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ew things are more powerful than the ability we have to connect with others. This linkage can provide comfort, strength, love, joy and even guide us through a journey of self-discovery in a very complex world. Sometimes, these connections are established by confiding in close friends and family. Other times, our most restorative bonds are with those who begin as strangers. In this issue, you’ll meet a very special couple who are connecting in the most beautiful way with area women, bravely battling cancer. They are a true testament to what can happen when we open our hearts to the needs of others (page 22). Honoring breast cancer awareness month, Shannon Gillette reveals the reason why real men wear pink (page 32), our Trend Hunter provides a glimpse into a real man’s closet with pink fashion trends for a cause (page 39), and Renee Smith, M.D. highlights important information on current women’s health screenings (page 28). Inspired by our feature’s message of beauty, we have dedicated a few more pages to the subject with the discovery of

self-enrichment products that are doing their part to give back (page 26). Fancy Nancy introduces us to the ancient art of Kintsugi, restoring value to things that were once broken (page 37) and certified Brow Specialist, Lindsey Lambert gives us the scoop on the most popular beauty trend of 2017 (page 33). From writing your own version of This I Believe with a pumpkin latte in hand (page 40) to adding a little pop of fall color to your patio (page 12), our contributors are embracing the season and all the wonderful things that come with it. As you read this issue, I hope you’ll clearly hear the heartbeat of humanity. I hope’ll you see the world as a place full of people that add light to the darkness, embrace empathy and set aside their own needs because of a desire to connect. It’s powerful.

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Things I especially love in this issue:

Taking a few moments to meditate on what I believe. (page 40)

Find the hidden item in this issue and be the first to post it on the LiveIt Facebook page.

Using gold to add priceless beauty to broken items. (page 37)

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Charcuterie and a good glass of wine. Need I say more? (page 19)

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“The trick is to age honestly and gracefully and make it look great so everyone looks forward to it.” - Emma Thompson PUT INTO WORDS:

In the July/August issue, Lyndy Phillips made us laugh with a few perks of getting older. We asked our other contributors and here’s what they had to say. •Rebekah Bachman (Bookspiration): “The comfort of knowing my own strengths and limitations, generally being able to discern what is fixed or subject to influence, and judgement-free ice cream consumption any time of day!” • Fancy Nancy (Make Yourself at Home): “Senior discounts, a good concert and 9:00 p.m. bedtimes.” • Shannon Gillette (Good Works): “The best part is definitely grandchildren.” •Trudy Samsill (Vantage Point): “Caring less about what others think (in a healthy way), appreciating the simple things in life, and enjoying the gift of grandchildren.” To read the complete article from Lyndy, visit liveittexas.com.

APPRECIATING VINTAGE: We’re now featuring a new classic automobile in every issue. Submit yours at liveittexas.com by clicking on the Classically Vintage tab or tag your image on social media with #liveitvintage.

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cherry juice may help with sleep-related concerns, such as: • Improving sleep efficiency • Reducing the severity of insomnia and sleep disturbances • Increasing sleep time Tart cherries are available year-round in dried, frozen and juice forms at retailers across the country and online. For additional information, including more recipes like this soothing bedtime tea, visit choosecherries.com.

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fter the long, hot summer, we find ourselves ready to celebrate fall’s arrival. The neighborhood seems to simultaneously begin searching out pumpkins and incorporating fall decorating into the landscape. The feeling of fall and festivals is in the air. To celebrate, consider a little porch decorating that just might catch on from one end of the street to the other. ears ago, I lived on a cul-de-sac that was always bustling with children at play. As pleasant as it was, it unfortunately also had two unsightly storm drains. To transform this liability into an asset, I went to the garden center and did a little searching of my own. ost fall decorating is done with bales of hay or wheat straw but I recommend getting several large bales of pine straw. Next, choose an assortment of colorful, fall-blooming flowers like chrysanthemums and lantanas. Garden centers are bringing in a variety of fresh material this time of year, including petunias, verbenas and the standard pansies and violas. Don’t forget that even though traditional fall colors are oranges and yellows, the blue selections will really complement pumpkins and gourds. After a visit to the garden center, my next stop was the farmers’ market. It wouldn’t be fall without plenty of pumpkins and gourds. Other items of interest at the farmers’ markets are old fruit crates, baskets and corn stalks. ou can use them to hold pots of mums or other blooming plants and

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To finish the project, why not add a scarecrow? This can be a store-bought version or homemade. Don't forget to water the plants. The display will look pretty for weeks and the children will love it. After you’re through, you have ingredients for Thanksgiving pie. Smaller pumpkins make the best pies. ou can also use the pine straw for mulch. Apply three to four inches of pine straw around flowers and shrubs to help hold moisture and moderate winter soil temperatures. Lastly, use the plants in the garden. Plant them with container-grown nursery material during the cool fall. If you don’t have a good spot along the street (like my unsightly storm drains) for your display, place decorations on your porch, near your front entrance, or display them prominently somewhere else in your landscape.

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There is another great idea coming of age, thanks to recent innovations in plant breeding. Consider the new violas Sorbet Black Delight and Sorbet Orange Delight. Sorbet Black Delight is an intensely dark purple that looks black. Try massplanting these colors in bold drifts and use pumpkins as accessories. There's even a midsized pansy called Halloween II that is virtually black and would make an excellent partner with Pansy Panola Deep Orange. For more gardening tips and trends, follow Garden Guy on Facebook at www.facebook. com/NormanWinterTheGardenGuy. September/October 2017


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he simplicity and artful elegance of a charcuterie board has resulted in its appearance on restaurant menus near and far. People are also bringing this culinary concept home, entertaining guests for all occasions. The oversized slab of wood or slate, with thin slices of meats and a variety of cheeses, offers a sense of abundance and choice similar to a box of chocolates. ou'll need a variety of essentials when creating a board that will wow your guests. Meat: If your goal is a specialty board, consider items from lamb bacon to sliced trout. For more of an everyday board, try options from high-quality prosciutto to sliced salami. Cheese: The key to pleasing the palette of every guest is to include both soft and hard cheeses. Goat cheese, Brie, sharp cheddar, anchego and everything in between. When in doubt, ask your local cheese purveyor for suggestions. M

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She is gifted a supply of the cosmetics, skincare and nail products used to complete her services that day. All done at no cost to her because of the many generous donors and sponsors. Breathtaking, she is ready for her big reveal. Nearby, a gathering of friends and family are waiting to celebrate her new look. This sometimes is a private, intimate affair but can also be a crowd of 10,000 spectators at a sporting event on center court! This part of the process is always touching and has become a positive anchor to the gorgeous women. Some recipients say it's the most important part of the whole day. As a woman, how you feel on the inside reflects how you face the world on the outside. Cancer steals so much and Hello, Gorgeous! is working diligently to prevent it from stealing the beauty women inherently have inside. Many times, the results of these makeovers are not only physical but mental as well. It helps the woman appear less affected by her treatments, strengthens her confidence, empowers her to feel more acceptable to the public eye, and most importantly, more acceptable to herself. One special day like this can create extraordinary light in the darkness and remind women they're far more precious than rubies. My mind still travels back to that ordinary day in the salon when a small greeting spoke volumes. I try to imagine the woman who will soon take her place in the very same chair. Perhaps she's a grandmother, enjoying the fullness of life with grandchildren filling her home. Maybe she's a single mother with three smiling faces completely dependent upon her well-being. These women and the significance of the situations they face still humble me, offer a very real dose of perspective, and drive me forward to find ways I, too, can give back. McGaha said it best, “This is, by far, the best thing we've ever done.” (top left to bottom) The mobile day spas are used to bring services curbside, near the convenience and security of the recipient’s home. Hope and Faith, are fully functional salons with a facial and pedicure area, nail table, shampoo bowl and a private area for hair care, head-shaving, wig-cutting, makeup application and the like. They truly are rolling palaces for Hello, Gorgeous! women. A little extra for an already beautiful face. The red carpet team ready for their “Hello, Gorgeous!” greeting. Before and after of July’s recipient, Penny Venegas. Isn’t she lovely? 24

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Each month, more and more people are blessed by the outreach and love of this program. Utilizing community relationships, Bruce and Teresa McGaha are truly grateful to EatZi's in Grapevine for providing each recipient with flowers and chocolates. Fashion styles are provided by Machelle's Boutique in Colleyville and Winewood Grill in Grapevine provides a wonderful dining experience during each reveal. They are truly humbled by the outpouring of support and the www.liveittexas.com

community's enthusiastic desire to give back. Hello, Gorgeous! is supported by public donations, sponsorships, and fundraising efforts. To see how you can be involved in bringing these services to more wives, mothers, sisters and daughters that are bravely battling cancer in our area, please reach out to Mouton's Salon at 817-416-2075. You can also find out more about the Hello, Gorgeous! organization at hellogorgeous.org. 25


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Orange Blossom is a delicately sweet fragrance with top notes of bright orange and ylang ylang, blended with a bouquet of rosewood, geranium, and wisteria. For every product purchased, one bar of soap and one month of clean water is donated to a child in need in a developing country. 437,000 bars of soap have been donated to date. Handinhandsoap.com

Hand in Hand Sustainable Suds Orange Blossom Bar Soap $5.50

Marula Pure Beauty Pure Facial Oil, $58.00 Marula facial oil is the only doctor endorsed, scientifically validated facial oil, with 60% more antioxidants than the leading Argan Oil. The company employs women across Africa while also building schools and day care centers for their children. Marula.com

Eminence Skin Care Antioxidant Mineral Foundation, $38.00

Eminence Organic Skin Care’s Forests for the Future program has planted over seven million trees in developing countries around the world, promoting agroforestry. With antioxidants like rosemary, acai berry and green tea, they’ve developed this chemical-free foundation that ensures a flawless complexion. Eminenstore.com

Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trio, $25.00 Burt’s Bees Hand Salve $9.00 This hand salve is brimming with botanical oils, herbs and Beeswax, for your hard-working hands. Sweet relief is twofold as the company donates thousands of dollars from purchases to help fund grassroots initiatives, like the preservation of bee habitats. Burtsbees.com

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Kindness looks good on you. Honest Beauty believes in the power of technology to transform lives and is committed to programs that inspire girls to be leaders in the technology field and contribute to the next generation of change. This eyeshadow trio offers expertly coordinated colors to glide on with step-by-step instructions for silky smooth, buildable coverage. Honestbeauty.com

Philosophy Grateful Eau De Parfum, $40.00 If your philosophy is grateful...express your true self with this watery floral eau de parfum created to evoke the quality that shares its name. The company’s hope & grace initiative has awarded $2.4 million to support 38 mental health organizations – and counting! Philosophy.com

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s the summer temperatures cool down and the leaves start to change colors, everything will start turning pink. Pink? Yes, pink. October brings breast cancer awareness month, when even men wear pink, and an opportunity to discuss breast cancer screening and women’s health prevention. Over the last several years we’ve seen many changes to the recommendations for breast and cervical cancer screening. In addition to screening for these cancers, there are other disease processes that should be regularly screened to help keep our bodies healthy. Every woman has a one in eight lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. Early detection can lead to improved cure rates and survival. Mammograms are intended to detect breast cancer earlier than what is possible with self-examination by looking for calcifications, asymetry of the breast tissue, and densities. Two x-ray images are taken of each breast. Most experts believe that screening should begin at age 40 and occur every one to two years. Screening can stop at age 75, but this should be discussed with your health care provider. Texas state law requires mammogram reports mention if a woman has dense breasts. Dense breasts can make detection of tumors much more difficult. Newer technology, known as 3D mammography or tomosynthesis, can help reduce call backs for additional imaging that may be required to determine if there is a problem in a dense breast. The age at which you have your first mammogram and how often you should have them can be discussed with your doctor and may vary based on your family history. A strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer may make you a candidate for BRCA testing. BRCA is a gene that can increase your chance of getting breast or ovarian cancer. If you carry the gene, more aggressive screening or other preventative measures may be recommended. Mammograms can be scheduled without a doctor’s order at some institutions, but if you are having a problem you should contact your doctor first. Additional imaging or tests may be necessary. Free and reduced price mammograms are sometimes available for uninsured or underinsured individuals, especially in October. Cervical cancer screening is done with a pap smear. Current technologies can also screen for HPV (human papiloma virus), when indicated, which is the virus that is associated with precancerous and cancerous changes to the cervix. Current recommendation is for a first pap smear at age 21 and screening every three years until age 30 at which time the screening interval can be changed to every three to five years. If your pap smears have always been normal, they are no longer needed after age 65. Pap smears, like mammograms, are intended to find the cancer early when treatment is easier and more effective. Preven-

tion of cervical cancer requires a vaccine. The current vaccine is a three shot series that covers nine strains of the HPV virus and is recommended between the ages of nine and 26. Vaccination prior to sexual exposure to the virus is preferable for maximum effectiveness. A pap smear is performed by a doctor or other medical providers and how frequently this exam is needed should be discussed with them. There are programs available to help women who cannot afford a pap smear. There are many other ways you can try to keep your body healthy such as good nutrition, maintaining a healthy weight, and aerobic exercise. The FDAs website has information about the food pyramid and healthy eating. They recommend 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least five days a week. Tests that are recommended for screening can be discussed with your health care provider. Sexually transmitted infection testing is recommended annually up to age 24. After age 50, annual screening for diabetes and heart disease is recommended. Other testing may be needed at other ages based on your personal and family history. If you have not had your annual health and wellness check-up this year, contact your health care provider for an appointment to discuss how you can get and stay healthy. Renee Smith, M.D. is a board certified OB/GYN practicing in Decatur. Learn more by visiting, wiseOBGYN.com or calling 940-626-8008 for an appointment.

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hat is the motivation behind your daily exercise goals? Are you attempting to build muscle, create definition or simply support overall health? Working out can help you achieve each of these goals but are you aware that exercise can literally make you glow? That’s right. One of the postpositive benefits is a radiant afterglow, from the inside out. We don’t typically regret a good workout because we feel empowered by our accomplishments. Even a brisk walk can put an extra pep in your step throughout the day. This pride and confidence naturally leads to a more positive attitude that translates into magnetic beauty. Nothing is more empowering for me than knowing I have accomplished something new and challenging. A once strenuous task was completed with ease. Research proves the benefits from exercise is not limited to strength gains and muscle definition, it goes much deeper as we gain a better perception of ourselves. Sometimes we get lost in the immediate euphoric results of how we feel that we forget about the plethora of additional benefits. Getting active promotes better circulation which can lead to healthier hair, nail growth and younger looking skin. Improved sleep function is a huge benefit for me. I feel more confident in my appearance and ability to conquer the day after a good night’s rest. Maintaining a regular routine promotes restful sleep leading to success – and no dark circles under the eyes. It improves endurance and stamina in the bedroom as well as self-confidence, so get moving and increase that libido A study conducted in 2011 from the University of California found that stressed women who exercised vigorously for an average of 45 minutes over a three day period had cells that 30

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lan your layout. Use small scissors to cut out any individual patterns or objects to add as accents, if desired. Note: if you are covering a drawer, remove the drawer and set it upright for easier application. Apply decoupage medium to the back of each paper or directly to the project piece. Work quickly, using a foam brush. Press paper onto the project, smoothing as you go with a damp rag or sponge. This is where accepting some wrinkles is okay. Wipe and reuse any residual decoupage medium. Overlap your pieces to cover.

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instsugi highlights the cracks and repairs as simply an event in the life of an object, rather than allowing its service to end at the time of its damage. et’s diverge for just a moment - I rejoice at the thought of how freeing it would be to adopt this philosophy for the things in our everyday lives, but also toward the people in our lives. hat a gift to ourselves and others to treat life’s hurtful and harmful events as breakage and repair. Each instance a part of our history, rather than something to disguise, or a reason to discard a relationship. That is what I love about the Japanese and their customs, the symbolism attached. I was told by the designer of our above mentioned furniture that the craftsman spent at least 6 months making them lovingly, by hand and then bowed to each piece as it left the factory because he felt as if a small piece of himself was leaving with it. In the case of intsugi, it translates to the acceptance of change and fate as aspects of human life. ho wouldn’t benefit from that perspective, even if it is at the expense of a broken bowl. L

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Oakwood Cemetery - 701 Grand Ave. Hosted by the North Fort orth Historical Society, guided group tours include historically based portrayals that tell the stories of early famous and infamous characters. alking tours begins at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. both days. For more information visit stockyardsmuseum.org. W

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Corinth Community Park - 3800 Corinth Pkwy. From 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Come celebrate the arrival of fall with the annual Pumpkin Palooza festival. ith great rides, contests, food and live music. Pumpkin Palooza is sure to be fun for the whole family. Parking, admission and most attractions are completely free. For more information visit corinthpumpkinpalooza.com.

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Cowboys Golf Club - 1600 Fairway Dr. The 24th annual event includes golf contests, unparalleled raffle, exclusive live auction, and the chance to win amazing prizes. ith sponsor, Skechers O O F and their generous support, every participant will receive a free pair of Skechers O O F shoes. Funds raised will support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s mission-driven programs across North Texas. olfers of all levels are invited to play. For more information visit putt24.auctionbid.org/microsite.

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Pet Parents: Mark and Becky Rogers Breed: Collie/Labrador mix Home: Alvord, Texas Rin Tin Tin was an iconic international star in motion pictures, rescued from a World War I battlefield by an American soldier. When a rescue dog made Marker Cellars Winery his home in January of 2016, owners Mark and Becky Rogers immediately noticed his calmness and “zen” demeanor. Discovering a comfy place to rest in an old director’s chair, he earned his name, Zin Tin Tin. He now eagerly greets each winery guest, looking for a little love, a pat on the head or a delicious treat. He and his running buddy, Vino Blanco, never miss an opportunity to quickly escort birds and other wildlife out of the vineyard. September/October 2017


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his I Believe is based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow. Each day, Americans gathered by their radios to hear compelling essays from the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller and Harry Truman. Corporate leaders, cab drivers, scientists, and secretaries also appeared—anyone able to distill into a few minutes the guiding principles by which they lived. These essayists’ words brought comfort and inspiration to a country worried

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about current events including the Cold War, McCarthyism, and racial division. In 2005, National Public Radio (NPR) revived the program in a series that featured essays in weekly broadcasts on satellite and public radio shows through 2014. The essays in each book are brief (350-500 words) and each author is asked to capture a core principle that guides their life or a belief that underlies their actions. Some of the writer’s names will be familiar to you, some will not. Some essays will speak to your heart and others you will skip. Some will be meaningful because of your current circumstance and some may be less relevant until the life changes. I was first introduced to This I Believe at a conference focused on the first year experience of college students. The practice of assigning students “common reading” - requiring them to read the same book simultaneously—has gained popularity in recent years as colleges and universities have sought new ways to enrich the campus experience for students, faculty and staff members. Not only do these assigned books provide a rich reading experience, but the premise offers a powerful educational tool. This allows faculty to guide students through exploring their beliefs and challenges them to compose their own personal version of This I Believe. In the same way, when you finish reading, consider yourself chal-

lenged to become a participant. Write your own statement of personal belief. You will find it an exercise in valuable self-reflection. Dan Gediman, the executive producer of the NPR broadcasts shared this, “The goal is not to persuade Americans to agree on the same beliefs. Rather, the hope is to encourage people to begin the much more difficult task of developing respect for beliefs different from their own.”

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