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Time to say goodbye.

By Ashley Price Simply Hers Magazine

When I decided to move back home to Michigan, I knew that it would be time for the “rubber to hit the road” situation for my relationship. The original plan was to spend 6-8 weeks apart, him in his hometown in California and me here in Michigan, and then to meet back up at Christmas and plan our move to North Carolina. The minute I got home, I knew the North Carolina plan was dead, and I was fairly certain the relationship was, as well. We tried to stay in touch and do the long distance thing for a while, but it just wasn’t working for me. But, much like a broken record keeps skipping back to the same verse over and over, I kept thinking, “But I love him.” I didn’t want to make any definitive decisions until I saw him again at Christmas. He had so many qualities that I admired and loved about him and you know how your mind can be, it can talk you into and out of just about anything if left unchecked. I thought we deserved to give it an honest chance after our almost three years together in North Dakota. But, some things happened in my time apart from him; I never expected to enjoy being alone as much as I did. There is so much value in spending some time alone with yourself. It allows you to be alone with your thoughts, for better or worse! And, it allows you to really get to know yourself. To take that time to explore what really makes you, well, you. There is so much freedom to be completely selfish and make no compromises for someone else. And I love that! And, honestly, I never


realized just how much stress and chaos he added to my life. It was like the stress in my life was directly proportional to his presence in it. As sad as it is to say, love isn’t always enough. There’s something to be said for compatibility, too. But, alas, Christmas came and my feelings hadn’t changed. To be 100% honest, I knew in my heart that it was never going to work on the drive home from picking him up at the airport. And, so did he. We spent two weeks together all the while knowing that we would probably never see each other again after this visit. But, we ended it in the most adult way possible and we promised to remain friends until the end. Because, at the end of the day, you can’t just throw away all of that love and our bond together. As hard as it was, we both knew we had to let each other go and were able to make that choice because we truly cared about each other. I think I held on for so long because I knew the cold, hard truth: if you’re going to let go, you have to let go all the way. There is no in-between. I needed to be willing to make that choice knowing that my life was going to change forever; but, most of all, I had to be ok with it. I had to have the courage to go down that road. A road that sometimes you can never come back from. But I’m finally ready to bold that journey. So, here I am. On my road. Alone and ready to face to world. But more importantly, I think I’m ready to face myself.

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Do you have a green thumb? The Hillsdale County Senior Services Center presents the inaugural Palettes & Petals Art & Garden Tour taking place on Saturday July 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Several private gardens throughout Hillsdale County will be available to tour, and, at the same time, vendors of art and fine handmade crafts will exhibit and sell their works at Perennial Park, located at 320 W. Bacon Rd. in Hillsdale. The garden tour admission will be via wrist bands available for purchase ($15 prior to the event and $20 the day of the event). Those touring the gardens may drive themselves; transportation to the gardens will also be provided by Perennial Park for those who do not wish to drive. There is no charge to the public to attend the art/craft exhibition at Perennial Park. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day at Perennial Park, and box lunches will also be available on site for purchase. All funds raised from the Palettes & Petals Art & Garden Tour will be used toward the purchase of a new Meals on Wheels delivery vehicle. To date, Perennial Park has raised $11,332 toward the total $40,000 vehicle replacement cost.

517-917-6436 • 41 East Bacon Street, Hillsdale MI

Adding to the Destination Day festivities is the Hillsdale Business Association’s Sidewalk Sales! Browse the racks of downtown businesses and shop the best deals! Hillsdale is comprised of unique shops and eclectic restaurants! Stop in and meet our local business owners and get the sense of the pride that lives in our county. Summer is right around the corner! Go to to stay up to date with the latest summer fun!

Saturday July 16, 2016 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Coffee's Answer to Summertime! 2 N. Howell St. Hillsdale 517• 437• 3338

Private gardens in Hillsdale county available to tour while art and fine handmade crafts available for sale at Perennial Park.

• Garden Tour admission via wristband ($15 advance / $20 day of event.) On sale at Perennial Park

Jilly Beans coffee house

Mon-- Thu • 6:30 am-5 pm • Fri • 6:30 am-7 pm • Sat 8 am-2 pm • Closed Sunday


• Vendors space still available. Call now to reserve your table!

Proceeds benefit the purchase of new Meals on Wheels transportation

Call Perennial Park for more information. | 517.437.2422 320 West Bacon Street, Hillsdale

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More than a slogan

SHOP LOCAL Story by Ann Hughes • Photo by Hollie Smith

We have all seen the posters reminding us to patronize our local, independent stores rather than going out of town and letting our money support jobs, municipalities and services in communities other than our own. Maybe you have wondered if spending your money in your hometown first really makes a difference in the long run. Simply put, it makes a significant and long-term difference. Local shopping campaigns have sprung up across the country and abroad because spending our dollars where we live is a critical investment in our local economies. hopping locally is a most basic form of community and economic development. It is an effort in which we can participate and have fun shopping at the same time. Here’s why increasing the number of dollars you spend locally makes such a difference: Local dollars support increasing numbers of jobs. As more dollars are spent, local businesses need and can afford more employees.

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The sales tax generated in your community or state goes to fund local infrastructure projects and services. Merchants can afford to expand their product lines and add services, and restaurants can add to their menu items, attracting more customers for all. A thriving business district, alive with customers and commerce, positively impacts a community for the better. Success breeds success as new businesses start up and add to the attractiveness of the community. Did you ever consider how your dollars, spent locally, can have an effect on charitable causes and non-profit organizations? Businesses receive appeals almost daily for gifts and contributions from one entity or another. While a business cannot say “yes” to every request, it is better able to afford a positive response if locals are supporting the business. While many communities focus their promotional efforts on encouraging consumers to spend more of their discretionary income locally during the holiday season, the greatest benefit to a community comes from having a committed base of consumers who make a serious attempt to increase their spending with local, small and independent businesses. Small businesses comprise the fastest-growing segment of our economy, providing jobs as well as service and value not found elsewhere. People care about their community and want to see local, small businesses succeed. But frequently they don’t realize how important it is for them to make a personal effort to support those very businesses. Not infrequently, many of those businesses are forced to close their doors because not enough customers walked in and made purchases. When you have a great experience at a local shop, receive exceptional service or have built a

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relationship with a local merchant that results in increased satisfaction with that business, share your experience with friends and family, encouraging them to shop there, as well. n

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Business Spotlight Gooseberry Crafts


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Tailor made By Ashley Price, Simply Hers Magazine

ooseberry Crafts was established in 1999 by Wanda Brindamour creating custom designed and personalized knitted gifts from her home in Tecumseh, Michigan. Wanda began with the love of hand knitting, curiosity with machine knitting and the concept of making afghans with her custom designs knit into the item. When she made a personalized throw for her daughter’s wedding a friend said, “You have to sell these!” It was then she decided to start making personalized gifts for others to enjoy also and with that, a business was born.

Gooseberry Crafts Passap Portal is Wanda’s new store in Onsted, selling custom-knitted throws, afghans, scarves, and other unique wearable items. Everything is custom-made, either at the store in Onsted, or from her home in Tecumseh, Michigan. By hand or with a Passap knitting machine, Wanda makes and hand finishes every single piece produced. This makes her items stand out from those available at a superstore. “You must have 40

uniqueness to your products; personalization adds that ‘unique’ quality that today’s customers are looking for,” notes Wanda. Additional offerings at the store include fabulous yarns from alpaca, merino wool and silk to linen and acrylic with many inbetween blends. Yarn is available in either skeins or cones, from lace weight to chunky, perfect selections for the hand knitter, crochet or weaving enthusiast. Customers will find used knitting machines, parts, accessories and maintenance service, as well as training lessons on using a knitting machine. Please note: all

machine sales and services are exclusively Passap brand. For the curious crafter not ready to invest in a machine, she offers introductory classes to “make and take” a scarf in one session you can give as a gift or keep for yourself. Making these knits is a step-by step process, from start to completion. For instance, even though the Passap electronic knitting machine is a phenomenal tool with settings for different techniques and “You must have stitches that can be combined to make uniqueness to over 20,000 unique stitches (leaving lots of your products; room to be creative with the design), it still personalization takes three and a half hours to knit just one add that ‘unique’ quality that standard size afghan. today’s customers Wanda has a real passion for creating are look for,” notes these one of a kind products for people. Wanda. The basis of her business is to share that passion through the pieces she sells and educating the needle crafting community on all things related to machine knitting, hand knitting, and crochet. All these factors, combined with the tailor-made customization and care that goes into each piece are what make her products special. The personalized graduation, sport, and baby throws may keep her busy this time of year, but she’s always happy to take the time to chat with customers. n

Whether you are a skilled knitter, someone who is looking to expand your hobbies, or you are simply looking for the perfect, unique gift to give that special someone, Gooseberry Crafts is sure to fit the bill. Wanda is open Monday & Thursday 2:30 - 6 pm, Friday 11am - 6 pm and Saturday 10 am-2 pm. Located at 257 South Main St, Suite B, Onsted, Michigan (next to Dr. Eric LaMey and Onsted Family Chiropractic Center). You may reach Wanda by phone @ 517-902-1265, visit her website:


April through October, including fair week! Groups are welcome and reservations are required. Call 517437-3622 Mon. - Friday 8-4:30.

of Michigan’s premier muskie fishing lakes as well several areas for bank fishing. For more info., call 517-4452265 or visit

Boot Hill Campground

Camp Sequoia

Located at 2320 East Bear Lake Rd. in Hillsdale, Boot Hill offers 75 primitive campsites with picnic tables. Sites do not have running water or electricity. Bathroom, wells, dumping station, playground equipment and boat launch are also available. For more information, call 517-439-5372.

Sugar Bush Park

2571 South Sand Lake Road Open May 1, Sugar Bush Campground has 44 sites available. Amenities include playground, fishing, store, picnic shelter, pavilion, recreation room, game room, rental trailers and country music on Saturday evenings. For more information, call 517-439-9525 or visit www.sugarbushcampground. com

Wildwood Acres

Wildwood Acres Campground has more than 125 sites on a quiet lake setting. Located at 14508 Goose Lake Rd. in Jonesville, the campground offers hiking trails, paddle boats, canoes, recreational facilities, small store, video games, swimming and fishing. For more information, call 517-524-7149 or like them on Facebook.

Moscow Maples RV Park

Moscow Maples RV Park is a nice and quiet family campground that has 185 grassy sites, WiFi, a heated swimming pool, hot showers and much more. The park is located at 8291 E. Chicago Rd. in Moscow. For more information, call 517-688-3865 or visit

6 Lakes Campground

Six Lakes Campground is a family campground located on Boot Lake in Hillsdale. The campground gets its name from the six connected all-sport lakes next to it. Amenities to the 105 full hook-up sites include boat rentals, boat docks and boat ramp, and a camp store. For more information, call 517-439-5660, visit or like them on Facebook.

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Lake Hudson Recreation Area Lake Hudson Recreation Area is located in a 2,796-acre park that includes Lake Hudson. It offers 50 campsites—some on Lake Hudson with access to fishing. Anglers will find a boat launch which is on one

Camp Sequoia is set on 100 park-like acres just five miles northeast of Adrian, Michigan. Located at 2675 Gady Rd, it offers 100 RV sites that include electric, water and a picnic table along with a fire ring. There is also a camp store, log cabin wedding chapel and outdoor swimming area with sun deck. For more information, call 517-264-5531, visit or like them on Facebook.

Green Valley Campground

Green Valley Campground is located a half-mile outside of Morenci on 80 acres. It offers 300 campsites with varying amenities. Facility amenities include a clubhouse and camp store onsite, along with golf cart rentals and propane exchange. Green Valley Campground has a large pond with a man-made beach. The campground has several special events throughout the year including flea markets, Halloween and Fourth of July party. For more information, call 517-4582596, visit www.greenvalleycamp. com or like them on Facebook. Indian Creek Campground and Conference Located at 9415 Tangent Rd. in Tecumseh, Indian Creek Campground opens for the season April 15 and features RV and tent sites, a camp store, laundry facilities, swimming pool and fishing. They also have many weekend activities for campers. For more information, call 517-423-5659, visit www. or like them on Facebook.

Irish Hills Kampground

Irish Hills Kampground is located in U.S. 12 in Cement City. Amenities include a pool, paddle boats, arcade games, miniature golf, a playground and laundry. Hay rides and train rides are free for the kids every Saturday, and fishermen will love the 40-acre fishing lake. For more information, call 517-592-6751, visit or like them on Facebook.

Juniper Hills Campground

Juniper Hills is located directly across from the Michigan International Speedway and has more than 2,000 sites for campers from tenters to the big RVs. Amenities include a retail store and on-site ice/wood/grocery/ camper supply sales. For more information, call 888-396-8300, visit or like them on Facebook.


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2. BioLite CampingStove This literally world-changing device combines a lightweight backpacking stove and off-grid power charger. It runs off of twigs so there’s no fuel to buy or carry. The same technology is used to provide clean, safe energy access across the developing world.

3. GSI Outdoors 4-Cup Stainless Mini Expresso

All you need to make an incredible cup of coffee outdoors is this easy to use espresso maker. With a four shot capacity, brew yourself your daily triple or be the soughtafter baristo.

4. d.light S20 Area Lantern

This is one of the best solar camping lanterns available, combining cutting-edge solar and LED technology and rugged design. It provides up to 8 hours of light (on the low setting) and can be charged through the integrated solar panel or AC energy via a USB adaptor or a standard Nokia charger.

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The camping equivalent of a king size bed, cozy up in a double wide sleeping bag made for two. It eliminates the extra zippers and gap between hoods. This deluxe sleeping bag also features an integrated pad sleeve so you’ll never roll off again.

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WHEELS rolling What better way to celebrate summer and enjoy the weather than to break your bike out of storage and hit Michigan’s trails? With a recreational trail system extending 1,300 miles, Michigan is a premier destination for a wide variety of biking experiences.


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Latest technology, personalized care Patients get the best of both worlds at Hillsdale Hospital’s Birthing Center STORY BY SARAH GRAY PHOTOS BY HOLLIE SMITH

Bringing healthy bundles of joy into the world is what April VanCamp and the staff at Hillsdale Hospital’s Birthing Center love to do.

“I have a passion for wanting to help people,” says VanCamp, Registered Nurse and lactation counselor at Hillsdale Hospital. She has been an RN for 17 years at Hillsdale Hospital. “I have always liked science and teaching,” she


says. “I wanted to find a way to marry the two. I was able to do that in nursing. There is a lot of teaching in the nursing field. Nursing is a calling to serve others.” VanCamp delivered two of her three children at Hillsdale Hospital and found being a patient was a wonderful experience. “They (the staff ) know you and they love you,” she explains. “You are not just a number.” VanCamp herself was born at Hillsdale Hospital. She graduated from Pittsford High School and attended Jackson College and then Spring Arbor University for her BSN. VanCamp and her husband Luke reside in Hillsdale. Their three children attend Will Carleton Academy. Approximately 350 babies are born each year at Hillsdale. The hospital features the latest technology. “Our delivery suites are state-of-the-art,” VanCamp says. “Our patients can labor, deliver, and recover in the same room.” Cesarean sections are performed in the Birthing Center. Having the surgery done so close can allow for the mom and baby to have bonding time in the operating room and in recovery. “All of our babies are born in a caring and loving environment,” she says. The birthing suite boasts: 4 labor rooms, a two-bed triage, and 4 post-partum rooms. The unit is quiet and comfortable. The décor has a peaceful feeling and the walls are adorned with photos of newborns born at Hillsdale Hospital. Along with the soothing environment, the patients are greeted by a friendly nursing staff. The same core OB staff teach prenatal classes, care for patients during their pregnancy and care for them throughout their labor and delivery. In larger facilities, patients are shuffled from unit to unit, having to establish a new relationship with different care providers. “The nurses build strong relationships with their patients. We have some of the best nurses around and we strive

to give our patients the best care we can give,” states VanCamp. The intimate setting allows for attentive and personalized care. The staff in the Birthing Center practice evidenced-based medicine and are continually educated and trained. Moms who deliver at Hillsdale Hospital are able to do so with their own OB-GYN. This is a unique offering as many doctors who specialize in obstetrics are part of a group, any one of whom could be on-call at the time of delivery. “Our doctors are on call

24-7,” VanCamp says. “You don’t find that very often in this day and age. Our patients appreciate getting their own doctor.” The two-bed triage gives women a place to come and be evaluated for any concerns during their pregnancy. The triage rooms allow them to receive the specialized care they need. “It’s an established place to stop if moms have concerns,” says Amy Zoll, the Director of Obstetrics and Women’s Health at Hillsdale. Zoll has been a certified nurse midwife for 14 years. She has been with Hillsdale Hospital for 23 years as an RN. Zoll graduated from Hillsdale High School and attended Hillsdale College. She and Ed, her husband of 28 years, have four children and 10 grandchildren. Zoll helps staff the triage several days a week, along with 24/7 coverage by specially trained RNs in the Birthing Center. “It makes the process go quickly and allows concerns to be addressed immediately,” Zoll says. If the mother-to-be is indeed in labor, she is moved to a labor room. If she is not in labor, any immediate needs are addressed and she is able to go home. Moms who are at less than 20 weeks gestation are directed to the Emergency Department, but Zoll says there is good communication throughout the facility which is reassuring to patients. Hillsdale Hospital’s Birthing Center wants to make sure each birth is safe and each baby is delivered the healthiest way possible. “Our Cesarean rate is 26%, well below the national average of 32%,” VanCamp says. “We do not perform Cesarean sections needlessly.” She adds that the elective induction rate in pregnancies less than 39 weeks is 0%, meaning they do not induce labor until the patient is at least 39 weeks. The baby is still developing and needs a full 40 weeks if possible before delivery. “It is important for brain and lung development,” VanCamp

says. Going the full 40 weeks is a March of Dimes initiative. She is quick to add however, that if a baby or mom is in jeopardy, it is a different story. Natural childbirth is very important to the staff at Hillsdale Hospital, and the Birthing Center was designed to help moms be as comfortable as possible. Each room has a Jacuzzi tub and birthing balls to aid in labor. “We encourage ambulation,” Zoll says. Moms and babies have skin to skin contact immediately after delivery, which VanCamp explains helps babies regulate their blood sugar and temperature as well as aid in the success of breastfeeding. They encourage natural birth as much as possible, and their induction to cesarean rate is less than five percent. “There is always a risk with any surgery,” VanCamp says. “Usually, once a woman has a cesarean her subsequent children will also be born via cesarean. We encourage natural delivery whenever we can.” VanCamp proudly states that 89 to 90 percent of all new moms choose to breastfeed in the hospital and notes how important those first few days of breastfeeding are for a baby. “Moms have antibodies from anything she has been exposed to in her life,” she says. “Nursing allows the baby to get those antibodies and helps to protect him or her as they build up their own immunities.” Breast milk also helps coat the intestines to prevent intestinal infections and decreases the rate of severe jaundice. “The longer a mom can breastfeed the better,” VanCamp says. It is recommended for moms to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months and then introduce solid food as directed by their pediatrician, with continued breast milk/ breastfeeding throughout the baby’s first year of life. When it’s time for mom and baby to come home, the staff at Hillsdale Hospital makes sure they have personalized discharge instructions. The Birthing Center has teamed up with the Children Abuse Prevention & Awareness (CAPA) on their Safe Sleep initiative. Each baby goes home with a sleep sack, which is a blanket-like sack that fits over baby when he or she sleeps. Nothing else should be in the baby’s crib except a fitted sheet over the crib mattress. “No bumper pads, blankets, pillows or stuffed animals,” VanCamp warns regarding how baby should sleep. She also says the rooms should not be kept too warm, and there should be absolutely no smoking in the house. The Birthing Center also caters to women’s healthcare services such as hysterectomies and bladder repair surgeries. Women who undergo these types of surgeries get to enjoy the Birthing Center, also. The caring staff is exceptional at assisting women in their recovery period.

Hillsdale Hospital works hard to ensure the safety of all its patients and have the H.U.G.S. security system at the Birthing Center which requires authorization before entering. In addition, Hillsdale limits visitors under the age of 12 years of age in the Birthing Center, and only siblings of babies born at the hospital are allowed to visit to help keep down contaminating germs. Before going home, babies are able to get their first portrait taken. Parents are encouraged to bring in props, special outfits, blankets and stuffed animals to have in the baby’s picture. Recently a photograph from Hillsdale Hospital’s OB Unit won the MOM365 Cutest Baby Contest. The photo was taken by C.J Sigler, a certified nurse aide in OB. n Hillsdale Hospital encourages open communication with the community. Local area women’s and child study groups are welcome to contact VanCamp or Zoll to come and speak about women’s health issues, the Birthing Center or a variety of other topics. They can be reached at 517-437-5280.



Raising and Providing for Children after Death Planning for the future is part of being a parent. Mothers and fathers enroll their children in school, often save for college and try to teach their children the skills needed to become competent adults. One frequently overlooked component of planning for the future, however, is planning for the children’s upbringing in the event that both parents unexpectedly die. By Timothy Dixon Simply Hers Magazine

Timothy E. Dixon Licensed Michigan Attorney Law Office of Timothy E. Dixon 27 N. Broad St. Hillsdale, MI 49242 Ph: (517) 437-4070 Fx: (517) 437-4062


When parents unexpectedly die and are survived by minor children, a court-appointed guardian becomes necessary, and a court-appointed conservator might become necessary if an individual child receives $5,000.00 or more in assets. A guardian steps into the parental role and becomes responsible for facilitating education and authorizing medical care. A conservator becomes responsible for the children’s financial resources and is accountable to the probate court. Parents can appoint a guardian and conservator for their minor children in their wills. Alternatively, they may name a person to become guardian in a writing that is signed, dated and attested to by two witnesses. Although the second alternative is simpler and less expensive, a will permits the parent to designate how and when their property is distributed and can include a testamentary trust for their minor children. A guardian is not required to support the children financially, so additional arrangements are desirable in order to provide financial support. The goal is to provide enough resources to support and rear your children according to your wishes. This may be accomplished through the parent’s estate, but also through life insurance.

If a parent dies with multiple minor children and each child inherits $5,000.00 or more from his or her parent’s estate, a conservatorship is required in Michigan. The court usually requires the funds to be placed in a restricted account and the conservator must obtain the court’s permission to use any of the funds for the child’s care. When the child turns 18, all funds remaining in the restricted account are transferred to the child. A testamentary trust provides an alternative to the restricted account and can be set up to transfer funds to each child or all of the children at your direction. A testamentary trust has advantages over a conservatorship in that it can be set up to provide incentives to the children, and it can withhold release of assets to the children until an older age so that the children have matured regarding financial management. A testamentary trust can be simple or complex. If simple, it names a person to act as trustee, who in turn holds assets in trust for the children, releases the assets for identifiable expenses, and releases any remaining assets to the children when they reach a chosen age. In the meantime, the trustee invests the trust assets and provides financial support to the children in accordance with the trust’s instructions. A complex testamentary trust includes all the elements of a simple trust and adds incentives to encourage the children to accomplish educational goals, maintain a certain grade point average, keep out of trouble and away from drugs, etc. The goal of an incentive trust is to encourage your children to follow your wishes from beyond the grave.

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There Is Pain Before Gain By: Kierra Manley Tecumseh High School


egan Manley was born on November 25th, in 1998, two months prior to her due date. Right from the start, Kegan’s life has been filled with restrictions and difficulties that she constantly has to work to overcome. She was born with cerebral palsy, a condition resulting from brain damage of the cerebellum during pregnancy and/or birth. It can result in a wide variety of both physical and mental complications such as very tight or restraining muscles, and slower brain growth and development. Luckily for Kegan, her ailments are only physical. She was born with very tight muscles in her legs and hands, more specifically her left side, that cause everyday tasks to become more of a challenge. It causes her to move slower than most people as well as restricts her movement in general.

In 2010, at the age of twelve, Kegan made the drastic decision to go through a major surgery in order to straighten her legs and therefore give her better movement. In the surgery, her leg was broken and repositioned, and several tendons were unattached then re-attached. The entire procedure took six hours altogether. The surgery was a great success; however, she was then hospitalized for four weeks, followed by a year of brutal physical therapy. Later, a second surgery had to be completed in order to take out the metal plating put in to hold her bones together, setting her progress back for a time. To this day, she is still trying to regain the amount of muscle she once had in her left calf, but her progress makes it worth the pain. She now has better control over her legs and feet all around. Kierra & Kegan

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DIY Concrete stones can create these stunning, intricate slabs of stone! Accent your garden walls with these lovely rock plaques, have these step stones guide the way to your front door, or construct your own coffee table with a one-of-a-kind stone top...the possibilities are endless!

Concrete Stone Mat • Rubber Mat • 1 base plate • 4 wood bars - repurposed wood is fine. (wide enough to hold 2 inches of concrete plus the rubber mat) • Wood screws - for making frame • WD-40 • Concrete mix (use packaging to determine how much) • Wire mesh • Rotating wire brush

I used junk pieces that were left over from our house renovation to make my molds. You need a base plate and four bars. The bars should be wide enough to hold at least 2 inches of concrete plus the rubber mat. Cut the bars and screw them together to make a frame. The frame should be slightly larger than the rubber mat. Screw the frame down onto the bottom plate. Now the mold is ready.

Use WD-40, silicone spray or cooking oil on the rubber mat to prevent the concrete from sticking. You need about 13 liters of ready-mix concrete for the smaller mat and 18 liters for the bigger if you make them 2 inches thick.

When casting, layer halfway with concrete in the mold, then put the steel mesh in and finish with a second layer of concrete.Then pat down the rubber mat face side down.

Leave the concrete to harden for two days before taking apart the mold and removing the rubber mat. To get a nice finish, use a rotating wire brush to get rid of the casting flash. 90

Welcome to 1. Perfectly Peach Margarita

INGREDIENTS · 2 parts Tequila · ½ part Peach Schnapps · ½ part Orange Liqueur · 1 part peach nectar · Peach wedge (for garnish)

Margaritaville Tart!

Preparation: In a pitcher filled with ice, combine Tequila, Peach Schnapps, Orange Liqueur, lime juice, and peach nectar. Stir to combine, Chill and serve over ice in prepared glasses. 2. Caliente Kiss Margarita

INGREDIENTS · 1 part Tequila · 1 part Tomato sauce · 1 squeeze of Sriracha Chili sauce • 1 Dash fresh black pepper • Dash celery salt • Dash paprika • Dash cumin • Juice 1/2 lemon • 1 cucumber slice (for garnish)


Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and pour into tall glass over ice. Garnish with cucumber slice. 3. Flirty Fiesta Margarita

INGREDIENTS · 1 part Tequila · ½ part Orange Liqueur · 3 parts cran-raspberry juice · 1 ½ parts Lemon-lime soda • 1 part sanding salt • 1 lime wedge (for garnish Preparation: Run a lime wedge around the lip of a glass and dip in sanding sugar to rim. Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

5. Mint Margarita 4. Grapefruit Margarita

INGREDIENTS · 1 part Tequila · 1 part club soda · Juice of 1 fresh grapefruit · 1 ½ part raspberry ginger ale soda · Grapefruit wedge for garnish (optional) Preparation:ombine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and pour into glass over ice. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

INGREDIENTS · 2 parts Tequila · 4 parts club soda · ½ part fresh lime juice · ¼ bunch of fresh mint · ¼ bunch of fresh basil · 1 tbsp. sugar · 1 lime wedge (for garnish) Preparation: In a small glass, muddle together mint leaves, fresh basil, sugar and lime juice until they start to melt together (if you don’t have a muddler, use a spoon). Add tequila and top off with club soda. Garnish with an extra sprig of mint and lime wedge. 105