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r o t i d E e h T m o r F Letter Magic happens when you get a group of like-minded individuals together and work towards a common goal. Without my insanely talented friends, I would just be a crazy hot mess with a lot of ideas. One of the greatest accomplishments of my life has been the creation of The Beauty Battalion. What started as a fun project to grant deserving individuals a high-fashion, A-List Celebrity-style photo shoot, has far surpassed its original inception. While photos are timeless, and the experience priceless, we wanted something more...a platform to share those individuals’ stories, amazing photos, videos from the shoot, etc. We needed a magazine. Gulp. I had no idea how to create a magazine. I had no editorial experience. I have seen and read a lot of fashion and beauty magazines, and I knew what we did NOT want to become. I wanted a magazine that uplifted readers, provided relatable stories, spotlighted people that were deserving of being the cover model. Thus began the long journey of becoming a self-taught magazine editor. The Beauty Battalion Project has been a fulfilling endeavor for all involved, but after 25+ monthly issues, we had to take some time off. The costs associated with running

a project of this magnitude took its toll. Every member of the team has their own businesses to run in addition to donating their time and money to provide their best for The Beauty Battalion shoots. When we heard about Kallie and her Bucket List, which listed a Professional Photoshoot as one of her top items, our team came together to create magic once again. Without skipping a beat, we were back and better than ever to provide Kallie with the most memorable photo shoot of all time. We hope this Special Edition of The Beauty Battalion Magazine touches your heart and inspires you to be there for someone else. To give unconditionally. To treat others with kindness and love. Trust us when we say, the rewards of giving far surpass any physical gift one could receive. We are strengthened and renewed to continue on our quest to provide this unforgettable experience to more deserving individuals. With your help and support, we can make more dreams come true and change the Beauty industry one Cover Model at a time.



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C H I N E SE N E W YEAR AND THE YEA R OF THE PIG Trends and products to get in 2019



ccording to the Chinese culture, the pig is the twelfth zodiac sign and it is

associated with fortune, wealth, and enjoying life in every way possible. The people who bear that sign look at life realistically, but are always energetic, enthusiastic




The Chinese hold great value in the colours red and gold – they are core symbols of their tradition. Many brands use this as an opportunity to launch some of their most iconic products, right around the time of Chinese New Year, to commemorate the holiday and implement unique designs. Here are some beauty trends and products which the personality of

complement the Pig.

More than anything, Pigs are very social and love to go out and party. So for the ladies who are born under this sign – apply the most shimmery gold pigment on the eyes or lips, and you will not go unnoticed. Yellow is also one of the colours of the Pig so that will fit great! In the office or on a night in the town, pop a bit of colour with eye-catching red lip or nails – make sure both products have longlasting formulas! For the pragmatic and more down to earth Pigs who realize the power of skin glow and want to reduce the effects of aging – apply a lifting extra firming


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Pigs might not stand out in a crowd. But they are very realistic. Others may be all talk and no action. Pigs are the opposite. Though not wasteful spenders, they will let themselves enjoy life. They love entertainment and will occasionally treat themselves. They are a bit materialistic, but this is motivation for them to work hard. Being able to hold solid objects in their hands gives them security. Pigs have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life.



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ime is a precious thing. However, it easily becomes scarce due to busy schedules, family and social life amongst other factors. Active women have less and less time to give intensive care to their beauty. Fortunately, there are miraculous products that can transform our look in no time! beautypress presents

tips to get ready the blink of an eye. A DIFFERENT COFFEE BREAK Oh-oh... morning observation, you just found the remote and a packet of crisps buried in your couch after a night watching Netflix. A weary complexion and dark circles under your eyes is the sad conclusion of long night and salty snacks. It’s prime time to act - instead of a cup of coffee to give you a boost when you wake up, use a cream containing caffeine. It drains the tissue, promoting the elimination of liquids, which narrows the blood vessels under the skin and helps to reduce swelling. Tip: Store your cream in the refrigerator for an intensified effect! SAVING TIME IN YOUR SHOWER Even with a busy schedule, your body care should not be overlooked. Multitasking is key here - relax your skin by applying mask on your face whilst you shower. If you’re shaving, you can use your shower gel instead of a shave gel. Extra tip: even a hair mask can be used to shave! It will make your skin very soft and facilitate hair removal. To moisturize your skin in the shower, use a body milk in the shower that will leave your skin radiant! DRY SHAMPOO - A FRIEND TO TAKE EVERYWHERE Hair looking askew and no time for a wash and blow-dry? Dry shampoo is a great alternative to help you inbetween washes. It refreshes the hair and gives it texture and volume – making it so much easier to tame! THE ABC OF COMPLEXION When you do not have time – leave the primer, foundation, powder, blush and the illuminator to one side. Instead of this long routine, choose a BB, CC or DD cream and give your skin a natural complexion. These creams combine care and make-up; providing valuable skin food and simultaneously some hydration. Tired complexion is vanished, defects are camouflaged and the skin appears smoother. A LAST-MINUTE MAKE-UP A revolution in the routine of working women: a lipstick doubles up on lips and cheeks. This miracle of technology gives a fresh appearance in the blink of an eye. Apply a little mascara and you're done! EXPRESS CLEANSING FOR A FRESH COMPLEXION Cleansing milk, eye-makeup remover, and exfoliation: After a long day, we do not want to waste too much time cleaning our face at night. With micellar water, you remove not only the makeup particles but also the impurities in depth. A micellar lotion provides your skin with softness and hydration. For a visible restful sleep, mix some self-tanner in your night cream.


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“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” – Audrey Hepburn






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Kallie’s Bu

ucket List


written by Missy Lovett Tears ran down my cheeks as I read about Kallie and her battle with Cancer. Her sweet handwritten, “Bucket List” really brought on the waterworks as I read each colorful item listed. Then there it was #5: Be in a professional photo shoot. I knew exactly what needed to be done in order to give this special day to Kallie...

I sent a group text to my super talented friends from The Beauty Battalion’s previous projects and within a matter of seconds...they ALL responded YES, they’re in.

We reached out to our friends at Cover Girl, and they were more than happy to supply ALL the makeup for the Photo Shoot AND gift it to Kallie. The generous owners and staff at Creative Wigs & Hair Replacement gifted Kallie a gorgeous wig for her big day...AND she got to keep it! The Robinson and Ross families happily supplied the cute and cuddly puppy, who Kallie later named, “Waylon.” My Pet Pail sent supplies for Kallie and her Puppy. So many kind and generous friends helped to make Kallie’s day magical.

While plans were underway to create the most amazing photo shoot for Kallie, we were contacted by Fox 13’s Dream Team, who had been working on some big items to check off for Kallie’s Bucket List. We decided to team up for this special event and make it an unforgettable experience for Kallie and her family.



A MOTHER’S LOVE Interview with Kallie’s Mom, Kimberly Bjarnson by Missy Lovett

M: Tell me about your family. Your girls. Your husband.

Rock as a General Forman. When the weather is good we


like to camp and BBQ and do some back-porch sitting. Haha.

K: Our family is a regular type of family. We like to spend time together, go on vacations together and play

I work as a lunch clerk for Nebo School District. My

games when we can.

favorite color is pink and I love to just spend time with my family and friends...and shopping of course!

Our girls love to play softball and play outside. We like to go sledding when the weather is cold and watch

M: Where are you guys from? How do you like the commu-

movies. Our favorite family movies are, Just Go with It,

nity there? Are you guys ‘country’ or ‘city’ folk?

and How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. K: We are from Mapleton, Utah. When we were first My husband is a hard working guy. He works at Geneva


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married we lived in Orem. After living there for 3 years


we decided to move to Springville, Utah. We spent a

K: Raising three girls is both very fun and very stressful,

few years there and then decided to buy our first house,

depending on the day. Also, it is very expensive! Haha.

which happened to be in the next town over, Mapleton.

They are great girls and every day is a little different.

It is a quiet, small town. We love our neighborhood.

If the two younger ones aren’t getting along, you will

It is a close-knit community. Everyone helps out, and

know it, and it sets a tone for the house. But they are

everyone is there for anything and everything! I would

all three my best friends. We talk to each other about

describe our family as being a little bit country, and a

everything and we ask for each other’s opinions on prac-

little bit city, too. We love both types of life and love to

tically everything! I really couldn’t see myself raising

go to Salt Lake City any time we can.

anything but girls.

M: What is it like raising three girls? What is the dynamic

Kourtney, the oldest, is very dead-set on her dreams

like? Tell me about their personalities.

and goals and what she wants in life. She has the best fashion sense and is really the sweetest person in the


world. She is married and works at a Salon/Boutique in

Laney, the youngest, can get very emotional at times. We

Lindon, Utah. I can’t say enough about her! She is someone

call it the baby syndrome, but she is so much fun. She

everyone looks up to and wants to be just like. She also has

makes friends so easily, and everywhere she goes. She

the most infectious laugh!

loves music and loves to sing. When she and I go anywhere in the car together, you can find us singing out loud with

Kallie is the middle child and she is very laid back and

our music blasting!

easy going. She is up to do just about anything. She is the kindest girl. She is so selfless and always worried about

M: What memories stand out to you. Anything funny? What

everyone else and how they are feeling. She gets so sad if

were your girls like as little kids? Anything you remember

anyone’s feelings are hurt. She is such a sweetheart.

specifically? (My Sadie lived in her muscleman “Spidey” Suit from ages 2-4! That thing was so worn out and gross and she


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would NEVER take it off...just running through the house and

Laney had these stretch pants that were the bell bottom type.

saying in a deep voice, “I Spideyman”) OMG! I miss that age so

We called them her ‘fancy pants’ because every time she put

much! haha

them on she would strut her stuff. She also never wanted to take them off! I had to hide them when we would go out

K: Kallie and Laney would empty the toy bucket, get in it, and

somewhere nice.

ride down the stairs! LOL! M: What are some of your favorite family traditions? Kallie had this blanket that she wouldn’t let go of. She looked like a cabbage patch doll when she was little and had such

K: We love to go to St. George every Labor Day and stay in a

short little legs, you couldn’t believe she was old enough to

condo and just swim, hike, be lazy and eat. We love it!

walk! Haha.



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The is s o n g a i D M: When was Kallie first diagnosed? What has that been like for her? Your family? How did the idea for The Bucket List come to fruition? K: Kallie was diagnosed 2 weeks before her 11th birthday. She went misdiagnosed for 4 months. Her cancer is fast growing, so in that short time, the tumor had eaten away her mandible and jaw joint. She doesn’t remember a lot from that time and was doing really well for 3 years, and then her cancer came back. She has had two tumors since the second diagnosis. One of which she still has. Chemo and Radiation haven’t been successful this time around. She has tried one trial drug and that also has not been successful. She is waiting for a second trial drug in Colorado. It has been difficult at times, but our family has really pulled together and done things we aren’t used to so that we could be at the hospital with Kallie. The thought for the bucket list came about because I had just found out that chemo wasn’t working and radiation hadn’t either. So I had called one of


THE BUCKET LIST her old doctors, who now works at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and asked her if there was anything available for Kallie and her type of cancer that may not be available here. She said she didn’t think there was, but would look into it, and asked if we had started a bucket list. She said she didn’t want us to lose hope, but to just think about it. I said no because that was the last thing I, as a parent, could think about. It just wasn’t an option. After taking a few days and really thinking about I decided to bring it up to Kallie and see what she thought. That was a hard moment for her but after explaining it to her some more, she came to me the next day with the list. I posted it to my Facebook and Instagram story and the rest is history.


M: What is Kallie’s daily life like? K: A day in the life of Kallie is one where every day is different. Some days are good and some days are bad. Some days are worse than others. She goes to school when she can. School is her favorite and when she has to miss, it just breaks her down. She does amazing trying to hold it all together. M: Tell us about what it was like leading up to the Photoshoot for Kallie. What was that moment like for you guys when Fox 13’s Dream Team revealed their “surprises” for Kallie? Take us through that moment. K: I hadn’t told Kallie what we were doing that day. I just told her and her sister that it was a surprise. Well, Kallie took it literally and didn’t want to see anything on the road so she blindfolded herself so she wouldn’t see anything! Haha. When we walked in she was so unbelievably excited and happy! You could see it in her eyes. She was ecstatic. Watching the dream team walk in was beyond anything we could imagine. We were all just speechless. It was so amazing to see her dreams come true just melted our hearts. She deserves the best of everything good in this world! It was a special moment for Kallie and for all of us. M: What did Kallie think of the photoshoot? How was that day for her? What were some of her favorite moments from that day? What about you? As her Mom, what did you love most? K: She absolutely loved that day! She has wanted to do a photo shoot for so long and to see that come to life for her, well, there was really nothing better. Her favorite part of the day was... everything! She loved it all! All the clothes, hair and makeup! I just loved seeing all of my kids there, being so supportive, and being able to share that day together as a family. It was great!


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M: You had friends and family that came to support Kallie. There are a lot of people who care about you guys, tell us about that. What does it mean to you to have support from your family, friends, and community? K: We really have the best friends and family in the world! Everyone is there to help when needed and want to do everything they can to help us out. It really is amazing to live where we live and have the support and love of our community. They all mean the world to us! M: I’m sure the medical costs are astronomical! Tell me where our readers can go to support your GoFundMe account. K: There is a GoFundMe posted on my friend Britney Briggs Facebook Page and also at M: Is there anything you or Kallie want to say? A message to those that read this article? Any thoughts you guys want to share? K: We just want to say thank you to everyone that has made this bucket list come to life and to every person that has said a prayer for her or is still praying for her. We will never be able to show exactly how full our hearts are and how thankful we are for all these memories we have been given to share with our sweet Kallie. You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only option. Much love to all of you, from Kallie and her whole family! M: One final question...WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO HAWAII? and will you please post photos for us on your FB page? Where is the best place for people to follow you guys and Kallie’s story? K: We are going at the end of May, haha, and of course we will! You can follow me on Facebook: Kimberly Nicole Bjarnson and on Instagram @mrs_kimmy__


photo credits: JORDI BURR


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Dog owners dish on how food fa



sk most dog owners and they’ll tell you that they count the bonds they share with their pets among their most treasured relationships. However, that boundless affection and loyalty isn’t a one-sided effort; dog owners are demonstrating their puppy love in numerous ways, especially when it comes to chow time. There’s much to be said for the unique relationship people share with their dogs, according to the 2018 Pets and People Survey by Just Right by Purina. Nearly unanimously (95 percent), respondents said they view their dogs as part of their families, and more than half reported that their pet pals help them de-stress after a long workday and have comforted them after receiving bad news. Just like any relationship, the bond with a dog requires nurturing. As it turns out, most dog owners are working to keep the love alive with a familiar approach: the notion that the fastest path to the heart is through the stomach. After all, when you view pets as family, you may as well feed them like it.

Encouraging dinner dialogue

A helpful aspect of pet bonding is developing communication patterns that your dog can recognize and understand. In part, this involves commands to help manage behavior, but it often includes other forms of engagement, as well. Mealtime is an ideal opportunity to enjoy some extra interaction, from asking if your dog is hungry to talking your way through filling his or her bowl


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with a personalized dog food blend. In fact, 64 percent of dog owners surveyed reported asking their dog if it likes its food after serving it. There may not be a verbal response, but dogs give off plenty of signals to let you know whether or not they’re enjoying the meal.

Personalizing the experience

Humans agree that eating or drinking out of a favorite vessel just makes mealtime more special. That may be the motivation for the 65 percent of dog owners who reported taking time to personalize their dogs’ bowls.

Making dog nutrition matter

The majority of dog owners surveyed agreed the type of food their dog eats has an impact on its health and mood. For 43 percent of Millennial dog owners surveyed, they reported spending more money on their dog’s food than their own groceries. Fortunately, not all nutritionally sound options will break the bank, but it is a good idea to do some research to understand the nutritional value and quality of the food you provide.

Serving up security

Dogs thrive on rituals and dinnertime is an opportunity to create some consistent patterns that help your pup feel safe and secure. A routine with meals in the same place at approximately the same time every day helps strengthen the pet bond because your dog knows he can rely on you to satisfy one of his most basic needs.

actors into pet bonding

If you extend some human courtesies as part of your feeding ritual, you certainly aren’t alone. For example, 73 percent of dog owners in the Just Right by Purina survey feed their dogs before they serve themselves. Not only is it a smart strategy to prevent begging at the table, it keeps your pooch from wondering when his own hunger cravings will be sated.

Celebrating special occasions

If your dog is part of the family, it only makes sense to celebrate special events like birthdays. It’s a good excuse for a little extra attention and maybe a new toy or two. Forty percent of dog owners, including 56 percent of Millennials, have upped their pet parenting game by buying their dog its own birthday cake. Make your own using a pet-friendly recipe or visit a pet bakery for a special birthday treat. Learn more about feeding the bond with your pet at All statistics and findings included in this release were pulled from a survey conducted online by Research Now SSI on behalf of Just Right by Purina among adults ages 18+ who are dog owners and have some responsibility over the well-being of their pet. A total of 1,010 responses were collected between March 26 and March 29, 2018. These online surveys are not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

DOG FOOD INGREDIENTS FOR UNIQUE NUTRITIONAL NEEDS Your dog is unique, not only in his relationship with you, but his preferences, tastes, quirks and habits. It’s no wonder that his nutritional needs are unique to match. When you’re evaluating food options, give careful attention to the ingredients to find the right blend of nutrients for your dog:

nerve transmission, nutrient metabolism, cell function and more.

Vitamins are responsible for a vast range of functions, including aiding in DNA synthesis, energy release from nutrients, bone development, eye function, maintenance of cell structure, blood clotting, nerve signal transmission and everything in-between.

Protein is essential for building organs and tissues like tendons, muscles, skin, hair and blood; it also functions as enzymes, hormones and antibodies.

Minerals contribute to your dog’s healthy bones and teeth, blood clotting, muscle function,

Fat is a source of energy that helps with absorption of fatsoluble vitamins and fatty acids, as well as promoting healthy skin and coat, immune system, joints, brain and vision.

Carbohydrates are efficient sources of glucose for energy, a source of heat and can be stored as glycogen. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that aids in colon health, as well as managing weight and obesity.




ou might have a favorite cookie or brownie recipe — but did you know you could make it even better by

adding a simple, familiar ingredient? With a few expert tips from Buddy Valastro, author and star of TLC’s “Cake Boss,” you can take your sweet treats from good to great in no time. n Start

with Quality Ingredients — When you start with better ingre­dients, you end up with a better cookie or brownie. Use real butter, high-quality vanilla and great tasting chocolate. Here, Buddy shares some of his favorite recipes that use M&M’S candies to add an extra special touch to family favorites — making them even better.

n Chill

the Dough — Leaving cookie dough in the refrigerator gives it more body and results in a fuller and better tasting cookie. Plan ahead so you can refrigerate your dough at least one hour — or, even better, overnight.

n Keep

It Uniform — Use a small ice cream scoop to keep your cookies the same size. This not only helps them look professional, but bake up evenly and consistently.

n Pans

Matter — Bake cookies on light-colored, non-insulated cookie sheets without sides. Metal pans will cook brownies faster than glass pans, which means cooking times will vary. Start checking your brownies early to test if they’re ready and prevent over baking. You can find more sweet baking tips and recipes at www.


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Milk Chocolate Minis Cookies Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes Chill time: 1 hour to overnight Bake time: 7 to 12 minutes Yield: 24 to 30 cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 cups M&M’S Milk Chocolate Minis Candies 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) Preheat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, cream butter and both sugars until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla extract, and mix to combine. In separate bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to butter mixture, and stir until combined. Fold in candies and walnuts, if desired. Chill dough 1 hour, or overnight. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto lightly greased tray, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes for chewy cookies, or 10 to 12 minutes for crispy cookies.

Ultimate Peanut Butter Brownies

Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes Bake time: 30 to 40 minutes Yield: 32 brownies 4 ounces semisweet chocolate 1 cup canola or vegetable oil 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups M&M’S Peanut Butter Candies, divided Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a rectangular 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan In 3-quart saucepan, gently combine the semisweet chocolate and oil over very low heat until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool. In separate bowl, combine sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until blended. Add in chocolate mixture. Slowly sift in remain­ing dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in 1 1/2 cups candies. Spread batter into pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup candies and press lightly. Bake until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan, about 30 to 40 minutes.

Amazing M&M’S Cookies

Amazing M&M’S Cookies

Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes Chill time: 1 hour to overnight Bake time: 8 to 14 minutes Yield: 24 to 30 cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 2/3 cup brown sugar 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups flour 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 cups M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candies Preheat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, cream butter and both sugars until well blended. Add egg and vanilla extract, and mix to combine. In separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Slowly add dry ingre­dients into butter mixture and stir until combined. Fold in candies and chill dough for 1 hour or overnight. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto lightly greased tray, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies, or 12 to 14 minutes for crispy cookies. Simply Sweet Cannoli

Simply Sweet Cannoli

Prep time: 20 minutes Yield: 24 1 cup Snickers Bars, finely chopped 1 1/2 cups part skim milk ricotta 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest 1 resealable plastic bag 24 mini cannoli shells, unfilled 1/2 cup M&M’S Chocolate Candies Combine chopped candy bars with ricotta, sugar and orange zest. Spoon mixture into resealable bag and snip off a 1/2-inch corner. Fill cannoli shells by squeezing in filling from each end. Decorate both ends with chocolate candies.

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Farm-Fresh Festivities

Themed parties can be challenging, especially when you want everything to be perfect for your guests. Make your party simple and festive with these tips for planning your own farm-to-table gathering. Mason jars A farm-to-table classic, mason jars can be used for drinks or even to fill with flowers to make a beautiful, seasonal centerpiece for the table. Mason jars are clean, cute and easy to wash when the gathering is over. Rustic vibe Adding some rustic decor can help spruce up your table or serve as an accessory for your farm-to-table dinner party. Also consider adding a bit of fall-flare with decorations such as pumpkins, squash and brightly colored leaves. Seasonal fare It’s easy to get inspired with the variety of things you can find at your local farmers market. Ingredients like onions can be used in this Baked Fish recipe while a batch of locally sourced potatoes is the perfect foundation for a Fingerling Potato Salad.


When it comes to baking fish, flaky and fresh can make for a great combination. For a classic meal with a seasoned flare, try this delicious baked fish with lemon pepper seasoning and onions. Find more traditional, tasty recipes at

Baked Fish

Recipe courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture Servings: 4 Nonstick cooking spray 1 pound fish fillets (whitefish, trout or tilapia) 1 onion, sliced 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning (optional) Heat oven to 350 F. Place 12-inch piece of foil on counter. Coat foil with nonstick cooking spray. Place fillets in middle of foil. If fillets have skin, place skin-side down. Spread sliced onions, salt, pepper and oil on top of fillets. Add lemon pepper seasoning, if desired. Fold foil over fish. Place foil pouch on baking sheet and place in oven. Bake fish 15-20 minutes until fish reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 F on a food thermometer and is flaky when tested with fork. Divide into four portions and serve. 28

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arm-fresh is what many families desire. Straight from the farm to your table is one of the best ways you can ensure you’re delivering a nutritious and delicious meal for family or friends. Wholesome meals can bring everyone together around the dinner table; even little ones can enjoy flaky, baked fish, a nutritious potato-based side dish and a trendy-twist on a farm-fresh beverage with these fun, flavorful recipes. Find more farm-fresh recipes at


When you’re looking for a delicious and nutritious side dish to complement any meal, look no further than this Fingerling Potato Salad. Made with nutrient-rich Wisconsin Potatoes and topped with a lemon dressing, this simple potato side packs plenty of flavor. Find more potato recipes at

Fingerling Potato Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Servings: 6 1 1/2 pounds mixed Wisconsin fingerling potatoes 2 large lemons, divided 2 cups water 2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds 3/4 teaspoon whole coriander seeds

pepper, to taste 4 green onions, thinly sliced 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill salt, to taste 2 cups baby arugula In large pot of boiling, salted water, cook potatoes until just tender when pierced with fork, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool slightly. Slice one lemon into 1/8-inch-thick rounds. In small saucepan, combine sliced lemon, water and kosher salt; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until lemon slices are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain lemons then coarsely chop. Cut remaining lemon in half and squeeze out 2 tablespoons juice. In small bowl, mix chopped lemons, lemon juice, white balsamic vinegar and oil. Coarsely crush cumin and coriander seeds using mortar and pestle. Mix seeds into lemon dressing. Season, to taste, with pepper. Cut lukewarm potatoes in half lengthwise. Place in large, shallow bowl. Mix in green onions and dill. Pour lemon dressing over and toss to coat. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Add arugula and toss gently. Serve lukewarm or at room temperature.


Many may be surprised to learn that milk is one of the original farm-totable foods, typically arriving on grocery shelves in just two days (or 48 hours) from many familyowned and operated dairy farms. For a trendy twist on the farm-fresh beverage kids already love, try this DIY flavored milk recipe as a tasty start to the morning. To learn about milk’s journey from farm to glass, visit

Chocolate Banana Milk

Servings: 1 8 ounces fat free milk 1/2 large banana 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder Place 8 ounces milk, large banana and unsweetened cocoa powder in a blender and blend until just smooth. Enjoy! Nutritional information per serving: 140 calories; 0 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 9 g protein; 29 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 105 mg sodium; 306 mg calcium (30% of daily value).



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What to know about a cancer you may not have heard of



woman celebrating her 40th birthday, a young boy starting second grade or a college grad about to begin his career. All three could develop a rare form of cancer known as epithelioid sarcoma (ES), a form of soft-tissue sarcoma. Rare Disease Day is recognized on the last day of February each year and serves as an important time to bring awareness to soft-tissue sarcomas such as ES. Patients, advocates, doctors and researchers across the United States are aiming to educate people about this ultra-rare cancer and the unmet need for an effective, tumor-specific treatment. Consider these facts about ES:

What are Soft-Tissue Sarcomas and What is Epithelioid Sarcoma?

Soft-tissue sarcomas (STS) are a type of cancer that occur in tissue like muscle, fat, skin, nerves and blood vessels. There are more than 50 types of STS, including ES, which is a rare form that can occur under the skin in the limbs (such as the arms, hands, legs or feet) or soft tissue in other places like the abdomen. Adults in their 20s and 30s and men, in particular, are more likely to get ES, although it can affect people of all ages and genders, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology.

How Rare is Rare?

According to the American Cancer Society, a rare cancer is defined as fewer than six new diagnoses per 100,000 people per year. ES is an ultra-rare cancer. According to available epidemiology and case reports, it is estimated about 600 people are properly diagnosed in the U.S. and Europe each year.

What are the Most Common Types of ES and How Do They Impact Diagnosis?

ES can take two forms: Distal-type: Classic form, typically affects teenagers and young adults. n Typically forms under the skin in areas like hands, legs and feet. n Can be mistaken for another skin condition like an infected wart or a wound that won’t heal, which may delay diagnosis. Proximal-type: Rarer form, mainly affects adults and is more aggressive.

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Typically forms in central areas of the body like the abdomen. Can be mistaken for menstrual cramps or an upset stomach, making identification and diagnosis more difficult.

Dealing with a Diagnosis?

Due to its rarity, harmless appearance in its initial stages and occurrence in young people, ES is often misdiagnosed, according to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative. For this reason, the Sarcoma Foundation of America recommends checking often for lumps and bumps in places they shouldn’t be. For people faced with a sarcoma diagnosis, it’s important to get a second opinion from a sarcoma specialist. These specialists have extensive knowledge of STS and can determine what form of sarcoma one may have, what stage it is and the best course of treatment. The specialist may confirm the diagnosis with a physical examination, a scan or a tissue sample (biopsy) of the area. It’s common to feel a range of emotions after a diagnosis of ES, according to Clear View Health Partners, including: n Fear n Denial n Frustration n Anxiety n Hope that treatment will be successful n Determination to beat ES

What Treatment Options are Available?

Treatment options depend on a variety of factors, including the location of the tumor, tumor staging and whether the disease has metastasized or spread to other parts of the body. For patients with early stage ES, many elect to have surgery to remove the tumor, which may precede or be followed by radiation therapy or chemotherapy treatment, according to the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. If the cancer returns or spreads, a patient may undergo radiation therapy and chemotherapy. New treatment options are being studied through clinical research, which is why seeking a specialist in the field is important if one is faced with a diagnosis. As with many cancers, early detection is important and can increase survival or successful treatment. Typically, the distal form of ES is associated with more favorable survival rates than the proximal form.

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4 THINGS TO DO TO ADDRESS ES TODAY 1. Don’t ignore your bumps and lumps, see a doctor as soon as possible. n 2. Learn more about epithelioid sarcoma and its symptoms. n cdc-20392420

3. Seek a second opinion. n 4. Find support if you’re faced with a diagnosis. n n n

AN ES DIAGNOSIS JOURNEY In the spring of 2008, Maria Voermans’ 4-yearold daughter requested an “airplane ride,” and as Voermans lifted the young girl up with her legs, she had to make an “emergency landing” because of some sudden and significant pain in her upper right thigh. After a few months, the pain persisted. Voermans continued to jog and play sand volleyball, thinking nothing of it. At the recommendation of her primary care physician, she took some antiinflammatories and tried to rest, which wasn’t easy to do as a single mother of two young children. Two more months went by and her leg caused increasing p r o b l e m s . She could feel something in her leg, but never considered it a “lump” because it was not visible on the outside. Voermans took matters into her own hands and visited a sports medicine orthopedic specialist for further testing. An MRI found a mass in her right leg and she was referred to one of the few musculoskeletal oncologists in Wisconsin, her home state. He ordered a biopsy, which on Voermans’ youngest daughter’s third birthday confirmed her worst fear: it was a rare form of cancer called proximal-type epithelioid sarcoma, and it was stage three. Her biggest concern was not living to experience future holidays, birthdays, graduations and other life milestones with her daughters. Voermans underwent chemotherapy, radiation therapy and had surgery to remove the tumor. As of July 2018, Voermans reports the cancer has not returned. Today, she’s a wellness coordinator supporting other people diagnosed with cancer who are undergoing treatment or posttreatment. She’s able to use her own cancer journey to provide empathy to others, and it’s brought satisfaction to the whole experience.


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Bucket List Travel Destinations for 2019

Taking time to go on vacation or to just unplug from everyday life can be beneficial, and

there’s certainly no lack of options when it comes to choosing an ideal vacation spot. The options for experiencing an amazing vacation are so plentiful, such as exploring a cruise port, eating and drinking your way around a city or simply visiting a new destination, you may find yourself struggling to narrow down the choices. By focusing first on what type of vacation experience you would enjoy most, the details of the location may more easily fall into place.

“Often, would-be vacationers get so hung up on figuring out where they want to go, they forget to consider what they’ll do when they get there,” said Matthew Phillips, director of travel for AARP Services, Inc. “It makes sense to keep location in mind when it comes to considerations like climate, but knowing what types of activities, entertainment and sights you hope to experience can help ensure you plan a travel experience of a lifetime.” Once you’ve determined how you’d like to spend your time, you can begin to explore some hot travel destinations, such as these:


Rent a car and take a road trip down the California coast and experience sunshine, culture and more as you drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco. It may be one single coastline, but California is filled with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and tourist attractions, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Hollywood sign.


There are few better ways to escape the cold weather than with a Caribbean cruise, where breathtaking excursions, first-rate cuisine, exciting nightlife and spectacular entertainment fill every day and night. There are dozens of cruise options available, so it’s a good idea to do plenty of research and look into special incentives and offers to complement the experience. For example, the AARP Travel Center powered by Expedia provides exclusive offers to members on select cruises, including up to $1,000 in onboard credit.

Florida Gulf Coast:

The warmer seasons are perfect for unplugging and relaxing by the sand and water. Head to the beaches of Florida and get a room with a view so the water is never out of reach. For example, Sarasota, Florida offers miles of beaches, including Siesta Key, known for its majestic waters and luxurious amenities.

Southwest France: Explore the beautiful wine-growing region of Southwest France through a fascinatingly historical and invigorating river cruise. For example, the Uniworld Bordeaux river cruise allows guests to sail three rivers: the Garonne, the Dordogne and the Gironde. The experience blends land and water with archaeological and historical tours, artisanal wine tastings, sprawling gardens and charming villages to explore. Take your experience a step further and see the sights while feeling like a local by going on a spotlight tour, an intimate way to uncover hidden gems.


If you want to immerse yourself into a completely new and unique culture, hop on a flight and explore Singapore, commonly referred to as a “shopper’s paradise” for its emerging brands and bargains stores. Enjoy both the urban and natural attractions while indulging in the eclectic dining scene. Singaporean cuisine is full of diverse plates, such as bak kut teh, laksa and friend carrot cake, derived from several ethnic groups.

If you’re ready to start planning a satisfying getaway, a resource like AARP Member Benefits can assist with planning and saving money along the way. Learn more at AARPBenefits. com/travel. Photo courtesy of Getty Images


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(BPT) - With cold weather already here, the winter season has officially started early for most Americans. As the weeks drag on, you’re bound to get sick of bundling up in your sweaters and puffy coats. It’s the perfect time to refresh your style.

But there’s no need to splurge on an entirely new closet full of clothes. Here are a few simple tricks to help you cure your winter wardrobe blues and invigorate your sense of fashion:

DECLUT TER YOUR CLOSET Many people stand in front of a closet full of clothes every morning but can’t find anything they want to wear. If this is you, it’s time for a closet overhaul. Spend a day going through every item of clothing you own. Keep what you love and wear regularly and donate the rest. You’ll be amazed at how refreshed you feel.

CLEAN SMART Taking care of your existing winter clothing (and hard-to-clean winter coat) is imperative! After months of storage, a thorough refresh is needed to keep your winter gear in tip-top shape. Machine washing can be tough on your clothes, especially delicate items. Take better care of your wardrobe staples with the Wi-Fi enabled LG Styler, a clothing care system that uses the gentle power of pure steam to refresh your clothes, reducing wrinkles and odor in as little as 20 minutes. For allergy sufferers, LG Styler not only sanitizes, but also removes allergens and is asthma and allergy friendly(R) certified by the experts at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).



If you’re bored of your basic, neutral pieces, energize your outfit by choosing a color theme for your accessories. For example, match red shoes to a pair of statement red earrings in an otherwise all-black ensemble or step up a sweater and jeans with a colorful printed scarf. Bold, bright colors reflect your personality. Animal prints and stripes can create an edgy, eclectic look. The possibilities are endless when you start to experiment with accessories and mix it up.

With so many fashion bloggers, it’s easy to stay up-todate on the latest trends. Search Instagram for fashion bloggers that match your style - bonus points if they live in your area and share outfit inspiration that matches your current climate. These fashion gurus also often share sales and discounts that can help save you money when something catches your eye. INVEST IN NEW PIECES Once you get rid of the clutter, you’ll have a better understanding of what you need. A few updated pieces can take you far. If your winter boots are looking tired and worn out, try a new style. If you donated all your jeans, shop for the perfect pair to add to your collection. You may be counting down the days until spring, but these tips will help you get through another stretch of cold weather. For more information on how to refresh your style and home, visit




hen picking a color for cabinetry, personality and lifestyle are essential considerations. Gray and white cabinets are options for the modern active living lifestyle, whereas green and blue tones may work better for a more eclectic existence. Whichever way you go, colored cabinetry is more than just a trend: it’s a design approach that is here to stay. That’s why careful planning is necessary when you set out to redesign the kitchen. After all, this essential living space is an area where you spend plenty of time, so it should feature visual elements and colors you find appealing. White kitchen cabinets have dominated the market for many years. White cabinetry is constant, safe and classic. However, reports from designers and data on market buying trends are showing a slight shift in


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painted cabinetry design from classic white to pops of color. “We know kitchen cabinetry is an everevolving dynamic, but we also believe certain trends are more constant and everlasting,” said Angela O’Neill, director of marketing and advertising at Wellborn Cabinet. “We trust consumers and we believe they have spoken and have spoken very loudly in regard to painted cabinetry.” The current styling trend, reflected in Wellborn Cabinet’s latest colors, is a marriage of traditional and contemporary finishes, materials and fabrics equating to a classic, timeless design. Beloved white is now making way for trending warmer tones featuring shades of gray, green and blue.

A Calming Effect Letting your personality show through with color in the kitchen doesn’t have to mean going outlandishly bold. Paint hues like aqua, mint and olive can all set the stage for a calm, inviting atmosphere. Each of these shades provides a mild taste of colored cabinetry, imparting an effect that is subtle but bold enough to make its presence known. Mink Gray Exploring shades of gray is another way to develop a unique look. Some shades result in a calm, tranquil effect. However, if you’re looking for a more dominant color, an option like Mink Gray from Wellborn Cabinet gives the feel of a much warmer space. Minimalists swoon over this classic yet clean gray because it isn't overpowering, and the timeless color adds to the transitional styling of cabinetry. It All Started with White It’s true that white cabinetry set the pace for painted cabinetry, and it’s likely to remain a popular option for homeowners. Remember, though, that not all whites are the same and different shades can elicit a different design motif entirely. Cabinets in shades of white are enduring and versatile, appearing in cottage, traditional and even modern kitchens.

Also remember that although it’s simple, there’s nothing dull about white cabinetry. Embrace the classic white spacious kitchen in your home but take it up a notch with brass lanterns, a round dining table and fabriccovered chairs. Find more inspiration and planning tools to create the contemporary kitchen of your dreams at

Choose the Right Cabinet Color Once you’ve made the decision to add colored cabinets to the kitchen, there’s an obvious next question: which color? With so many options to choose from, you may need to answer some basic questions to narrow down the field.

Bold vs. Subtle

If you’re looking for a dramatic change, a bold approach may be the perfect solution. Just remember that a bold space can border on overly bold. It needs to be a color and shade that you will continue to enjoy over time. On the other hand, if you’re set on adding color but not sure something so vibrant will do, a softer shade of that color may offer a more subtle solution.

All Over vs. Accent

Consider whether your vision calls for paint on all of your kitchen cabinetry, or if you’re simply looking to create a standout feature. A color that looks terrific as a focal point may overwhelm if it’s applied throughout the room, so evaluate which of the options you’re weighing is best suited to the use you have in mind.

Fit Within the Home

In many homes, the design style flows from one room to the next. It’s important when making a major change like colored cabinets to understand how the new style will fit with the rest of the house. For example, whether it will complement or contrast, and if it contrasts, ensure that’s the look you’re truly going for.

Completing the Design

Another often-overlooked consideration is how you’ll complete the room once the cabinetry is installed. Think about the rest of the woodwork, other finishes like backsplash and flooring, and dining furniture in the space. Also consider your appliances and any decorative items you may wish to add. Ensure the color you’re considering will fit with the other elements. If it doesn’t, you may have to consider upgrading those features to achieve a cohesive look. If you’re still having trouble narrowing down your selection, many designers recommend selecting an inspiration piece and designing the rest of the room, including the cabinetry, to complement it.



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Be Your Best Self


new year is the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at your life and re-evaluate what you’d like to accomplish – both physically and mentally – during the coming year. From committing to healthier habits like eating better, drinking more water and sticking to a workout routine to discovering new ways to be your best self and giving up a bad habit or two, some simple tips and products can help you take action toward boosting your overall wellbeing and reaching your resolutions. To find more tips and tricks for improving your life this year, visit

Healthy Hydration

When considering a New Year’s resolution to drink more water, a commitment to drinking cleaner, healthier and great-tasting water is essential. Consider using the easy-toinstall PUR Advanced Faucet Filtration System to fill up a reusable water bottle, make smoothies, wash fruits and vegetables and more. It’s certified to reduce more than 70 contaminants, including 99 percent of lead – more than any other brand, according to NSF. Learn more at

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Put a plant-positive twist on new year’s resolutions by snacking on nutritious foods like Kale and Quinoa Bites from Yves Veggie Cuisine. Ideal for sharing with friends and family or as a quick snack, just pop in the oven for 10 minutes to enjoy a crispy, tasty bite that’s gluten-free, low in fat and a good source of fiber. With two superfoods joining forces, the bite-sized treat can help keep appetites at bay without sacrificing flavor. Find additional healthy snacking ideas at

One of the difficulties in healthy eating is getting great-tasting lean protein. For an easier nutritional choice, consider Premier Protein’s 11-ounce shakes, packed with lean protein ideal for breakfast on-the-go, an afternoon snack or a post-workout boost. They contain 30 grams of protein, 160 calories and 1 gram of sugar. Available in earth-first packaging, the shakes feature a resealable plant-based cap derived from sugarcane. Visit for more information.

If you feel as though you aren’t truly who you want to be, or if you dream of a better life, now is the time to turn your dream into reality with “Best Self” by Mike Bayer. Chock-full of revealing quizzes and provocative questionnaires, the book can empower you to embrace your authenticity, acknowledge what is holding you back and help you break through to live a passionate life to the fullest. Find more information at Book.

Fiber-Filled Flavor

For a protein- and fiber-rich snack low in sugar, Atkins Protein Wafer Crisps provide a light and crispy texture for a surprisingly filling treat. Whether it’s for a grab-and-go snack or afternoon pickme-up, the wafer crisps boast 10-11 grams of protein, 4-5 grams of fiber and 1 gram of sugar with three flavor profiles to choose from: Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mint and Lemon Vanilla. Find additional nutritious snacking options at


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Giraffe Bath and Body If you are looking for that perfect gift for mom or moms-to-be or for someone special who is recovering from hip and knee surgery, then surprise them with The Giraffe™, a thoughtful gift that will enable them to perform their personal care routine safely, comfortably, and independently.


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is Britain's leading children’s clothing brand specializing in trendsetting leggings featuring stylish & quirky designs on the bottom and accessories. Blade & Rose uses high quality fabric that's durable, washes well and most importantly soft for children’s delicate skin. This clothing line is perfect for all those holiday pictures of your kids.

AirSelfie is a revolutionary pocket-size flying camera that connects with your smartphone to let you take boundless HD photos of you, your friends, and your life from the sky. Its turbo fan propellers can thrust up to 20 meters in the air letting you capture wide, truly original photos and videos on your device. Say hello to the future of selfies.


Face in a Case® is the convenient and organized solution to cleaning up our messy makeup bags. The makeup palette offers gorgeous neutral tones, all vegan, no parabens, cruelty-free and designed to fit magnetically into the case. And, the luxurious case multi-functions as a clutch purse, a wallet and makeup organizer. or go to AMAZON for great holiday discounts!


Little Sparrow Co is a woman-owned business which specializes in custom floral letters for home decor, weddings, and events. Known for their personalization, and bohemian style with a southern flare, Little Sparrow Co’s mission is to merge the beauty of floral design in nature with modern farmhouse style.

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Arm & Hammer Spin Brush is the ultimate stocking stuffer to give your family and friends that features dual-action technology for a combination of spinning and side-to-side brushing head movements, so you can have a glowing smile this holiday season!


ScentBird is the gift that keeps on giving! Starting at $14.95 a month, subscribers are able to choose from over 450 designer colognes or perfumes, delivered straight to your door. Don’t forget to check out their NEW holiday gift sets and skincare products too – add to your queue or purchase separately.


Hover Helmets THE NEXT LEVEL IN SPORTS MEMORABILIA. Hover Helmets are the newest, most unique way to showcase your team pride. Their technology allows the helmet to levitate and spin in mid-air with no strings attached! LED lighting illuminates the helmet. Perfect for office desks, man-caves and kid’s rooms!


BELLA Housewares Automatic Electric Spiralizer Perfect for the Paleo or Whole30-er on your list, the BELLA Electric Spiralizer effortlessly turns fruits and veggies into the perfect meal base. Features a one-touch, automatic moving blade with auto-stop feature, that creates 4 different shapes: ribbons, linguine, spaghetti and fettuccine for a variety of recipes. It’s the first truly hands-free electric spiralizer.


Freeze Frame Party to much during the holidays? Soothe puffy eyes with FreezeFrames® Cool Care Eyewear. Most devices can’t effectively reach recessed tissues around the eye that cause inflammation. But FreezeFrames® do. The secret treatment comes in attachable Gel-Pads that provide benefits of ice through sunglasses. FDAapproved and doctor-recommended.

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Hello Fresh

Saute, simmer and sip with a monthly wine subscription complete with pairing suggestions, tasting notes, and flavor profiles. With wines from around the world, the service allows subscribers to enjoy HelloFreshselected wines on all occasions. Subscriptions include six bottles of red, white, or mixed cases.

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Avon is a one stop shop for all your gifting needs. No matter who’s on your list, there’s something for everyone, from beauty gift sets to cozy sleepwear to festive home items. Skip the lines and purchase these items from your Avon Representative for presents delivered straight to your door.

ISlide is the ONLY fully customizable highend slides on the market, and a great gift idea for that person who has everything. They are the sought-after athletic sandal sweeping the world on the feet of celebrities and athletes alike. ISlide fuses fashion with athletics and has partnered with the NBA, Nickelodeon and a number of other teams, and brands.


ECOS™ Now you can give the gift that will help your friends and family create a safer, healthier home this season. The Ecos Holiday Gift Set includes Laundry Detergent, Dishmate, Parsley Plus® AllPurpose Cleaner, and ECOS™ Hand Soap to keep hands clean after all that scrumptious cooking!


Friendship Collar What to get the pet lover in the family? A collar for your pet and a matching bracelet just for you, because best friends should match! Friendship bracelets are a universal and age-old symbol of the trust and compassion shared amongst friends and are the world’s first PETA approved vegan pet products.

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EZneeds is your one stop for making life easier by delivering your everyday essentials directly to your doorstep. No holiday driving! EZneeds offers everyday lowest prices with savings up to 20-30% versus other major retailers such as & Free 1-2 day shipping nationwide over $50 with NO membership fees.

is a line of elegant and functional women's outdoor apparel. Tailored, feminine, and chic. These shirts will take you from the field and stream to dinner and everything in between. Made from premium fabric and manufactured in the USA.


Oska Pulse

Need relief over the holidays? Check out the Oska Pulse wearable health tech pain relief device for men and women of all ages with minor aches and pains (back, knee) to chronic pain (fibro). Relief without drugs. Great for after workouts, yoga, running, golf, working all day.


Smile Direct Club A personal and unique holiday gift, SmileDirectClub allows you to give your loved ones the gift of a smile they’ll love forever, and a huge confidence boost that can help them achieve success in their personal and professional lives…and with payment plans, it’s never been easier or more convenient!


Adorisse The NEW Adorisse Night Collection from JAFRA features a captivating fragrance with notes of peach and peony, two universally-flattering lipstick shades; Sweet and Sultry, and a trendy eyeshadow palette that includes five iridescent shades perfect for creating a smokey eye. A fun gift of beauty for anyone on your list

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n communities across the country, many cities and towns revolve around their local school districts. As education is considered one of the backbones of society, it’s common for community members to seek ways to assist students through schoolrelated programs. If you’re interested in making a positive impact on your local schools, teachers and students, consider these tips from the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer:

Donate Supplies From pens and pencils to computer monitors and other tech devices, schools are seemingly always in need of tools to help students thrive in a hands-on learning environment. Consider donating your gently used items for students to use in the classroom. For example, you may have binders, folders and writing utensils in your home office that could be used in a school setting, or you can even buy new materials at the store and contribute those to students you know personally or to a classroom in need.

Volunteer in the Classroom If a more direct approach to giving is your preference, lending time and talent to a local school can be another charitable option. Try reading to younger children during your spare time, or to have an impact on older students, speak to classes about your job to provide real-world insight. While it requires more of a time commitment and likely certification in some form, applying to become a substitute teacher is a way to assist both students and teachers in your area.

Nominate Schools for Grants To better understand the evolving world, some of the more pressing educational areas include science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). You can assist public schools in your area and help provide more STEM opportunities by nominating them for special grants, such as those offered by the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, which has awarded more than $16 million in grants to more than 900 public schools since


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2011. From Jan. 1-April 1, 2019, farmers can nominate local public school districts to apply for $10,000 and $25,000 grants. Past winning programs used funds to improve internet connectivity, develop industrial arts labs and create life science and livestock learning laboratories. Find more information and nominate your local school at

Think Outside the Classroom It’s entirely possible the hours of the school day and your work schedule simply don’t align. Rather than helping inside the classroom, you can assist in after-school programs like sports and other extracurricular activities as a coach or sponsor. Additionally, school projects that require time spent job shadowing are common in middle school and high school, meaning you can volunteer to allow students to gain real-world experience by joining you at your workplace for a predetermined amount of time.

Attend Meetings School board meetings in many areas occur weekly or monthly and are typically open to the public. If your local school district allows public attendance, consider making regular appearances. While you may not always share your opinion on school board matters, attending can, at the very least, allow you to stay up-to-date with the happenings of the community and keep informed on important topics and potential areas of need.

Encourage Participation Finding ways to help schools, students and teachers can only go so far with limited assistance from community members. Reach out to others you think may be interested in lending their time and talents, and use social media and other avenues to spread awareness about upcoming events or information you believe need to be amplified. Schools typically play a large role in community settings, but they’re still almost always in need of help from those who are willing to give it. Giving your time and providing assistance where possible can make a positive impact where it’s oftentimes needed most.

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The Importance of STEM Education One of the most important parts of the education process is preparing students to take on the “real world.” As technology evolves and changes, STEM learning is increasingly becoming a foundation for future life skills. There are a number of reasons STEM is truly valuable to today’s students, including: n STEM is where jobs are headed. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 10 fastest-growing occupations through 2026 are populated 100 percent by jobs that fall into STEM categories. n STEM is innovative. Skilled employees in STEM fields are driving trends, which in turn creates additional jobs while boosting the economy. n STEM is a stepping stone. The list of careers that fall under STEM categories

continues expanding. In addition to some of the more apparent careers and jobs, STEM learning can provide experience applicable to many other fields. n STEM is making a difference. Driving social change through scientific research and technological advancements means STEM is at the forefront of making positive impacts in areas like medicine and engineering. Funding for local schools is a key component in the STEM learning process. To help advance educational opportunities, consider nominating your local school district for grants like those available from the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, which includes $10,000 and $25,000 grants to fund improvements ranging from greenhouses to laboratory equipment to makerspaces.


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