note of your revenue. Then, group your expenses into two categories:

fixed and variable. Fixed expenses are those that are the same month to month (rent, car payments, etc.), variable expenses are those that vary month to month (groceries, gas, etc.). You can also group discretionary expenses like gym memberships or a Netflix account into a category. Discretionary items are things you spend your money on, and may be fixed, but that you can discontinue because they aren’t committed. Once you’ve done this, you can determine what you must keep the same (fixed) and what you have some control over. “Somebody should categorize first by description, what it actually is. The coffee binges at Starbucks versus a mortgage payment. And then they should label what those costs are. Are they variable or are they fixed?” she said. “If your costs are going too high and you don’t have the revenue to sustain it, you have to look into those known fixed costs that aren’t committed, aren’t required. They’re discretionary.” Group these together on a spreadsheet and set goals for each category. Fixed costs are already set, but changes can be made to variable items like grocery bills, restaurant tabs and leisure activities. Walsh and Boyle agreed that budgets do not have to be long term. Whether you choose to do things weekly or monthly, just setting aside time for it is what will make an impact. “I’ll meet people who have a system of physical fitness and exercising and they are religious about it … your finances are the same way,” Walsh said. “Just set aside a time to basically make a date with your finances. Just like you do with your health.” Once you’re on track with a budget, Boyle said, you should look into what kind of fees you’re paying. Whether it’s a high interest rate on a car loan or ■ Please see FINANCES | A9

Try minor substitutions to make every meal healthier in the new year Happy new year to my foodie friends! I’m guessing many of you — and myself included — have made some of the same resolutions you’ve made for countless years. You know what I’m talking about: eat less, exercise more, no sweets, no snacks and the list goes on. Great intentions but how long do you really keep up with them? I’ve lost and re-found weight several times and know what I need to do, it’s just actually doing it and listening to that good conscience on my shoulder versus the evil one. I saw a great quote that really rings true: People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and New Year’s, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the beginning of the new year and Christmas. While I know that I will not make every meal healthy, I can

eating real food that tastes good and is good for you without sacrificing some of your favorite items? It’s really not has hard as you might think. I will give a disclaimer that I am not a dietician or nutritionist, just a girl who loves to cook and eat good food, while trying to make better choices.

LET’S EAT

By Tammy Douglass COOKING COLUMNIST

commit — or at least try — to making better choices with my meals. I read countless blogs, diets, tips, etc. about the best way to go about healthier choices and have come to a couple realizations. · If you bite it, write it. Keep a food journal and you might be surprised with just how much you really are eating. · Don’t give up an entire food group. I don’t know about you, but the more someone tells me I can’t have something, the more I want it. There are great

Breakfast ideas:

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SAUSAGE/PEPPERS GONE HEALTHY: Use sundried tomato chicken sausage and Smart Taste pasta for this healthy meal.

substitutions and modifications that you can make and still have some of your favorite foods. · Processed foods are not good for us. And, for the most part, they don’t

taste nearly as good as fresh or natural choices. “Clean” eating is becoming more and more popular, and the results that I’ve read about are pretty amazing. · Have an accountability

partner that keeps you in check with your food choices and, if you’re brave enough, your success with the scale. Have a little contest and make it fun. So, how do you go about

· Eggs: I love eggs and probably eat them for breakfast four or five times a week, prepared in different ways. One way to cut calories but not taste is to use extra egg whites versus whole eggs when scrambling or making an omelet. Make omelets with a lot of veggies to make them more filling and quiches without a crust. They set just fine and you won’t miss the extra calories, I promise. ■ Please see COOKING | A9


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THE LAST STAND (R)

Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) is called to action when a drug kingpin flees an FBI prisoner convoy, and tries to cross the border of Mexico Directed by: Patrick Lussier Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rodrigo Santoro, Jaimie Alexander, Forest Whitaker, Genesis Rodriguez, Peter Stormare, Johnny Knoxville

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MAMA (R)

Mama is a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. Directed by: Jee-woon Kim Starring: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj CosterWaldau, Megan Charpentier, Jane Moffat Daniel Kash

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Fights, battles may be lost but this isn’t a hill to die on I’m one of those talkabout-anything kind of people. It doesn’t matter how embarrassing or sad or upsetting a topic might be, I much prefer talking and joking about it than avoiding it. To me, there’s nothing so uncomfortable as a forbidden subject. So when the kids started talking about fights the other day, I jumped right in. We were at Mellow Mushroom, chowing down on some of their delicious homemade pretzels. “So what’s the biggest fight you’ve had with each other?” I asked the boys. They talked about that for a while, then decided that there was no single fight that stood out above the others. “What’s the biggest one you’ve had with me?” my oldest asked me. “That one’s easy,” I said. “But you probably don’t remember. It was a long

DADDY TALES

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time ago, back before your brother was born, before you could even walk.” In our old house, we had vertical blinds covering our sliding glass doors. They looked nice enough, but they pulled out of their brackets very easily. Putting them back in was a royal pain. My son, of course, loved to play with them. It drove me crazy. It seemed like every time I was with him, he’d crawl into the blinds and start pulling. The battle that stands out clearest in my memory

happened one day when I returned home from work to find him playing in the living room with his mom. As soon as he saw me, he pushed away from his mom, crawled over to the blinds and grabbed one. I just about exploded. At this point in my story, he interrupted my story, laughing. “I just went right to them?” “Your dad was so angry,” my wife said. “I got you,” he said victoriously. “I really got you!” “Yeah.” I nodded. “You did.” “What about me?” his younger brother asked. “What was our biggest fight?” “When you were little,” I explained. “You had a favorite stuffed animal.” “Carly,” he said. Carly is a stuffed dolphin, and my youngest son absolutely loved him.

Going to bed without Carly was not an option. One day, after he was done playing, I told him it was time to pick up his toys. We were in the kitchen, and he was surrounded by a veritable carpet of stuffed animals, blocks and toys. He refused, giving me a classic toddler “No.” I insisted. He refused. The conflict quickly escalated into an old-fashioned father-son showdown. I tried all the dad classics: threats, demands, guilt, reasoning, everything. Finally, at the end of my rope, I picked up Carly and held her over the trash can. Back at the pizza place, my son couldn’t take the tension of the story. “You were going to throw out Carly?” he asked. “You still wouldn’t budge,” my wife said to him, chuckling.

“What did you do?” he asked me. “I didn’t know what to do,” I answered. “I told you that I wasn’t going to throw out Carly this time, but that you had better pick up your toys.” “I won!” he said, laughing. “Yeah, yeah.” I said. “Whatever.” “Hm,” my wife said. “Come to think of it, you lost both times.” “How about you two?” my oldest asked. “What’s the biggest fight you ever had?” I glanced at my wife. “Oh no,” she said. “Don’t even think about it.” I shrugged and threw the boys an apologetic smile. They understood. After all, there are some things that even their daddy knows better than to talk about. Come to think of it, I guess I lost that one too.

Plan a date with your finances From FINANCES | A8 ridiculous requirements on a checking account, start to ask questions. “Make sure you’re not paying more than you need to in certain areas. There are a lot of people that when they’re trying to set their budget, they’re paying way more for their car loan than they should, they’re paying way more for their mortgage than they should, they’re paying way more fees than they should,” he said. “So it’s very free to come into a credit union and ask questions. Say, ‘This is my situation, can you help me save money?’”

Bankers are trained to help you apply for lower interest rates and potentially tweak your accounts so that they cost you less in the long run, he said, and a lot of the time, all you have to do is ask. As for being physically organized, Walsh said that it’s important you create a filing system. Make sure you save all your filed taxes for as long as you can. Bonnie Miller, a professional organizer and owner of Utterly Organized, said that she tells her clients to keep tax records for seven years. “To get someone organized … is to have files for your financial life. For

instance, sometimes people don’t even know what they have. Like their checking account, their savings account, a retirement account, an investment account, a credit card account. So there should be a file for each of those items,” Walsh said. “If you already have one, then you need to clean it up. You need to throw out your bills and receipts that you don’t need anymore.” Having a filing system will make it easier to reference what you need and keep budgets, bills and banking information in one place. Walsh said she keeps all of her records together along with a calculator and

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BABY STEPS: Kevin Boyle, the branch manager of the Oviedo Fairwinds Credit Union, suggests setting small goals to gain better control of your finances.

pen, so when it’s time to go over her budgets, everything is in one place. Getting organized financially may be tricky for some, but it all just starts with a little motivation,

asking a few questions and diving right into it, Boyle said. Start small, make a budget and with each passing success, you’ll be a step closer to “financial freedom.”

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· Bacon and sausage: Swap out the “real” stuff for turkey or chicken options. Center cut bacon actually is pretty lean, and the precooked stuff is generally lower in calories and fat. I’ve also found some all-natural chicken sausages that are very tasty and come in various flavors. · Oatmeal: Avoid the packets and make real oatmeal. Sure, it takes a little longer, but there are no additives. Steel cut are awesome, too. Sometimes I make a double batch and keep leftovers in the fridge for another day. Cook it with cinnamon apple tea for more flavor and add in fruit and nuts. And, if you top it with Greek yogurt, you add extra protein, too!

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· Salads: Leave the cheese and croutons off and get the dressing on the side. I love to substitute spinach in my salads as well. Almost any diet out there encourages lots of, or even unlimited, vegetables. By changing up your proteins, fruits and veggies, your options are really countless. · Burgers: Try a veggie or turkey burger and give up the bun. If you really want bread, try a sandwich thin. Ground chicken is good, too, and you can add spices and herbs to change up the taste. · Potatoes: Like eggs, potatoes often get a bum rap. Sweet potatoes are a better option, but it’s what you put on either type that makes them less healthy. Some healthier toppings to consider are plain Greek yogurt (with cinnamon sprinkled on top with sweet potatoes), salsa, veggies or low-fat sour cream. A swap out for mashed potatoes is mashed cauliflower and is a favorite

item at our house. · Pasta: I literally think I could live on pasta and am a confirmed carboholic. Try the Smart Taste brand and fool your family because it looks like plain white pasta, or use whole wheat options. Another alternative is tofu shirataki noodles, which can be found in the produce section. You can also use spaghetti squash or shredded zucchini — I haven’t tried this yet myself but have plans to — and keep it really healthy. Add lots of veggies to your pasta and less sauce to make it filling and healthier.

faux banana ice cream by blending frozen banana and just a little skim milk in a food processor. It’s really yummy with sugar free chocolate syrup and strawberries! · If you make cakes or brownie mixes that call for oil, sub it out with sugar-free applesauce, canned pumpkin or pureed baby food fruit. These remove the fat and a lot of calories and you’ll never know the difference. · Baked apples and pears give these fruits a whole different taste than eating them raw.

Desserts:

· Chicken broth is extremely versatile. I will use it to “fry” vegetables prior to

· In lieu of ice cream, try a sliced frozen banana or make

Miscellaneous tips:

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NICOISE SALAD: Combine spring mix, spinach, canned white tuna, hard-boiled eggs, olives, potatoes, tomatoes and green beans. Serve with vinaigrette.

adding them in an omelet. It’s also great to cook rice in for more flavor. I keep the low sodium quarts in my fridge at all times. · Brush on olive oil versus pouring it in the pan.

You will use much less and save those calories. · Flavored teas are great to use instead of water in recipes. And they also taste great on their own as a hot or cold beverage.

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Lifestyles GETTING ORGANIZED THIRD IN A THREE-PART SERIES

Organize your mind with expert insight on how to take the time to de-stress, relax

By Jessica J.Saggio THE CHRONICLE

A cluttered mind is arguably one of the hardest things to organize. With lives getting busier and busier, taking a breather is something that just doesn’t fit into the day sometimes. With all the many things to organize in the new year, de-cluttering the mind can sometimes be the most difficult. The closets may be cleaned, and the finances may be in order, but taking time to get your thoughts straight is something that takes a little more than a day of spring cleaning, in some cases. Weighing in on how she deals with her clients at Positive Steps Counseling, local licensed mental health counselor Debbie SawickiLake said it’s important to clear your mind and manage your stress before it begins to rule your everyday life and relationships. Once you get to that point, she said, you may be dealing with something a little more serious — like anxiety — that requires help from a therapist. The first step, she said is to determine whether the stress you face is good stress or bad stress. Good stress, she said, motivates and creates energy, but bad stress overwhelms and slows the brain. “A lot of times we just hit a wall and we can’t see the forest through the trees because our brain really is designed to stop working when it gets overwhelmed,” she said. Sawicki-Lake said that once the stress has been identified, a person can identify the underlying cause of the stress. She tells her clients to put their worries in two metaphorical buckets — a bucket for short-term solutions and a bucket for long-term

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HELPING HAND: Debbie Sawicki-Lake, a mental health counselor at Positive Steps Counseling.

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LETTING GO OF WORRY: Debbie Sawicki-Lake suggests metaphorically putting your worries into shortterm and long-term buckets.

solutions. “Short-term solutions can help when you’re in high-stress situations and need to react in some manner to be able to cope, kind of like a quick fix,” she said. “And then the longterm solutions are best thought of as stress prevention. And so stress prevention is the best strategy we have

for managing the negative effects of stress in our lives.” Take care of the short-term solutions first and then move on into the long-term solutions so you can possibly prevent future overwhelming incidents. But stress comes at you fast and it isn’t always welcomed. Michael

Blackston, an Oviedo resident and licensed mental health counselor at the Redeemer Counseling Center, said the best thing you can do in high-stress situations is to stop whatever you are doing, even for just five minutes, and do what your body does best — breathe. “It’s amazing how something so simple as breathing deeply and concentrating on your breathing can help relax you and calm you, getting the oxygen into your body in a way that is intentional. It can be a helpful tool,” he said. Blackston says he often makes his clients rate their stress when they come in with a figure between one and 10. If they are a seven or eight when they begin the breathing exercises, they usually are down to a two or three when they finish. Breathing is something that Oviedo registered yoga instructor Tammy Lennox centers her classes on. While yoga can become quite physical, the root of all the exercises is to focus on breathing and clearing the mind, she said. ■ Please see STRESS | A9

Local toymaker throws creation to the sharks By Alicia Mandigo THE CHRONICLE

Normally, you wouldn’t associate the viciousness of sharks with child’s play, but being able to face off with sharks might be a key quality for aspiring toy makers like Mark Burginger. The Oviedo resident is about to begin production of Qubits, a construction toy he pitched on ABC’s Shark Tank. “I’m a start-up, a restart. I came out with the first version in 2009 and was spotted by the Shark Tank producers, and I was invited to be on the show,” Burginger said. Ultimately he was not able to reach a deal with any of the sharks, but he found the experience validating. Qubits, at first glance, is like a modern day erector set. Modular parts snap

together to form any geometric shape a young mind can imagine. It’s an idea that sprang out of a high school advanced placement design assignment. Burginger’s professor told him to come up with something modular and the result was a triangulated structure that he continued to tinker with for years. “I always assumed it was somewhat like a toy, because I would always play with it,” Burginger said. Burginger’s initial launch met with some success. Along with his appearance on Shark Tank, he was able to attend a couple of major toy shows and landed a deal with Discovery Toys, an established seller of educational toys. Burginger sold more than 5,000 Qubits kits. However, he said that

Rebecca Males | The Chronicle

CHILD’S PLAY: Mark Burginger, with his Qubits creation. Burginger was on the show Shark Tank, but didn’t make a deal.

while his toy was pretty good, in the toy business, pretty good isn’t good enough. So he completed a redesign, moved his family

to Oviedo, and started his relaunch. He said a big element in the second generation Qubits is that it will be manufactured locally in

Longwood instead of in China. The first pieces will be pressed in February. With pieces in hand, Burginger will set out on

the challenging task of trying to win shelf space in area toy stores. Independently owned stores like Winter Park’s Lighten Up are the kind of stores Burginger is likely to approach. “From time to time I get things that way. We hear from start-ups, but usually we see them at toy shows around the country,” Lighten Up owner Shem Jenkins said. Construction toys are hot, Jenkins said, but within the genre, the big challenge is finding a way to stand out. His store featured a new construction toy this past Christmas called Laser Pegs — which lit up, making it a big seller. “No one had come up with a construction toy that lit up. Plus, they made ■ Please see TOYS | A9


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Action pack the weekend with monsters, meal By Bel Huston THE CHRONICLE

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MOVIE 43 (R)

Take a hilarious director, add a brilliant cast, mix in some twisted jokes, remove all boundaries, and then stand back...way back. Movie 43 is jaw-dropping, uproarious, outrageous fun. Warning: not for the weak-stomached, faint of heart, or easily offended. Directed by: Peter Farrelly Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Seann William Scott, Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Kate Bosworth, Kate Winslet, Terrence Howard, Liev Schreiber, Elizabeth Banks, Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Patrick Warburton, Josh Duhamel, Jason Sudeikis, Chloe Grace Moretz, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jack McBrayer, Kieran Culkin, and Chris Pratt.

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HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS (PG-13) After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches...their past.

Directed by: Tommy Wirkola Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Zoe Bell, Peter Stormare

Remember those days of your childhood — back when you could play outside until the streetlights came on and find utter joy in seeing your Hot Wheels zoom down the banister? This weekend, you can relive those glory days –but on a much, much larger scale, in the form of giant trucks doing tricks such as wheelies, donuts and flips on a stadium-sized dirt track. Find that inner child within, yank him out and give him a high five. The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam will come to the Citrus Bowl on Saturday. There, you’ll see 16 monster trucks go head to head in racing and freestyle competitions, along with the destruction of a few cars on the track along the way. Of course, an event like this one is sure to work up a monster appetite. Thankfully, there’s a new restaurant in Winter Springs that can help you take care of that, with help from items like its customer favorites, half-pound Angus burgers and seasoned jumbo wings. Located in the Villagio plaza near the intersection of state roads 434 and 419, Salamanders Sports Grill opened just three months ago. The restaurant is owned by David and Penny Mander, residents of Winter Springs for more than 20 years. The name of the restau-

Date Night Monster Jam at the Citrus Bowl 1610 W. Church St. Orlando, Fla. 407-440-5700 Salamanders Sports Grill 859 State Road 434 Winter Springs, Fla. 407-542-7824 rant comes from the days when the Manders were deciding what to name their first daughter. Name her Sally, their friends said, and we can call her Salamander. Instead, they gave the name Sally to their pet cat, and the name Salamanders was given to their first restaurant. David Mander said he and his wife have always wanted to open up a restaurant. When a location opened up just a few miles from their home, near one of their favorite restaurants, Senor Tequila’s, they took the plunge. “It’s a good, fun, warm environment. It’s not loud, it’s not a bar,” he said of Salamanders. “We try to keep it a family-friendly place. Good for Grandma, good for little kids. Everybody likes it.” He said that at the restaurant, dishes are prepared as they’re ordered, from recipes his family has had for years. Steaks are hand cut from a slab of dryaged beef, burgers are handpressed, fries are hand cut and every sauce and dress-

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MONSTROUS MEAL: Feed your monster appetite at Salamanders Sports Grill in Winter Springs and then head over to the Citrus Bowl for the Monster Jam.

ing is prepared on site. “People like the fact that we don’t have a microwave and we don’t have a freezer. None of our food is frozen,” David Mander said. “We use fresh produce from local growers. We recycle 100 percent of our fry oil. It gets used, turned into biofuels. We’re kind of a sportsgrill restaurant, but people return for the food. We have a lot of TVs, but people don’t come to watch games here. They come to eat the food.” After Salamanders, make your way over to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando and get ready to be a kid all over again. The Citrus Bowl will be transformed into a giant playground for the monster

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“What I’ve found is, yes — people can find a quiet place, where they can just sit for five minutes and just inhale, hold it and release it,” she said. “Close your eyes. Turn off your phone. Walk away from your computer.” Yoga, she said, can be a great release for those who need a dedicated time and place to free their mind. “When I begin my yoga practice and everybody comes to the mat, I give them the sense that they are on an island. Their mat is their island, and this is a way to let the stress go by letting go of competition, expectations and judgment and finding their breath,” said Lennox, who teaches yoga four times a week at the Oviedo Aquatic Facility. Another important thing that comes from yoga practice, she said, is that it allows her to ditch overwhelming attempts at multitasking. Lennox said that sometimes it’s important to focus on one activity at

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time and find joy in that activity instead of trying to balance 10 things at once. “Focus on one thing at a time and doing it well. Whether it’s washing the dishes, bringing joy into washing the dishes or working on a stained glass window, I’m taking time out to be right there in the present moment,” said Lennox, who balances an art business, activities and her yoga classes. “I’m not thinking about, ‘Well, I’m washing dishes, but I need to go take out the garbage or whatever.’ I’m doing the dishes and I’m bringing joy into doing the dishes.” To get to this point, Sawicki-Lake said, you might have to restructure your thinking. Because the brain has a tendency to drift toward the negative, asking yourself if what you’re saying or doing is helpful or hurtful is a good way to gauge whether it’s beneficial. Additionally, there are other exercises Blackston said he uses with clients when the mind gets too jumbled to control. Exercising, having a cup of

Schools used as way to introduce Qubits

coffee with friends and focusing on something he calls “self-care” will all generate a stress relief. If those things don’t work, try muscle relaxation. “I’ll have [clients] concentrate on, like, squeezing their toes and then relaxing their toes and then squeezing their calves and then relaxing their calves, focusing on particular parts of the body where they constrict the muscles and then relax them,” Blackston said. “It’s a way to connect with your body but also [an exercise] to provide places they can relax and calm themselves.” But in the end, Sawicki-Lake said sleep is probably the most efficient cure for stress and organizing your thoughts. With a little sleep and a little laughter, she said, you’ll be on the right track. “Laughter is really helpful,” she said. “But probably the No. 1 thing is sleep. We’re really finding out that sleep is affecting huge amounts of our bodily system, and so without proper sleep, it just doesn’t work.”

trucks, with its turf sealed and then covered by approximately 300 truckloads of dirt. The 16 trucks, including Grave Digger, El Toro Loco, Spiderman and Iron Man, will be racing against one another, as well as wowing the crowd during the freestyle show, in which drivers will be showing off tricks that almost look impossible to be done with trucks of that size. Each truck weighs at least 4 tons and stands 4 meters tall and 3.5 meters wide. The tires alone are responsible for half the height of the trucks at 2 meters tall. All have been built for short bursts of speed, generating 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower, and can reach speeds of more than 100 mph. Now imagine these gigantic machines soaring through the air. Monster trucks can jump more than 8 meters high and travel the length of 14 cars lined up side by side, or about 40 meters. “Monster Jam is familyfriendly and is one of the few events on the planet that can bring a child’s toy to true life right in front of

their eyes,” said Chris Rossbach, Monster Jam promoter, in an email. “It will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire show, captivating all of your senses. What your eyes will see is amazing. The sounds you hear, the smell of the alcohol-fueled engines, the seat underneath you vibrating as the Monster Jam trucks roll by. There is nothing like it.” The gates open at the Citrus Bowl at 5 p.m., with opening ceremonies beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the actual racing at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15 to $35. You can purchase tickets from the Amway Center box office, at ticketmaster.com or at the Citrus Bowl box office on the day of the event. All ticket prices go up by $5 if purchased on the day of the event. This weekend, relive those memories of racing your Hot Wheels, but go big — Monster Jam big — at the Citrus Bowl this Saturday. First, however, visit Salamanders in Winter Springs to take care of that monster appetite. It’s sure to be a family date night you won’t forget.

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it compatible with Legos, making it really stand out,” Jenkins said. Even established toymakers are fighting that battle. Play is changing and children want to use mobile devices now, so much so that Mattel, for instance, has developed an iPad app for its line of Hot Wheels toy cars. Likewise, Hasbro developed an iPad app to interact with its iconic board game Monopoly. Whether kids will see Qubits as something new and different remains to be seen. But an Indiegogo.com campaign might help Burginger gauge whether adults see Qubits as something new. Visitors to his Indiegogo page can pledge for certified first run pieces of Qubits, and Burginger is getting some takers.

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TEST RUN: Mark Burginger, the creater of Qubits, is taking the toys to schools for kids to try.

In the meantime, Burginger and his wife Lisa are taking Qubits to schools to allow children to give it a try. “We love going into the schools to introduce kids to this product and watch what they do with it,” Burginger said. If all goes as planned, those same children should see Qubits on shelves by next Christmas.

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