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Encouraging a Life-Long Love of Reading RISE: A Community for Women New column: ASK MARY

Life | Style | Community

Fall 2018


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Building Friendships Through Books by Alicia Walters

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Choosing Happy by Mary Taylor

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Encouraging a Lifelong Love of Reading by Sara Schwan

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Trending with THREADS by Breanna Galceran

RISE: A Community for Women by Becky Benson

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Flavorfall Platters recipes by Jamie Taylor-Omlid

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Harvest at Hedges by Boo Walker

There Is A Reason They Are Called Artists by Mary Taylor

Love is Everything, Even Photogenic by Kim Wiberg

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TAYLORED LISTINGS

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ASK MARY

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Warm Up Your Welcome with Gathered Home by Stacy Knox

EDITOR | MARY TAYLOR DEPUTY EDITOR | MARGO BUCHAN FOOD CORRESPONDENT | JAMIE TAYLOR-OMLID GRAPHIC DESIGN | MARK CORNELLISON MARKETING | BECKY BENSON STYLE CORRESPONDENT | BREANNA GALCERAN


EDITOR’S NOTE M a r y Ta y l o r

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. Allen Saunders wrote these words in 1957; John Lennon sang it in 1980, and today, it’s common to feel like you just woke up without a clue as to who you are, where you are, how you got there, or where you’re going. As the season changes from summer into fall, it’s easy to take for granted that you’ll change right along with it. But change is intentional and can occur at any second of any given day. To be more specific: every day you have 86,400 opportunities—either to make a change in your life or to stay the same. The point is, you have that choice. This fall issue marks a huge milestone for the magazine. You may have noticed that up until this issue, each magazine cost five dollars, and now it’s free! You’ll also notice that we cut back on our page count and no longer have the perfect binding that I once so adamantly insisted upon. All of these changes are extremely welcome as I continue to focus on not only finding the best place for this print to continue to exist, but also to thrive within our community. Although the path may not always seem clear, I’m not afraid to knock down a few bushes to help with visibility along the way. I consider the changes we have made as opportunities for growth, and hope that you continue to follow along with us on our journey. For those who have followed Taylored Living from the beginning and have either bought subscriptions or purchased copies from the local small businesses who have distributed them, I want to give you a heartfelt THANKS! Without your support, this magazine would never have secured the sponsorships or advertising that we’ve needed to sustain the publication, and I would certainly never have had the opportunities to learn as much as I did. With every magazine that you purchased or shared, please know that you didn’t just buy a five-dollar magazine.

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Every single purchase helped multiple small businesses, nonprofits, etc. Your choice to support this project directly has made a positive impact on multiple lives and families, including my own. To think that all of these events started with the single decision, two years ago, to create a magazine is something quite extraordinary and is a wonderful example how one decision can effect real change! Now, what choices have you been putting off? It’s time to embrace the change.

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Building Lasting Friendships with Books Written by Alicia Walters @walters_writing | Photography by Breanna Galceran

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HINK of the reason you would want to start a book club. In this social media age, a book club can be a great way to get back to really feeling part of a group of friends. It is an opportunity to share with them some of your deeper feelings and insights and listen to theirs. A book club is about connecting on a more personal level. It’s always fun to get together with friends for dinner and a movie, but one of the best ways to really get to know a friend is inviting them to share their thoughts about something they’ve read. Reading books is fun but some of us feel like we don’t have time to sit down for a while and enjoy a good book and so getting others to do it with us can be very motivating, especially if you know there’s treats at the end. One of the best ways to get started is asking a couple of friends if they are interested in a book club. Usually you can find a friend who has already thought that she’d like to start one, but just hasn’t gotten around to it yet. Don’t feel like you have to know all the people in the book club; in fact, book clubs are a great way to branch out and meet more people. Once you find a couple of friends who want to start a book club, ask them to invite a friend or two to join with you, even if you don’t know that friend. You could start by meeting a few friends at a coffee shop or at your home for a book show-and-tell or book swap. Have each person bring a book she has read that she loved and would love to tell about, or one they’d be willing to loan out for someone else to read. For the first book club, have everyone write down on a piece of paper a book they recommend and put it in a hat and there you have a list of books to read.

I would not recommend making a long list of book club rules everyone needs to abide by. For me, life already comes with a bunch of rules and if I’m meeting for book club, I want it to be positive, fun and an escape. It shouldn’t feel like a class or workshop but an engaging, group discussion. Serving refreshments is one of the easiest ways to set the tone for the book club. Keep it simple to start with—the focus is to make your friends feel at ease and enjoy a good discussion. Don’t worry if your house is perfect! I love this story my sister shared of her neighbor who said, “We are not going to apologize to each other about the state of our houses. It doesn’t matter.” That said, if people in the book club enjoy hosting and want to go all out with themed tablescapes and treats, let them— especially around a holiday or someone’s birthday! Just let people know that it is not required and just for fun. It really depends on the preferences of the group. Some people would prefer to meet for lunch in a restaurant and some people who enjoy entertaining prefer to meet at their home. If there are children in the group, always have a plan for them whether you set out some toys or go to a family-friendly place to meet. Groups with young children can meet in the park when it’s good weather. The number of people in your book group depends on how committed people are to the group and whether you’ll be meeting out or meeting in your home. I recommend at least eight people so that if a few can’t make it last minute, there’s still enough people for a healthy discussion. Always start by pointing out the positive things you found in the book. You don’t want to Continued next page

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Encouraging a Lifelong Love of Reading Written by Sara Schwan (Executive Director for The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia)

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ROM day one, children are learning at every waking moment. When we read together with our children, we are building their language skills and brain development, stimulating their imaginations, and expanding their understanding of the world. We are also giving them, as well as ourselves, the gift of quality time. All parents want the best for their children, so the simple act of reading together with them, every day, provides them with the foundation for future academic and life success.

The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia strives to empower parents with the knowledge that they are their children’s first and more influential teachers. Right from earliest infancy children are learning, and reading is the most crucial academic skill they can acquire because it is truly the foundation for learning. From early childhood through third grade children are learning to read; after third grade students are reading to learn.


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Author, Sara Schwan Scholastic studies show that children continue to enjoy being read to by their parents for years beyond when they’ve become proficient readers themselves. As day-to-day life becomes more and more hectic and increasingly electronicallyfocused for us all, a good plan for us as parents is to take time to slow down and share our love of reading with our children by reading together with them and having thoughtful conversations afterwards. It is through encouraging these positive experiences, and by providing continuous exposure to books, that we may pass along our life-long love of reading to our children. ⁋⁋⁋⁋

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Fl avor fa l l Pl at ter s Recipes by Jamie Taylor-Omlid | Photography by Jackie Sharpe Images


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P um pk in Dip Pl at t e r 1 (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin 8 ounces cream cheese (softened) 2 cups powdered sugar (sifted) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon ginger Cookies or fruit to dip: suggestions include gingersnaps, sugar or short bread cookies, lady fingers, graham crackers, apple or pear slices.

Step 1: In a bowl or stand-alone mixer, beat cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Note: cream cheese must be room temperature or softened first for desired results. Step 2: Add sifted sugar and mix until blended. Step 3: Add vanilla, syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Mix until incorporated. Step 4: Chill for at least 1 hour before serving with cookies or fruit. Serving tip: Put dip into a small hollowed out pumpkin to incorporate a little fun and festivity!

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B u il d Yo u r Ow n C he e se Pl at t e r Step 1: Select your cheeses Consider 1 to 1½ ounces of cheese per person. Having 3 or four cheeses is recommended. Don’t be afraid of the classics, i.e. medium or sharp cheddar, mozzarella, and swiss; however, for every classic you should consider adding another fun variety. Here are a few of our favorite suggestions: • Soft Cheeses: Brie, Camembert or Munster • Blue Cheeses: Gorgonzola, Stilton, Roquefort • Semi Firm Cheeses: Edam or Gouda • Firm Cheeses: Asiago or Manchego Cheese is such a wonderful staple on a platter because literally anything goes with it. The options among sweet, savory, or salty are endless. We recommend selecting additions that are not only appealing on the platter and to the palette, but also incorporate different textures. Step 2: Choose your Add-Ons A few suggestions include: Any crusty baguette you like. Sourdough is a fun option in that you can cut it prior to plating or you can toast it with a little salt and olive oil to add that extra crunch. • Fruit is a favorite with its vibrant colors and variety of textures. Select seasonal produce such as apples for a crisp bite, pears for a soft touch, or even dried figs to add a little chewy charm. • Nutty over nuts. Any combination of nuts is always a crowd pleaser, especially in the fall, and fits wonderfully on your platter. Just be cautious about food allergies before you add them to the plate. To help prevent cross contamination, consider placing nuts into a separate container to ensure they don’t touch any of the other add-ons!

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• Olives or anything pickled (like asparagus) pack a salty bite that can complement your cheese platter. Consider at least two options so that your guests have a choice. After all, the choice to mix and match is why we love cheese platters! Consider shopping for olives at your local marketplace. Many now have a cute little olive bar with a large selection of olives to make choosing the right fit easier. • Spreads. For fall, fig jam and apple butter would be great! Also, a great condiment that gets forgotten is a grainy mustard. Just think about how a spicy mustard takes your barbecue pork to the next level. Cheese platter with spicy mustard? Yes, please! Step 3: Choose your Meat(s) I saved meat for last, because usually…when people bring a cheese platter, it’s a meat and cheese platter. The meat totally hogs the stage. Consider a few cured meats like Salami, prosciutto or mortadella—but don’t empty out your checking account to do it! One meat option is perfectly acceptable, especially if you select a few of the other add-ons mentioned above. Step 4: Assembling your Platter Remove cheese from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before assembly. The flavor and aroma of the cheese is much better at room temperature. Consider filling little bowls with your spreads, mustard, nuts. Add little spoons if needed. The bowls will keep juices from bleeding onto the other food as they warm up.


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Pig S k in Pa rt y Pl at t e r 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature 8 ounces shredded mozzarella 8 ounces shredded cheddar ¼ cup green onion ¼ cup jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped (pickled works) 1 single package ranch seasoning and salad dressing mix 1½ cups cooked and chopped bacon 4 pepperoni slices cut into strips for the “laces” on the football Assorted crackers and vegetables for serving

Step 1: Mix all ingredients together and form the cheesy combination into the shape of a football using a piece of plastic wrap to keep your hands from touching the ingredients. Step 2: Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours to overnight. Step 3: When ready to serve, remove the cheeseball from the fridge and place it on your platter. Remove the plastic wrap. Step 4: Place the cut slices of pepperoni onto the football so that they look like football laces. Step 5 Arrange your crackers, and veggies around the football and enjoy! Alternate “Pig Skin” Option Save the bacon from your initial mixture and place it on top of the cheese football to give it that “pigskin” color. Exchange the pepperoni laces for mozzarella laces.

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H A RV E S T AT H E D G E S Written by Boo Walker | Photos provided by Hedges Family Estate

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ine can be intimidating! Yes, you enjoy wine more and more, but just the fact of choosing a bottle at the store is petrifying. Please don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most grocery stores/wine shops have a wine steward that will be more than happy to answer your questions and direct you towards a wine you will enjoy; in fact, many of them taste hundreds of wines a month. If you are lucky enough to live close to a wine region, winery visits are also a great way to increase your knowledge. Remember those nice people at the winery are not just there to serve you, but they’re trained to educate you on the estate, the vineyard, the region, and the winemaking techniques. Fall has arrived and harvest is underway, but what has happened since last year’s harvest? The vines go

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through quite a year before they produce their tasty clusters of grapes which will eventually become the wine in your glass. After harvest and during the cold weather of winter, the vines are dormant. During this time we begin to prune, which sets the stage for the vine to produce the next year’s crop. In April, as the ground begins to warm, the sap starts to flow through the vines and bud break will soon follow. Bud break changes the brown dormant landscape into a lively sea of tiny green leaves emerging from the vines. Soon after, the tiny white flowers emerge during the next stage of growth called bloom. Amazingly, the vines’ foliage at this stage can grow up to 1 to 1 ½ inches a day, especially between May and June. Berry set, when the tiny green berries begin to pop out, happens around late June or early July, and this is when things really start to happen! The berries start

to swell and gain in size, and before you know it, a tiny bit of purple begins to show up. This is call Veraison and usually happens around early August. At this point, winemakers and the entire estate staff start to get excited as harvest is right around the corner. When fully matured and the flavors are just right, the grapes are harvested and begin their journey of being plucked from the vine and eventually into the bottle. The grapes tell a story and we invite you to enjoy this story with every sip, and really feel the impressive journey of the grape. When you experience this at our estate, it’s truly magical! Hedges Family Estate owns four vineyards on Red Mountain, the first of which we planted in 1990. Because we are invested in preserving our land for future generations, we utilize both organic and Biodynamic farming practices. Currently, we have two vineyards certified


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in these farming practices with more to be certified in the future. Our Vineyard Manager James Bukovinsky will be happy to help you understand the meaning of that strange word. With school just starting, why not come to the winery and enjoy a delicious taste of Hedges wine? You deserve a break, and we have the perfect place for you to relax. A taste of Europe awaits in your own back yard. From our family to yours, happy tastings.

The tasting room opens in April and closes at the end of November. During that timeframe, our days and hours of operation are WednesdaySunday, 11am-5pm. Please feel free to reach out if these times don’t work out. We would be happy to schedule a tasting time outside of regular hours. James Bukovinsky— james@hedgesfamilyestate.com ⁋⁋⁋⁋

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A S K MA RY Mary Taylor has been there, done that. And if she hasn’t, she knows someone who has. So, what’s one to do with so much life experience and a little common sense? Start the ASK MARY column of course! As the youngest of eight, Mary knows family.As a wife and mother of two extremely rambunctious boys, Mary knows love. As an excop/detective who absolutely loved her job, Mary knows how to ask questions and find answers. As a business owner, magazine editor and publisher, Mary knows how to handle her business. Whether you are looking for answers in love, life or business, grab a cold beverage and belly up—it’s time to ask Mary what’s on your mind. Dear Mary, What ten tips do you have for the everyday small business owner? —Lisa, Kennewick Yikes! Way to ask a LOT of me and this introductory column, Lisa! Five tips seem less daunting. However, after giving it some thought, yours is a fantastic question, so here goes—Mary Taylor’s ten tips for the everyday small business owner: • Ride or Die. You’re either 100% invested or you’re wasting everyone’s time. • Sacrifice the Rookie to Save Your Queen. Some might call this harsh, but it’s business, and starting up a business is stomach churning, vertigo inducing, sickeningly harsh. If someone isn’t pulling his or her weight or is distracting you from what needs to be done, don’t be afraid to part ways. • There Is No “A-D-R-I-A-N!” Rocky had his Adrian to get him through the tough fights. She was his reason to fight and keep on fighting. Understand that when you start up a small business, there is no Adrian. No one cares more about the future and the success of your business than you. No one takes the punches, except you. No one invests the same amount of time, money or sanity as do you. Realize that you and only you are responsible for the lion’s portion of your business, so either pat yourself on the back when you’re successful, or blame yourself when it doesn’t work out. If, at first, your business doesn’t work out and

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you consider quitting, you most likely weren’t 100% committed in the first place, and you were doomed to fail from the start. See advice part 1: Ride or Die. • Let your Girls Hang. Support is nice, comfortable, and helps keep you perky; however, comfort breeds complacency, and complacency forewarns the death of creativity—and in the world of small business—is a prediction of inevitable doom. Feel free to soak up as much support and encouragement as you can. FEED on it. But remember that there will come a time when the cheers of encouragement will fade, and the only thing that will keep you going is YOU. There will be detours. There will be weak moments. You will feel defeated and all alone at times. Dig your heels in and keep trudging along on that uphill climb.


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• RESPECT the Generations (and future generations to come). You don’t have to specifically cater to Boomers, Millennials, Generation X, Y or Z, but you need to be respectful of the diversities among these generations and be willing to accommodate them when necessary so that your business can adequately evolve without alienating portions of your consumer base. • Love Yourself First. This might seem like a no brainer, but too often I see people so consumed with their businesses that they forget to take time for self-care. Just like I was trained in law enforcement, if you get hurt—you can’t help anyone. If you can’t seem to take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of your business.

• It’s OK to Question Yourself (It’s NOT OK to show it). Your business is YOUR business, and it’s no one else’s business to know what’s going on behind the scenes. Critiquing yourself and second guessing yourself are two completely different concepts. Your ability to look objectively at a product or action and critique it, is how you improve. Second guessing yourself or your decisions is counterproductive and a waste of finite energy and time.

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• Get a Rubber Neck. Have you ever noticed something so spectacular that it stopped you in your tracks? Better yet, have you ever noticed something and continued walking only to slam your nose into a door jamb? Keep your head on a swivel, pay attention to your environment, and let the inspiration seep into your pores.

9 8 % o f Ta y l o r e d L i v i n g r e a d e r s would rather ask a question to an A.I. (artificial intelligence) such a s S i r i o r A l e x a o v e r a s t r a n g e r.

• Buy Ear Plugs. Literally and metaphorically speaking. Starting a business is just like being based on TLM a first-time mom and welcoming a new baby into this world. Everyone will have something to say. It’s human nature, and the more I encounter it the more I realize that it’s something people feel compelled to do. So, expect to hear every little thing that pops into someone’s head regarding your business, and when the conversations turn from friendly advice into counterproductive criticism, knit picking, or frankly a waste of your precious time, insert those ear plugs stat.

• You are You, and No One is “You-er” Than You. Be one of a kind: that’s your niche. Comparison is an angry beast with only one Fa c b o o k p a g e p o l l mission: to derail you. Have you been trying to start up your business for three years, and Nancy not only got her business up and running within six months, but also has a thousand followers compared to your six hundred on Instagram? Oh, well, good for Nancy! You aren’t Nancy. Re-evaluate your priorities and then refocus. If you can’t seem to get “Nancy” off your radar, maybe you were meant work for her!

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AJ Designs Bench $250 Knot Knot Outfitters Wooden letter board $49.95 Modern Clementine Pillow $51 Hife & Wund Sign $20 Perfectly Picked Vintage Books $5-10 Tangled in Twine Wall hanging $40

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is our absolute favorite time of the year for decorating at Gathered Home! Creating an inviting entryway is an easy way to warm up any home or business. Using these four simple ideas, you can not only create the warm space you are looking for, but you’ll also help a local small business owner and gain a few friends in the process! TEXTURE Add texture to your space with simple pillows or a warm throw. Look for locally sourced options from vendors such as Modern Clementine, Perfectly Picked or AJ Modern Designs.

T H I N K H A N D M A D E / C U R AT E D Vintage or antique pieces create interest and personalize the area. If you want to give a unique first impression, consider adding something one-of-a-kind. There are so many creative talents in the Tri-Cities! Gathered Home puts all the local talent into one space for you to choose from.

C OV E T C O N V E N I E N C E What good is an entryway that you can’t use? Consider storage for shoes, a bench to sit on, and hangers for coats and bags. Give your guests a place to put their belongings! Nothing is more awkward than standing in a doorway and not knowing whether to keep your shoes on or to take them off! Here’s a hint—always take them off, and give your guests a place to do so as well!

K E E P I T NAT U R A L As seasons change, so can your entryway with a few simple switches! Don’t forget to add natural elements and warmth to the space like candles, pumpkins, or gourds to help everyone get that cozy fall feeling.

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The ‘90s called. They said you look great in those jeans! 2018 has been a year full of ‘70s pop culture vibes, those really awesome mom jeans and everything in between. It’s safe to say funk has fueled fashion this go around—well, at least it has for me. Jumpsuits and suiting in general are making a huge comeback and screams boss chick! Pleated skirts are a beautiful and versatile statement piece that ooze a high-class European vibe. Consider dressing it up with a copper button up shirt and some leopard print accessories. This look goes great with a short heal or something a little riskier. For warmer Fall days we’ve paired a half sleeve, knee high dress by FLAX designs $38.95 with a pair of Loredo boots $69.95 to complete that Eastern Washington, country vibe. To add a splash of statement to the outfit, we included a coral red necklace from THREADS for $89.95. This look on Lupita is comfy while still being absolutely adorable! Men can never go wrong with a suit jacket. Dress it up with slacks or keep it casual with a pair of dark denim. Throw some shades on for a modern Gatsby look.

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For a casual look, Rowdy is wearing a wool-vintage plaid men’s shirt $44.95 and paired it with a Lock Garman wool sweater $74.95 and dark denim. Adding layers, like a knit jacket, on top of a button down (or two) is a great way to stay high fashion in the low Eastern Washington temperatures. All pieces are one of a kind and available at THREADS Fashion Boutique in downtown Kennewick. Visit online at www. threadsvtgboutique.etsy.com or stop by the boutique located at 127 W. Kennewick Avenue, Kennewick. Open Monday/ Tuesday 11am-3pm and Wednesday-Saturday 11-6pm. Call 509.735.4370 for more information.

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THERE IS A REASON THEY ARE CALLED ARTISTS Written by Mary Taylor | Makeup by Anais Valdez | Photography by Mark Cornellison of Lama Glama Photo & Retouch

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with a single bridal client over six years ago. Since then, Anais Valdez has dedicated anywhere from 1-10 hours a day mastering her skills, and even when she’s not physically applying makeup to her clients, she’s constantly researching, watching educational videos or practicing on herself. Anais believes that makeup is a form of art. Oftentimes, she finds herself pushing creative boundaries during impromptu collaborations with friends. On this particular collaboration, Sirena Ojeda’s face was the canvas. For Anais, makeup isn’t just used to make someone look or feel good, it’s a form of artistic expression. “Just like art has no rules, doing makeup comes with a sense of freedom.” Anais stated.

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Although Anais’s main source of clientele comes from traditional personal services such as weddings, school dances, or family photoshoots; the artistic style and technique is what sets her apart from other makeup artists in the industry. “When someone gives me a vision, I am often told not to duplicate it, but to make it my own and that’s the beauty of it all,” said Anais. While many women have a simplistic understanding of applying makeup to their own canvases, makeup artists are truly professionals. Anais explains, “Professional makeup artists have the education and knowledge to analyze facial structures, skin tones, and color palettes. All are necessary because every face is a unique canvas and each requires a strategic form of makeup application.” To put it bluntly, when an individual has the credentials MUA or makeup artist following their name, this is an indication that the person holding the powder brush has mastered the skill of makeup application and deserves to be called and artist.

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JUST LIKE ART HAS NO RULES, DOING MAKEUP COMES WITH A SENSE OF FREEDOM


CHOOSING HAPPY How the family behind the Choose Happy Clothing Co. is #buildingahappiercommunity Written by Mary Taylor | Photography by Taylor Alton


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APPINESS is a choice just like everything else, right? The alarm goes off at an awful hour and prompts you to start your day. Do you get out of your warm and cozy bed to tackle the day head on, or do you hit the snooze button and delay the next choice you have to make for as long as you can until you anxiously find that you’re running 15 minutes late because you made a bad decision.

It seems as though, the infinite pile of choices we make throughout the day stacks up as reminders of our progress or lack thereof. A real time tally board that takes notes and colors our emotions, so that if we’re lucky, we might find ourselves at the end of the day with a moment of pause for reflection. The Darwin in me believes this is a blessing that provides us with an opportunity for growth and evolution, but that’s only if we are self-aware and use that time to acknowledge our current emotional state and the choices we make that influence how we get there. It’s only practical to assume that the outcome of the choices we make distinguishes the difference between having a good or bad day.

While everything appears as a choice these days, except the things that aren’t, like cancer, we give entirely too much power and energy to the outcome of our decisions. Whether we WILL with all of our might to manipulate fate into our favor, or things just simply don’t work out, our focus needs to shift from retroactive outcomes to something more progressive like the idea of living our best and happiest lives.

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Life is more enjoyable when you’re happy. Callie Stemp, 10

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COMMUNITY As Rachel Hollis stated in her most recent and extremely popular book, Girl Wash Your Face, “If you’re unhappy, that’s on you.” Everyone is going to have a bad day. Everyone is going to make a bad choice or string of questionable decisions resulting in either criminal arraignment, pure morbid embarrassment, or just a plain, crappy day. No one is immune from making bad choices just like no one can escape the misery that is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. That’s life. My intention is to share with you that these bad days should bear no weight on your happiness and that although the clothing brand Choose Happy Clothing makes it seem as though happiness is a choice, it’s not. It’s a ride or die way of life that Cory and Katie Stemp of Choose Happy Clothing in downtown Kennewick have adopted, and it’s spreading like wild fire. Choose Happy Clothing was originally made in 2014 just for friends and family. A year later, the Stemps clothing brand participated in a few local events. By 2016 choosehappyclothing. com was established and just this last December, Cory and Katie opened a storefront in downtown Kennewick and have since blasted social media with quotes and messages of happiness and the followers are flocking. In an interview, Cory stated that the best self-reflection can happen at times of struggle. A while back, the Stemps realized that a lot of the negativity in their lives was from their own manifestations. After becoming self-aware of the energy that they were putting out into the world, the Stemps made the conscious effort to eliminate negative self-talk, thoughts and habits. “Choose Happy” became their inner mantra and a reminder to continue to be self-aware and repel negativity. It also became their muse for Cory’s designs and screen printing, as the Stemps already owned a successful screen printing business. “Cory tends to do almost all of the design work, however we recently collaborated with a local artist and love hearing all of the stories of growth from

our customers as inspiration. We listen to what they want and what makes them happy.” said Katie Stemp . Born in West Virgina, Katie was only two years old when her family relocated to the Tri-Cities. Cory, on the other hand, was born at Kadlec Hospital in Richland. Both Cory and Katie grew up in the Tri-Cities only to become high school sweethearts. The couple graduated from Kennewick High in 2001, married, and have since remained in Kennewick to raise

their extremely smart and philosophical set of Irish twins; Parker, who will turn 11 at the end of October and Callie who just turned 10. Parker mentioned in passing that he hopes to one day find a way to help end homelessness. Callie stated that she wants everyone to be happy because, “Life is more enjoyable when you’re happy.” ⁋⁋⁋⁋

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RISE: A COMMUNITY FOR WOMEN Join a local community dedicated to strengthening the bonds between women! Written by Becky Benson, Rise Founder | Photography by Breanna Galceran

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E all encounter obstacles to overcome in life, be they trials and tribulations, stresses and burdens, or isolating derailments. One thing I’ve learned on my journey is that we rarely overcome them alone. Fears, failures, mistakes, and stumbling blocks are a reality for all human beings, at all points along their lives’ journeys, but we’re not beholden to them. Rise is a collective community of women dedicated to promoting encouragement, strength, and empowerment for all women as a means of support in order to help all of us be successful—both personally and professionally— and to reach our goals and conquer the obstacles set before us. The Rise mission is: a community dedicated to creating and strengthening the bonds between women to serve as a form of empowerment in order to tackle those obstacles head on. 28


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Becky Benson Rise Founder

What does support look like? It starts with connections: connections to break down our self-made walls and to openly build and deepen our connections to one another instead. Often those walls, so carefully crafted over the years to keep others out, succeed merely in holding us in. What we once thought was for our protection may by now be serving only as a hindrance to our growth. What stops us from being open naturally? Pain and fear. They’re not only instinctual, but over time they become habitual as well. A “what if ” factor overtakes the “what could be.” What, then, can we do about this? We can begin to take back control! We can move forward by not allowing pain and fear to control us! But how? One step at a time. We can say “no” to others, and “yes” to ourselves; we can try something new; we can step outside our comfort zone. And we begin to Rise. Through my darkest hours the women who have been there for me as a guiding light were invaluable. When my youngest daughter passed away form a rare and terminal genetic illness, they not only kept me grounded, they quite literally kept me sane. When my pain overwhelmed all other facets of my life, I knew I was not alone: mothers who were walking a similar journey were there to guide me through. It has now become my immense pleasure—and sorrow—to take on this duty to help others through their losses as well, fully recognizing that pain without meaning is pointless, and thus, I carry on. So, I am thrilled to be helping to craft and cultivate this unique sisterhood made up of and made for all women. The Rise leadership includes women from all walks of life who have battled their own losses, abuses, abandonments, addictions, and more. Through it all they’ve made an active choice not to lose their humanity. Instead, they’ve used their circumstances to grow,

to create, and to inspire. I am in awe of the amazing things these women have accomplished! The first ever Rise Women’s Workshop was held in September, 2018, at Tagaris Winery, and it was a phenomenal culmination of individual efforts. Sessions included journaling, painting, yoga, and discussion. We then dined together enjoying a fabulous meal and delicious wine, and ended our day listening to the band on the patio of the Taverna grounds. I am blown away by the connections I saw being made and the hearts I felt opening. These extraordinary women, who had been vulnerable and heavy, became light and fun. We laughed and cried together. We created together. We shared affirmations, hopes, dreams, and goals. It’s my steadfast desire for all these women to take the messages of positivity, of shedding the past, of turning their faces to the greatness of the future, and of continuing to nurture the “Yes I can!” mantra every day in every way. Ladies, we are strong! We are a force! Don’t forget that. Join the Rise community right here in Tri-Cities by partnering with us to host an event, lead a session, or write on the blog. All women are welcome because together, we will Rise! For more information visit risewomenscommunity.com ⁋⁋⁋⁋

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L OV E I S E V E RY T H I N G E V E N P H OTO G E N I C Embrace the photo op and make a beautiful memory Written and Photographed by Kim Wiberg

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HEN I lost my mom to cancer in 2008, we scrambled to find pictures for the funeral. She never liked having her picture taken, and when she did, she would shrink back, forcing a smile. She was generous and full of love, and I mourn for the photographs that were never taken, especially those that we didn’t get of us together. Negative self-talk was the culprit, and I believe it echoes in the minds of other people too. When I chat with people about photography, at least 80% admit to putting off photoshoots because of their insecurities: real fear and anxiety can show when anyone thinks, “I’m not good enough to be in this picture.” But when I stand behind my lens, I see the pictures that a daughter will treasure when she discovers that life is fragile. I see family bonds, memories, and love. My goal is in prompting that love to show, and although vulnerability is required, beautiful heart smiles can result! Last year I honored my mom’s birthday and gave away a free photoshoot to someone fighting cancer. Nikki Rimmasch nominated her parents, Floyd

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and Lanai Mahaffey, and we met a couple months after their 45th wedding anniversary. Floyd has been fighting cancer since 2013, and Lanai and their five kids say he keeps pushing through, serving and working even when he doesn’t feel good. Lanai says the humor and friendship in their marriage has made all the difference, and I was honored to be permitted to capture it all. Seize your life while you are still living it, and step right into every photo op, even when you’re not quite sure you’ll like how you will look, because in the end, “love is photogenic.” Can you see it? To read more about the Mahaffeys’ story and see their pictures, go to wibergphotography.com

while you are still living it

Kim Wiberg

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