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Simply Hers Fragrance 101 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013

It’s a Woman Thing!

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Salute to the underachievers a MOTHER’S HOPE Where are The Skelton Boys?

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Changing your Oil is important By Rob Shewman Regular oil changes can be one of the most significant ways to extend the life of your vehicle. Period. Having your oil changed is key to the health of your vehicle! Still not convinced? here is a list of the top five reasons to have an oil change:


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HAPPY NEW YEAR from everybody here at Simply Hers magazine! As another busy holiday season winds down, like most of you, I find myself reflecting on this past year- I’ve certainly had my share of stress, disappointments and frustrations but I don’t have to think very long or hard to also feel extremely blessed! Recent events have made us all want to hold our children a little closer and say an extra prayer as they head out each day.

Because of high operating temperatures, oil experiences a thermal breakdown. The thermal breakdown wears on the oils additives and lubrication. When the lubrication wears down, parts of the engine may begin to rub against each other causing dysfunction and a shorter life span for your engine.

This issue is all about LOVE from the mother’s love of three lost children to the unending love of a couple that have been together for nearly half a century. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention all the wonderful items our local advertisers have stocked for our love of shopping! I just LOVE celebrating the holiday of the heart!

2. COmbuStiOn Gunk

Combustion gunk can do major damage to your engine and makes your car run less efficiently. Gunk occurs when there are corrosive byproducts that build up in your oil over time. Gunk left for a long period of time can cause your engine to overheat, leaving you with a major bill.


Along with sludge, that is naturally produced by combustion, your oil can also accumulate debris such as water, dirt and dust. This debris can actually corrode the inside of your engine. By keeping fresh oil, you clean out any oil with saturated debris.

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Over time some cars can leak gasoline or coolant into the oil. While this is rare, you wouldn’t be able to tell if this is occurring unless you had a an oil change. These leaks can seriously contaminate your oil which will, overtime, damage your engine. The bottom line is to take the best care of your vehicle as possible. The easiest way to do that is to check the oil often and to have your oil changed regularly.

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When you have your oil changed you will also get a new filter. The filter works to keep the sludge from reaching your engine. But if the filter is not changed regularly, it too becomes clogged and decreases the amount of good oil that gets to your engine which could kill it.

I start this year as I have since the beginning of Simply Hers, with a goal to bring you the best, local, woman’s magazine possible! Your continued support is much appreciated and as always, your input to help us improve, is invaluable. Here’s to a happy, healthy 2013!

I would also like to thank the writers who provide such timely and interesting articles


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Holiday stress causes muscular tension and nervous strain, leading many of us to experience back pain, neck pain and headache symptoms at this time of year. A spinal adjustment can loosen the muscles, relieving strapped inflammatory substances and taking pressure away from nerves.

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Winter weather can lead to fender benders, so it is important to listen to your body, you may require treatment for a trauma-related spinal misalignment. Even a slip on your front porch can create a need for Chiropractic services.

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Winter brings snowmen, sledding and pleasant evenings by the fire -- but it can also bring physical discomfort and even cause flare-ups of chronic pain. Any chiropractor can attest to many issues related to seasonal conditions. This is a good time for Michigan residents to put extra effort toward the prevention accidents and protecting their bodies from seasonal aches, pains and other symptoms.

Winter Allergies - Did you Know?

Many people find their allergies acting up as mold spores from wintertime precipitation and chimney smoke from neighborhood homes invades their airways. But many allergic responses are exaggerated or even initiated by faulty nerve signaling, a byproduct of poor spinal alignment and/or nerve impingement. Performing gentle adjustments can improve the routing of nerve signals throughout the body and quite possibly eliminate or vastly reduce allergy problems in the bargain.

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HAPPY 2013! Wow- it still seems a little strange to say that! It doesn’t seem that long ago that everyone was worried about the world coming to a screeching halt when the clock turned to 12:01 a.m. on the year 2000. But, we survived and thrived, and here we are, thirteen years later! Tanya Zuvers is very much aware of passing time. She is the mother of the three little Skelton boys who went missing after spending Thanksgiving with their father, in 2010. I had a chance to sit down and talk with Tanya shortly after the second anniversary of their disappearance. Many of us have watched and listened to reports of the circumstances leading up to, and after, that Thanksgiving. But in this story, I wanted you to meet this mother who is forced to cope with the unspeakable. She remains hopeful and shares her very personal story with the goal of keeping the search for her boys in the public eye. Please take time to study the pictures, especially the latest, age-advanced ones, so you can be another pair of eyes in this all important mission. I can’t think of a more exciting way to start the New Year than to have these precious little guys returned home! I hope your New Year is off to a good start. If you’ve already messed up on your resolutions, just push the ‘reset’ button and give it another try. I like to think of every day as another chance to get it right! We are SIMPLY DELIGHTED you have chosen to pick up this magazine and spend some time with us. Enjoy ~


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Valent ines Day Facts and superstitions Every February 14th people around the world exchange gifts, chocolates and romantic greetings for a day set aside for lovers. Many traditions are followed, all in the name of St. Valentine. Still, people may not understand why such customs are upheld. Much of the history of Valentine’s Day and St. Valentine himself is shrouded in mystery, and much of what’s widely accepted is inaccurate. To set the record straight, here are some facts about the holiday.

* Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. * Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the most popular holidays to give flowers. * According to Hallmark, women purchase 85 percent of all valentines.

* Valentine’s Day is believed to have originated from a celebration in Rome during the fifth century. This celebration paid tribute to St. Valentine, a Catholic priest. Other historians surmise it was a way to “Christianize” the pagan holiday of Lupercalia, which was a fertility festival. Included in the traditions were boys and girls drawing names from a box and exchanging gifts.

* According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas.

* The Catholic Church acknowledges at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus.

* Some tales suggest that the type of bird a girl watches on Valentine’s Day predicts her future husband. A bluebird indicates a happy man, while a sparrow indicates a poor man.

* All of the stories surrounding St. Valentine -- whether they are disputed or not -- paint him as a sympathetic and heroic individual. * The oldest known written valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.

* Candy was among the earliest Valentine’s Day gifts and remains a popular gift today.

* In Medieval times, girls consumed unusual foods on Valentine’s Day in the belief it would make them dream of their future husbands. * Valentine’s Day greetings have been popular from the Middle Ages onward, though they have been usually verbal in nature.




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Simply PROJECT: T-shirt scarves (2 styles-Fringe & Infinity) TOOLS NEEDED: Old L or XL t-shirts (Preferably 100% cotton - no side seams), good scissors and (optional) clip on flowers or embellishments SKILL LEVEL: Beginner ESTIMATED TIME: 3-10 Minutes

OUR CREATIVE CONTRIBUTOR FOR THIS ISSUE’S CRAFT/DIY PROJECT IS MARSHA BAKER~ Marsha, also known as “The Better Baker”, thrives in her kitchen. She had her own cookbook published in 2010 and enjoys blogging at her food blog of the same name (www. thebetterbaker.blogspot.com). Marsha has a passion to encourage others, through emails and her card ministry. She has been married almost 45 years to her high school sweetheart, Ron. The couple resides in Pioneer, where they both graduated from high school. He is retired from 20 years of military service. They have lived in Alaska, California, Texas, Washington and South Carolina. They have three adult children and eight of the “cutest grandchildren in the world”. Marsha enjoys crafting, but keeps to very simple projects such as this one.

It seems the celebs of today are all wearing scarves...big, little, frilly, puffy, etc. These lovely wonders add warmth and personality to your outfits. With just a few simple steps, you can add a fun accessory to your wardrobe. Did I mention frugal too? Just pull the t-shirts out of your drawers and get cutting! Stripes, prints or tie-dyed shirts are all fun to use as scarves as well.

Step- by-step Instructions:



Step 1: Lay t-shirt out flat and cut off the bottom of the shirt, cutting from under the arm on one side to under the arm on the other. (I prefer not to include graphics on front of shirt so that it ‘rolls’ cleaner)

Step 1: Lay t-shirt out flat and cut horizontally across the shirt, just below armholes to create rectangular tube.

Step 2: Cut off the bottom hem. (Don’t fret about cutting perfectly straight in any of this as the knit material is very forgiving).

Step 3: Stretch this ‘tube’ of material like there’s no tomorrow. (It helps to have a second person).

Wear it in single loop or double it. THAT’S IT! Add a flower or pretty embellishment if desired.


Step 2: From opposite end of hem (do not cut off this time), make a series of vertical cuts that extend from the raw edge upward. The longer the cut, the longer the fringe. You can cut from 2” to 12” in length. (I use a ruler to help gauge similar length cuts).

Step 3: Tug down on each strand to elongate it. You can add beads or simply tie the ends in knots if you’d like. Wear it in a single or double loop.


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What it is? Musky and spicy. Popular notes include sandalwood and patchouli.

What it is? Based on natures “green” smells such as fresh-cut grass and leaves.

Who should wear this scent? A STRONG scent for the woman who wants to be noticed.

Who should wear this scent? This is a perfect fragrance for work because it is not obtrusive.

Examples: Chantilly by Dana, Bond No. 9, Vera Wang’s Princess

Examples: Grass by Demeter Fragrance Library and Oscar’s Bamboo




What it is? Flower based scents like rose, jasmine and honeysuckle

What it is? Food based scents such as cotton candy, cocoa and caramel

What it is? These have a mossy base with citrus or leather notes.

Who should wear this scent? A must have for every woman because it works for all occasions.

Who should wear this scent? Perfect for a fun day off but avoid wearing them to work as they can be strong and sweet.

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If you’ve ever read any of my books, watched my TV show or heard me speak, you know that I live by my mantra of the “Power of One Good Habit.” In fact, one specific habit that I just can’t promote strongly enough can actually help you reduce your risk of colon and rectal cancer by 56%, lower your risk of heart disease by 40%, and help fight obesity, type 2 diabetes and constipation!! Interested??

Thought you would be!!! So just what habit is it that can do so much

good for your health? Drum roll please ... The answer is: Eat 30 grams of FIBER each and every day. That’s right, diets naturally high in fiber help prevent colon and rectal cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and constipation. Just a second though. When I say diets naturally high in fiber, I’m not talking about getting fiber from supplements. You won’t get the same benefits from 30 grams of fiber supplements that you get from foods naturally high in fiber. That’s because when you get 30 grams of fiber from foods that are naturally high in fiber, you’re receiving the synergistic benefits of fiber PLUS phytochemicals and antioxidants as well as high water content. But wait another second ... ISN’T FIBER IMPORTANT JUST FOR OLDER PEOPLE? No. Statistics show that even children aren’t getting the amount of natural fiber they need. Studies also show that even though most of us know that fiber is important in our daily diet, Americans on average are still only eating 11 grams each day. Shame on us!!

The poop on fiber

The easiest way to think about fiber is to imagine it as the essential exercise for the walls of your intestines. Remember that every time you eat, your food travels 24 feet from your mouth to your “other end.” And the inside walls of your GI tract are actually muscles that need to keep in shape so your digestive system works the way it should. Fiber gives these muscles the workout program it needs to cleanse your intestinal tract, keep you “regular,” soak up bad cholesterol and keep your colon healthy.

Two kinds of fiber

When people think of fiber, the first things that come to mind are leaves and twigs. Not quite. There are actually two kinds of fiber. The first is the insoluble or scratchy kind like nuts and seeds and fruits and vegetables. This is the “rotor-rooter” stuff that works to keep your colon clean. In fact, I like to think of broccoli as little colon brushes keeping the walls of my colon from collecting unwanted debris. The second kind of fiber is the soluble or spongy kind like oatmeal and dried beans. These work like little sponges to soak up nasty cholesterol and then our body poops it out. So if you need to lower your cholesterol, make sure you include beans in your menu four times a week.

Four simple steps to EASILY get your 30 grams a day

Now that you know WHAT foods constitute fiber, just how can you make sure you’re getting 30 grams a day in your diet? Here are four simple steps that can make this habit an easy one to master: • Eat 3 or more pieces of fruit each day (keep a giant fruit bowl filled and on your counter for “in sight/in reach” access) • Eat 3 or more ½-cup servings of vegetables each day (snack on fresh veggies before dinner, double your “token spoonful” at dinner and eat a giant salad for lunch)

Besides keeping the muscles of your intestinal walls in shape and providing an excellent cleaning service for your colon, foods naturally high in fiber are loaded with beneficial phytochemicals and antioxidants. High-fiber foods also contain more bulk and higher water content with fewer calories, which means we get full faster while eating less.

• Eat 4 or more servings of whole-grain breads, cereals and pasta, brown rice and oatmeal each day (trade your wimpy white bread and pasta for fiber-rich whole-grain and make Scrumptious Swiss Oats ‘n Fruit for breakfast)

What exactly IS fiber?

• Eat beans 4 times a week (add garbanzo beans, kidney beans or peas to your salad, serve hummus or bean dip instead of sour cream dips

Fiber is the portion of plant foods that the body does not digest, or in other words, the roughage. It is not found in any animal foods.

Make sure you get into the habit of eating 30 grams of fiber a day and have a FiberTastic, FiberLicious FiberHealthy life!!

Zonya Foco is a TV host, author and professional speaker. Visit www.Zonya.com for healthy tips, recipes and her new DIET FREE lifestyle program.

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Dr. Mark E. Kosciuszko completed his undergraduate degree at Alma College. He then completed his optometry program at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. The doctor served his residency at the Illinois College of Optometry and served as a faculty member for 20 years at the Michigan College of Optometry before bringing his expertise to Hillsdale.


r. Kosciuszko and his wife Claudette (Charney) moved to Hillsdale ten years ago when their career paths merged, leading them both to fufilling positions. Claudette’s is as the head women’s basketball coach and Associate Athletic Director at Hillsdale College and Dr. Kosciuszko’s is as a key member of the Gossage Eye Institute and Optical. They are avid outdoorsmen who love boating, running and spending time with their dog Maggie. Dr. Kosciuszko has a passion for helping his patients maximize their visual potential. His specialty is designing vision therapy regimens for children, including exercise programs and is continually learning new techniques and procedures. The doctor also specializes in low vision evaluation and contact lens fitting. He provides comprehensive eye care for the whole family including glasses and contact lenses. He also provides medical treatment of eye diseases and injuries and is regarded as an expert in fitting difficult contact lens patients.

One of the greatest assets of the Gossage Eye Institute is the liberal learning atmosphere. This is one of the things that drew Dr. Kosciuszko to the practice. He has a firm belief that one must be in a constant state of learning. The doctor has put his experiences in teaching too good use. The Gossage Eye Institute, in conjunction with the Hillsdale Community Health Center, has a residency program which ensures that patients are provided with state-of-theart technology that is generally only found in “big city” offices. The Gossage Eye Instute and Optical is extremely unique in that it offers specialists in three distinct ophthamology fields which is unheard of in most small town practices. This provides patients with a vast pool of knowledge and expertise, ensuring the best possible care. If you have a concern or question about vision or eye care needs, make an appointment with Dr. Kosciuszko at the Gossage Eye Institute and Optical. With his long list of qualifications, education, and commitment, it is CLEAR to SEE that he is the right choice!

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Local hospital empowers women with information that matters By Nancy Hastings Simply Hers Magazine Although breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S., Hillsdale Community Health Center helps women make informed decisions by understanding the disease, their risks and their options. In July 2011, HCHC raised the roof to install a new 1.5 Tesla General Electric MRI. The new large bore, closed MRI, with a price tag of $1.5 million, is staffed by technologists and radiologists overseen by Interventional Radiologist Marcio Curvelo, M.D., based out of Kalamazoo. According to Curvelo, breast MRI is a highly sensitive, noninvasive diagnostic tool that is used in conjunction with mammography and ultrasound to detect, diagnose and monitor breast cancer therapies. “Breast MRI is an important tool in screening for and treating breast cancer,” Curvelo said. “It’s a refining tool that’s great to have in the arsenal.” It provides a different view from X-ray mammography and is suitable in certain situations, such as in women with dense breast tissue and women classified as having high risk for breast cancer. Chief MRI Technologist Jamie Caldwell said MRIs are scheduled, when necessary, seven days a week. The higher strength magnet affords the radiologist better imaging quality, which allows more advanced studies to be performed. It’s this advanced technology that better serves the community, said HCHC Director of Development Judy Gabriele. “We are on the cutting edge of technology all the time,” Gabriele said, noting the newer machine is also more spacious and accommodating. It replaces the former machine that was seven years-old. Caldwell said MRI can be used in early diagnosis and if there is a concern due to family history.

Chief MRI Technologist Jamie Caldwell prepares the 1.5 Tesla MRI for a patient at HCHC. Nancy Hastings photo


“Sometimes young female patients and those with dense breasts can receive more information from an MRI after an ultrasound is done,” Caldwell said. “One’s physician can better determine who needs the MRI once their personal and family history is taken.” The procedure takes approximately 35 minutes when on the table, after a questionnaire covers safety and patient history. She emphasizes that an MRI does not utilize ionizing radiation. Caldwell explained many patients receive a contrast agent (dye) intravenously during their MRI scan which provides additional information of the area being scanned. If the doctor has determined that this procedure will enhance MRI scan results, the technologist will place an IV in one’s arm prior to going into the scan. Then, the patient lies on the table in a prone position. The patient is instructed to lay still because the machine is sensitive to movement which also causes blurring on the images, she explained. Curvelo said the level of care at HCHC is “second to none” as the equipment and expertise is the same found at bigger hospitals. Additionally, the convenience of treatment close to home, along with personalized care, is advantageous, he said. “Breast cancer is very common and a prevalent problem, so we need to be up to pace,” Curvelo said. Providing MRIs allows the detection of smaller problems. While mamographies can detect problems the size of centimeters, MRIs can detect millimeters tiny calcifications in the breast. “It’s more sensitive and can pick up smaller lesions and can help detect if it is malignant or benign to try to avoid unnecessary biopsies,” he said. “Detection is done earlier and earlier and it avoids unnecessary procedures.” To find out more, contact the Center for Women’s Health at 517-437-5277.

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following sara Hello from Afghanistan SIMPLY HERS has been following a local young woman, Sara (Armstrong) So, a Captain in the United States Army as she was deployed to Afghanistan. Sara has been sharing her trials, accomplishments, disappointments, hopes and fears through this experience. In this last email before she returns home, Sara reflects on her future and reminds us not to take our freedoms, privileges and all the things that make the United States such a great country, for granted. December 14, 2012 1:37 PM Happy Holidays from sunny Afghanistan!! Okay maybe not so much. Actually, this week it snowed quite heavily. It was a very wet, heavy snow, and by the next morning it had all melted. Then the inevitable happened and the area turned into a giant muddy quagmire. I’ve been trying to convince my Soldiers that we could all go make mud angels but they declined. Of course by the time you read this it will no longer be the holidays for you but as I write this it is about 10 days out from Christmas. Of course everybody wishes that they could be home and are homesick but strangely the whole feeling of it has been tempered by the sheer fact that after the holidays we will be coming home! Of course I can’t give you an exact date or tell you when, both for operational security reasons and also for the simple fact that I don’t know an exact date yet. I can tell you that sometime during the run of this article I will be returning back to Michigan. Of course that means everybody is in full-on planning and spending mode:) Everybody is planning trips for when they arrive home and many of us are spending money in anticipation of that. Myself and several others have saved quite a bit of money. I will be using mine mostly towards finishing up my nursing school. Many of us have paid off all various forms of debt, some are saving to propose or pay for weddings. A select few have somehow managed not to save anything at all. I have temporarily become obsessed with shopping for clothes online. Mainly skirts, after wearing the same 3 sets of clothes and one pair of boots every single day for a year; I may never wear pants again! Take that however you will :) In the past, I’ve never really cared about fashion, and I still don’t, but it will feel so nice to feel like a woman again. I miss the little thingsputting on makeup, feeling pretty, smelling pretty, trying on several outfits before getting to choose the one I like best. I’ve also managed to convince my husband to get a puppy, so I’m excited to take on a new member of the family. I think my mom is a little disappointed that she has to be a puppy grandma for a while, but my husband and I both need time to readjust to normal life again. Not to mention the fact that we have yet to really be a married couple. Normally this time of year is a time of reflection for people and it is no different for us here in Afghanistan. A large part of that reflection is realizing just how much we take for granted at home. At home we also talk about how good we have it and how lucky we are, but honestly, I think most of us are just paying lip service to the idea that we have it good in the spirit of the season. After living and working in a third world country for nearly a year, most if us have a whole new perspective on this. Interestingly enough, it is the small freedoms that most may never even think to be thankful for that we dwell on the most. Like being thankful that I live in a country where I can choose who I marry, or to not get


married. I am thankful to live in a country where I don’t have to cover myself from head to toe to go outside. I am thankful that I can choose what I worship, or not to worship anything if I so wish. I am thankful that days without running water or electricity are not the norm. I am thankful that I can show affection in public, visit a hospital and not have to worry that there will be no medicine. Thankful to wake up each morning next to somebody that I love, have a job, seek out my own happiness. And very simply, I am thankful to live in a country that has beer and McDonald’s (I know that sounds silly but I miss getting to choose what and when I eat). So what lies ahead for us all? I know that many of us, myself included, will be picking up our lives where we left off. Resuming full-time jobs, finishing school, learning how to be a part of families who have had to spend the past year learning how to live without US. Trying to readjust to a life where I am no longer Captain So, but only Sara. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful hard work that my husband put into our home. I can’t wait to visit Korea and meet all my in-laws for the first time. I hope that I have the chance to thank so many of the people from my home area who supported me in so many different ways while I was here. Even if I didn’t get the chance to express it personally I kept every single letter, note, and postcard that was sent to me. To me they represent something that is becoming easy to forget at home- that despite our differences, in views, religion, economic status, or ethnicity, we are a country united. Every single one of us inherited the freedoms that we have, and every single one of us has a part to play to ensure that our children and all future generations, worldwide, enjoy the right to life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness. Nothing in life is guaranteed, but I am thankful I live in a country where at least those are my choices to make. The only real news from here is that the officer in charge of our team recently returned home. Nobody has given more of his time or life in the past 18 months, and honestly I couldn’t be happier that he will spend his holidays with his family. If any of us has earned that it is him. That leaves me, Captain Sara So as the officer in charge. Its a very busy time, keeping everybody safe, preparing to come home, and basically keeping everything going. My Soldiers are calling it the “So Dynasty”. As you read this it is a new year, resolutions to make and break, lives to live just like before the joyous disruption of the holidays. I’ve learned here that a life of normalacy is in itself a glorious adventure when you do it surrounded by people who care about you. I look forward to closing this chapter of my life and resuming my own adventure. I know there will still be many ahead. Who knows, perhaps you’ll even join me for some of them. Until then, thank you for your encouragement and support. And long live the So Dynasty! CPT Sara So 210 MP BN Simply Hers would like to THANK Sara for her service to our country and for sharing the experience in such a detailed and insightful way. We send our prayers that God will bring her back to her family and friends, safely and soon!

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t age 13, Constance Blank already knew she loved taking photos. With her mother’s Polaroid camera, she started photographing her two nieces on a regular basis. As time went on, she became the designated family photographer, documenting prom night memories and capturing senior year photos. About three years ago she got her first professional-quality camera. By 2011, Constance was a busy, full time mother to four young boys, Shayden (now age 8), Talyn (6), Kellyn (4) and Daylen (2). She is also a self-proclaimed obsessive organizer, so as a way to keep all her photos organized, she started a separate Facebook page and titled it “Constance Blank Photography.” She admits it wasn’t a conscious effort to start a business but more of a way to keep all the photos she had been taking for family and friends organized separately from her own. She was really quite surprised when it actually stirred up a lot of interest, which ultimately led to requests to take more photos. At some point, she had to admit a business had been born. Over the last year, her experience and satisfied client list has grown beyond her wildest expectations! Being able to be flexible with the appointments allows her to still be a stayat-home Mom, which is always her first commitment and priority. And as she gains more experience, she is comfortable with acknowledging she seems to have a special ability for bringing out the best in the people she photographs. In September 2012, she joined the Simply Hers team, sharing her photography talents with our readers. Constance especially enjoys photographing couples and (maybe because of the early days with her nieces) young women’s senior shots. She says the trend for seniors now is to do a couple of photo shoots in different seasons. At the present time, she specializes in outdoor photos and has found that people enjoy the natural versus artificial backdrops. She was especially busy through Halloween and Christmas offering mini sessions with seasonal decorations. She had thought things might slow down as the winter moved in but has actually had a lot of requests for pictures in the snow and winter scenes. Although Constance is very creative with unique posing and scene setups, she welcomes ideas from her clients and is willing to work with their vision. Having four children of her own, she is also very adept to making little ones smile and putting the parents at ease.


Appointments are available Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays by calling 517-499-6689. Her reasonable rate of $50 includes 20 edited images, on a CD, copyright released. The sessions average 30-40 minutes. Call Constance today and find out why people are saying she is the photographer they trust to capture their family’s memories! HERE’S WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT CONSTANCE BLANK PHOTOGRAPHY ~ “Until I had a photo shoot with Constance Blank, I believed that pictures were a nightmare!!! Too many studios are equipped with cheesy backgrounds, untrained photographers and overbooked customers. It was so nice to finally have my children photographed by someone who actually LOVED what they do and portrayed it in their work. She showed patience, kindness, true talent and a passion for what she does. The pictures that she took of my children were the best pictures that we’ve ever had taken, hands down! I will never go back to another discount studio in my life! Constance Blank does amazing work and she does it the way YOU want it done.” – Jennifer Nagel “Constance has the ability to capture every important memory in our life. We truly believe that she was blessed with an amazing talent and are thankful that she knows how to use it. No one has ever been able to make all four of my children smile at the same time and I believe it’s because you Constance are SIMPLY AMAZING!! Thank you for all that you do and please continue to follow your God given talent and capture memories!” – Crystal Gimenez “I can’t say enough about the amazing time my kids and I had while Constance took our pictures...... we had our pictures taken to mark the end of my recent breast cancer battle. She made me feel amazing and my kids were so at ease..... I will never go to another person but her to get any type of pictures done..... she is truly is amazing!!!!” – Mandi Henson

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Recently we were introduced to a modern day nomad and thought she would be a perfect fit in the Simply Hers family. Ashley Price is an inspiration for women, not because she has reached the perverbial “top”, but because she has faced her fears and hasn’t given in to life’s demand that she conform. She has decided to live outside the box and she is willing to take us with her on the journey... One day I just sat around my office and realized how unfilled I was. I had a good job, a great house, and I lived in one of the most beautiful places in America. By all accounts, I should be happy. But I wasn’t, and I felt ungrateful for wanting more. A few months after my epiphany, I decided it was like they say in the movie, The Shawshank Redemption, either “get busy living or get busy dying”. I needed to drastically change my life. I had no clue how it would manifest itself, but thankfully it did. On April 28, 2012 I resigned from my position as the Director of Marketing for a financial services firm in Traverse City, Michigan and made the life changing decision to move to Williston, North Dakota. North Dakota is currently experiencing an oil boom and there are plenty of jobs for the taking. Ironically enough, I learned this fact from an e-mail that my previous boss had sent. This e-mail detailed a photo-journalist’s trip to Williston where he explored the boom first hand. I did the math and realized that there was an extreme amount of potential for me to make a lot of money out west. I also realized that if I had the opportunity to make a lot of money, I could pay off my debt.


So on May 14th, 2012 I took off in my RV (appropriately named The Bonanza) with my mother and trusty sidekick Ziggy, my four year old Jack Russell. Four days and 1330 miles later, we landed in Williston. By the following Tuesday, I dropped my mom off at the airport and by the end of the day, I landed my first job as a bartender. Shortly after

that, I landed my second job at an energy services company. The main goal of this journey is to pay off $100,000 in student loan debt, not to strike it rich. As a 28 year old, single female it is hard enough to survive independently, let alone with $700+ monthly student loan payments. Imagine the life and opportunities I could create for myself if I were debt-free! I could head west to Seattle and drive down the coast all the way to San Diego… just living wild and free. No monthly bills, no mortgage, but most importantly, no student loans. I could become a flight attendant, actress, starving artist, a boxer, anything. The world is my oyster. Being debt-free will allow me to pursue my passions without that crippling, crushing feeling of debt. My original goal is to become debt-free by April 19, 2014. I realize this may be a bit overzealous, but I’d like to at least try. I started a blog to help document my journey as well as to have a forum for my family and friends to send words of encouragement and to keep me accountable. It has been working wonders so far. This journey is not just about the money for me either. It’s about fulfillment, self-discovery, and living the life you truly want to live. It’s also about inspiring others to take action and to be held accountable for their lives. It reveals itself differently for each individual, but if I can help someone think twice about what they want and conversely what they refuse to stand for in their lives, then I can say I’ve lead a successful life. I want my story to be of a woman, in search of a life free of debt and dogma, about new beginnings and the hope of unexpectedly stumbling onto the true meaning of life. Regardless of the outcome, I can guarantee I will enjoy the ride! Ashley will be updating us on her journey in upcoming publications. Again we would like to welcome her to the Simply Hers family.

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It’s a good idea for all parents and for anyone who provides childcare to take a certified course in infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation. You can contact your local American Red Cross, The American heart Association Chapter or the Reading Emergency Unit to sign up for a course.

You may need to give a baby CPR if he or she experiences the following:

1. Has no heartbeat or pulse. 2. Has blue lips and skin. 3. Has difficulty breathing or stops breathing entirely. 4. Is unresponsive. Chances for saving your baby’s life or avoiding permanent injury increase dramatically the sooner you start CPR.

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There are many ways to perform CPR but the following is one I find easy to remember. The procedure for giving CPR to an infant is similar to the one used for adults. Loudly call out the child’s name and stroke or gently tap the child’s shoulder. Don’t shake the child.

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If you are the only rescuer and CPR is needed, do CPR for two minutes - about five cycles - before calling 911 or your local Emergency number. If another person is available have that person call for help immediately while you attend to the baby.

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1. Place baby on his or her back on a firm flat surface such as a table. The floor or ground will also do.

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2. Imagine a horizontal line drawn between the baby’s nipples. Place two fingers of one hand just below this line in the center of the chest over the “breast bone.” 3. Gently compress the chest about 1 ½ inches. 4. Count aloud as you pump at a rate of about 100 compressions per minute.


1. After 30 chest compressions gently tip the baby’s head back by lifting the chin with one hand and pushing down on the forehead with the other hand. 2.In no more than 10 seconds put your ear near the baby’s mouth and check for breathing. Look for chest motion, listen for breath sounds and feel for breath on your cheek and ear.


1. Cover the baby’s mouth and nose with your mouth. 2. Prepare to give the baby two rescue breath’s. Use the strength of your cheeks to deliver gentle puffs of air instead of deep breaths from your lungs to slowly breath into the baby’s mouth one time taking one seconds for the breath. Give a deep enough breath to cause baby’s chest to rise gently. If it does give a second rescue breath. If the chest does not rise repeat the head tilt and chin lift maneuver and then give the second breath. 3. If the baby’s chest still does not rise examine the mouth to make sure no foreign material is inside. If an object is seen sweep it out with your finger. If the airway seems blocked perform the first aid for a choking baby. 4. Give two breath’s after every 30 chest compressions. 5. Perform CPR for about two minutes before calling for help unless someone else can make the call while you attend to the baby. 6. Continue CPR until you see signs of life or until medical personnel arrive. To some this process seems quite complicated but with review and practice the steps are quite simple. You can periodically practice with a child’s doll to keep the steps fresh in your memory. No one wants to be faced with a situation that requires CPR but with this knowledge and with practice you will be able to focus and perform CPR effectively.

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A photo of Tanner, Andrew and Alexander Skelton taken on a family camping trip just before the abduction.

A Mother’s Hope The Disappearance of the Skelton Brothers By Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine

To say that Tanya (Skelton) Zuvars is living every mother’s nightmare is an understatement! After going with their father, John Skelton, for Thanksgiving in 2010, her sons Andrew, Alexander and Tanner have never been seen again. All three boys had just celebrated birthdays; Tanner had turned 5 in October, Alex 7 and Andrew 9, both in November. As the two year anniversary of their disappearance passes, Tanya remains hopeful she will see her little guys again, even though the police are now considering it a homicide investigation. It’s the kind of story that leaves everybody shaking their heads. How could this happen? Why would a father harm his children that he had always seemed to love so much? How can there be no trace of them anywhere, despite the efforts of thousands of people? And then there are Tanya’s questions that come from hindsight- Why did she trust him? Should she have seen ‘red flags’ that weekend? Should she have taken the personality changes over the last couple of months more serious? And perhaps the biggest question of all- Who IS this man she has loved, married and had her children with?

As Tanya tries to piece together a timeline of events prior to the boys disappearance, she remembers their lives being very much that of a “typical family”. When Andrew was born in 2001, she and John agreed they would be their children’s primary caregivers. At the time, John had a good paying job as a truck driver so Tanya became a stay-at-home Mom. By 2005, Alexander and Tanner had been born. As the economy started to spiral downward, John was laid off and the Skelton family experienced financial difficulties, much like many other families did. But by 2010, Tanya had taken part time work and John had found new employment. Near the end of July or early August, John had been re-connecting with former classmates in Florida and was looking forward to his 25 year class reunion. He made arrangements to take a truck run to Florida and took a week’s vacation to attend. Tanya now looks back and realizes that was a pivotal time. After that, he seemed distant; spending a lot of time on the computer and talking on his cell phone behind closed doors. Around this time, he told Tanya he “wasn’t happy” and “wanted a break”. But what he proposed was that they all move to Florida, he and she would get separate apartments and they would share the boys.


After getting over the shock of the original conversation, Tanya agreed to talk about it and see what could be worked out. But before they could take it any further, John took the boys out of school one morning and headed for Florida. An alert school secretary got suspicious and called Tanya. Even though she was able to catch him before he left the area, she was somewhat helpless to stop him since he was the boy’s father and there was no custody issue. Before it was over, Tanya ended up having to file for divorce (to get custody established) and go to Florida (court orders in hand) to get them back. After that incident, Tanya and the boys moved into separate housing. She got Andrew, Alex and Tanner into counseling and insisted that she and John attend marriage counseling if there was to be any hope of reconciliation. By this point, Tanya remembers that John’s personality had changed. She describes him as “clingy” and “needy”. He was begging her to move back in with him and would get very upset when she insisted it would take a long time before she could trust him again. At some point she discovered he had been fired from his job and had been lying about going to work. But over the next couple of months, especially with the counseling sessions, she did start to trust him a little more. He was awarded legal visits every Wednesday evening and every other weekend. In fact, the Sunday before the Thanksgiving visit, she had asked John if the boys could spend the night while she finished a big project for her photography class. When he agreed she thought they were making progress in compromising. But when they came home Monday, the boys told her their daddy had revealed some personal information from Tanya’s past. She felt it was completely out of line at their young ages and took it as an attempt to turn them against her or scare them. Tonya was furious with him. They argued that night and it spilled over when the boys went with him for Thanksgiving.

he went or what he did with them, have failed. A lot of the investigation has centered around finding the couple he spoke about on Thanksgiving. There has also been talk of an “underground” organization, or speculation that they are with the Amish community. None of these have been proven to have any merit. John and Tanya’s divorce became final in June of 2011. She was awarded sole custody of the children, and took back her maiden name of Zuvers. At the divorce hearing, John refused to tell the judge where the boys were. In July, he gave an interview to the Detroit Free Press claiming his sons were safe and professing he would never harm them. He disputed much of the information that had been released by the police. Later in July, he pleaded ‘no contest’ to unlawful imprisonment and on September 15th, was sentenced to 10-15 years. Tanya has had no contact with him but is in the process of attempting to get a visit in hopes some progress can come out of the communication.

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Tanya speaks very honestly and candidly about her inability to handle the first year after her sons went missing. In an attempt to dull the pain and temporarily escape the nightmare, she admits she drank “way too much”. Her two older daughters were very concerned. In October of 2011, she says she had a “wake up call” and knew that she was not being the person she wanted to be, or the mother her children deserved. Now days she spends most of her off- work hours doing everything possible to keep the focus on finding Andrew, Alex and Tanner. She describes them as smart, curious, electronic-obsessed little boys that were just leaving their toddler days and developing into great little guys. They love to play outside by the hour, riding bicycles and being creative with sidewalk chalk. When they had to be inside, it was PlayDoh messes, video games and big blanket forts draped all over the room.

... 3:01 arrived ... the boys

weren’t back

The last conversation Tanya had with the three children was Wednesday evening. Although she spoke with John on Thanksgiving, he told her they were having fun playing video games (she could hear the sounds of the games and them laughing in the background) so she didn’t insist on speaking with them. Of course, she now wonders if that was even really them or just a recorded video of them. Things deteriorated throughout the visit as Tanya attempted to get the boys delivered home prior to the scheduled 3:00 time on Friday so she could take them along on a family shopping trip.

... on the phone

calling the police ... desperately trying to get

authorities to help.

John’s story about their whereabouts kept changing and the more questions she asked, the more evasive he was. So by the time 3:01 arrived, and the boys weren’t back in her custody, she was on the phone calling the police. The rest of the evening became a whirlwind as they desperately tried to get authorities to help. Before the day was over, John took himself into the hospital claiming a failed suicide attempt (he had hurt his ankle) and told authorities the boys had gone with the couple they had been with at Thanksgiving. Tanya’s suspicions that something had gone drastically wrong accelerated when she heard that John had attempted suicide and found the house had been secured with a board to brace the back door shut and a deadbolt. When authorities were able to enter, there was total devastation throughout! The mattress was sliced, glass was broken everywhere and the sink was full of broken dishes. But there was no sign of Andrew, Alexander or Tanner. They have never found any proof that the couple he claimed to have given the children to, even exist.

Over the months that followed, John’s story explaining where the boys were and why he wouldn’t disclose the location, kept changing. Authorities could trace some of his actions from cell phone pings and witnesses that remembered seeing him or his vehicle, but attempts to pinpoint exactly where

the boys are not alive.

Tanya has moved back in with her parents. The comfort of family is tempered with the sadness of living just a block from the school. The boys used to walk to Grandma and Grandpa’s house every day after school, where Tanya would pick them up. The laughter and sight of the groups of children walking by is a bittersweet reminder of those special times. Tanya spends many hours doing interviews, talking with the police, attending gatherings, and anything else she can to keep her sons’ situation in the public eye. Recently, age-advanced photos were released, giving new life and hope that somebody will see and recognize them. Some believe the boys may have been separated to make them less obvious. The police have not shared with Tanya what evidence they have that leads them to believe

The outpouring of support gives Tanya encouragement and even two years later, she still feels every effort is being made to find her children. As the family marks the second Thanksgiving, Christmas, three birthdays, and many other family milestones (the boys have become uncles with the birth of their sister’s baby daughter), Tanya will not allow herself to believe she will never see her little boys again. Her faith and hope remain strong as she talks about knowing there will be a lot of adjustments necessary when they come home. She understands they will need counseling. She realizes they may return as strangers and wonders what they have been told. It breaks her heart to think somebody may be telling them she doesn’t love them or want them.

As I left the interview I asked if we could talk again when the boys come home. Without hesitation and flashing the first smile I’d seen, she quickly replied, “Absolutely!” So I am looking forward to talking with Tanya again and meeting her sons. Please join me in praying that it will be VERY SOON…..



Age Progressed Photos

Andrew Skelton DOB 11/20/2001 Brown Eyes

Alexander Skelton DOB 11/04/2003 Dark Brown Eyes

tanner Skelton DOB 10/20/2005 Blue Eyes

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Love Letters... By Peggie Bildner, Simply Hers Magazine

In 1969, Tom Spratt had been in the U.S. Navy Sea Bees, since February of ‘68. Shirley Vandenbelt was a young, single woman working in the office at Consumer’s Power in Jackson. Her co-worker, Kathy, was engaged to Stan, who had become a friend of Tom’s when they shipped out at the same time. When Stan and Tom were sent on separate assignments (with Tom being sent to Vietnam) Kathy sent Tom letters to keep him updated on Stan. At some point, Kathy asked her co-workers if anybody would be interested in writing to Tom. At that time there was no email, Facebook, Skype, cell phones or all the other ways of keeping in contact like we have now. So people depended on regular mail deliveries to keep in touch, especially servicemen. Shirley was already corresponding with a couple of other men in the service, as well as another male friend. She enjoyed the communications and it seemed like the patriotic thing to do, so she said, “Sure! Why not?” Tom remembers thinking it was nice to get mail from someone but when she sent a photo he was skeptical. He thought “she was a good looking gal” but wondered if the photo was really even of the same person writing the letters! Their correspondence went on for eight months, never being anything but friendly exchanges about what was going on in their lives and idle conversations just meant to fill in time and keep a connection to home. In August of that year, Tom turned 21 and Shirley sent him 21 birthday cards! Shirley thought there was a chance she would finally get to meet him when he came home on leave in September but it almost didn’t happen. Tom shared with his mother that he had been corresponding with a girl from Jackson, but didn’t think he would try to see her while he was home. His mother encouraged him to look her up. The first time Tom came to her door, Shirley says they “just kind of stood there looking at each other through the screen door and giggled”. After all those months of writing, it felt awkward to finally meet face to face. They both remember an instant attraction and felt a shift from friendship to something more once they met in person. Eventually, her father told them to get out and go somewhere so they went to the Viking Steak House. Tom asked to see her again the very next night but she had a standing “date” with her Dad on Friday nights ever since her mother had passed away earlier that year. So she turned him down but immediately added, “I could see you the next night!” From then on, they were together every evening for the entire month he was home on leave.

In October, Tom returned to California for two months and just a couple of days after arriving, they had a phone conversation where Tom told Shirley he was sending her a “real friendship ring”. When the package arrived it was a diamond engagement ring! Shirley accepted his roundabout proposal by putting the ring on, officially becoming engaged October 5th, 1969. To this day, she proudly wears her original diamond. After that short stay in California, he was sent to Alaska for 12 months so Shirley didn’t see him again for 14 months! The letter writing started again. Tom came home in November of 1970 and they were married on December 19th, having spent very little time actually being together! Tom was still the property of the U.S. Navy so by the first of the year, he had to go back on assignment in California. This time he took his bride with him. They loaded up a few of their wedding gifts and headed out across the country. But their newlywed housekeeping only lasted three months before Tom shipped back out to Vietnam for another tour. And they were back to sharing love letters for another seven months! Shirley moved back in with her father and worked in the accounting office of Mercy Hospital. When Tom was finished with his commitment to the Navy, Shirley flew out to California to meet him and again, drive cross country back to Michigan. This time they were in his 1956 Ford pickup, that he owns to this day. Tom’s father, Jerry, had started the Spratt’s Trading Post business when Tom was a child so his plan had always been to return to Hillsdale and work there. Shirley’s medical accounting experience helped her find employment in a doctor’s office, where she worked for 26 years. In September of 1974 they had their first son, Chad and in December of 1977, son Kurt completed the family. Continuing the male-domination, they now have five grandsons age 20 months to nine years. This past December the Spratt’s celebrated 42 years of marriage. Shirley’s favorite Valentine gift is still a card from Tom, but adds “plus an ‘I Love You’ and kiss or two”! From a young couple who married after spending only about two months together, they have built a long term marriage. They credit tolerance, communication and never going to bed mad, as their formula for success. Shirley still has every single one of those love letters. When I asked her about sharing a little something from them, with a slight blush and giggle, she said, “Not from the ones sent after we were married!” And for a second, I think I saw a glimpse of that young girl who met Tom at the screen door that day……


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A Sign of the Times We alll have small sayings that mean a great deal to us. Here is a fun and unique way to share the whimsy with everyone. There is an ‘easy peasy’ tutorial that all of us can follow at www.southernbellesoulmountainbrideheart.blogspot.com

Colorful answer to any “Plain Jane” dresser Chase away your winter blues with a little paint and a some creativity. Do you see how gorgeous this painted dresser is? It looks like it could have come out of some unique home decor store. An easy to follow tutorial can be found at www.icantstopcrafting.com


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A Day at the Museum Come inside... the weather’s fine.

January and February bring beautiful winters to Michigan. The glistening snow and crisp winter air are perfect for fun winter activities such as skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. But if you are looking for a place to come in and warm up from the cold, consider spending an afternoon exploring at one of Michigan’s terrific museums.

Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM)

The world’s first LEED Gold certified art museum provides a unique gathering place in downtown Grand Rapids. The museum collection ranges from Renaissance to Modern art, featuring paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photographs. After admiring the exhibitions at the GRAM, stop in at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, just a few blocks away, to see artifacts, ideas and stories from around the world.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Located on the campus of Michigan State University, this newly-opened art museum is a premier venue for international contemporary art. The museum, designed by the world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, is a work of art in itself andfeatures an international exhibition program, performances, films and social actions. Admission is free to the general public.

Michigan Historical Museum

Learn about Michigan history from prehistoric times through the late twentieth century in the 26 permanent galleries of the Michigan Historical Museum. Blocks away from the state Capitol Building in Lansing, the museum features an exquisite three-story topographic map of our state’s two peninsulas. Walk through an Upper Peninsula copper mine, a 1920s street and the 1957 Detroit Auto Show and experience Michigan in all its glory.


Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA

One of Detroit’s cultural gems and the fifth-largest fine arts museum in the country, the DIA offers more than 100 galleries with art ranging from ancient to modern times. The American art collection is one of top collections in the country and visitors can experience music from around the world during Friday Night Live at the DIA. Diego Rivera’s iconic Detroit Industry murals are a must see.

The Henry Ford

The museum, which began as a personal collection of Henry Ford’s, is a National Historic Landmark. See artifacts from key moments in history including Lincoln’s chair from Ford’s Theatre, President Kennedy’s presidential limousine and the Rosa Parks bus. Driving America: The World’s Premier Automotive Exhibition tells the fascinating story of people, cars and our culture. If you have time, stop by Greenfield Village where you can experience America’s past including the Wright Brother’s Home and Cycle Shop, Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory and Model T rides.

Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

Fun for the whole family, explore more than 250 hands-on exhibits featuring science, math and technology. Experiment with machines, climb aboard a full-size ambulance or play the stringless Laser Harp all in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor.

Marquette Regional History Center

Enjoy interactive exhibits as you learn about the people, places and events that helped shape Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Explore an authentic pioneer cabin, a fur trading post, an Ojibwe wigwam and a Finnish sauna or check out one of the many special events that take place at the museum.

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S.O.S. Sort, Organize, and Simplify Your Life!

By Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine


Happy New Year! For better or worse, we have survived the holidays. If you are like most people, you were left with a need to loosen your belt and tighten your budget! Re-purposing items you already have is a great way to put the SOS lifestyle to work. Instead of buying more, find ways to reuse things in a new way. In that spirit, here are some ideas to start the New Year with a resolve to Sort, Organize and Simplify your life: PLASTIC “CLAM SHELL” CONTAINERS work great for transporting cupcakes. They are just the right size and deep enough to hold 8 frosted cupcakes. No more forgetting your Tupperware at the party, or asking to have your container returned. POOL NOODLES cut into various sizes of circles make inexpensive packing material. Placed between the item and shipping container, they provide ample padding and keep the item extremely stable- all for about $1.


TOILET PAPER CARDBOARD TUBES can be used to corral elastic hair bands. Slide the bands around the tube and/or clip hairclips to the top. A TOWEL BAR mounted in the kitchen can hold multiple spray bottles of cleaner (hang by the trigger.) SHOWER CURTAIN HOOKS can be hung on closet rods to hold purses, scarves or belts. A MAGNET placed inside your metal medicine cabinet keeps tweezers or clippers handy. A TOOTHPICK wrapped at the end of your tape roll will make the end easy to find. CLEAN MAKEUP BRUSHES can be used to clean computer keyboards and other tight spaces.

AN EMPTY MATCH BOX is just the right size to hold everything you need for a travel sewing kit.

CENTER TUBES FROM WRAPPING PAPER can “beef up” flat curtain rods when you have curtains or valances that require larger rods.

A TALL ACRYLIC (CLEAR) VASE placed in the bathroom, is an attractive way to keep extra toilet tissue in sight for guests and it’s easier for you to keep track of your supply.

CONTACT LENS CASES are just the right size to hold a small serving of an herbal instant tea, spice or flavored creamer.

CHRISTMAS CARD FRONTS make beautiful gift tags for next year. This is a fun project for your children or grandchildren. If they are good with scissors, they could even cut out just the design, like a snowman or Christmas tree.

Look around, use your imagination, get creative and I bet you will find many more ways to re-purpose and re-use old things in this New Year! Wishing you a happy, healthy, ORGANIZED 2013!

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By Willie Smith Simply Hers Magazine



My good friend Mary is the new owner of Margarita’s in Hudson. The food is excellent and word is spreading so business is really brisk. Mary mentioned that she needed another waitress and of course my first thought was “I’m your man” (well, woman in this case). Do you think I should have mentioned to her that I hadn’t waitressed in over 40 years? Yeah, I think so too, but I didn’t and now I’m embarrassed to say that this lapse in judgment just about put one of my best friends right over the edge. My first mistake was actually showing up to work. What was I thinking when I told Mary I’d be glad to help? It was the tip money. I’ve heard stories of waitresses making hundreds of dollars in tips in one night and I wanted to be one of them. I realize now that I may have been in the wrong kind of establishment to makes hundreds in tips. Well, that and the fact that I was going to keep my clothes on at all cost. Margarita’s was packed when I walked in on my first day so I was behind before I even started. I was hurrying to get an order to my first table, but I was obviously in too much of a hurry because as soon as the cook put the food on the counter I thought it was ready to go and grabbed the plates. Oops! Come to find out he hadn’t put the burgers on the buns yet. When I put the plates in front of the customers and asked how everything looked, I just walked away. I thought they were kidding me when they said they wanted their hamburger plate with a hamburger on it. I was just a whippin’ around the restaurant with a smile on my face, asking people how things were going. The problem was I didn’t wait to hear what anybody said. I know Mary serves great food and I was being “Waitress Extraordinaire” so what’s not to like? Well, okay, that one lady didn’t like it when I dropped a plate of food in her lap, but I said I was sorry and I meant it. Oh yeah, there was that man that didn’t like it when I spilled a pop down his back, but he looked hot anyhow so it should have felt good. And there was that table


that I completely forgot about for 20 minutes, but I had smiled and said I’d be with them shortly. Shortly is a relative term you know. How could I know shortly to them meant a couple of minutes tops. Sheesh! Some people are so picky!! I did give the wrong food to two different tables, but those tables were right next to each other. Why couldn’t they just pass the right food to the right person? How hard would that have been? I’m telling you, I just don’t understand people. It’s not like I was sitting on my backside doin’ nothin’. Help a girl out will ya?! I guess I can understand how that group of 12 felt a little cramped at a table for eight, but they looked like they were family and being close to your family is good, right? Evidently for some families being close is not a good thing because a fight broke out. That’s when I dropped my tray full of dirty dishes just to get everyone’s attention. I got attention all right! Mary glared at me as though she was angry with me, but she couldn’t be mad at me could she? I was just trying to restore calm. I can’t help it that I scared a couple of little old ladies so bad they ran screaming from the restaurant. Without a word to me Mary pulled her phone from her pocket and started dialing. Who could she be calling at a time like this when there was a mess to be cleaned up? My husband!? She was calling my husband to come get me? But … but why? I didn’t understand. Mary and I were friends. Friends forgive and forget, don’t they? Apparently some friends don’t forgive and they don’t forget. Suffice it to say, I did not make big money in tips. As a matter of fact, I didn’t make any money at all, plus I still owe Mary for damages. I wish she would return my phone calls so I could apologize. When you want a great meal, go to Margarita’s. The food is good and now that I’m gone the service is good too. But please do not, under any circumstances, mention my name. I believe Mary is still a little bitter and I don’t want to put my former best friend over the edge (again).

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turn the page Book and Author Reviews Have you ever read author Nancy Thayer? If not, you could be in for a treat. I recently rediscovered her novels, and am really enjoying them. The three recent ones I’ve read are entitled, Between Husbands and Friends, Summer House, and Heat Wave. I give them all five stars!

By Nancy Ryan Simply Hers Magazine

Back in 2003 and 2005, Thayer wrote three pretty relevant books for and about women my age. The Hot Flash Club, The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again, and Hot Flash Holidays. In the first book we are introduced to Faye, Shirley, Marilyn, and Alice. The four of them meet at a mutual friend’s retirement party and automatically hit it off. They depart the party and go to a local restaurant to continue their blossoming camaraderie, as they discover a mutual complaint of assorted “hot flashes”. Thus, they begin meeting Friday nights and title their foursome “The Hot Flash Club”. Faye is recently widowed from her beloved husband Jack, and is suffering a block in her passion as an artist. She has a daughter and granddaughter but is entirely too wrapped up in their lives. Shirley has been divorced three times, has no children, and is a free spirit with long red wavy hair. She is a masseuse and uses positive energy as the motivating force in her lifestyle. She wears flowing, colorful clothes, dangly earrings, and imparts wisdom in healthy choices from her life as a vegan. She keeps in physical shape and is proud to be a recovering alcoholic. However, she is none too good with her finances or her choice in men. Marilyn is a paleontologist and married to a pompous microbiologist. They have a son, Teddy, and he is following along in his parents’ footsteps. Marilyn has no interest in her appearance or a social life. Her passion is her work. Alice is a confident successful black businesswoman, working in a high-powered corporation. She is divorced with two grown sons. Her wardrobe ranges from sizes 10 to 18, depending, and lately she finds herself buying a size 20. Her high, pointy heels are beginning to hurt her feet.


This sets the backdrop for the three novels. In book one, the women are all having personal issues, and within their friendships they set out to rectify these problems. Faye’s daughter thinks her husband is having an affair. Marilyn is beginning to awaken to another side of her, one in which she would like intimacy with her husband (which they have never had), but he is not a bit interested in her. A makeover takes her in a direction she never would have imagined for herself. Alice is feeling old and getting fat. She is being edged out of her big position by a younger, sleeker model. And Shirley, she has always dreamed of owning a wellness spa where women could come and relax with massages, aromatherapy, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, yoga, and art or literature classes. So begins their first adventure in the “Hot Flash Club”. Books two and three find the women ensconced in new, revamped lives including dating, divorce, weight loss, weight gain and health issues. Marilyn has an elderly mother she takes under her wing, rediscovering their closeness; Alice is retired and coping with that job loss. They have all invested in Shirley’s new spa, “The Haven”. Book two also introduces us to four younger women, who meet at the spa and are experiencing the direction life takes you when you are in your twenties to forties -marriage, pregnancy, babies, interfering in-laws. Through “The Haven”, these women in various stages of life come to know, appreciate, and celebrate their differences and their sameness in lasting friendships. These books are realistic, comforting, and fun reads. See you at the library.




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Consignment Gallery

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In the Key - Consignment & Vintage Center

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Featured Items: New and gently used items including Clothing for Men, Women and Children, Housewares, kitchen wares, home decor, furniture, books, electronics, jewelry, collectibles and much more. Donations are tax deductible, always accepted and appreciated.

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146 N Main St | Brooklyn MI (517) 592-8686 Hours: Monday thru Friday 10:30 till 5:00; Sat 10:00 till 4:00 pm Brooklyn’s Leading Fashionable Consignment Shop Closet Overload is a quality Consignment Boutique with high standards. We offer up-to-date new and used fashion and accessories. In order to do this we must be very selective. Closet Overload has 2000 square feet of space and has grown each and every year since opening in 1993. Check us out on the web at http:// www.closetoverload.net/ for downloadable coupons

Helping Hands Thrift Store, Inc.

A Lenawee county non-profit organization 795 Division Street | Adrian, MI 49221 (517)266-7002 Hours Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Sat 10am-4pm

FEATURED ITEMS: Gently used and some new, quality furniture, appliances and other larger and small household items as well art, tools and antiques. Donations welcome. Free pick-up of your quality used furniture and large working appliances

fashion exchange consignment boutique

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Why can men only seem to do one thing at a time? by James E. Sheridan Simply Hers Magazine

Your man’s driving, there’s music playing and you’re talking. Suddenly the traffic gets busy, he turns off the radio and says “Hold that thought!” meaning that you should stop talking. You don’t understand why. The answer: He can’t focus on driving and listen at the same time. The general consensus from separate studies by Barbara Schneider, PhD, Keith Laws, PhD, and others is that women multitask more often than men and make fewer errors when they do. The reason appears to be associated with the corpus callossum, the tissue, which connects the right and left hemispheres of the brain and is responsible for transferring information back and forth. MRI studies have found that the male corpus callossum is thinner and able to carry fewer connections than the female brain. This wires women to be able to better multitask. So don’t get frustrated when your man can’t do what you’re able to do naturally. But don’t get too proud either. While women are better at multitasking than men, the same studies show that neither is very good at it. Humans aren’t computers able to simultaneously process two sets of information. Our brains solve problems in sequence, no matter how much we want to multitask. There are situations, for example child care while making dinner, where multitasking is important, if everything is to get done. The more you can do on “automatic pilot” because it’s routine, the more you’re able to do a second task with some efficiency. Nonetheless, the more jobs you attempt at once the more likely you’ll make an error. Psychologist Brandy Criss explains that for every new task you take on the more you dilute your focus on each individual task. Anyone who’s answered the phone,

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while cooking a meal and caring for a crying child and ended up burning the meal, knows the problem. There’s a point where “multitasking” is little more than a fancy word for a “divided attention.” Moreover, research by David Meyer, PhD, has found that multitasking actually slows you down in the long run by up to 40%. Anything that forces you to switch back and forth from one task to another or to pay attention to two at once is inefficient. The more you try to do at once the less work you’ll do at an optimum level. The male ability to focus has its advantages. Barbara and Allen Pease note that while the male “singleminded, focused approach to everything may seem limiting to women, it allows a man to become a dedicated specialist on one subject.” This may be why 96% of the world’s technical experts are male. Don’t fight it; enjoy it. The male focus brings something to your relationship that you don’t have, just as your ability to multitask brings something he doesn’t have. And, as the Peases suggest, only give your man “one thing at a time to do if you want a successful, stress-free outcome.” James E. Sheridan attended the University of Michigan where he received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He earned his Juris Doctorate in Law at U of M, where he graduated cum laude in 1969. Mr. Sheridan served as law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals before moving to Adrian in 1970, when he entered private practice and became Assistant City Attorney. In 1978 he was elected District Court Judge and has served in that capacity since January, 1979. Judge Sheridan and his wife, Sharron, have been married for 45 years and have two adult children. ©2012, All Rights Reserved

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white Okay, the first snowfall of the season was a wonderful, magical experience. We get that... but enough with the winter white! It is time to add a little color into our surroundings before all this white leads to cabin fever. It is time to create a relaxing oasis able to face any amount of white that January has to offer. It’s no secret that colors can affect your mood and your soul. Take a look around your home, are you staring at white and beige all around? Now is the time to bring the color in and boost your mood. Always remember, an array of color is key to happiness: You need the full range of it to feel balanced and fully alive. For those who want to stick to the organic beiges and tans, why not bring a natural color like green into the mix? A muted celery green 62

or a bold sage can bring a crisp and clean element to the room. Mint is also a popular choice. Feeling wild? Bring in a few shades to set a tonal mood to the room. Opulent color combinations can make a room look more defined and luxurious—all it takes is a few injections of the right hues! Traditionally, rich cobalt blues and shiny gold shades go a long way with elevating the overall look of a room, as does eggplant purple. Pick one bold color and accent it with a metal. Kelly green can also look rich when done right. Make small color swaps and keep your aesthetics in check, and you’ll have a lust-worthy room in no time!



increases wealth. The primary is the color of flowers, color in nature, it corresponds lemons, and sunshine, with life’s riches. It is the color of offering fresh appeal fresh starts and growth. in each of its many variations, and can be Green is also the color of healing. used in any room for anHGTV Showhouse - contemporary - living room - - by alisha g... http://www.ho It represents nourishment and infusion of sunny decor. helps steady the body, balancing your equilibrium and encouraging Yellow increases your stability. Use it to rejuvenate focus. It is known for yourself, to promote physical and enhancing intelligence emotional well-being. and mental agility. It can help stimulate by alisha gwen interior design conversation and clarify Pittsburgh, PA, US 15232 · 50 photos thoughts. HGTV Showhouse http://www.alishagwen.com

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Years ago I was asked to brighten hallways in the elementary school where I teach art. Armed with paint brushes, step ladders, and buckets of colorful paint; we started painting. Near the end of creating a stripe down the halls with over 500 student handprints, a parent asked a unique request.

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She thanked us for taking on such a monumental task and including her school-aged children in the project. Her next question drew me right into her story. She said her youngest child has only half her heart functioning and has lived longer than fellow heart patients. Would I be willing to allow, Halle Frank, her heart-patient child, to add her handprint to the collage of prints on the school wall? She is not old enough to attend school yet. If little Halle’s under-aged hand could be included, then preserving her handprint would give Mom a permanent place to remember Halle. Perhaps gently touching her hand over the tiny handprint would rush in the memories and bring solace. I began to comprehend that this mom and family live through such life-threatening pressures since Halle’s birth. Without hesitation and gulping back tears, I immediately say, “I love this idea straight from a momma’s heart!” Up the ladder this precocious little girl climbs. The current fifthgrade class I am painting with is delighted to help this adorable wide-eyed little girl with tousled curls! “Awwwww, she is so cute!” So there, amongst large fifth-grade handprints, is a precious wee little pre-schooler’s print. Let’s fast forward to years later. Overcomer Halle is a delightful student in my 3rd grade art class. Nearly every art project she makes glorifies the God she loves and prays to daily. I asked this little survivor and witness for Christ about her art. Halle told me she wants others to know Jesus, so she adds God into most projects she creates. She thinks about eternity, finds peace in life with Jesus, and desires to share Christ with her schoolmates. When others see her Godinspired art displayed in the showcase, Halle says they “may want to know more about God.” Even though only half her heart is working, she fully exudes God’s love. Later, when my art classes create a 4’ x 8’ mural of Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, it was most fitting that the last star in our version of the Starry Night masterpiece be paint-


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Forty percent of those surveyed said they would use social tools to tell others they are safe, up from 24 percent last year. The Red Cross continues to encourage people to call 9-1-1 as the best first action when in need of emergency assistance. At the same time, the organization is responding to the interest in mobile assistance by releasing a series of free apps for both iPhone and Android users. The Red Cross introduced apps for shelter locations, first aid tips and instruction and hurricane preparedness, the last of which also includes a flashlight feature as well as one-touch, “I’m safe” messaging that connects directly to the users’ social media channels Red Cross plans to unveil several other preparedness apps throughout the fall. Links to the apps can be found at redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps.

The survey also identified a subsection of the population deemed “emergency social users,” people who are the most dedicated users of social media during emergencies. These users are likely to take a safety or preparedness action based on the information they see in their social networks. Three out of four of these users say they’ve contacted friends and family to see if they were safe and more than a third say social information has motivated them to gather supplies or seek safe shelter.

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medium is not what you prefer. Remove from the oven, and place on a baking sheet. Stir together the panko crumbs and blue cheese. Top each steak with a layer of this mixture. 4. Preheat the oven’s broiler. Place steaks under the preheated broiler until the cheese topping is browned and bubbly. 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the oven, and let stand for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve with warm port wine sauce.

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CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, if you think about things too long, there’s a good chance you won’t act at all. Instead, consider your options quickly and then get going on your plans.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Don’t underestimate your ability to garner quite a following, Pisces. There are many people just waiting to hear what you have to say next. ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, avoid taking on more than you can handle at work and home for now. When tackling tasks, don’t be afraid to ask for and accept help. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Family and romantic endeavors may have been put aside while work issues have been at the forefront, Taurus. It is time to shift priorities. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, there’s not much you can do to change the course of recent events. You might want to consider swimming with the current instead of against it.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Quality time spent at home or with the family has buoyed your spirits, Aquarius. The next step on your relaxation journey is to book a vacation to a warm area of the world.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 New experiences can be scary at first, but many times you will find that they are opportunities to learn and grow, Leo. Take full advantage of all opportunities that come your way. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, although it seems like you have most of your financial woes worked out, now is not the time to get too cocky with spending. Being conservative is the way to go. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, career developments have you riding high and you’re anxious to share your news with the world. This enthusiasm can be a good catalyst for change with others. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, success may not come easy with a project you’re working on. But rest easy and take solace knowing you have tried things outside of your comfort zone.


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SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, avoid confrontations at all costs, as this week you will not come out victorious. Keep a low profile and don’t ruffle any feathers.

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* Up to 5 quarts of house virgin Sunoco oil.plus tax and $1.50 shop fee

Located Between AutoZone & O’Reily Auto Parts 3171 W. Carleton Rd (M99) • Hillsdale • 517-437-7050


The Road To Recovery starts HERE!

Hillsdale Community Health Center’s Rehabilitation Services specializes in helping patients recover from surgery or injury with the latest techniques. By explaining what caused your condition and giving you the tools to correct it, we strive to set you on the path to a pain-free future. some conditions we treat include: Work-related Injuries | Motion Injuries | Neck and Back Problems Stroke Recovery | Total Joint Replacement Neuro Rehabilitation | Contracture Prevention

AndreA Woodring, dPT 80

SuSAn Mullinix, PT

rehabilitation services To schedule an appointment call 517-437-5190 • 451 Hidden Meadows, Suite 100 • Hillsdale

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Simply Hers - January/February 2013  

Local women's magazine for Hillsdale, Lenawee and Branch counties in Michigan

Simply Hers - January/February 2013  

Local women's magazine for Hillsdale, Lenawee and Branch counties in Michigan