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Enterprising Woman | Katie Toups The Blue Heron Group Powered by Anchor South Real Estate................... 22 Creative Ideas for Gift Wrapping

The He(art) of Gift Wrapping................................... 9 December Fashion Feature

Sparkle & Shimmer, Glitter & Glimmer................ 10 December Cocktails

Up on the Housetop...Sip Sip Sip......................... 19



Behind the Scenes

Oak Park Village at Hammond

Katie Toups | The Blue Heron Group,

Beau Provence

Our December EW Photo Shoot.............................. 5


Powered by Anchor South Real Estate

Spreading Her Wings............................................ 22

Comfort & Joy......................................................... 17 Center for Women's Health

Compassionate Innovative Caring...................... 21

Basket of Hope Louisiana

Tyler R. Mesa, DDS

The Power of Faith.................................................. 6

Todd S. Brasuell Pediatric Dentistry.................... 33

Creative Ideas for Gift Wrapping

Chad Roig | Farm Bureau® Insurance

Family Holiday Fun

Cut Your Own Tree on the Northshore................. 37

FASHION & SHOPPING December Gift Guides


A Community of Caring......................................... 16


The He(art) of Gift Wrapping................................... 9

Cultivating Deep Roots........................................ 39

2019 EW OF THE YEAR 2019 Enterprising Woman of the Year Winner

Bri Steilberg | Kinder Haus Montessori.............. 24

Gift Ideas from Local Retailers.............................. 8


Holiday Fashion Feature

The Northshore's Best

Sparkle & Shimmer, Glitter & Glimmer............... 10

Highlighting Our 2019 Past Winners.................. 26


Rolled Stuffed Turkey Breast.................................. 18 December Cocktails

Up on the Housetop...Sip Sip Sip......................... 19



Cover Features:


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Ingrid Rinck | Sensible Meals

Treating Yourself With Love & Respect............... 31 Billy Beaudreau, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, FAAOMPT

Eliminating Lower Back Pain............................... 35

HOME & GARDEN Snoann Willett, Louisiana Master Gardener

December is the Perfect Time to Plant Trees........ 38

COMMUNITY Publisher’s Note....................................................... 6 Jean Pelloat | Madisonville Mayor......................... 34 Northshore Humane Society................................. 36 December Calendar............................................... 40 Sophisticated Happenings.................................... 42

Sophisticated Woman Magazine By Women. For Women. Inspiring Women.

Publisher Lorie Hollis

Behind the Scenes

Associate Editor Jan Windhorst Art Director | Graphic Design Pam Hendrix

Our Enterprising Woman Photo Shoot With Katie Toups

Administrative Manager Emily Warder Account Executives Sissy Cooley, Angela Dutel and Halie Moore

WE MET WITH our December 2020 Enterprising Woman, Katie Toups, at her office in Madisonville where her hair and makeup were done by Karen Carson of Wildflower Hair and Makeup. Photographer Steve Randon and the Sophisticated Woman team coordinated her cover shoot at her office and on the grounds of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, both in Madisonville.

Contributing Writers Pam Hendrix, Susie Kaznowitz, Jean Pelloat, Snoann Willett and Jan Windhorst Contributing Photographers Crystal LoGiudice, Kiki Randon and Steve Randon Fashion Coordinator Suzanne Lucido Production Sophisticated Woman Magazine Distribution Manager Anthony Figaro

Read our cover feature story on page 22 to learn more about Katie, and the hard work and self-determination that have given her the strength to fly high in life–and in the real estate world.

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Crystal LoGiudice is a freelance photographer with a passion for showcasing the beauty of life through the lens. She has a degree in Mass Communication/Journalism from LSU. In addition to photography, she teaches and designs colorguard shows.

Jan Windhorst is the Associate Editor for Sophisticated Woman Magazine. She has a Master of Journalism from LSU and is a marketing consultant and photographer. She also enjoys performing in the band Four Unplugged.

Snoann Willett has been a Louisiana Master Gardener since 2018 and is also a licensed Realtor. She is Publicity Chair for St. Tammany Master Gardener Association, 2nd VP of the Covington Garden Club, Membership Chair at Pontchartrain Yacht Club, and can be found sailing when not tending to clients or greenery. Sophisticated Woman | December 2020


publisher's note

2020. It may have been a heavy time full of many

Basket Of Hope Louisiana The Power of Faith

serious issues, but now we have the opportunity to


Celebrating All That We Have Overcome SO HERE WE are in the midst of the holidays. It’s my favorite time of the year - even in a year like

celebrate all that we’ve overcome with peace and the light-hearted spirit of this holiday season. Our December issue brings you everything from inspiring stories to warm your heart, gift ideas for that special person, glittering fashions, seasonal

after her umpteenth surgery – the child who doctors told you would never

self-care, and tips on Christmas trees and gift

walk or talk. Your son is at home on the Northshore with needs of his own. At

wrapping, to food and drink recipes for creating festive gatherings. After taking care of everyone

the same time, you are going through a divorce. What is on your mind? For

else, treat yourself to one of our featured gifts

Ann Ollendike, when despair could easily have overtaken her, she was called

from local retailers in our gift guides on page eight.

to carry hope to families like her own in their darkest of times.

Please think about the year our local businesses have had and consider them first as you shop. It’s always our priority to support local businesses and bring you The Northshore’s Best so we’re excited to announce that voting for 2020 is now open from

“It’s a story of faith,” says the buoyant speech pathologist. “I had worked in hospitals so I knew what parents of sick children endure, but I never dreamed I’d have a child with disabilities. In 2008, as I sat with my daughter, Juliana,

December 1 through December 31. You can learn

my eyes were opened to the needs of other children in the hospital and

more about some of last year’s winners starting

their families. I felt in my heart that I was chosen to help, and I wanted to be

on page 26. Visit sophisticatedwoman.com or our Facebook page to cast your vote for this year’s

obedient to God’s will.” Despite having more than her own share of worries, Ann

Northshore’s Best. Speaking of up-and-coming

had a vision to create baskets filled with items for children and parents alike.

professionals, I know you’ll enjoy our Enterprising Woman cover story on page 22 about Katie Toups

“As a professional, I knew the value and impact of play therapy and wanted to

of The Blue Heron Group powered by Anchor

include games and crafts to get the kids’ minds off their illness, helping them

South Real Estate. Share in Katie’s story as she

to heal. For the parents, I envisioned including items to bring encouragement

spreads her wings with an exciting new venture headquartered in Madisonville.

and comfort, like books with uplifting messages and personal items.”

Finally, I’d like to personally thank all of our

Understandably, with the demands of caring for her own family along with

readers and advertisers for your support over

returning to work, Ann moved her charitable plans to the back burner having

the last year. Every day, I give thanks to God and all those who have made it possible for me to

found starting from scratch too formidable. However, an unexpected source

support women and share their inspiring stories

would offer a solution and remain woven throughout her endeavor’s success.

each month as we continue to bring Sophisticated Woman Magazine to our community. From the Sophisticated Woman family, we wish you a happy, healthy and joyful holiday season.

Lorie Hollis 6

IMAGINE SITTING IN Children’s Hospital with your ill, special-needs child

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She explains, “Our household loves football. In fact, Juliana’s first spoken word

holiday feature at 14 was ‘Touchdown!’” Having learned of Basket of Hope in 2009 through Kurt Warner’s Foundation, First Things First, when the Saints met the Rams in the playoffs, she realized it would be a perfect fit. “I could launch a local nonprofit chapter here without having to reinvent the wheel.” In 2010 having raised the $10,000 startup fee and registering with the state, Ann founded Basket of Hope Louisiana and established a board of directors. From her first visit to Children’s Hospital New Orleans with just 12 baskets, her labor of love has grown to touch 720 families in 2019 alone. Additional hospitals currently served include Ochsner Baptist NICU, Ochsner Children’s, St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, The Ronald McDonald House and Hogs Family Home. Following the example of the St. Louis Chapter, Ann recruited players and coaches from the Saints, Pelicans and LSU to personally visit and deliver baskets, delighting entire families and gaining valuable visibility. “It’s so much more than just a basket,” Ann explains with heartfelt emotion. “Eightyear-old Maddy summed it up during her visit – ‘Wow is that for me?’ and shared ‘When I got my basket it made me forget about all that pain.’ Our visits are like Christmas for the patients, but we deliver throughout the year bringing unexpected love and joy.” Ann says the tears are near when you enter a hospital room with an isolated and lonely parent. Many don’t have faith, hope, or time for themselves and are wracked with worry about their child. “When this ray of sunshine comes in the room, the parents cry, ‘You have something for me? Someone is thinking about me?’ It’s pretty powerful.” Ann can relate to these weary parents and is called to nourish them mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. To their recipients, the ‘Hope Tote,’ filled with such items as inspirational books, soothing teas and self-care products are comforting in themselves, but also serve as a reminder that they are not alone. Ann believes as long as there is breath, there is hope. “My daughter is a testimony to overcoming odds. She is walking and full of joy.” Ann made the leap of faith to resign from her job and lead Basket of Hope full time in 2018. Regarding current operations, Ann says they haven’t allowed Covid 19 to hinder their mission of hope. “We’ve continued to serve the community in our ‘Beyond the Basket’ efforts with hundreds of nourishment baskets for families and medical staff, provided meals and helped individual families with personal needs. We couldn’t bring hope without the individuals and businesses who value our mission and support us.” In her 10th year, Ann’s goal is to bring hope to 1000 hospitalized children and families. “Anyone can sponsor a basket and Hope Tote combo for $100 at labasketofhope.kindful.com. We value all gifts. It’s humbling and an honor to share my greatest gift from God – to give His hope and love to those who are sick.”

To learn more or to become a Hope-Giver, visit basketofhope.org/la or facebook.com/basketofhopelouisiana. Sophisticated Woman | December 2020


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1. Sleeveless Sequin Shift Dress, Sizes S-L, $54 | Columbia Street Mercantile | 231 & 236 Columbia Street In Covington | 985-809-1690, 985-809-1789 2. Ceramic Holy Family by Local Artist, $35 - $45 | Nest Curated Home | 3441 E. Causeway Approach, Suite C in Mandeville | 985-951-2142 | nestcuratedhome.com 3. Classic Set of Eyelash Extensions, $90 | Lux Edge Beauty Bar | 5229 Pinnacle Parkway in Covington | 225-235-3893 | luxedgebeautybar.glossgenius.com 4. Luxury Porcelain Dream Diffuser, $89 | Niche Modern Home | 1901 Hwy. 190, Suite 3 in Mandeville | 985-624-4045 | nichemodernhome.com 5. Give the Gift of Warmth, 10% Off Any Fireplace Insert | A Noble Sweep Chimney Services | 504-294-3543| anoblesweep.com 6. Ceramic Christmas Tree, Starting at $36 With Paint & Glass Ornaments | Lola's Art Experience | 2637 Florida Street in Mandeville | 985-778-2020 | lolasartexperience.com 7. Will’beth Christmas Wreath Bishop Dress, $63.50 | Baby’s Corner | 70488 Highway 21 in Covington | 985-892-5300 | thebabyscorner.com 8. One Dozen Gourmet Custom Holiday Cookies, $24.95| Stephanie’s Sweets | Text to 985-630-5379 | stephanie.persigo@gmail.com 9. Black Ribbed Knit Ruffle Sweater, $48 | Holly J Boutique | 820 E. Boston Street in Covington | 504-916-4536 | holly-j-jewelry-more.myshopify.com 10. Laser Hair Removal, Buy 1 Area Get Second Area FREE (equal or lesser value) | Timeless Rx | 1976 N. Highway 190 in Covington | 985-893-6073 | thetimelessclinic.com 8

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The He(art) of Gift Wrapping MONTHS OF SHOPPING

can turn into minutes of blissful mayhem and piles of paper in the middle of the floor

during holiday family gatherings and gift exchanges. Searching for the perfect gift wrapping paper to coordinate with your decorations can be daunting as well as expensive–all to just be crumpled up and shoved into a giant trash bag. Why not try something different this year when it comes to wrapping your gifts? Unique and thoughtful presentations that dazzle and delight can also become keepsakes and hold many special memories of celebrations. Here are 10 creative alternatives to traditional gift wrapping that can add an extra special sentiment to your holidays!

1. Baskets – Everyone loves a gift basket. Local thrift shops usually have baskets in all shapes and sizes. Add some cute tissue paper and a fabric bow and you're all set. 2. Wallpaper – Leftover wallpaper scraps can be put to use instead of being thrown away. Wallpaper is beautiful for gift wrapping and is a unique way to take your gift giving presentation to the next level. 3. Newspaper – Use the black and white stuff or grab the comic section for more colorful wrap. Use some simple red twine and a sprig of evergreen to create a classic yet fun look. 4. Tins or Jars – Mason jars make the ultimate gift container. Grab a reusable tin or can with a lid, and they work especially well for food gifts. 5. Reusable Net Bags – There are many tutorials online that will show you how to whip up gift bags of all sizes using net or cheesecloth bags. No tape required. Just gather the fabric and polish it with beautiful ribbon. 6. Fabric Scraps – Not handy with a sewing machine? Then use fabric scraps instead. Gather the fabric around your gift and then tie it off with a gorgeous bow. Burlap is especially rustic and charming, and satins and lace can add elegance and personal flair. 7. Pillow Cases – Inexpensive pillow cases are a great alternative for larger gifts. Tie them off with a tassel cord for an innovative alternative. 8. Maps – Maps can add a classic, vintage flair to your presents. Use them to wrap a gift for the world traveler on your list or to even suggest a visit or special vacation. 9. Towels, Blankets or Scarves – Wrap up your kitchen-themed gift with a set of dish towels or nestle baby gifts inside a soft, baby blanket. Vintage scarves from a thrift store also make a stunning presentation to your fashionista friend. 10. Feed Sacks – Feed sacks are the perfect wrapping for the shabby chic folks on your list. Burlap sacks are a creative way to naturally present your gift. Adding fresh lavender or holly berries to your organic design is sure to put a twinkle in anyone's eye. Sophisticated Woman | December 2020


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Renee Black and silver halter dress – $39 Rhinestone earrings – $20 Columbia Street Mercantile Strappy silver rhinestone heels Joe's Family Shoe Store Jenna Black pleated overlay top – $49 Stella & Grace Boutique Silver star black mini skirt – $45 Rhinestone filigree earrings – $20 Choker necklace – $18 Columbia Street Mercantile Red suede heels Joe's Family Shoe Store

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Black shimmer pants – $52 Gold-sequined evening blazer – $62 Rhinestone chain belt – $18 Rhinestone circle earrings – $12 Columbia Street Mercantile Matte black cami body suit – $29 Jenlyns Boutique Wide pearl band hat – $18 Holly J Boutique Strappy silver rhinestone heels – $65 Stella & Grace Boutique Jenna Silver shimmer cocktail -dress – $62 Black fringe coat – $56 Rhinestone belt/hair accessory – $18 Columbia Street Mercantile

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Renee Blush sequin sheath dress – $54 Rhinestone bracelet – $18 Columbia Street Mercantile Chain link rhinestone earrings – $16 Holly J Boutique Gold glitter sandal Joe’s Family Shoe Store Jenna Ruched blush iridescent dress – $66 Rhinestone pendant necklace – $28 Columbia Street Mercantile Gold sandal Joe's Family Shoe Store



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Renee Gold sequined mini dress – $62 Rhinestone earrings – $18 Columbia Street Mercantile Charcoal silver heels Joe’s Family Shoe Store Jenna Teal satin ruched dress – $52 Jenlyns Boutique Rhinestone earrings – $25 Stella & Grace Boutique Rhinestone bracelet – $18 Rhinestone belt – $18 Columbia Street Mercantile Rhinestone sandal Joe’s Family Shoe Store

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A Community of Caring

OAK PARK VILLAGE at Hammond is a close-knit, and family-friendly

Our residents enjoy three meals a day, plus snacks. The dining experience is

assisted living and memory care community. Oak Park Village is nestled in

a great way to meet with friends and enjoy our friendly staff. Each meal is made

a quiet, picturesque Louisiana countryside among towering oak trees and

from scratch and served in our dining room. We have restaurant-style service

beautifully manicured landscaping. Our enclosed courtyards provide a calm

with a daily “chef’s choice” for meals, or residents may order off the alternative

and comfortable place to sit and relax with a book from our library. It’s the

menu. Meals change every day, and we are very accommodating to residents’

perfect environment to enjoy retirement.

tastes, preferences, and food allergies.

Residents enjoy opportunities to be social, creative, and live a life full of

When a senior moves into our community, we respect them like favorite

purpose, all while nurturing their mind, body, and soul. As you enter Oak Park

family members. Our warm and friendly staff take time to get to know each

Village, you’ll experience a warm welcome from our lobby receptionist. Our

resident individually, and our smaller community of 44 apartments allows

large town square is a great place for socializing and meeting up with friends

for individualized attention. We love celebrating birthdays and life's special

and family and includes a small café.

moments together. Listening to residents share their life stories and connecting

The Oak Park Village Life Enrichment program boasts many activities and

together is just a taste of why our community feels more like family.

local outings that give our residents a purpose every day. We incorporate daily

We are proud to say that we have been COVID-free since the pandemic

spiritual, social, physical, and intellectual activities. Our activities director

began and follow all CDC guidelines to keep residents and staff safe. Our

spends time getting to know each resident. She meets with new residents

professional and consistent staff is available 24 hours a day to provide

to find out what their interests are and what they enjoy doing most. Monthly

residents with tailored care services that promote independence and overall

events are tailored to residents’ interests and participation.

wellness. Additionally, Oak Park Village residents enjoy weekly housekeeping

In addition to regularly scheduled activities such as church services and Bible study, trips to local shopping and events, we offer educational talks

and laundry, on-site and telehealth physicians, and more. Private pay, long term care insurance and Veterans’ benefits are all accepted.

and presentations. Presentations include discussions on health and nutrition,

Oak Park Village at Hammond is located at 17010 Old Covington Highway in

Veterans’ Aid & Attendance, and more. Programming at Oak Park Village

Hammond. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call Marci Weaver

inspires residents to lead fulfilling and active lives.

at 985.345.878 or email mweaver@prioritylc.com.

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business profile

Comfort & Joy

FESTIVE TIMES ARE actually the best times for loved ones to transition

Beau Provence upheld their usual high standards throughout the pandemic

to assisted living, and Beau Provence welcomes families to experience their

by maintaining a 96% satisfaction rate – 30 points higher than the national

state-of-the-art, award winning memory care community right now. As part of

average. Leigh explains, “We are COVID free and have been throughout. We safely

prestigious Schonberg Care, the largest family-owned provider in Louisiana,

facilitated family interaction through online video chatting and window and gate

Beau Provence provides exceptional, highly personalized care to seniors in

visits. Now in Phase 3, we allow scheduled, timed visits and are open for tours

a therapeutic environment that honors the dignity and individuality of each

for prospective residents.” To maximize safety, Beau Provence coordinates tours

unique resident.

in specific zones at times to assure never taking guests through the midst of

Executive Director Alysia Leigh, who brings extensive nursing, management and senior care experience explains, “Beau Provence always provides an enriching

residents with masks and temperature checks required before entering. In-person appointments are available now, and a virtual tour is offered on their website.

environment and engaging activities, but the holidays bring even more activity.

Beau Provence is passionate about helping individuals achieve their

The sights and sounds of lights and music and even the smell of cookies by the

potential every day and enjoy life to the fullest in a safe, secure community

Christmas tree bring residents back to safe, happy times. They are surrounded

specially designed to support memory care with a brimming social activities

with a warm sense of community that is immediately welcoming and exciting.”

calendar and compassionate, experienced team members who ensure that

A premier community, Beau Provence provides a very social atmosphere,

help is always close by.

featuring 40 beautifully appointed private and semi-private suites, two dining

Making the best decision regarding care for a loved one is a journey, and Alysia

areas, a therapy room and two therapeutic gardens. Along with 24-hour

Leigh and her team understand that it can be difficult and stressful on the family.

nursing staff and a full-time Memory Care Director, a full-time Director of

Beau Provence is a trusted resource for information, insight and guidance for

Health & Wellness and Activities Director ensures residents benefit from

caregivers. When home is no longer enough for a loved one, their door is open

specially designed programs tailored to each individual resident’s abilities

to talk, learn and listen to make finding the right solution as easy as possible.

and needs. Leigh adds, “This commitment embodies the value we place on

Beau Provence Memory Care Assisted Living is located at 100 Beau West

the unique qualities and needs of every person in our care. Our experience is

Drive in Mandeville. For more information, call 985-778-0755, email info@

the difference. We know Alzheimer’s, we know dementia — it’s our specialty.”

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509 S. Tyler Street, Covington, La 985-892-9992

Rolled Stuffed Turkey Breast Ingredients:

Gallagher's on Front St. is now open in Slidell Serving St. Tammany Parish with

only the finest USDA Prime and Certified Angus Beef and the largest selection of fresh Gulf Seafood on the Northshore.

2 tablespoons butter 1 large onion, finely diced 2 large stalks celery, finely diced 3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped 8 ounces mild Italian pork sausage, casings removed 1/2 cup white wine 1 tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped 1 large egg, beaten

2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté onions and celery for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and sausage. Cook for 6 minutes until sausage is lightly browned. 3. Add the wine, rosemary and thyme and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. 4. Mix the egg, stuffing cubes, chicken broth, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and sausage mixture in a mixing bowl. Stir until all the bread is moistened. 5. Place butterflied turkey breast skin-side down and cover with plastic wrap. Pound turkey breast with a mallet to 1/2-inch thickness. Rub with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Season with salt and pepper. 6. Spoon half of the stuffing in an even layer over the breast, leaving a 1-inch border. Bake the remaining stuffing for the last 40 minutes of the turkey's cooking time. 7. Roll the turkey and tie the roll with kitchen string leaving about 1-1/2 inches between each knot.

1-3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth

8. Line a baking sheet with foil and place an ovenproof rack over top. Spray with nonstick spray. Place the turkey seam-side down on the rack and drizzle with oil, and then salt and pepper.

1 whole (in halves) 5-6 lb. skin-on turkey breast, boned and butterflied

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1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

9 cups store-bought seasoned or unseasoned stuffing cubes

3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped

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9. Roast for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 155°F. Remove turkey from oven and loosely tent with foil for 15 minutes.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

10. Remove the twine and slice into 1/2-inch thick slices. Arrange in a serving dish.

cuisine & cocktails

Up On The Housetop...Sip Sip Sip HO HO HO who wouldn't know how to keep your spirits merry and bright with these marvelous medleys! Fireside sipping and marshmallow dipping can soothe your holiday stresses and bring you some much-needed comfort and joy.

It's The Most Wonderful Wine Of The Year

Grandma Got Run Over By A Marshmallow

1 bottle red wine 1 orange, sliced into rounds, plus more for garnish 6 whole cloves 3 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish 3 star anise ¼ cup honey ½ cup brandy

4 1-ounce envelopes hot cocoa mix, divided 3 cups milk 1 cup vanilla vodka 6 cups ice ¼ cup mini marshmallows, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer gently over low heat for 10 minutes. Serve warm, and garnish with more citrus slices and cinnamon sticks.

Dip the rims of 4 martini glasses into water and rim with 1 envelope of hot cocoa mix. In a blender, combine 3 packets of the hot cocoa mix, milk, vodka and ice. Blend until smooth. Garnish with the marshmallows and remaining cocoa mixture. Serves 4.

Frothy The Snowman

A Hazy Shade Of Winter

1 candy cane, finely crushed 1-1/2 ounces vanilla vodka 1 ounce peppermint schnapps 1 ounce half-and-half cream 1 small candy cane

2 ounces brandy 1 cup whole milk 1 teaspoon powdered sugar 3 ice cubes Cracked ice Freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick for garnish

Wet the rim of a chilled martini glass with water, and dip into the crushed candy cane. Shake the vodka, schnapps, and half-and-half in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into the peppermint-rimmed martini glass and garnish with candy cane to serve.

In a cocktail shaker, combine the brandy, milk, and sugar with 3 ice cubes and shake until frothy, about one minute. Strain into a old-fashioned glass with cracked ice. Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve with a cinnamon stick. Sophisticated Woman | December 2020 19

business profile

The Center for Women's Health Compassionate. Innovative. Caring. THE CENTER FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH is focused on the

popularity with younger gynecology patients who find her comforting and

development and health of women in all stages of life. With five compassionate

relatable. Dr. Rachael Cresap also enjoys obstetrics and offers patience and

and innovative caregivers - three physicians and two nurse practitioners -

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the group’s expertise encompasses obstetrics, gynecology and other related

suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Kelly Brewster, MSN, WHNP,

conditions important to the health and well-being of women. Their mission is

offers relief through counseling on diet and behavior, and medications. The

to put the patient first with top quality care.

newest member of the team, Casey Barnes is an experienced labor and

Dr. Katherine Williams explains that an important strength of the group is

delivery nurse who adds kindness and warmth to her vast knowledge.

the core value of working together. “This is our home away from home and

The team works as well outside of their happy and smooth-running workplace

we are united. Even in difficult times, like COVID-19, we retained our whole,

as they do in it and are all committed to caring for the community in which

wonderful staff. That kind of commitment to the team carries over to patients

their patients live. “It’s all about giving back and being part of people’s lives

who receive everyone’s best care in a warm and comforting environment.”

not just in our office, but where they work and play,” says Dr. Williams.

“Working together like we do provides better outcomes for our patients,”

The Center for Women’s Health is proud to engage in social projects and

adds Dr. Jamie Hymel. “We are each committed to providing excellent care

philanthropic endeavors such as sponsoring scholarships at St. Scholastica

and can provide an even higher level of patient satisfaction by consulting

Academy, participating in You Night — a support group and charity event for

with each other and offering patients caregiver options that are best for

cancer survivors, and support of Children’s Advocacy Center: Hope House.

their unique situation.” Each physician and nurse practitioner’s personal

“It’s important to reach out and give women the support they need in many

skill set adds to the quality of care at The Center for Women’s Health. As an

aspects of their lives. Caring for their whole quality of life is part of our

expert performing nearly 3000 robotic surgeries, Dr. Williams is sought out

commitment to excellence.”

by patients for challenging cases involving such issues as pelvic pain and hysterectomy. Dr. Hymel welcomes obstetrics patients and enjoys growing

The Center for Women's Health is located at 104 Innwood Drive in Covington. For more information, call 985-249-7022 or visit cwhnorthshore.com. Sophisticated Woman | December 2020 21


Katie Toups





Heron brings messages of selfdetermination and self-reliance. This elegant soul represents an ability to progress and evolve with grace. The heron’s long thin legs reflect that one doesn’t need massive pillars for stability but can learn to stand on one’s own. Katie Toups connects with her spirit animal, the blue heron, on many levels. It represents her love of Louisiana; and, the story of her life is told in the bird’s meaning to Native American cultures, whose heritage she shares. She describes humble beginnings - a childhood where her mother cleaned houses to survive hard times. “We didn’t have much, but my mom persevered tirelessly. I inherited her work ethic and the motivation to build a better life for myself.” Katie planned to become her family’s first to attend college with sights on a nursing career. Determined to succeed, she worked multiple jobs. “I tended bar in the French Quarter knowing it wouldn’t be my life’s work, but I learned a lot while in the service industry.” That taste of success in customer service revealed an innate strength, changing her career path and her life. That strength would be called upon again as she faced the ultimate test of survival from a rare carcinoid cancer at seven months pregnant.

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LIKE THE BLUE HERON, Katie Toups' ability to progress and evolve was rewarded with a quick ascent up the ladder of a Fortune 500 homebuilding corporation. “I liked serving clients but had no idea how quickly and deeply I would connect with sales and the industry. I was already motivated, but once I found my undiscovered natural talent, I was absolutely driven.” On her very first day, Katie sold a house to a man named Wesley. Along with winning the sale, she won his heart and now, nine years later, Katie and her husband share a son, Wesley, Jr. Katie’s ability and connection to customers led to her position as Sales and Marketing Manager of the company’s Southeast Louisiana division. Her duties not only included training and managing 30 salespeople and marketing new projects, but also expanded to development, land acquisition, floor plan design and purchasing. “As the sales manager, my belief in the developments was crucial. I was involved in every aspect of the process - market research to select locations and set price ranges, I had a hand in design and materials to ensure quality along with competitive pricing which resulted in timely sales benefiting the company.” Katie’s eight years in that corporate setting were invaluable and rewarding but true to her spirit animal’s message, she felt strong enough to stand on her own, spread her wings and fly to her next adventure. Katie decided to make her formidable talent and knowledge work for herself by forming her own real estate team. Aptly named The Blue Heron Group, powered by Anchor South Real Estate, her new endeavor assists clients in buying and selling luxury residential and commercial real estate from two offices – one in Madisonville and another in Denham Springs in the Anchor South Real Estate building. In her office near the Tchefuncte River, the company mascot presides as a symbol of Katie’s vision. She already has plans to offer property management services starting in February, to provide expanded staging services, and to open offices in Houston by this time next year. “I’m going for world domination,” laughs the ambitious but down-to-earth entrepreneur. “Running a well-oiled machine relies on the quality of my team and elevated customer service.” Katie is proud of her hand-picked agents, including Amanda Yates, Tiffini Helg, Ariel Holloway, Patrick Taylor, Brittany Rice and Katie Babineaux. “It’s a privilege to work here and because of my reputation, I can attract the best in the business. We have the expertise that others just don’t have and the mission to listen to customer needs and act with a serious sense of urgency. I’ve done market research here for years which means I can negotiate the best deals for buyers and get top dollar for sellers with an arsenal of proven marketing tools. Our ability to truly strategize has gotten customers tens of thousands more when we’ve taken over from another agent or the owner trying to sell themselves.” While Katie insists that work is her baby, she beams when speaking of her husband and son who bond over duck hunting. “My son saved my life. We wouldn’t have found the lung cancer had I not been pregnant. I’m six years cancer free and that experience has pushed me into overdrive. I’m so grateful for that and want to be an example to others battling cancer.” She is also grateful to share her success with her mother who helps Katie run the household. “I’m happy to take care of her now and share the fruits of hard work and self-determination that she taught me. Developing my career and being here for my family is what pushes me every single day to improve, grow and succeed.” The Blue Heron Group, powered by Anchor South Real Estate is located at 306 Pine Street, Suite 200 in Madisonville, 985-981-6037 and 8193 Vincent Road, Suite B in Denham Springs, 225-401-2525. For more information, email KatieToups@theblueherongroup.net. Sophisticated Woman | December 2020 23

W Congratulations to Bri Steilberg ! 2019 ENTERPRISING WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Because of this year’s many challenges and restrictions, we regret not being able to hold our annual Hat’s Off Luncheon - the time when we traditionally raise funds for a local charity and announce the winner of 2019 Enterprising Woman of the Year. Each month’s cover girl from 2019 was in the running, and the winner was chosen with a vote from you – our readers – earlier in the year. So without further ado, we are truly excited to finally make our announcement.

Bri Steilberg

Kinder Haus Montessori

"My role is to facilitate the family of wonderful women who work here and to broaden our reach into the community,” says the magnetic extrovert.

As Steilberg hosts a tour of the indoor and outdoor learning areas, small groups of engaged, outgoing

children interact with what Montessori calls their guides. “We work well together, motivate and love each other, and go above and beyond to bring

out the best in our children. We integrate parents’ talents for enrichment too, for example, there’s a dad who comes in and delights us all with his music.

We also offer parenting classes not only here but at the Parenting Center in Covington too.”


Taylor Alfonso

Stella & Grace Boutique

Enterprising Woman Taylor Alfonso

Stella & Grace Boutique

As Taylor Alfonso recounts her personal journey from the chic surroundings of her Stella & Grace Boutique, she points through the Robert Street display window, “I grew up right there watching my mom run her shop. She’s the smartest businesswoman I know, and I learned how to treat customers from her. She was her own boss and I knew I wanted the same thing.”

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Bienvenue Mon Ami

Blackened Brew

Todd Brasuell, DDS

Bienvenue Mon Ami Bed & Breakfast and Art Gallery was named 2020 Louey B&B Accommodation of the Year presented by the Office of Tourism and judged best in Louisiana. The mansion’s Antebellum and Acadian style grandeur overlooks a 30-acre estate of forested hills, bronze statues, stocked pond, picnic areas and long view fairways. Enjoy complimentary gourmet breakfasts, evening snacks, hot tubs, private balconies, large private baths, kitchen access, game rooms and much more.

Blackened Brew is Hammond’s premier gastropub, and whether it’s food or drinks, we have something for everyone's palette. We have 24 taps and 45 craft beers in cans or bottles and also offer wine and spirits from all over the country. We craft our gourmet burgers from 100% Black Angus beef and use only the freshest locally-sourced ingredients. With our family-friendly atmosphere and daily food specials, Blackened Brew is the place for great food and good fun!

Our mission is to treat each child as our own, deliver the highest quality care, introduce dentistry to children in a fun and entertaining environment, and emphasize preventative dentistry to last a lifetime! Parents choose us for the relaxing experience where care and comfort are top priority. We do complimentary benefits checks and give estimates for all treatments. Also with Dr. Tyler Mesa on our team, we are able to offer more office days and more in-network insurance company options!

Bienvenue Mon Ami is located at 20181 E. Bell Road, 8 miles east of Amite. For more information, call 985-634-7786 or visit MonAmiBnB.com.

Blackened Brew is located at 112 W. Thomas Street in Hammond. For more information, call 985-393-0169 or visit facebook.com/ Blackened-Brew.

Todd S. Brasuell Pediatric Dentistry is located at 189 Greenbrier Boulevard, Suite A in Covington. For more information, call 985-892-5942 or visit toddbrasuelldds.com.

Camp Bow Wow

Crazy Pig Southern Kitchen

Especially For You Florist

Our Premier Doggy Day and Overnight Camps provide a fun, safe and upscale environment for dogs to play, romp and receive lots of love and attention! With our all-inclusive pricing, your pup enjoys every benefit Camp Bow Wow has to offer—including all-day play in our spacious yards, an individual cozy cabin, or a private luxury suite with 24/7 camera access. We also offer grooming and our live webcams allow pet parents to check on their dogs from anywhere. See what the woof is about! Your dog’s first day is FREE.

Located on Highway 22 in Mandeville, don’t miss this hidden gem that’s one of the Northshore’s best restaurants. When you’re looking for a classy, casual spot to grab brunch & creative cocktails, think Crazy Pig Southern Kitchen. Owners Danny & Amanda Savona have 20 plus years culinary experience and offer comforting, fresh, scratch made selections paired with top notch service. Crazy Pig’s Praline Bacon, Carolina Grits, Unique Bennies & Southern Lunch specials are sure to please.

Especially For You is a locally owned and operated, full-service florist specializing in weddings, sympathy, corporate events, and everyday florals. Owner Samantha Bates takes pride in transforming traditional arrangements into breathtaking designs. Her award-winning designs will surprise and delight your loved ones with creatively designed, fresh, fragrant flowers for any special occasion. With artistry and care, Especially For You Florist will create the perfect arrangement with quality flowers in a stunning arrangement.

Camp Bow Wow is located at 14279 Highway 1085 in Covington. For more information, call 985-892-9364 or visit campbowwow.com/covington.

Crazy Pig Southern Kitchen is located at 4700 Highway 22, Suite 1 & 2 in Mandeville. For more information, call 985-792-7900 or visit facebook.com/crazypigsouthernkitchen.

Especially For You Florist is located at 124 East Pine Street in Ponchatoula. For more information, call 985-370-0445 or visit efyfloral.com.

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Gallagher's Restaurants

The Harbor Center

Jenlyns Boutique

Good things come in threes—like Pat Gallagher’s award-winning Northshore restaurants: Gallagher’s Grill in Covington, Gallagher’s 527 in Mandeville and Gallagher’s on Front Street in Slidell. Says the seasoned chef, “The locations’ menus are similar but daily specials vary. We’re known for steaks, but also have fresh fish selections every night.” And customers value the excellent service. “The staff and I appreciate the many friends we’ve made over the years and help them create great memories.”

Thanks for voting us the Best Events Center in East St. Tammany! Come experience the unparalleled service at the Harbor Center. We are a beautiful, state-of-the-art center for conventions, retreats, consumer shows, sales meetings, fundraisers and much more. Our flexible floorplans allow us to accommodate social distancing protocols. We offer free parking, on-site catering and many other amenities. Located in Slidell, the Harbor Center offers ample space to safely host events of all sizes.

Jenlyns takes pride in our customer service, and our exceptional staff helps you find that perfect outfit for any occasion. We carry different brands and styles in each of our Covington and Hammond locations for all ages and sizes. We are honored to be voted Best Women’s Boutique in West St. Tammany and look forward to serving you at both of our locations. Whether it's a special occasion or lunch with the girls, we’re here to help you find the perfect outfit and feel great!

Gallagher’s Grill: 509 S. Tyler Street in Covington, gallaghersgrill.com, Gallagher’s 527: 527 Causeway Boulevard in Mandeville, gallaghers527restaurant. com, Gallagher’s on Front Street: 2306 Front Street in Slidell, gallagersfrontstreet.com.

The Harbor Center is located at 100 Harbor Center Boulevard in Slidell. For more information, call 985-781-3650 or visit harborcenter.org.

Jenlyns Boutique is located at 315 Lee Lane, Suite 101 in Covington, 985-234-9437 and 221 W. Thomas Street in Hammond, 985-662-5072, or visit jenlynsboutique.com.

Kenney Seafood

Kidz Klub House

Mandeville Seafood

For years, Kenney Seafood has been the go-to place for fresh and boiled seafood in Slidell. Today it is the best of both worlds–a seafood market and a New Orleans Po-Boy Shop. For the past 27 years, fresh Louisiana seafood has been brought in daily right off of the boat for our loyal customers. We offer the highest quality seafood at the best prices. Whether it's boiled seafood or oysters on the half shell, since 1972 we are proud to serve you Louisiana's best.

Kidz Klub House strives to stand above the rest to provide a fun, educational atmosphere for the children of Madisonville, Slidell and Mandeville. The multi-colored and angular exterior combined with individual, uniquely-designed classrooms engage children of all ages. Kidz Klub House offers the best facilities; an extensive curriculum for ages one through Pre-K; caring, experienced teachers; age-appropriate playgrounds; and peace of mind through our webcam service. Our family is your family, and we welcome you to our home.

Mandeville Seafood has been the finest locally owned and operated seafood market and eatery on the Northshore since 1996. Our friendly staff serves up fresh seafood daily to satisfy deeprooted Southern cravings. Our loyal customers refer to us as Mandeville’s best kept secret. We have you covered-from packing to travel, fresh seafood from our market, dine-in, take-out and event catering. Try the Northshore’s best-valued thin-cut catfish platter, a delicious shrimp po-boy, or our boiled shrimp to see what the fuss is all about.

Kenney Seafood is located at 400 Pontchartrain Drive in Slidell. For more information, call 985-643-2717 or visit kenneyseafood.com.

Kidz Klub House locations: 688 E. I-10 Service Road in Slidell, 985-781-8984; 320 Highway 1077 in Madisonville, 985-206-9889; 1853 Lotus Road in Mandeville, or for more info: kidzklubhouse.com.

Mandeville Seafood Market & Eatery is located at 2020 Highway 59 in Mandeville. For more information, call 985-624-8552 or visit mandevilleseafoodmarket.com Sophisticated Woman | December 2020 27

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Kinder Haus Montessori

Northshore Lending Group

Our Lady Of The Angels

Kinder Haus Montessori Pre-School and Child Care creates an enriched environment where children are inspired to reach their highest potential using the Montessori philosophy of education. Children are accepted at one year old and continue through kindergarten. Children learn independently at their own pace and nurturing professionals act as guides to make sure all areas of the curriculum are covered. Kinder Haus programs develop the whole child, helping them become a life-long learner and reach their full potential.

NLG Mortgage Services is helping customers get mortgages and making that process more convenient than ever. Crystal Barnes and her team of experienced Brokers can help you with your home purchase or refinance, and lock in great terms with current interest rates. Our mission is to serve our customers with honesty,

Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa, Louisiana, provides a broad scope of high-quality, faithbased healthcare to the people of Washington Parish and the surrounding areas. With more than 500 team members, it’s one of the parish’s three largest employers. Each year the healthcare team cares for more than 20,000 patients in its emergency department, delivers hundreds of babies, treats tens of thousands in its physician group clinics, provides nearly 60,000 ancillary visits and performs more than 3,000 surgeries.

integrity and competence.

Kinder Haus Montessori is located at 252 Magnolia Street in Mandeville. For more information, call 985-674-9303 or visit kinderhausmontessori.com.

NLG Mortgage Services is located at 800 N. Causeway Boulevard, Suite 2B in Mandeville. For more information, call 985-231-2443 or visit nlgloans.com.

Our Lady of the Angels Hospital is located at 433 Plaza Street in Bogalusa. For more information, call 985-730-6700 or visit oloah.org.

Rapid Urgent Care

Shana Roig | Legacy Insurance

Saint Paul's School

At Rapid Urgent Care, we are all about delivering quality care FAST! We know how busy life can be, and that is why we make it easy and convenient for you. Furthermore, Rapid Urgent Care has partnered with most health insurance companies to not only bring you quality care fast, but to also make it affordable. No appointment is necessary, and each of our urgent care locations offer both labs and x-rays done on site. If you're looking for high quality medical care that fits your schedule, you've come to the right place.

Agency Owner and principal agent, Shana Roig has been one of the insurance industry’s top agents for over a decade. She was honored as the number one agent at Farm Bureau (Arkansas and the Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company) multiple years before relocating to Louisiana to open Legacy Insurance in January of 2018. Shana has extensive experience in need-based insurance products and has built her career around integrity, honesty, professionalism and creating long-term relationships with her clients.

Saint Paul’s School has educated young men on the Northshore in the Lasallian Christian Brothers’ tradition for over 100 years. The school continues the spirit of Saint La Salle with the application of the five core principles: faith in the presence of God; quality education; respect for all persons; inclusive community; and concern for the poor and social justice. It pledges to provide an excellent education and a “good place to grow.”

Rapid Urgent Care has locations across the Northshore, one in Metairie and one in Baton Rouge. For more information, visit rapidurgentcare.com.

Legacy Insurance is located at 40 Louis Prima Drive, Suite B in Covington. For more information, call 985-590-4342 or visit legacyinsla.com.

Saint Paul’s School is located at 917 South Jahncke Avenue in Covington. For more information, call 985-892-3200 or visit stpauls.com. Non-discriminatory on the basis of race, color, nation or ethnic origin.

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Sawyer Orthodontics

Schultz Physical Therapy

Speedway Printing

At Sawyer Orthodontics, we provide the best possible care in a fun, friendly environment. Dr. Amy Smith Sawyer and her talented staff provide an enjoyable experience while creating the smile of your dreams with traditional braces for all ages as well as clear braces, Invisalign® clear aligners and growth modification appliances. We have a comfortable waiting area, beverage center, a homework station for siblings and a game area for the kids! Visit us for a complimentary consultation.

Schultz Physical Therapy is your solution to living pain free! Our customized therapy approach will get you back to enjoying your life again. We have stateof-the-art equipment for strengthening muscles including cardiovascular wellness. Our dedicated team of physical therapists and assistants have the knowledge and personalized care to facilitate the quickest recovery to health and function utilizing the most current treatment techniques. They will help you overcome physical obstacles, regain mobility, and prevent repeat injuries.

For over 31 years, Speedway Printing has provided printing and copy services to customers throughout St. Tammany Parish. With our long-standing reputation as a professional printing company, we have the ability to meet impossible deadlines. Speedway's teamwork dynamic is one of the reasons it has been awarded The Northshore’s Best Printer/Copier Service for many years. We take pride in our work and our community. That’s what we mean when we say we want to be your printer.

Sawyer Orthodontics is located at 216 W. 21st Avenue in Covington. For more information, call 985-327-7181 or visit sawyerortho.com.

Schultz Physical Therapy is located at 414 Avenue B in Bogalusa. For more information, call 985-732-1651 or visit schultzphysicaltherapy.com.

Speedway Printing is located at 2575 N. Causeway Boulevard in Mandeville. For more information, call 985-626-0032 or visit speedwayprinting.net.

STAR Physical Therapy

Tacos & Beer

Times Grill

Since 2001, STAR Physical Therapy has pioneered innovative, high-quality physical therapy in a salonlike environment. “We’ve focused on outstanding treatment of select conditions to ensure we provide world-class care,” says Matt Slimming, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Founder. “Our specialties are neck and back conditions, shoulder and knee injuries, and balance/dizziness. For those conditions, we don’t think you’ll find better care in the Greater New Orleans area.” With five Northshore clinics, you’re probably within minutes of their locations.

With undeniable Mexican flavor, fun atmosphere and a rustic charm that can only be found in Louisiana, Tacos & Beer is the destination for tasty tacos, burritos, tortas and mouthwatering culinary perfection. Don’t forget to check out our relaxing outdoor patio, extensive beer list and killer margaritas. We know it’s easy to work up an appetite and are confident that you will love our genuine hospitality and overall dining experience at Tacos & Beer.

Times Grill is a Northshore favorite for over 25 years with locations in Mandeville and Slidell. Specializing in award-winning, world famous hamburgers, Times Grill is a local, family sports restaurant. Whether you are watching a game on one of their 4k ultra hi-definition televisions or celebrating with family and friends, Times Grill offers something for everyone from their extensive, made-fresh daily menu. You will always be treated like family at Times Grill. That’s the secret sauce that’s kept Times Grill a fan favorite for many years.

Star Physical Therapy has clinics in Covington, Slidell, Mandeville, Folsom, Lacombe, Lakefront, Algiers and New Orleans East. For more information, visit starptclinics.com.

Tacos & Beer is located at 207 E. Thomas Street in Hammond. For more information, please call 985-542-7430 or visit facebook.com/ tacosandbeerhammond.

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Treating Yourself With Love & Respect WRITTEN BY INGRID RINCK

Whatever the past year may (or may not) have brought you, there’s no better way to start 2021 than with a heavy dose of loving yourself. At the time of year when people are taught to be selfless and giving, telling you to focus on your needs may sound confusing, but hear me out. Holidays can trigger many emotions and bring out depression, especially in women. The good news is, unlike major depression, the holiday blues are temporary, and you can combat them with a positive focus on yourself. In fact, it’s the perfect time to start a new relationship with food. Who says you have to gain the holiday 15? What if you dropped 15 and entered the new decade as your best self. While sweets offer an initial mood boost, that effect is short-term and outweighed by the havoc sugar can wreak on your body. Stop the cycle of eating treats to feel better, only to end up feeling even worse. Replace sugary treats with whole foods in moderate portion sizes limiting mood crashes later. The feeling of power you’ll gain by passing on that candy will be worth it. Holidays can leave you feeling overworked, over-committed and emotionally drained, so it’s imperative to maintain a self-care routine and know your limits. Waking to positive affirmations, morning meditation, a healthy meal and daily exercise are great routines that can help alleviate unwanted stressors and negative emotions. We often hold ourselves to high expectations during holidays which can result in feelings of failure. Be realistic and aware that not everyone is going to get along and everything is not going to be perfect. Let your kids or partner wrap gifts or make a dessert. Surely, they might not be as neat as when you do it, but it will relieve some stress. Perfection is fleeting and not memorable. Make time for yourself by letting go of the idea of the perfection. You just might find that crooked tree, mismatched wrapping or messy cookies the kids did are actually more fun anyway. If you feel overwhelmed, it is okay to say “no thank you” to social obligations, especially activities where you may feel uncomfortable or emotionally vulnerable. Declining an invitation to take care of your mental health is perfectly acceptable, and in some cases necessary. Remember you’re important, and it’s time you start treating yourself with the love and respect you deserve. Sensible Meals distributes healthy, affordable prepared meals nationwide. For more information, call 985-237-1011, visit eatsensiblemeals.com or follow @Sensible Meals on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pintrest. Look for Ingrid's columns in Sophisticated Woman where she is a contributing writer focusing on fitness and health. Sophisticated Woman | December 2020 31

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Tyler R. Mesa, DDS Todd S. Brasuell Pediatric Dentistry

DR. TYLER MESA is from Mandeville and is a graduate of St. Paul’s High School. He attended University of Colorado at Boulder for his undergraduate degree prior to attending LSU School of Dentistry. Following dental school, he was accepted into the Pediatric Dentistry residency program at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, which is continuously ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals. During his residency, he was honored to serve as the Chief Resident. Dr. Mesa also has a strong desire to make a difference with patients with special needs. Having grown up with an older brother with autism and epilepsy keeps Dr. Mesa deeply motivated to ensure that the best possible dental care is extended and equally accessible to patients with special healthcare needs. Dr. Mesa joined the team at Dr. Brasuell this past August and has been a seamless fit in our practice. The entire team at Dr. Brasuell and Dr. Mesa’s office strive to treat each child as if they were our own, to deliver the highest quality dental care, to introduce

• Mandeville Native & Graduate of St. Paul’s School • Served as Chief Resident at Children’s National Hospital • Part-time Faculty at LSUHSC and Children’s Hospital New Orleans 189 Greenbriar Boulevard, Suite A in Covington For more information, call 985-892-5942 or visit: toddbrasuelldds.com

dentistry to children in a fun and entertaining environment, and to emphasize preventive dentistry that will last a lifetime! We look forward to all of you meeting him and many years of him contributing to the success of our practice. Sophisticated Woman | December 2020 33

mayor's column

Covington’s Best Choice in Senior Living

Madisonville New Beginnings & Old Favorites

At The Trace, residents enjoy a safe, home-like setting and a family atmosphere that’s only found right here. For more than a decade, The Trace has been leading the charge in unrivaled care, resort-quality amenities and our exclusive lifestyle programs. Right now, for a limited time only, take advantage of $3,000 in savings for new move-ins.* There’s no catch and zero surprises. Just a golden opportunity to come experience exceptional living here in our community.

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and the beginning of 2021 in the air. With just a couple of months left in 2020, we’re busy planning with anticipation the arrival of Thanksgiving, Santa Claus and the Holiday Season. The year of 2020 has presented many challenges, but with challenges also come accomplishments. We just celebrated Halloween and All Saints Day in our historic Madisonville Cemetery. The weather couldn’t have been better, and the lighting of the gravesites was beautiful. (See Friends of the Madisonville Cemetery for pictures.)

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We’ve also started a farmer's market, partnering with Northshore Maker's Market, which is held every Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm at the Town Park and Playground. This has been a hit with our community; a place to come walk and talk with friends and family, and a place to shop the vendors and get some great food. Also at the park, completion of our beautiful new amphitheater/ pavilion is near! This will provide a stage for many events and gatherings for years to come. On December 5th, Merry Madisonville will start with a Christmas Parade at 2 pm beginning at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and ending at our Town Park and Playground. You can expect to see Santa and Ms. Claus in that parade and at the park. The Merry Madisonville festivities extend into the evening with a Christmas movie in the park so bring a blanket, chair, the kids and

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of Tchefuncte boat parade will launch starting at 1 pm on our riverfront. In addition, the muchanticipated Wooden Boat Fest will be April 17-18, 2021 starting at 10 am. So, from our town to you, Merry Christmas and an early Happy New Year. We look forward to 2021!

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Eliminating Lower Back Pain The Natural Way

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at some point in our life, will

experience lower back pain. Many suffer with pain and limited mobility everyday. We provide a unique prescription of hands-on therapy and therapeutic exercise to reduce your pain to help you live life again with ease. For some it will be a minor inconvenience and will go away on its own in a few days. For others, it can be debilitating and very scary. You start believing that you will need to learn how to live your life with pain that will never go away. Physical Therapy can be a safe, natural cure for your pain. How does lower back pain occur? There can be many causes of lower back pain ranging from minor to serious. More serious injuries are commonly traumatic in nature, resulting from an accident or fall. However, it can also occur from doing something as simple as bending down to tie your shoes in the morning. This causes the

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surrounding muscles in the back to tighten up, often causing you to have difficulty with normal everyday movements and relying on medication to get through the day. What can be done about lower back pain? If your back pain just started, try placing ice on it for 10-15 minutes several times a day to help reduce any inflammation. After 1-2 weeks, if you are not feeling better, it's time to seek help from a physical therapist. It is important to get in for treatment early. The longer you wait, the harder injuries are to treat. Why should I try physical therapy first? Physical Therapy provides a unique combination

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of hands-on treatment with exercise prescription to eliminate your pain, reduce your need for medications and often unnecessary medical costs, and allow you to live your life free from pain.

Billy Beaudreau is a board certified, fellowship trained physical therapist with Comprehensive Physical Therapy located at 5404 LA-22, Suite 200 in Mandeville. For more information, call 985-272-1017 or visit cptnola.com

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Tuesday December 8, 2020 10:00AM -1:30PM Tchefuncte Country Club 2 PINECREST DR. • COVINGTON, LA 70433

You can also join us for our holiday brunch! Members $29 | Non-members $34

Network your business, meet new friends, and celebrate the season!


WHETHER YOUR FAMILY is small, large, or made up of four-legged critters, the holidays are a time to celebrate the meaningful relationships

VISIT: MyPWST.com for more details about the organization. Professional Women of St. Tammany is a 501(c)(3).

you have with loved ones. These relationships are so significant that you may cross over parishes, states, and even oceans to spend this special time with those who matter most to you. As you exchange fond memories and gifts, consider sharing your love this holiday season. Sadly, there are many dogs and cats who are currently homeless at our rescue who need your help. Though they receive love and care from our staff members and volunteers, nothing can compare to the joy that comes from being with a

A Full Service Veterinary Hospital Including:

dedicated animal care staff have cleaned, fed, and watered all our animals, they will turn off

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the lights and leave for the comfort and warmth


season and donate today.

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family like yours. At the end of the day after our

of their homes. Once they are gone, the animals will be alone. For less than $21.00, you can provide an animal with a toy and warm blanket for the holidays. So far this year, we have rescued over 1,100 homeless animals. With your contribution, together we can save even more lives! Help a homeless animal this holiday Donations can be made by visiting our website at northshorehumane.org or mailing a check to Northshore Humane Society, 20384 Harrison Ave. Covington, LA 70433. For more information, contact the Northshore Humane Society at 985-892-7387 or visit northshorehumane.org.

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Cut Your Own Tree On The Northshore WRITTEN BY JAN WINDHORST


“Our Customers Are Friends That Become Family”

activities centered

around the home this year, it’s a great time to take your Christmas tree game to a new level. Our area offers lots of options that you may not have considered in the hustle and bustle of previous years. Blake at pickyourownchristmastree.org offers expert information about turning this Advent activity into an adventure. Blake advises, “Whether you want to cut your own tree, pick a live tree and have it cut for you, buy a tree already cut or buy a living tree you can plant, there are many choices for choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms, places to buy pre-cut (also called preharvested and fresh-cut) trees, stands, sleigh rides,

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hay rides, related winter events and fun.” Blake’s site also offers a Christmas Tree guide with photos and descriptions of more than two dozen varieties with a simple comparison chart. With many farms and lots adhering to COVID-19 requirements and possibly selling out of their stock early this year, it’s recommended to always call the farm or lot before you go to get current details. Here are some local options with details of all they offer


and daily updates at pickyourownchristmastree.org/ LAxmasno.php. Kennedy's: 55276 Hwy. 438 in Pine, LA, 985-264-6502

Hwy. 21, Suite 118 in Covington 985-888-1170 | Fax: 985-888-1167

Steele's: 56459 Dollar Rd., Angie, LA, 985-848-5133 Santa's Tree Town: 24513 Hemphill Rd., Bush, LA, 985-893-7609

MON-FRI 8:30 AM-6:30 PM | SAT 9 AM-2 PM

Shady Pond: 37226 Pine Street Ext., Pearl River, 985-863-5569. Tiger Branch Trees: 10875 Tiger Branch Rd., Covington: 985-893 5520 Treeland of Slidell - Precut Trees, 340 Olive Dr., Slidell: 985-641-0249

Layton Family Pharmacy is locally owned and operated, serving St Tammany Parish area

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Making health a reason to celebrate. Flu shots, flu tests, and COVID-19 tests are available at all 6 locations. Our city’s healthiest, happiest days are ahead of us!


If shrubs and trees weren’t pruned last month, and Hurricane Zeta didn’t do it for you, there is still time to do so in December. December’s climate in southeast Louisiana is mild with sufficient rainfall. Now is an optimal time to add a new tree, or transplant an existing one, within your home and garden landscape. Research mature sizes of all trees for the appropriate growing space. A 3’ Southern Magnolia in a 3-gallon pot today will grow to be 50’ tall by 30’ wide. Save the house foundation and plumbing by locating trees well away.



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For existing tree transplants, dig the new hole first. Roots can dry out quickly even in cool weather. Cover the rootball if necessary. Dig a gently-sloped, coneshaped hole twice as wide as the container for a new tree. For existing trees, use a

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simple 1:9 rule: for every inch diameter of tree trunk, the hole is 9” wide. Dig up as

Algiers, Gretna, Clearview, Lakeview, Covington, and Marrero

much of the root system as possible. Hole depth will match the container grown

Hours for all locations

up solid pieces of soil before replacing around the rootball. Water thoroughly,

Monday-Friday 8am-8pm Saturday-Sunday 8am-5pm

and occasionally after that if weather is dry. Several inches of mulch, pine straw


trunk rot by clearing any mulch several inches away from the trunk. Avoid making

in or otherwise. Top of the rootball should be level with the soil surface. Break

or fallen leaves, keep areas weed-free and provide weather protection. Avoid mulch volcanoes. No fertilizing until spring and any staking should not constrict the trunk or damage limbs and should be removed after nine months. Choose native trees such as Shumard oak, Drummond red maple, or Sweetgum for fall color. And gifting a tree is a wonderful holiday gesture and activity for the family. Happy Growing!

business profile

Chad Roig | Farm Bureau® Insurance Cultivating Deep Roots Chad Roig has deep roots on the Northshore and with Farm Bureau® Insurance Company for whom he is Agency Manager, St. Tammany Parish. He grew up here, graduating from St. Paul’s in 1991 and Southeastern University in 1996. Early in his career, at just 25, he secured a position at Farm Bureau Insurance as an agent. By 2004, his growth within the company yielded a promotion to Agency Manager. Now, Chad leads a team of six agents and four staff members carrying on the company’s 70-year tradition of providing service, value, and products to Farm Bureau members through highly qualified professionals. “I’ve represented Farm Bureau over 22 years because the way we do business is unique,” says Roig. “While we offer home, auto, life and some commercial coverages like many others, we have important distinctions that set up apart. We’re a mutual company, so we’re owned by our policy holders. And the biggest difference is that we keep our overhead low. For instance, you won’t see a slick TV ad for us during the big game. We keep those kinds of costs low so that we can offer inexpensive premiums while still delivering real service from real people who are your neighbors.” Contrary to some beliefs, Chad explains, Farm Bureau can offer insurance to anyone. While the organization was originally set up exclusively for the farming industry, it has branched out in the last 25 years to include insurance and other benefits to everyone. “We still support farming by participating in local junior livestock shows and other industry events, but we’re here for the whole community, supporting events like "Boo Fest," school fundraisers and local charity endeavors. My team and our families live here. Our excellent customer service includes being there for our clients in the office as well as out in the community.” Chad cites an in-house adjuster as another benefit offered by Farm Bureau Insurance, St. Tammany. “Because he works right in our office, it’s fast and easy to communicate with our adjuster and deal with any issues that might arise. There’s just a different level of customer service when the adjuster is on-site and has a local connection to clients. We pride ourselves on providing policyholders with fast, genuine, personal service and claims processing. We echo the mission of the Farm Bureau Insurance Company in Louisiana—caring for customers when they need us most, humbly answering the call to serve our neighbors to protect their way of life, their dreams, and their families.” Farm Bureau® Insurance is located at 635 Falconer Dr. in Covington. For more information, visit StTammanyFarmBureau.com or call 985-892-4917 or 985-641-0345. Sophisticated Woman | December 2020 39

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Slidell Art League’s Artists of the Year 12–4 pm Wed-Fri, Free, Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, 2055 Second Street, Slidell, 985-646-4375, myslidell.com

Christmas Under the Stars 6–9 pm Fri-Sat, Free, Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger Street, Slidell, 985-646-4375, myslidell.com



Up Close & Musical at Lobby Lounge: Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys 7–9 pm, $19-110, Lobby Lounge at the Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Boulevard, Slidell, 985-781-3650, harborcenter.org

21st Annual Holiday of Lights 5–8:30 pm Fri-Sun, Free, St. Tammany Parish Admin. Complex grounds, 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville, 985-867-9490, tammanytrace.org

Benny Grunch & The Bunch: Onstage at the Fuhrmann 7 pm, $20 Advance, $25 at door, Fuhrmann Auditorium at Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue, Covington, 985-892-1873, covla.com

3-6 Madeline’s Christmas, The Musical 7 pm Thurs-Fri, 2 pm Sat-Sun, $10-kids, $15-adults, Playmakers, Inc. Community Theater, 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington, 985-893-1671, playmakersinc.com

4 Christmas at TerraBella 6–8:30 pm, Free, TerraBella Village, 111 Terra Bella Boulevard, Covington, 985-871-7171, terrabellavillage.com

4-6 Christmas Arts & Crafts Expo at Coquille 9 am–5 pm, $5-Adults, Kids Free, Coquille Sports Complex, 13505 Highway 1085, Covington, 985-796-5853, steinhauerproductions.com

5 Youth Service Bureau Your Santa Breakfast 8 am–12 pm, $20, Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Boulevard, Covington, 985-893-2570, ysbworks.com Merry Madisonville Christmas 2:30–7:30 pm, Free, Madisonville Ball Park 1007 Pine Street, Madisonville, 985-845-9824, facebook.com/KeepMadisonvilleBeautiful Deck the Rails at Covington Trailhead 4–7:30 pm, Free, 419 N. New Hampshire Street, Covington, 985-892-1873, covla.com Olde Town Slidell Christmas Parade 4:30 pm, Free, Olde Town Slidell from City Hall to Griffith Park, 985-646-4375, myslidell.com A Joyful Noise Unto the Lord 6 pm, $10 Advance, $25 at door, Fuhrmann Auditorium at Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue, Covington, 985-892-1873, covla.com



Candlelight Caroling: Covington Trailhead 7–8:30 pm, Free, 419 N. New Hampshire Street, Covington, 985-892-1873, covla.com

Southern Fried Funeral 8 pm Fri-Sat, $28-45, Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Boulevard, Slidell, 985-649-3727, cuttingedgetheater.com

Caroling with NPAS: An Old Fashioned Christmas 7:30–9 pm, $20, Hosanna Lutheran Church, 2480 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-276-9335, npassingers.org



A Very Merry Christmas Spectacular 7 pm Fri-Sat, 2:30 pm Sun, $10-19, 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette Street, Mandeville, 844-843-3090, 30byNinety.com

Cajun Christmas at Big Branch 9 am–4 pm, Free, Big Branch Nat’l Wildlife Refuge, 61389 Highway 434, Lacombe, 985-882-2025, fws.gov/refuge/Big_Branch_Marsh

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Christmas Past Market 10 am–4 pm, Free, Girod Street Shops & Restaurants, Mandeville, 985-373-5271, oldmandevillebiz.com

Christmas on the Northshore Livestream Concert 3-4:30 pm and 7-8:30 pm, Free, St. Timothy United Methodist Church Website, 985-626-3307, sttimothyumc.org

Deck the Park with Pyrotechnics 3–7 pm, $20, Coquille Parks & Recreation, 13505 Highway 1085, Covington, 985-796-5853, coquillerecreation.com




Ballet Apetrei’s Nutcracker 2 pm & 7pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, $10-$35, Fuhrmann Auditorium, 128 W. 23rd Avenue, Covington, 985-624-3622, BalletApetrei.net

A Legends New Year 9 pm, $40-60, Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Boulevard, Slidell, 985-649-3727, cuttingedgetheater.com

Live Nativity at St. Timothy’s UMC 8 am–12:30 pm, Free, 335 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, 985-626-3307, sttimothyumc.org

Community Markets


The Giddy Up Market. 10:30 am–Noon, Giddy Up Folsom, 82292 Highway 25, Folsom, 985-260-5060, giddyupfolsom.com

EVERY WEDNESDAY Covington Farmers Market. 10 am–2 pm, Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire Street, Covington, covingtonfarmersmarket.org

EVERY THURSDAY & SATURDAY Lafitte Street Market. 4–8 pm Thursdays, 9 am–1 pm Saturdays, 698 Lafitte Street, Mandeville, facebook.com/LafitteStreetMarket/

EVERY SATURDAY Covington Farmers Market. 8 am–Noon, 609 N. Columbia Street on side lawn of the Covington Police Department, covingtonfarmersmarket.org Hammond Farmers Market. 8 am–Noon, corner of W. Thomas Street and S.W. Railroad Avenue, Downtown Hammond, 985-277-5680, dddhammond.com Camellia City Market. Open for to-go service. 8 am–Noon, 1808 Front Street, Slidell, 985-640-7112, camelliacitymarket.org Mandeville Trailhead Community Market. 9 am–1 pm, Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center, Food Vendors Only. 985-624-3147, mandevilletrailheadmarket.com Pearl River’s Honey Island Art & Farmers Market. 10 am–2 pm, 64378 Highway 41, Pearl River, 985-807-4447


Abita Springs Art & Farmers Market. 11 am–3 pm, Abita Trailhead, Drive-thru and pedestrian service, 985-892-0711 ext. 7, market@abitaspringsla.gov Madisonville Makers Market. 10 am–3 pm, Madisonville Playground & Park, 1007 Pine St., Madisonville, madisonvillemarket.com Sophisticated Woman | December 2020 41



Lakeview Regional Medical Center Toy Drive In support of St. Tammany Project Christmas, Lakeview is accepting unwrapped gifts for children and teens through December 8. Drop off new, unwrapped gifts (no gift cards, please) to: Lakeview Regional Medical Center Human Resources Department, Monday – Friday (8AM – 5PM), Guest Services Desk PBX (Nights and weekends) 95 Judge Tanner Blvd. in Covington.

Hannan High Recognizes McKinley Bowers During Senior Night for Volleyball, Archbishop Hannan High School recognized McKinley Bowers, a five year member and three year letterman on the Hannan volleyball team. She plans to attend either LSU, Alabama or Auburn and major in Biomedical Engineering or Biochemistry with future plans of going into the medical field. Pictured from left: Head Coach Bekki Bonnaffee, Molly (front), Madelyn, McKinley, Christopher (1993 AHHS Alum) and Megan Bowers.

Gard Named Trauma Program Director Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, has promoted Tilly Gard to its trauma program director role. Gard has been with Lakeview Regional since 2012, serving most recently as trauma program manager. Under her leadership, Lakeview Regional achieved the first Level III ACS Trauma Verification in the state with no deficiencies. Gard earned prior clinical experience from hospitals all over the southeastern region of Louisiana.

Harris Signs with Howard University Northshore High School is proud to announce Madison Harris signed her National Letter of Intent with Howard University to play softball. Pictured, Madison Harris signs her letter of intent surrounded by her family and Northshore High principal Bill Gallagher, athletic director Danny Davis, head softball coach Marian Eades, assistant coach Chelsea Nette, and coach Heather Girod.

Coulan Signs with Christian Brothers University Northshore High School is proud to announce Kiera Coulan has signed her National Letter of Intent with Christian Brothers University to play softball. Pictured, Kiera Coulon signs her letter of intent surrounded by family and Northshore High principal Bill Gallagher, athletic director Danny Davis, head softball coach Marian Eades, assistant coach Chelsea Nette, and coach Heather Girod.

Anadi Signs With University of South Carolina Northshore High School is proud to announce Oby Anadi has signed her National Letter of Intent with the University of South Carolina to play volleyball. Pictured, Oby Anadi signs her letter of intent surrounded by family and Nothshore High principal Bill Gallagher and athletic director/head volleyball coach Danny Davis.

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