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5 tips for summer road trips
By Rob Shewman
Winter driving, with its icy roads and salt buildup, can be tough on cars. But summer has its hazards, too. The heat stresses the engine, wears down the tires and makes the car work harder to keep everything cool.
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Here are five steps to help your car make it through any late-summer road trips. 1. Be kind to your engine. Car engines can get hot very quickly in the summer. You can save a lot of trouble -- and expense -- by doing some routine checks to make sure your engine stays lubricated and cooled. Check the oil level and make sure the oil looks clean. Also look for cracks in the hoses, which pump coolant from the radiator to the engine block. 2. replace your fluids. Your car also has coolant for the engine in the radiator, and fluids for the transmission and brakes. Over time, all of them lose their effectiveness and get dirty, with little metal parts floating in the liquid. If you follow your car’s maintenance schedule, you shouldn’t have to worry about fluid levels, which are often checked and replaced around 60,000 miles.
We published our first ever men’s magazine in May, Everything Men was hugely successful and will be published twice a year- spring/summer and fall/winter. It was exciting to create and even more so to read. As always we invite your feedback! Do share your opinion or that of your significant other. Very quickly it will be time to send the kids back to school so be sure to make the time to create some lasting memories. Getting outside during the warm summer month’s with your kids will help to instill healthy lifestyle practices that may serve them for a lifetime. I would also like to congratulate our pet look -a-like contest winner, David Kinney and his newly adopted 8 year old Shih Tzu, Harley. I am sure they will enjoy the many great prizes and I want to thank all of the sponsors again for their generosity. Well, enjoy the rest of your summer and be sure to take some time to come down and take in the live music and find some great deals at the sidewalk sales during the Hillsdale Street Fair on July 19th and 20th. See you there!
3. replace your windshield wipers Don’t wait until you’re caught in a summer downpour to find out your wipers aren’t working well. Winter can take a toll on wipers. Or you can get wiper refills -- which replace only the worn rubber -- for about half the cost of new blades. 4. switch out your tires and check the tread If you have winter tires, change them. The compounds used in winter tires are softer, which helps them grip better in ice and snow. But they also wear down more quickly in summer heat. You need plenty of tread in the summer, when sudden showers can create slippery roads. Tires have built-in “wear bars,” or narrow strips of rubber across the tires that appear when the tread is worn down to one-sixteenth of an inch. If you can see wear bars, your tires need to be replaced. You can also use the old penny trick: Stick a penny in the tread. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace the tire. 5. check your tire pressure Overinflated tires have less traction on rainy streets, while under inflated tires can bulge out, putting pressure on the sidewalls and making the tires more vulnerable to blowouts on hot roads. Check your tire pressure before you start driving, and make sure you’re meeting the manufacturer’s recommended level.
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Can you believe how quickly the summer is passing by? There is definitely nothing lazy about my “Dog Days” of summer! I just finished with the Bike to the Bay, a 100 mile bike ride to support multiple sclerosis with the proceeds going directly to improve the lives of people living with MS through programs, services and research. What an experience, the anticipation, camaraderie, personal accomplishment, and the knowledge that we’re changing lives… made every mile that much sweeter. I want to take a minute to thank everyone who sent support and well wishes, I appreciate all of you.
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I’ve decided there is no such thing as the lazy days of summer. If anything, life speeds up and before you know it, school days, football and fall routines are right around the corner. But as I wrote my articles for this issue, the subjects made me want to stop and put on the brakes! Reminiscing about special friendships reminded me that they are like a good marriage- you have to make time for them. I’ve learned that it’s not selfish to spend girlfriend time; it’s beneficial to our overall wellbeing! When you take the time to share, laugh and hug with good friends, you get renewed and refreshed, which in turn makes you a better wife, mother and even employee. Also in this issue, I had the privilege of sharing the very personal stories of Sally Turney and Linda Crawford. With a great show of faith and strength, they relived the details of the day their sisters were shot and killed. On the anniversary of their deaths, the two remaining sisters honor their memories and help us all remember to take the time to cherish every day we have. As the summer winds down, I hope you will find a shady spot, pour yourself a cool drink and grab some of that precious commodity we call ‘TIME’. I am simply delighted you’ve chosen to spend some of your’s with us!
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Heads up! Don’t count on sunscreen to provide complete protection from the sun. Wearing a sun-protective hat and a great pair of sunglasses is a simple and effective strategy for reducing ultraviolet radiation to the face, head and neck. One of the best things you can do for your face is to wear a well constructed wide brim sun hat to reduce sun exposure. Facial skin cancers, as well as premature aging, can be dramatically reduced by the simple act of wearing a sun hat.
First decide on what activity you plan to do?
If there is wind involved be sure to think about a chin strap for the hat and a sport strap for the sunglasses. Peripheral vision may also be an issue so a smaller brimmed hat may be important. If you are planning on a water activity consider polarized sunglasses. They block light waves that align in horizontal patterns when reflecting off flat surfaces, which makes them useful for fishing, skiing, and driving.
Maximum sun protection vs. good sun protection?
A maximum protection hat has a SPF rating of 50 and a hat brim that is 4 inches wide or greater. Additionally, a brim that angles downward will provide more protection than one that goes straight out from the head. When considering which sunglasses to choose keep in mind that the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) suggests green lenses for most uses, because it offers color contrast with little or no color distortion. It is also important to know that darker lenses don’t necessarily provide more UV protection.
How important is fashion to you?
As we all know, fashion is in the eyes of the beholder so look for a hat and sunglasses that accentuate your attributes. Some of the more purely functional hats help solve special sun protection problems like needing full face coverage or needing SPF fabric draped directly down the back of the neck. But, in the long run, neither will work if you don’t wear them.
What kind of hair do you have?
Do you have thin or short hair? If yes, mesh panels on the crown of the hat may allow UV radiation to sneak through and reach your scalp. With maximum sun protection in mind, it is better to leave the mesh panels for those with thick tresses. For those of you who do have thick hair, choosing a hat with mesh panels will help your head stay cooler in the heat.
Lastly, do you have prescription glasses?
It isn’t necessary to give up clear vision to accommodate sun protection, a visit to your eye care professional is all it takes to have a fashionable pair of prescription sunglasses.
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COOL SHADE Oversized Tonal Gradient tones of red and orange make this pair a clear choice for fans of seventies boho glam. Get It Now: Converse ‘With The Band’ sunglasses in red/ orange, $59 at converse.com
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Preppy Chic This wide-brim straw hat moves from function to fashion with the simple addition of a floral-print silk twill sash. Vineyard Vines “Daisy” straw hat with sash, $69.50 at vineyardvines.com 12 12
Tortoise Cat-Eyes Fall in love with these tortoise shades with denim-print sides, Perfect for a day of playing in the sun. Guess ‘Alessia’ 30th Anniversary retro sunglasses, $90 at guess.com
Pop Of Color We’re smitten with this sunhat’s below-the-brim burst of color—and the subtle touch of shimmer woven in to catch the sun. It also comes in ivory/hot pink. Get It Now: Ann Taylor ‘Veranda’ sun hat, $48 at anntaylor.com
Soft Pastel Add femininity to any ensemble with this sweet number, constructed from alternating tiers of straw and grosgrain ribbon. LOFT ribbon stripe beach hat, $34.50 at loft.com
Techno White Can you believe it? These sleek aviators glow in the dark, so if a long day at the pool happens to turn into a pool party, you’ll literally light up the night. Get It Now: Converse ‘Half Stack’ aviator sunglasses in Glow, $59 at converse.com
Seeing is Believing Sunglasses built to perform, featuring our latest polarized sunglasses technology. Offered in mens and womens styles, and with prescription lenses. Maui Jim prescription sunglasses. Gossage Eye Institute, Hillsdale , 517-439-2020
A pretty lilac hue softens up oversized aviators—and picks up on summer’s hot twotone trend. Squint Topshop lilac keyhole aviator sunglasses, $45 at topshop.com
Raffia & Sateen There are so many reasons to love this hat. The mix of crocheted raffia and stretch sateen is texture-rich. It’s roll-able, packable and ready to travel. Best of all, the brim provides a UPF50+ sun protection rating. Helen Kaminski ‘Zola 12’ hat, $150 at helenkaminski.com 13
n e m o W A visit with Dr. Desjarlais and his message for you and your family for healthy skin all summer long.
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erception of attractiveness as it relates to age and beauty researchers have found are remarkably consistent across, race, nationality and age. Your skins health plays a significant role in this perception. An even skin tone, firm texture allows light to reflect evenly off the skin and provides a youthful appearance. A healthy skin regimen will support your skins health. Here is my advice for all ages.
SUNPROTECTION –Educating all generations of our families on the effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays being the leading known cause of premature skin aging and skin cancer. An important reason for the continued rise in skin cancers is the lag between knowledge and behavior. While people’s knowledge about skin cancer prevention and early detection has vastly increased, sun protective behaviors have not caught up. For our youngest patient’s infants to 13 years of age, the best advice is prevention. Infants under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight. Keep them in the shade, especially between 10 am and 4pm. After a child reaches the age of 6 months sunscreens are safe to use. Make sure that you use sunscreen always when they are outdoors, cover their skin, with clothing that has an SPF in it. Did you know that riding in a car does not prevent you from the sun’s harmful UVA rays? Children in a car seat next to a window can be exposed very easily to these rays. Glass will block UVB rays but not the UVA radiation. The skin cancer foundation support llumar automotive window film.com Age group of patients from 13-25. These are the years that the majority of my cosmetic patients wish now they could take back. The time they spent “baking in the sun”. If we knew then what we see now about how much damage we did accelerating our skin’s aging process. Talk to your teens. Inform your kids, let them know it is just as important as the message we received when we were their age about the risk of smoking and cancer. Don’t take them to an indoor tanning bed. Did you know that recent studies have found that people who first use a tanning bed before the age of 35 will increase their risk for melanoma by nearly 90%, and also significantly raise their risk of nonmelanoma skin cancers? Many states have actually banned indoor tanning beds for ages < 18 years of age. If your teenager, is getting ready for prom or homecoming don’t support their thoughts of using an indoor tanning method. There are very safe alternatives in sunless tanning lotions, and encourage them
to start loving the color of the skin they were born with. Go with their own glow!! Did you know that 90% of the signs of skin aging, like wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging skin are caused by harmful UV rays from the sun and tanning machines? So for the age group of 25-55 you can turn this around. You can and should protect yourself from the sun at every age. Many of Hollywoods A’listers are abandoning even their fake baked looks for a natural radiance. It is all about reversing the aging process at this point in our lives. There truly is not a better way that you can help this than by protecting your skin from the sun and making sure any sun damage that might have occurred in the past is treated with any of our effective laser options. It is important for you to maintain your skin’s health and up your skin care regimen to achieve and maintain a timeless natural glow. So rock the fun sun hats and shades, you will be much happier later in life. There is nothing sexier than healthy skin. The golden years. These are the years you have worked so hard for. But remember that if that means you go south in the winter and are in Michigan in the summer, you are exposed nearly 12 months of the year to the sun. You need to make sure you are doing everything possible to protect your skin. Did you know that most people wait an average of six month before they make an appointment about that suspicious lesion? Are you waiting for that spot to disappear? These delays can cost you precious skin, and organ and sometimes a life. Limiting the size and depth is paramount to preserving the integrity of the facial structure when we remove a skin cancer. Any new spot that grows rapidly or changes in anyway needs attention. The damage from the sun does not stop at a specific age. Remember also that as we age our hair naturally becomes thinner. Melanomas are often found on the scalp. Male baby boomers have about twice the risk of dying from melanoma than female baby boomers. So wear those golf hats, or fishing hats. You have the time to relax in the warmer climates, make sure you make the most of these years. Have regular skin checks. We have treatments to help prevent precancerous lesions. To put it simply, what hurts your health hurts your looks. Smoking, pollution, sleep deprivation, poor nutrition, unprotected sun exposure, and high stress all put your appearance at risk. They take a toll on the way you look and feel. Take care of your health and spirit, daily, and be a more beautiful you.
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Sharing the value of chiropractic care for the whole family Through the eyes of Dr. Sasha, a member of Hillsdale Chiropractic. By April Rentchler Simply Hers Magazine
As I walk into the office, she is all smiles and a delightful person. She would make anyone smile with her contagious laugh. As we sit down, the environment is her five year old daughter’s artwork and very comfortable. Dr Sasha went to Camden - Frontier High School, then to Hillsdale College. She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2005. Being a part of Hillsdale Chiropractic since she was sixteen years old, Dr Ervin Malcheff inspired her to go to college to become a chiropractor.
minimizes hip and sciatic pain. It can help to relax and release the muscles, opening things up to allow the baby room to flip when necessary, possibly preventing a breech birth. The labor can be less intense and could even shorten the duration of the birthing process, “explains Dr Sasha. Dr Sasha is very open to consultations if you have any questions about the process of what to expect when you see her in her office. Her desire is that you are as comfortable as possible and feel much better when leaving her office.
“He taught me so much here in the office, “she says.
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The passion to make people feel better through wellness and preventative care intrigued Dr Sasha. She had always wanted to be a pediatrician as a young girl; so caring for children she finds very fulfilling within her practice. Misalignment, ear aches, constipation, sports injuries, scoliosis, and even colic in newborn babies are just a few of the many things Dr Sasha treats for her patients. For instance, a child’s adjustment is very low pressure and generally done using an Activator tool. She allows the child to go at their own pace from sitting up being adjusted with the Activator to lying down being adjusted manually like “Mom and Dad.” “When a child is adjusted it will boost their immune system and in some cases, bowel, bladder issues, and ear infections can be prevented and treated. There are five separate bones in a child’s sacrum. These bones fuse together between the ages of eight and ten. These control bladder and bowel issues. Also the upper cervical part of a child’s neck can be softly adjusted with concern of ear infections and infants struggling to nurse. In fact, I adjusted a baby today that was born just two days ago.” Dr Sasha says as she smiles. “I do adjust anyone for whatever their concern may be. But I would love for women who are pregnant to know that I also practice prenatal care as well. It is a low-force motion with muscle and ligament work, alongside the adjustment. It is so beneficial to the pregnancy and eventual birth. It
You can find Dr Sasha at: Hillsdale Chiropractic in Hillsdale, Michigan 79 Hillsdale Street Hillsdale, MI 49242 Phone: (517) 439-9800 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Monday and Friday: 7:30-12:00 2:00-6:00 Tuesday: 8:00-12:00 2:00-6:00 Wednesday: 7:30-12:00 Thursday: Off Saturday: Varies 8:00-12:00 Sunday: Varies 8:30-10:00 In closing, I asked her one last question. What is something that we wouldn’t know about you. She laughs, “I love my summertime ice cream! And loves to play volleyball and golf outside of the office.
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It’s summertime and, I think, the weather will finally agree with that! Though the usual warmth of these months has evaded us to date it’s getting ready to pop. With that, comes the outdoor activities that every family enjoys. I think that the weight of the world sets heavy on most parents these days and unfortunately our children are left to entertain themselves while we’re working to provide the best life we can for them. However, nothing can replace the bond that’s created between a parent and child when they share a basketball in a game of one on one or just a walk down a back road. I remember doing both of these things as a child and I strongly believe that it helped instill my belief in fitness now. It only fueled my desire to live a healthy lifestyle and in the long run led to my greater desire to share what I’ve learned, with not only my children, but also with as many lives as I can possibly touch. Most kids are thirsty for as much knowledge as you can throw at them and soak it in like a sponge. So let’s make a vow to teach our youth how to live a healthy lifestyle, helping them lead longer and happier lives.
It all starts with a proper diet, so plan ahead! Sit down on a Sunday morning and plan the meals for the next week. Then create your grocery list, remember to price match and cut coupons for the best prices. Then, if need be, even cook up the meat for the week and then just rewarm to save some time. Some dishes, such as lasagna, can be prepared and put in the fridge to be cooked later. Another time saver is to utilize a crockpot for the busy sports family. Throw it together in the morning and when you get back at 8pm there will be no cooking involved, just eating. Doing little things like this will help prevent that “quick fix” such as fast food. The best weapon is proper planning. As far as being active, find things that you as a family enjoy. My kids love their scooters so I could walk around the block while they raced it! Or, what kid doesn’t like the park!! We went to the park for half an hour and they played tag the entire time. I was exhausted watching all the directions! Whatever you do, do it as a family and your children will carry those memories for a lifetime. I did.
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Blueberry Lemon Cakes For the cakes 1. Preheat your oven to 350. 2. Sift 2/3 cup coconut flour into bowl. 3. Mix in 5 eggs, 1/3 cup almond or coconut milk, 1/4 cup honey, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, juice of two lemons, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, pinch of salt & 1/2 cup blueberries. 4. Once your ingredients are incorporated, grease a large cupcake pan (or you can use a regular pan) with coconut oil. 5. Bake for 35 minutes. For the frosting 1. Melt 1/2 cup coconut butter. Mix in juice from one lemon and 1/8 cup honey. *Let the cakes cool before you frost. I waited approximately 45 minutes before I frosted mine. I threw a blueberry on top for the cuteness factor.*
Here are a few of my favorite recipes. My hope is for you to welcome this lifestyle with open arms. Try it. Embrace it. You’ll be happy you did.
Paleo Meatloaf 1. Preheat your oven to 350. Grab a large bowl. Make sure it’s big, because you’re throwing all your ingredients into this large bowl. 2. Add 2 lbs of ground meat to your bowl. I’ve used 1 lb beef and 1 lb turkey. I’ve also used beef and pork. 3. Add two eggs, one cup almond meal, 1/2 tablespoon salt, 1/2 cup freshly chopped basil, 1 tablespoon oregano, one small can of tomato paste, 1 chopped onion, 3 gloves chopped garlic, and a pinch or two of pepper. 4. Mix all ingredients with your hands! I know, it’s disgusting. I was never able to touch raw meat when I was younger, but again, I’ve grown up and I have no problem mixing that meat. 5. Now that the meatloaf is mixed well, pat the meatloaf into a classic loaf pan. Matt and I always have enough for two meatloafs, because it’s just the two of us. Bake for one hour. Consume and love each bite!
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Life Can Hurt... We Can HELP! Supporting Summer activitieS with chiropractic care
If you are a Michigander, you love summertime! Increased activities outdoors, working around the home, and expanding our variety of exercises is all part of fun and what we look forward to all year! Along with all these new things to do, comes the extra pressure and strain on your back and body. Let’s face it, every year summer comes around and we go out to finish the projects unfinished from last year and start new ones. We commit to new exercise routines. We love to get out there and play summer sports when the weather gets warm. Whether you have been training over the winter or not, all this new activity is a bit of a shock to your body and you are using your muscles in a way that you are not used to doing. The fatigue and stress this places on your body can lead to all sorts of problems and injuries. Chiropractic can help you recover from these problems more quickly and can also help to prevent these problems from occurring. Injuries come about when the body is not flexible, strong and functioning at its best. Fatigue can lead to many injuries and systemic problems. When our muscles are fatigued they are sore, achy, and tight. This can lead to sprain/strain injuries to the muscle and ligaments in the back, neck and extremities. When you begin to do those summer projects and you are not fit, you can become injured more easily. Lower back and neck injuries are very common from doing yard work, housework and do-it-yourself projects.
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Childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are all terms that are associated all too often with kids today. From preschoolers to teenagers, physical and behavioral health issues in our nation’s children are skyrocketing out of control. How we eat, directly affects our concentration, energy level, metabolism, and resistance to disease. So whether your child appears to be the epitome of good health or is challenged with one or more health concerns, here are a few tips for helping our kids soar in health and thrive in life – Naturally! Pump up the “Natural” and Discard the “Processed” From the increasing flood of sugars, fats, food colorings, additives and preservatives, it’s no wonder we’re experiencing increased health and behavior concerns in our country’s youth. Instead of seeking answers in the pharmacy for the next best prescription drug, I say, “Get back to nature and take advantage of all the benefits provided in natural foods, close to the farm!” “Natural” means choosing wholesome foods with minimal processing. Whole-grain breads, cereals, rice and pastas instead of white. Eating fresh meats and cheeses instead of processed. Natural means choosing “real” fruits and vegetables and not thinking “fruit-flavored snacks” or “vegetable chips” are healthy alternatives. Wholesome foods generally mean less sugar, fat, sodium and chemicals, and more fiber and nutrients like beneficial antioxidants that our bodies need. Foods close to the farm also help normalize blood sugars and provide greater hunger control than processed and chemically enhanced foods. As I like to say, choosing natural foods means choosing foods with ingredients you can recognize and pronounce. Color Their World with Fruits and Veggies Make sure the bright colors in their meals and snacks are from natural fruits and vegetables, not artificially colored, “fruitflavored” snacks and beverages. A 10-year old needs a combined 4 cups of fruits and vegetables every day. Are you eating that much? Are you buying that much? Fresh is best, then frozen, canned and juice. And serve your children 100% fruit juice with no added coloring instead of “fruit drinks” and “ades” loaded with artificial dyes. Impart the Goodness of Whole Grains Did you know that whole-grain wheat and oats contain as many beneficial antioxidants as broccoli or carrots? So eat your whole grains for disease-fighting antioxidants in addition to sorely
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father Kevin Klinger, Bryan’s Step-dad Dave Dubois and Bryan’s Uncle Gary Ferro. Painting the exterior will be the next project to accomplish before a grand opening occurs. The project took two months to complete after deciding on the location, one of two Dunlap was considering. “I like this location because it’s by the schools, churches and is almost downtown,” Dunlap said. “It also has more space, even though from the outside you wouldn’t think so.” Plenty of windows offer natural lighting, along with ample lighting already in place from the former patient rooms. “We like the natural light necessary for makeup application as well as hair coloring,” Dunlap said. Dunlap and her team offer salon services one would expect to find including haircuts, waxing, colors, foils, perms but what sets them apart from the rest of the pack are the Spa treatments offered. These include not only manicures, pedicures, and artificial nails as well as offering massages, body waxing and facials in the newly finished basement for more client privacy. “Those services are what make us a spa as well as a salon,” Dunlap said. “We want this to be a place where clients, not only women but men and children as well, can relax and enjoy themselves.” Special occasion parties for brides and princess birthday parties are available. Walk-ins are welcome as well. hours vary by stylist, and by appointment, but walk ins are usually available Monday-Saturday 10-6. call ahead to be sure you can get in to this busy place! To schedule an appointment with Dunlap or one of the other stylists available, call 517437-0123.
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This edition is the second of a two part series explaining the use of pulse oximetry screening to detect congenital heart disease in newborns. WHAT IS PULSE PULSE OXIMETRY SCREEN? Pulse oximetry (also called “pulse ox”) us a simple test to measure oxygen in the blood. Pulse ix is done using a small sensor placed on the baby’s right hand and one foot. Pulse ox looks for low oxygen levels in the blood. Screening is a way to find critical heart conditions in newborns. YOUR BABY HAS A LOW PULSE OX SCREEN. NOW WHAT? A low pulse oximetry result does not mean your baby has critical congenital heart disease (CCHD). It means more tests are needed. A low blood oxygen level means that your baby may have critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) or other problems. You will discuss plans for more testing with your baby’s medical team. Different types of tests may be needed, for example: • Heart ultrasound (also called “echocardiogram” or “heart echo”) • Blood tests • Chest X-ray • Tests for infection WHAT IS A HEART ECHO? A heart echo is an ultrasound if the heart. It uses sound to make a picture of the heart. The picture will be read by a doctor. You will discuss results and next steps with your baby’s medical team. For the safety of your baby it is important to follow the medical team’s instructions for testing and follow up.
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following sara Come travel with me to my husband’s homeland of Korea. This time readers I write to you from an actual computer! I had made it a habit to write my articles on my iPad throughout the deployment and continued that when I returned. However, using the iPad had the unfortunate result of its auto correct feature at times mangling my words and sentences! So I apologize if at times my writings left you scratching your head for being nonsensical. Last time I really struggled with what to write about. Of course, writer’s block being what it is, almost immediately after sending that month’s article I realized what I should have written about all along - Korea! Now as some of you may know my husband immigrated to America from Korea at the age of 14. He earned his citizenship about 5 years ago. One of the things that we knew we wanted to do when I returned from deployment, was to go and visit his family in Seoul, South Korea. We traveled together with his mother and my Aunt and Uncle. It has been almost 20 years since he last saw his home country, or any of his family other than his mother, so the culture shock was even worse for him than it was for me! The flight over there wasn’t so bad, clocking it at only 14 hours! Luckily, my recent travels had me used to long distance flights and changing time zones. However, it was quite the culture shock for me, having just returned from one of the dirtiest countries on the planet, traveling to one of the cleanest countries. Indeed, Seoul, South Korea is the cleanest place I have ever been to. Not a bit a trash to be found anywhere in this giant metropolis, yet not a single trash can to be found either. The first half of our stay in Korea was focused in its capital city of Seoul. This is where my husband grew up, and where all of his family currently lives. We shopped in some of the biggest malls in the world, Lotte Mall even had an indoor roller coaster. We also shopped at enormous open air markets like Namdaemun Market. We visited the DMZ a mere 3 days after North Korea declared it was no longer part of the cease fire. Of course we ate every chance we got delicious Korean food like Naemyung (cold buckwheat noodles in a light broth), Bulgogi (thinly sliced beef cooked at your table on a grill top), and of course the ever present national dish Kimchi (cabbage fermented in red bean paste). The food was definitely my favorite part of the trip, with the cost making it even more enjoyable. It was easy to feed a large group of 8+ people a full Korean meal with drinks for under $100. Speaking of drinks we of course enjoyed large amounts of Soju (rice liqueur with almost no taste, but very potent), and my favorite Makgeoli (rice wine). While in the city we didn’t just play tourist, although we did much of that visiting many temples and palaces, we also used this chance to have another reception. Since Jae and I married on very short notice, and it would have been difficult for his family to travel, we decided to have a second reception in Seoul. We held this at a University Art museum (funny since we were originally married in an art gallery), where they had a private room in their fancy restaurant. It was an amazing but overwhelming experience getting to 30
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No doubt a summer full of out-of-school kids, crazy activity schedules, family reunions and backyard bonfires have taken their toll on your kitchen organization by now! I can’t think of very many things in our homes that get more wear and tear than our refrigerators. They are used multiple times a day by most everyone in the household, especially in the summer. It takes just a few minutes to clean and organize your refrigerator but it can make meal preparation easier, get a handle on snack control and give you a sense of accomplishment. According to Good Housekeeping magazine (November 2012), the average U.S. family throws out $600 worth of spoiled food each year, so organizing your refrigerator may help save money too! Follow these SOS tips for a quick refrigerator makeover: • Start with a clean slate! Empty everything out of the refrigerator. Take a few minutes to wipe it out. If it just needs freshened, you can use a soft cloth moistened with white vinegar. For a more challenging cleaning job, use a solution of 3 T. baking soda in 4 C. of warm water. For hard to remove (who-knows-what-this-used-to-be) gunk, make a thick paste of water and baking soda and let it sit for a while. Then rinse with a vinegar and warm water solution. • Sort and pitch! Discard any food you can’t immediately identify! Look over jars, bottles and food packages for expiration dates or containers with minuscule amounts left in them. This isn’t the time to be thrifty-let it go! • Establish zones! After giving bottles and jars a wipe, return only good, fresh food and condiments. As you put things back in, re-think where you put them so the things you use most often are convenient and visible. Keep like things together such as cheese, butter, eggs and yogurt. If you have children or grandchildren who frequently use the fridge, consider assigning a certain area for the snacks and drinks they are allowed to access on their own. • Free up shelf space! Square, stackable containers will store more than round ones. Instead
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BUT NEVER FORGET” By Peggie Bildner, Simply Hers Magazine
Right from the beginning, Sally Turney remembers that day as “just having a funny feeling.” It was August 11, 2006 and she met her sister Betty for breakfast as she did every Friday. Sally was the oldest of the sisters; Betty Brown was second in line, then Viola (Vi) Morgan, and Linda Crawford was the youngest. Quite naturally, the two oldest tended to pair up, as did the two younger sisters. Betty, Vi and Linda all had mobile homes next to each other in the same park. It worked so well for them to go back and forth and help each other that Sally had considered moving there too. But her decision to stay living in her apartment may have saved her life! Before the day was over, both Betty and Vi were dead and Linda had narrowly escaped the same fate. For Linda, there was nothing extraordinary about that Friday afternoon, as she and her sister Vi shared a cup of tea at Linda’s home after work. When they heard a noise outside, they realized that their neighbor, Steve Moench, was throwing stones at their sister Betty’s mobile home. Never one to quietly ignore something she didn’t like, Vi yelled out at him. After that, they saw him outside with a gun. The three sisters, as well as other neighbors in the park, had been having ongoing issues with Steve’s erratic behavior for several years. At one time, outgoing Vi had befriended him but after a disagreement, had told him she didn’t want to talk to him anymore. It seemed after that, a lot of his unusual behavior (putting up security cameras aimed at their mobile homes and a spotlight aimed at Vi’s window, using a hand gesture like a gun pointing at them when they met him outside and taking photos of anybody who came to visit) was directed at her. So after this exchange, Linda felt it best to walk Vi back home. Linda remembers seeing Steve get into the trunk of his car. She now realizes he was probably loading his gun. After hearing a shot ring out, the rest of the afternoon/evening is a nightmarish memory. Most likely because she heard the commotion outside, Betty opened her door. Linda realized she needed to call the police, and was worried her husband would come outside (he was still in their mobile home) so she attempted to rush into Betty’s mobile home. As she did, a bullet caught Betty in the chest, killing her immediately. Another (probably intended for Linda) whizzed by her and lodged in Betty’s kitchen wall. Linda was able to get in to the phone, slam and lock the door behind her. Covered in blood, she couldn’t even ascertain whether or not she had also been shot. While on the phone with 9-1-1, another shot ended the life of her sister Vi outside. Before the shooting stopped, the back windows and tires were shot out on her truck, a neighbor’s mobile home was on fire (from a gunshot into the gas line) and Linda’s dog lay dead on her steps. The occupants of the burning mobile home narrowly escaped with aid from firefighters who had arrived by that time. Linda was taken to the hospital, but the rest of the evening is a blank. Reeling with the nightmare of seeing two sisters gunned down, neighbors burned out, her innocent dog killed and the trauma of barely escaping herself, the sedation from the doctor mercifully shut her down for the rest of the night. Later that same day, the police arrested Steve in Coldwater, at the office of the mobile home park’s manager. Since his vehicle was
full of ammunition and guns, it is speculated he may have been intending to do harm to him too. As the legal and court system plodded through the necessary investigative steps and phases, Linda and Sally were left to pick up the pieces. Since Vi was single and had no children, Linda found herself having to take care of her funeral and settle her affairs. When Steve’s trial started, they were at the proceedings every day. Linda was a main witness so she was not allowed to be in the courtroom until all the other witnesses were done. When she took her turn on the stand, she looked at him, hoping he would return the eye contact. He did not. Both sisters wanted to see some remorse or emotion but for whatever reason, he was not able to give them that. In a strange twist, some of the shooting activity was caught on the security camera tapes that Steve had installed. Both Linda and Sally say that was very difficult to watch. A little over a year later, a jury convicted him on seven felony counts- two counts of first degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, one count of arson and one count for discharge of a firearm causing property damage. On September 24, 2007 Steve Moench was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole. That same day would have been Vi’s 63rd birthday. As the seven year anniversary of the tragedy approaches, Sally and Linda still find it hard to believe and accept that both of their sisters were taken so quickly and senselessly. Linda and Vi were especially close, as were Sally and Betty, so they both lost best friends. They remember Vi as being “spunky and spirited” and Betty as being quiet, a stickler for routine, and particularly close to her son, James. The two surviving sisters credit their faith as the main reason they have been able to cope. Linda says her pastor at the Camden Missionary Church, and the grief counseling she received there, was a great source of support. She accepts that Steve was mentally ill, but can’t help but feel anger and disappointment in a legal system that couldn’t be pro-active in this kind of situation instead of having to wait until something so tragic happened. As the oldest sister, Sally sometimes feels guilty that she is still here and two of her younger sisters are gone. She tries to keep her mind occupied with several volunteer activities at her church. Sally also conducts a toy ministry she calls, “Toys for God’s Little Ones.” She collects new and slightly used toys year-around to be distributed to local children at Christmas time, through the Hillsdale Baptist Church. Linda still lives in the same park and the same home. She has a cross in her yard in memory of her sisters. But she doesn’t need that to remind her of the tragedy that unfolded on her street that day. After several years, her sisters’ mobile homes were purchased and re-occupied. As Christians, Sally and Linda know they must forgive the man who took their sisters’ lives. But with tears running down her cheeks, Sally makes it very clear, “I’ve forgiven but I will NEVER forget!” EDITOR’S NOTE- The details and sequence of events leading up to the shootings, during and after, are written here as Sally Turney and Linda Crawford recall them. Although my intention is to be as factual as possible, this story is not intended to be a news report or reflective of specific police or court details. Photo by Constance Blank Photography
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A “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with friendship.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson 39
Our earliest friendships often start with our parents’ choices, the children of their friends. Such was the case with my first girlfriend, Sandi (Ebaugh) Henry. While our parents drank coffee or played cards, we entertained ourselves “driving” the car. It never left the driveway, but in our minds we took our children (dolls in the backseat) clear to California to meet up with our singer/star husbands, Ricky and Dave Nelson! When we had to be inside, we put miles on the treadle sewing machine that also doubled as a vehicle. Remarkably, some fifty-plus years later, our friendship is still intact! That’s not to say there haven’t been times when it waned. The years directly after high school found her off to college and me a young bride following my husband to Germany, as he served in the Army. I think we both still considered ourselves to be friends, but those are the selfish years when you are expanding your relationships and moving on to new things. Ironically, it was at a garage sale several years later when we re-connected. She was married, pregnant with her first child. I was toting a two and a half year old and expecting a second. We discovered life had brought
orchestra in middle school, our instructor recommended we all get individual summer lessons. My parents chose a tutor and made an appointment with her. When I was dropped off with my violin, I made my way to the front door, unsure of what I was going to find. The door opened to a girl with dark curly hair and a mischievous grin on her face. She took me into a room filled with instruments, had me put my Suzuki book on the rack, turned it to the back of the book and asked me to play. I timidly told her that we weren’t that far yet. She asked me if I could play Twinkle Twinkle and Go Tell Aunt Rhody. I had just gotten up the courage to play a couple weak notes when her sister walked in- the REAL tutor- and asked why she wasn’t summoned when I came to the house. We met again in the 7th/8th grade orchestra. and have been best friends since. I always know I can turn to her when I need to talk or a hug. We have brought each other into our families and laugh all the time. I know we will be friends forever, we know too much!”
us back together with a common bond- morning sickness! In short order, we were back at my house sipping glasses of water and catching up. We’ve never lost touch since and in fact, recently became next door neighbors!
played important roles at certain times but as circumstances changed, so did our friendship. I can’t say that I have always been a good friend. Like most women, I have let men, children, work, petty differences and even laziness, get in the way sometimes. But I will say, at this point in my life, I have never valued my friendships more. I still marvel how God has put just the right women in my life! Wonderful friends who each bring their own history, strength, wisdom, sense of humor and affection. There is no judgment that might have been there in our younger years. We all have too much history in our rear view mirror and too many worry wrinkles to be anything but genuine. There is a sense of realness to my friendships now. Those competitive years are gone and have been replaced with compassion and understanding. Jealousy that may have reared its ugly head years ago has no place in our relationships. The joys are shared with a true sense of happiness.
My two sisters are my God-given special friends. If you’re fortunate to have a sister that is also a friend, you are doubly blessed! In my early school years, I had giggly little girlfriends that shared sleepovers, swimming in the river and whispers in class. In junior high, it was boy talk, friends who loved the “Teen Haven” dances like I did and all about looking cool!
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Over the years, I have had my fair share of friends. Some are just memories in my history. Others
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financial ups and downs, career dilemmas, divorce, health scares and heartbreak- all the big and small things in life that are shared over a cup of coffee, sometimes tainted by tears. A few years ago, four women that I had known for years (all through different avenues)- Joyce Lewis, Eva Sowle, Ruth Gittings and Carol Noblit- discovered that we all knew each other and decided it would be fun to meet for dinner. That dinner of disjointed, “fringe” friends has turned into some of my most cherished friendships. We call ourselves “The Juliets” (Joyce’s Unique Ladies Interested in Eating Together) and make a point of getting together as often as possible. We laugh, eat, talk, and sometimes even share our deepest secrets and fears. A few years ago Carol suffered a heart attack and died. We still miss her and the loss made us treasure each other even more. In recent years, both of my sisters have reconnected with a group of their high school girlfriends. Janice Kizer explains how the friendships have changed and yet remain the same ~ “In the early years, our friendships
began by sitting together on the school bus, playing during recess or an occasional sleep over. Then we moved to those teen years and shared the fun of double dating, proms, sports events, homecoming and a senior trip to Washington D.C. And we vowed to be best friends forever. After high school graduation, I moved away, married and raised my family. Many years later, I moved back to the area. My life had changed. Some classmates had continued to stay in touch. Recently, after most had retired, several from our class started meeting for lunch. I attended that first luncheon unsure if I even knew these ladies. What I discovered was not only did we have the school memories in common but it was a good starting point to reacquaint ourselves and form new friendships. We enjoy each other in a different light. We don’t notice the wrinkles or the occasional lapse of memory. We are older and wiser and there seems to be an unspoken understanding of the journey we all have taken. We reminisce, get updates on classmates, and we remember those who are no longer with us. What a blessing to have these friends in my life at a time when they are now much
more appreciated. We enjoy our laughter and stories with a passion. And when we part, we give hugs and I silently pray that God will grant us time to enjoy each other’s company once more.”
“Nothing makes the earth so spacious as to have friends at a distance.” -Henry David Thoreau Friendship comes in many forms. Ruth Kyser, shares her unique story about a friend she has known for 48 years but has never met ~ “I was 11 when my grade school teacher asked if anybody would be interested in exchanging letters with students in Coventry, England. Loving to write, I was quick to volunteer. I received my first letter from 10 year old Chris on May 1, 1965. In the early years it wasn’t unusual for letters to take up to three weeks to be delivered. As the years passed, we continued to regularly correspond, sharing personal joys and sorrows. I graduated from school, went out into the workplace, then married and started a family—while Chris went off to college and didn’t marry
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Those into the extreme sport of noodling say nothing gets the adrenaline flowing like the raw power of a massive Flathead on your hand while trying to gain control. At Catfish Acres in Litchfield, local fishermen are discovering noodling - an enjoyable fishing experience that has become a local phenomenon. Noodlers search for likely catfish hideouts - inside submerged logs, fallen trees, under rocks or in mud banks - and catch them with their bare hands. Catfish Acres is a family-owned and operated business, owned by Dave and Candy Tefft, along with their two young sons Ridge and Colt. Noodling is something they sort of “fell into.” While they’ve always shared a love for the outdoors, it was when the family was on a vacation one year that they experienced a pay lake and loved it. They decided to one day build a pay lake and create a fun family fishing and camping environment. Since 2008, Catfish Acres has offered fishermen a place to make memories, with noodling available the following year and growing in popularity. “What happened was we started having some big catfish in the pond since they put on a lot of weight once they’re here,” he said. “We had some that were 60 and 70 pounds that first year. So, the phone started ringing off the hook to see if we had noodling.” After excavating work was done on the main pond, he experimented with a noodling pond and stocked it, soon booking dates for groups of all kinds. “That’s when all the TV shows came out - like Hillbilly Handfishing and Mudcats” Tefft said. The type of people who came out at first were the thrill seekers, like on the shows he said. By the second or third year, he was booking bachelor parties, birthdays and family reunions. The noodling pond is ideal for 15 people to noodle, though Tefft said it has held up to 20 or 25. “What’s nice is that we can regulate the water level and temperature, keeping it at 4 1/2 to 5 feet deep,” Tefft said. Holding title for one of the biggest catfish caught at Catfish Acres is Randy Null of Camden. He caught a “monster” Flathead weighing a whopping 65 pounds and it had a bonus with a $50 tag on it. Null loves the outdoors and likes the rush and
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“On March 6, 2008 (my dads birthday) I was given life changing news: My baby was diagnosed with the disease Trisomy 18; something we were told was “incompatible with life”. I was devastated. Having been told weeks before that she had the same heart condition my son was born with and the doctors only wanted to know the level of defect they were dealing with. They had planned on having doctors standing by so they could preform surgery if necessary after her birth. I had high hopes of her living a full and happy life. Receiving news that she was not going to live was life altering. I was in shock, denial and was begging God for answers. 3 days later I woke up to horrible pain and was rushed to the hospital, I was in preterm labor. After 29 hours of labor, on March 10, 2008 I delivered my daughter Gracelynn Ann, It was my 28th birthday, she was born still. As my family and friends stood by my side I stared in awe as I looked at my precious baby noting how perfect and tiny all her features were. I had such JOY in the depths of my soul. I kept thanking the Lord for choosing me to be Graci’s mother, for trusting me to love her, protect her and rejoice over her. That night, as I listened to K LOVE (radio station) I sang to my baby, I praised my God, I new that night that my God was an awesome God, a God of mercy, a God of hope, a God of Love.” This mother, Niki Slovecek, created Remember Me; a precious organization to support families through the loss of their infant, to allow them to openly grieve. To remember and reminisce about the precious baby they were given, regardless of their time on earth. To educate families on what to say and not to say, what to do and not to do. To learn to live with the loss, not get over it. Isaiah 49:16 “I will never forget you...I have carved you in the palm of my hand.” Remember Me serves eight states and two countries. Approximately seven women weekly contact Remember Me for support. It has many different ways to support.
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Lt. Jack Quigley fulfills his passion after retirement of thirty-four years from law enforcement, by offering CCW classes with a shooting range and training facility in the back yard of his Bed and Breakfast that he and his wife, Choyce, built in 1996. Using timber within a twenty mile radius to build this beautiful log cabin makes a very comfortable setting to take Jack’s CCW (Carrying Concealed Weapon) class. When asked if many women come through his class, Jack answers,”Yes. There has been a thirty to forty percent increase of strong interest this year. A woman feels more protected by carrying a handgun. If ever your life would be threatened, it is nice to know you own that security.” The CCW class includes a half day in the classroom and a half day on the training range with lunch included. Some of the basics covered are familiarizing yourself with your handgun, education on ammunition, how to react if someone is breaking into your home and how and where to look for concealment. You will need to bring eye protection, ear protection, your handgun, holster, and rain gear if it looks like rain. “The CCW class costs $120. We have a married couple package that includes an overnight stay in our Bed and Breakfast the night before the CCW class, with breakfast included. We also invite ladies groups, no less than six, if you want to take the class together.” Choyce explains. “If you are interested in owning a handgun, first go to your local sheriff / police department and ask for a permit to purchase. It will be good for ten days to purchase your handgun. If you then want a course like what we offer, you can take our CCW class. After completion you are given a certificate. This certificate allows you to apply for a CCW permit. This process takes up to thirty to forty-five days and includes finger printing and paperwork. Renewal is every five years.” Jack explains.
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By Willie Smith Simply Hers Magazine
We’ve had a recent incident at my house which was kind of, sort of, but not really my fault. I mean I did administer the medication, but I didn’t mean to do any harm. I’m being called a Doggy Drug Dealer and I’ve been threatened with criminal prosecution and having to see a puppy psychiatrist. My husband and the vet are being very mean to me, but it’s the dog that’s gonna put me over the edge. This is my story and I’m stickin’ to it, mostly because it’s pretty much true, but also because my attorney told me not to say anything that could incriminate me. Dog abuse is a one-year misdemeanor, you know. We have two Jack Russells that are hyper on a good day, but during a thunderstorm the scrawny one, Kramer, is out of control. For ten years I’ve put up with whining, shivering, drooling, and trying to climb on top of my head. What’s with climbing on top of my head anyhow? I’m only 5’2”, it’s not as though I can protect him from flood waters or anything! Over the years we’ve tried a lot of things to calm him. We read about a vest that you wrap around the dog so it feels secure. Nope, that didn’t work. We tried an allergy pill that was “guaranteed” to calm a dog during a storm with no side effects. That did nothing for the dog, but once when I got nervous during a storm and took one of the pills, it calmed me right down. In fact I was calm enough that I could have fallen asleep were it not for the dog sitting on my head whining and drooling. Finally a couple of years ago I decided enough was enough and I asked our vet if she had any ideas. She gave me a few sample pills to try, but they didn’t work worth diddly squat so I put them in a cupboard and forgot about ‘em. A few weeks ago during a particularly bad storm I pulled out all the stops. I wrapped the dog in his vest; still he shivered. I gave him an allergy pill; still he whined. I found that bottle of pills and because they were so old I gave him a handful thinking they couldn’t be very strong by now; still he sat on my head and drooled. The next day he seemed a little “off”. He
couldn’t jump up on the bed, his eyes were dull and lifeless and as he followed my husband’s every step, he stumbled several times and even fell down once. Something was wrong! My husband called the vet in a panic and was told to bring Kramer right in. A little later my husband called to say the vet thought Kramer had been overdosed! She wanted to see the medication I had given him so I grabbed the bottle and hurried over there. After some tests were run we were told Kramer’s stomach needed to be pumped. Apparently “somebody” had given him 10 times the dosage of medicine recommended for a dog his size. What!? Wait a minute! I knew where this was going. I could tell by the unpleasant look on the vet’s face. I know trouble when I see it and I knew I was in deep doggie doo doo. How was I to know that over time that medication increased in potency rather than decreased? How was I to know this was one of those times when more was not better? As Kramer lay on the table whimpering like a baby, my husband and the vet started lecturing me. What was I thinking? What was wrong with me? Was I trying to kill the poor dog? I tried to explain, but they cut me off and sent me home. When my husband got back to the house he told me he had to do some fancy talking so the vet wouldn’t call the police. He told her he’d monitor me when I was with the dogs so he put me on what he likes to call super secret double probation. Some secret, he apparently told his sister, Sylvia, because the next day a Get Well card arrived from her addressed to Kramer, c/o Probation Officer Smith. Now if that skinny little dog even looks like he doesn’t feel well, I’m up a crick and I think he knows it too. Every time he begs for food and I tell him no, he drops to the floor, starts to whine and lets his eyes roll up in his head. He wants to be sure I’m getting the message that either I fork over the food or I go to puppy prison. I wonder where those pills are. I’m telling you, that dog is gonna put me right over the edge.
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Well, I realize I am missing a lot of women who read different genres than my typical contemporary fiction; this article has a new slant. Let’s give a look to books on general fiction, paranormal, time travel, autobiographies, biographies, historical novels, and mysteries.
By Nancy Ryan Simply Hers Magazine
Out of curiosity, I approached some local book clubs to see what’s going on with their reading selections. The first club (consisting of husbands and wives) is currently reading Kill Me by Stephen White. In it, a fellow hires a hit man to kill himself, but changes his mind and can’t call it off. That club recently finished Jodi Picoult’s newest book The Storyteller, a rather dark book about the Holocaust. The story unfolds as the heroine makes a grisly discovery. The highly respected town resident, Josef Weber, was actually a notorious member of Hitler’s henchmen. I read the book, too, and oh my goodness, I couldn’t stop thinking about it; riveting! Book club number two (all women) is reading Maya Angelou’s autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. They just finished The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery and Alison Anderson. The latter is the story of a concierge in a Paris apartment building and her observations of the “lavish but vacuous lives” of her numerous employees and the building’s tenants. One of the club’s favorites is Shine, Shine, Shine, by Lydia Netzer. This is a boy-meetsgirl story of Maxon and Sunny, growing up together from age seven who are two outcasts. Twenty years later they are married and Sunny just wants to be “normal”. An accident occurs, and everything they have built together hangs in the balance. A New York Times review of this book reads “heart-tugging…it is struggling to understand the physical realities of life and the nature of what makes us human… Nicely unpredictable…Extraordinary.”
Book club number three (all women) is presently reading The Study of Eleanor Roosevelt. Their previous assignment, The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain, stimulated a spirited discussion upon its completion. It is the story of Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Hadley, who are swept up in the whirlwind, fast-living and free-loving world of Jazz Age Paris – hanging out with the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scot Fitzgerald. Another couple of reads that inspired lively dialogue were The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, about a foster girl living outside Munich during the Holocaust as she steals something she can’t resist – books. As reviewed,
“An unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.” The Guernsey Literary and Potato Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is set in postwar London and finds author Juliet Ashton looking for her next book subject. Through a series of coincidences she begins a correspondence with natives and their eccentric world living on the Island of Guernsey, occupied by Germans during the war. “This novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways,” exclaims the on-line reviewer. Book club number four, (again, all women) is reading Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton. It is an unconventional journey of the author through the years: the rural kitchen of her childhood, the kitchens of France, Greece, and Turkey where she learns the essence of hospitality, her own kitchen, and the kitchen of her Italian mother-in-law, who serves as the link between her past and her future. One of this club’s favorites was The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund deWaal. It is the author’s journey from Paris to occupied Vienna to postwar Tokyo. It traces the vagaries of a tumultuous century by following the history of the 264 wood and ivory matchbox-sized carvings the author inherited from his remarkable family. I wonder what books you or your book club are currently reading and would recommend. If you have a minute, why don’t you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org? I will share your responses with Simply Hers readers in the next issue.
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Vacation Design Inspiration
By Julie Hofheinz Simply Hers Magazine
Throw caution to the wind and try a bold, clean color pallet. Look for combinations that make you smile and take you back to the street you enjoyed in your favorite city. Don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit and try colors that evoke your adventurous side! Whatever your vacation destination is this summer - beach bound or cross country - instead of buying a t-shirt, bring home some inspiration instead.
my own home. I don’t worry about everything matching. I hang art that I love next to more art that I love. I stack my books on my table and place my favorite shell on top. A vase of fresh flowers on the dinner table next to a lovely bottle of wine takes me right back to the West Coast.
Some of my favorite souvenirs are not things I’ve picked up in tourist shops, but are instead ideas and inspiration drawn from the places I’ve visited. Granted, I’ve spent my share of the vacation budget buying trinkets for my kids or my parents or just because. Here’s the thing: All that stuff, even though it seemed like a good way to remember the trip at the time, ends up in the junk drawer, on the fridge or in the gym bag, and the memory has faded just like the t-shirt. What I’ve learned is that the places that had the biggest impact on me are the places I want to enjoy beyond my magnet collection. I become inspired by their personalities including the views they offer, the cuisine they serve and the memories they provide long after I’m home. In fact, my most treasured souvenir is the inspiration I’m given to enhance my own home.
Spending time in San Francisco is one thing, but the beach or lakeside can be just as inspiring. Look beyond your book and notice the contrast of the trees where they meet the sky. Take a walk along the water and if you look closely, you may uncover a treasures piece of beach glass or Petoskey stone, or just a special rock or smooth piece of driftwood. Collecting those things and bringing them back to your home can inspire some of the most beautiful rooms. Remember the tranquil lapping of the water as you walked along the lake? Recreate those memories through paint colors (think blues or greens), carpet colors (like the sand underfoot) and accessory pieces ( beach-combing treasures).
I’m fortunate to have family in some of the greatest cities in the country. San Francisco, for instance, is without a doubt one of the most inspiring places I’ve vacationed. What I’m able to take home from my visits to my favorite coast city are ideas that include a particular California confidence that never seem to find in the Midwest. I’d describe San Francisco as an artistic, sophisticated yet casual style that embodies other cultures while in a class of its own. The eclectic array of architecture is wonderful and curious at the same time. When I return to my own space, I open myself up to a less restrained way of design and bring a bit of that sophisticated cool into
Even if you are staying close to home this summer, inspiration is all around you. It could be as simple as taking a walk or looking at the places you frequent. Maybe it’s your favorite coffee shop or favorite store. What do you like about them? Is it the color of the walls? Or is it the way you feel when you’re there? Don’t be timid about it, go ahead and ask what colors they used or where they get their artwork. They’ll be flattered, trust me. Whether you travel afar or stay close to home, opening your eyes to what gives you pleasure and happiness while you’re there is the greatest design resource I can imagine. Indeed, inspiration does make a great souvenir.
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Fresh flowers in your home are probably the easiest and least expensive way to celebrate that vacation feeling. Not only do they make your room look lovely, they make it feel like a special occasion every day. Become inspired and set your table the way they did at the Bistro you enjoyed so much in your favorite city. Use craft paper as your tablecloth and put out crayons or chalk. Enjoy!
If your favorite vacation place included a beautiful garden, why not recreate it at home? Although some plants only grow in certain regions, itâ€™s still possible to plant in colors that take you away to that special place. Enjoy inspiration inside and outside.
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Faith Changes Everything
By Laura Loveberry Inspirational Speaker and Author
Have you ever been haunted by past failure? I am here to tell you that your past does not have to be your future. Period. When you learn from your hopeless, dark failures you can experience a life lesson and grow into a hope-filled bright future. Seriously, my favorite people who ever have walked on the planet earth have a history filled with failures, horrendous sins, and ungodly mistakes. I have failed majorly, messily, and miserably. My “sistas-in-Christ” and “bestie” friends on the planet have failures on their journey, too. The recovery power in me and my downto-earth “besties” is faith in the God of heaven above. Let’s look at a woman in scripture from over 2000 years ago, Rahab, heroine of the faith in the classic bestselling book, the Bible. Rahab, the harlot, the common prostitute who lived in a humble dwelling at the inside wall of Jericho is one of two honored women in the remarkable Hebrew chapter 11 many consider their favorite chapter in the Bible. When Joshua sends two spies to investigate the city of Jericho, God leads them to meet Rahab. God softens Rahab’s heart as evidence of her referring to the LORD by His personal name, YAHWEH, indicating Rahab’s newfound belief in the living God. The disobeying citizens of Jericho are shaking-in-their-sandals fearful of the news of Israel’s army defeating power, but it is Rahab who bravely puts her faith in the God of the heavens and earth and, therefore, hides the Israelite spies and plans their getaway. Rahab, living on the edge of society near the city wall, aides in the spy escape plan. In return a red cord is used to mark her home to prevent any harm to her household by the invading Israelites. It is significant to me the red color of the cord is symbolic of sacrifice for OUR sins so we can be set free and saved from our devastation. Rahab is saved from her destruction by displaying the red cord. Rahab determines the Israelite God is a God worthy of trust in spite of her own scandalous occupation. Our harlot hero is far from perfect, a liar, and a sexual sinner who came to God with a past that some hold distain and distance. But not for our God who see beyond the ugly prostitution and sees into her beautiful heart. Rahab’s faith is to trust in a God who could deliver her out of her mess and fears. “It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies…” Hebrews 11:31 NLT Bible.
So have YOU ever been haunted by your past? Do you feel shamed and marked with a “scartlet letter” you feel defines you still today? Have you fallen into a sinful habit and lost all hope, feeling unworthy and ashamed? Allow me to remind you how our heroine Rahab’s story ends. God does not distance himself, but comes nearer. Rahab is one of two women honored in the heroes of the faith book of the Bible. She is an ancestor of Jesus Christ. Do you get the impact of this last statement? She is in the line of Jesus, the Savior of the world! Her courage to put her faith in God changes everything.
Everything. So is your past laden with deceit, sin, or hopelessness? Have you failed miserably at times like me and my besties? Maybe your haunting sins are different, but you need the same forgiveness. These are the very things that God can turn around and set your journey straight. Come as you are and put your faith in the God of Rahab, the God of heaven and earth. He longs to use YOU in his kingdom work. You have value, no matter how unworthy your past. Do not let your past hold you back. Step forward with the courage of Rehab to let go of your past and let God be your future. It is a new day when you put your faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus has the power to forgive sin, save you from a life of despair, and you can be part of the family of God. We faithfilled Believers certainly are not marked by perfection, but we know the engraved hands of Jesus who has the power to forgive, wash clean, and set us free. Our past is merely a reminder of how the God of heaven and earth loves us and has the power to change our direction, our dire situations, and our destiny. Why do you think the Bible refers to our heroine’s past occupation? Is it to remind us, to brush off the old self and put on the new, and carry on with Jesus the forgiver of sins, the renewer of the mind, and the hope for our future? Yea. I believe Rahab’s disgraceful past is included so we can relate and acknowledge; if God chooses to use a former prostitute, then God by his grace, can surely use me, a sinner, with true faith in Jesus. Your past is your past. Go ahead with the courage of Rahab and ask one of those big-Bible-reading authentic Christians you know, “Can you explain what faith in Jesus Christ is?” No matter how shameful your history, your courage to inquire about faith in Jesus has potential to change everything. Everything.
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pet taLEs From Kacie’s Korner Hot diggity dog- I’m so glad you came back for more pet tales! I’ve been one busy puppy these last two months… a few weeks ago I was invited to a fundraising event put on by the Capitol Area Humane Society. It was called a Fur Ball, so of course I had to attend- what’s a Fur Ball without a fur ball?! My ‘mom’ spent a lot of time preparing me. She was combing my hair and talking to me about not embarrassing them, being on my best behavior (which included leaving STUPID girly bows in my hair!) and practicing how to walk properly. When we arrived, By Kacie Keeshond she handed me over to this nice lady whose Simply Hers Magazine only job all evening was to entertain me and meet my every need. Now THAT’S what I’m barkin’ about!! At the end of the event, I got to walk down the Red Carpet- I felt like a real celebridog! There were even people taking pictures (I think they’re called PUParazzi) and they showed me on a big screen. I sat real pretty, pretending to be well behaved- snicker! snort! I’ve had a tail-waggin’ time hearing from the Simply Hers readers since the last issue. THANK YOU to all who entered my Pet Look-Alike Contest. We had a pawesome time looking at your photos and picking a winner. When my ‘Mom’ talks to other pet owners, she usually finds that one thing most of us have in common is a love for food, especially treats! My favorite is baby carrots. ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ can’t open the refrigerator without me sticking my nose up under the door and giving them my ‘I’m-so-cuteyou-know-you-can’t-resist-giving-me-a-carrot’ look! When she posted on Facebook about how I will come running from two rooms away when I hear the refrigerator door open, here’s what some of you had to say about your pet’s love of food ~ I can’t sit down to have a snack without Gracey the cat running from wherever she is and sticking her nose in it...her favorites are Orange Creme Yogurt and Banana Nut Muffins! ~ Kathy Grubbs Our golden retriever loves fresh fruit. He picks blueberries, grapes, strawberries, raspberries off the bushes. This year he doesn’t get to help in the garden - I didn’t catch on right away........... ~Linda Potter We had a Britney that would open the cupboard and help herself to the garbage bucket. She once ate a Brillo pad. I left a new loaf of bread on the counter once and she ate the whole loaf, also ate a bag of toll house chocolate chips. We were lucky though chocolate is really bad for a dog! Our little Westie likes to hang around the dinner table too, especially when the grandsons are here. ~ Gail Green
When I make grilled cheese sandwiches I have to do it quick and Taff will come a running for her piece of cheese. ~ Jill Cleveland Coco comes out of a dead sleep for cheese! I try to sneak it and it doesn’t work! ~ Chris Cole Heidi likes green beans, cooked carrots, oranges, apples; I don’t think there is anything dogs don’t like! ~Delores Czech Now I realize I have been limiting myself just begging for baby carrots. Thanks for all the ideas guys! ‘Mom’ tells me July 3rd thru August 11th are usually the hottest and muggiest part of the season and they call them the “Dog Days of Summer”. I will celebrate my 1st Birthday on August 13th so I guess for my gift, I’ll beg for a swimming pool. I’ve heard my dog-sister, Delta, got a ‘Mom’ who has a pool. I think I might have gotten the short end of the puppy pick back in Jamestown. Maybe I’ll have to threaten to run away to New York and find her! Here’s hoping the rest of your summer is full of treats- whatever that may be for you! Stay cool and I’ll BAYL!
My DFF: Zoey Freese MEET ONE OF MY SPECIAL DFF’S (Dog Friends Fur-ever) ~ ZOEY FREESE- Zoey was born in Hudson but came to live in Hillsdale when she was about six weeks old. People tell her she’s a Rhodesian Ridgeback but since her family doesn’t know her dog-parents, nobody is sure. The Freese family own a business called Double A Lawnscaping & Supply. Most days, you will find Zoey working alongside her family. She likes helping out there because she gets to greet all the customers. She rides in the golf cart to show them the products. Zoey is one lucky pup because she has two forever homes. Sometimes she stays with her ‘Dad’ and ‘boy’, Aaron and Andrew, and sometimes she stays with her ‘Grandma and Grandpa’, Carolyn and Gary. They call her their time-share dog! I guess you could say she gets double the love (ha ha-sometimes I crack myself up!) Zoey is also my neighbor so we fit some playtime into our busy schedules! She is a pawesome friend! Photos Left: Kacie waiting to walk the Red Carpet at Fur-Ball. Top: Kacie’s sister Daphne enjoying the good life. Bottom: Kacie’s DFF Zoey Freese.
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Pet Look ALike Contest Kacie’s pick for the winner is....... DAVID KINNEY and his newly adopted 8 year old Shih Tzu Harley! The photo was submitted by his wife, Annette. She says they look alike because they both have gray beards and act alike because “they can both be a little grumpy!”
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Keeping marriage going strong into your golden years The trend of long-married couples calling it quits has been growing. However, there are some steps couples can take to keep their relationships going strong. According to the AARP, divorces among people over the age of 50 have doubled since 1990. According to Susan Brown, codirector of the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, one out of three Boomers will face their golden years unmarried. There are a number of reasons why divorce rates have skyrocketed among the over-50 set. Understanding just why these divorces are taking place and taking proactive steps to alleviate some of the divorce triggers can be a recipe for a happy marriage that continues throughout a coupleâ€™s golden years. * Increase accountability. Ours is a transient society where families no longer bat an eyelash over moving great distances away from other family members. As a result, Boomers may feel like they are not connected to children or grandchildren. With this in mind, they may feel less attached to their marriage or their responsibilities or believe that no one will get hurt by a divorce. Keeping families close and remaining in frequent contact can increase accountability and reduce the propensity for divorce. * Get things out in the open. A major reason for a failed marriage is years of avoiding significant issues rather than addressing problems. Couples should make time to talk to each other about anything that might be bothering them rather than letting too many things slide. If these conversations turn into shouting matches, there is always the option of bringing in a third party to serve as a mediator. * Spend time apart. After retirement, couples may find themselves spending hours upon hours in each otherâ€™s company. While togetherness can be beneficial,
too much time spent together may lead to feelings of suffocation and the perception that each member of the relationship is no longer his or her own person. Individuals can remedy this by doing more things on their own, whether spending time apart with friends or engaging in hobby time without your spouse. After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Brief periods of separation can make the time married couples do spend together feel more meaningful. * Recommit to your vows. After 30 or more years, the vows you shared on your wedding may be a distant memory. Some people may have different views on the permanence of vows, putting personal happiness ahead of the happiness of the couple. Take stock of what you promised one another on your wedding day and stick to those words. * Become a comedian. Laughter has a way of dissolving a tenuous situation. Focus energy on laughing at mistakes instead of pointing blame. Couples can make fun of themselves and resolve to not take things too seriously. * Act like youâ€™re dating. Couples often become complacent after many years of marriage. They may forget about the little details that made the relationship fun in the early years. The personal notes and cards and other surprises may fall by the wayside after being together for some time. Make an effort to go on dates, write love notes and think of what was appreciated by your partners when you were in the dating stage. * Practice selflessness. Sometimes all that is needed to rekindle a relationship is a selfless act that shows how much you care for your partner. Couples who are on the fence with regard to divorce can make an effort to improve the relationship rather than simply see divorce as the best option.
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A classy, fun shop in Brooklyn, MI. By April Rentchler Simply Hers Magazine
You can find this classy, fun shop in Brooklyn, Michigan. Opened in 1993 and still going strong. Closet Overload is a boutique that has a little bit of everything. New clothes, consignment clothes, hand bags, purses, accessories, and jewelry. “I am known as the purse lady. Shoppers love our authentic Coach bags to our one-of-kind purses!” Annette says. Annette was inspired to open a shop adored by women because of her love for clothes. The majority of her customers are women and they always find what they are looking for in all she has to offer. Some great reasons to shop at Closet Overload Consignment: • You’ll get more for your money. • We have the best selection of fashion clothing and accessories! • We take pride in what we put in our shop, and we cater to discriminatory consignment shoppers. • Walk out feeling like you didn’t spend a fortune. Advantages to you... For the Consignor: Extra cash and extra closet space. For the Community: A way to recycle. For the Buyer: Great value and fantastic finds! Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Let us turn your gently used clothing into cash! Why Consign with Closet Overload?
• We’re fully computerized...the status of your items are always available. • We have no account fees or hidden charges...you keep everything you make! • We pay monthly...we don’t delay giving you your money. • We have a fully monitored security system.....for the protection of you and your clothes. • We offer personalized appointments for first-time consignors...you and your items will have our full attention.
• Our items have quick turnover time. • Our dressing rooms are clean and comfortable. • We offer payment plans. • We have convenient parking. • Shop is 2000 square feet and has fresh air and bright lights. Closet Overload takes gently used clothing 6 days a week during business hours. We do not have set hours to bring them in. We ask that they are neat, clean, and folded. They also have to be current, no older than two years old. We have high standards and offer up-to-date new and used fashion and accessories. In order to do this we must be very selective. The price will be determined by The Closet Overload to best sell your items at the most profitable price. The consignor will receive 50% of the sale price of the article sold. Clothing will be placed on sale after a minimum of 60 days, or the end of the season, whatever comes first. At the end of the 90 day contract, all unsold, unclaimed items will be donated to our Charity. Checks are issued monthly for accounts with $10.00 or more in sales. Checks are printed on the 10th of every month.
You can find Closet Overload at: 146 N Main St, Brooklyn, Michigan Open Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-5:00 Wednesday 10:00-6:00 Saturday 10:00-4:00 Check out our website for a 10% off coupon. http://closetoverload.net/ You can find us on Facebook also. We post daily pictures of the new stuff we put in the store.
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To all of you savvy shoppers out there, if you’re looking for local resale, second-hand, thrift, or consignment shops in
your area, you’ve found the right place! Resale Shopping is one of the fastest growing retail categories today and we wanted to introduce you to some of our favorites! Be sure to check the listings in each issue for new updates and special offers exclusively for Simply Hers readers. Happy
8 E Chicago St. (US-12) | Quincy, MI (517)414-8994 Hours: Wed,Thu, Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-2pm theconsignmentgalleryofquincy.com
FEATURED ITEMS: FABULOUS Full Figure-size clothing, jeans, capris, shorts and gorgeous dresses for all sizes! Curtains and bedding, kitchen items, small and large furniture items , and various household decor; from vintage to present-day.
In the Key - Consignment & Vintage Center
400 N. Hillsdale St | Hillsdale, MI 49242 (517)437-4490 Hours: M-F 10:00am-5:30pm SA 10:00am-2:00pm
FEATURED ITEMS: Furniture, home accessories, kitchen & household items, One of a kind collectibles, eclectic accents, gifts, books, movies and clothing. A Ten Thousand Villages Store
The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation center 250 W. Carleton Rd. Hillsdale MI 49242 Located in the Kroger plaza 517-439-1202 Monday-Saturday 10:00am-7:00pm
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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86 N. Howell Steet | Hillsdale, Michigan 49242 | (517) 403-7292 VintageChicConsignments@yahoo.com Antique & Handmade Items
2984 Treat Hwy. | Adrian, MI 49221 517-265-3545 | randomcomforts.com
FEATURED ITEMS: New & gently used, clean furniture and decor for your home or office; New Symbol Mattresses 20% off
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
114 N. Market | Hudson | 517-448-2210
Your fashion journey begins here We carry the top name brands & fashion accessories at 1/2 of department store prices. Womens, Mens, Juniors & Childrens-If you dont like whats in your closet, come and check out whats in ours.
Stirr It Up Consignment
140 E Chicago Blvd. | Tecumseh, MI | (517)301-4371 Hours: Tues.-Fri 10:30-5:30; Sat. 10-4 FEATURED ITEMS: New & Used Equestrain clothing & Tack, English & Western boots, English riding apparel, Western Show clothes, Bridles, blankets,saddle pads,bits, helmets and cowboy hats. Infant- Adult clothing, new and used jewlery,shoes, purses and accessories. Maturnity and Mens clothing.
Simply Kid’s Sandbox
Our creative crafter for this issue is Dana Willard. Dana has an amazing website just full of DIY ideas - www.danamadeit.com Have you ever wanted to make a sandbox for your kids? It’s really quite easy and similar to making a garden box. We’re no carpenters here. And if woodworking is your thing, you may have better tips on proper wood selection and concept design. But I’ll show you what we did using our basic homeimprovement knowledge.
SKILL LEVEL: Beginner
WHAT YOU NEED: -
• Two 1’ x 2” pressure treated pine boards in 10’ to 12’ lengths (the extra wood will be used for benches) • Circular or table saw • Power drill • Hammer • Nails and/or screws • PVC pipe (to accommodate a beach umbrella for shade). • Exterior paint • Sand—lot’s and lot’s of sand Tongue and groove, pressure-treated floorboard slats (optional) Note: You don’t actually need a bottom on your sandbox, but without it, you risk the frame warping or pulling apart over time. A floor will add more support to the frame and help keep sand clean.
Step- by-step Instructions:
step 1. Use a saw to cut four board lengths to serve as the sandbox sides; two at 7’ lengths and two at 6’. Simply butt the ends together to create a rectangle and secure with either nails or screws. step 2. If you are adding a floor, cut pieces to size and nail or screw them into the bottom of the frame, making certain it remains square.
step 3. The benches are mainly for sitting and relaxing, but they also add support to the sandbox corners. Use the leftover pieces of wood and mark and measure the dimensions. Cut the angled pieces with a saw, sand if necessary, and secure to the frame. You can drill holes in the benches for water run-off and as an added play feature. step 4. Add a short piece of PVC pipe in the corners for a simple beach umbrella stand. To secure, drill a hole in the bottom of the sandbox so that it sits nice and snug between the bench and the corner of the frame. Place a beach umbrella right into the pipe and you have a shady spot whenever needed! step 5. Before painting the sandbox, elevate it off the ground for a clean paint job. Use a primer and paint the inside and outside with a durable, weather-resistant paint, like Behr Ultra exterior in satin or gloss finish. To paint stripes, like those shown top, simply use painters tape to mark equal bands of color and work in sequence (allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before tackling the next color band.) step 6. Find an appropriate location for your sandbox. Depending on your lawn, you might want to consider removing the grass underneath to provide a more level surface. A sheet of heavy-duty plastic under the sandbox will also help reduce moisture build-up to the floor, extending the life immeasurably. step 7. Fill with sand (20-30 bags of play sand) and let the kids enjoy their new backyard addition!
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Patriotic Pizza Casserole 4 Tbsp. Shedd’s Spread Country Crock® Spread, divided 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced 5 cups roughly chopped assorted fresh vegetables, (such as peppers, onion, zucchini and mushrooms) 1 jar (14 oz.) Ragu® Pizza Quick Sauce [or 2 cups pasta sauce] 1 package (13.8 oz.) refrigerated pizza crust 1/4 tsp. dried Italian seasoning 1 cup shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 425°. Melt 2 tablespoons Shedd’s Spread Country Crock® Spread in large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook, turning once until lightly golden on both sides. Remove chicken from skillet; set aside. vegetables skillet one and cook are tender. Return ould you go to their website -their home page Add schrolls and totheres thatuntil saysvegetables all you can eat ribs www.countrycrock.com chicken and juices to skillet. Add Ragu® Pizza Quick Sauce; cover and and walleye all day everydaycook until heated through and chicken is thoroughly cooked. could we use those picks in place of the rib pic that we have and ad the all you can eat info?maybe *For a festive decorative twist, create a flag on Turn chicken and vegetables into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish; cover with take off join us on the patio top of the and crustput using sliced tomatoes, cooked crust.every Melt remaining 2 tablespoons and drizzle over crust; the all you can eat info on top and thepizza all day day where you have Spread slow smoked?
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Carne Asada 2 pounds skirt steak 12 flour tortillas 1/2 cup tequila 1/4 cup lime juice 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup orange juice 4 cloves garlic crushed
1 medium onion chopped 2 teaspoons black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup salsa 1 cup guacamole 2 teaspoons Tabasco
Mix juices, garlic, onion, tequila, Tabasco, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add meat and marinate both sides. Cover and refrigerate, turning meat over occasionally. Let steak marinade for 6 to 8 hours. Preheat grill. Place a few drops of water on each tortilla, stack and wrap in aluminum foil. Place on grill. Remove meat from marinade, reserving marinade. Place on grill. Turn steak and tortillas once during cooking. Brush steak with remaining marinade. Cook to your liking (12 to 15 minutes for medium-rare). Cut into thin slices. Place a few slices of steak on each tortilla with salsa and guacamole and serve.
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Grilled Pizza Margherita 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Pizza Dough Ingredients:
1 Bunch Basil
(frozen pizza dough works)
1 Clove Garlic
1 Cup Warm Water (Not Too Hot)
8 Ounce Can of Tomatoes (or Fresh Slices)
1 Teaspoon Sugar
8 Ounces Mozzarella Cheese (More Fresh the Better)
2 ¼ Teaspoons Yeast 2 ¾ Cups Flour ¼ Teaspoon Salt 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Directions: 1. Spread pizza dough thin, making about a 10”-12” diameter pie, and place on a pizza peal, flat cookie sheet or cutting board, and brush lightly with olive oil. 2. Grill the pizza dough on one side over medium heat until grill marks form and the pizza dough easily releases from the grill grate. Flip the dough and grill on the opposite side just enough to firm the bottom of the pizza dough (do not overcook the bottom side of the dough). 3. Remove the pizza crust from the grill. Top with minced garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, tomatoes (sliced, torn or crushed), torn basil and sliced mozzarella cheese. 4. Place the pizza back on the grill over low or indirect heat (be careful not to burn the bottom). Leave on the grill until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is cooked through. 5. Finish the grilled pizza margherita with a drizzle of olive oil, a pinch of salt and fresh cracked pepper. Enjoy!
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Pizza Dough Directions: 1. Combine the warm water, yeast, sugar and 1 cup of flour. Allow the yeast to bloom 10-15 minutes. You will know it’s ready when the mixture gets foamy. 2. Add the remaining ingredients, and mix by hand or in a mixer with a dough hook until a dough ball forms. 3. Turn the pizza dough out onto floured surface or cutting board; kneed for approximately 5 minutes until the pizza dough is smooth and elastic. 4. Cut the pizza dough in two pieces, lightly coat with oil and place in plastic bags in the refrigerator for at least 2hrs. or doubled in size. This can be done on your counter as well, but the dough may rise too far if not monitored.
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Gems of Wisdom Have You Read Your Horoscope Today? LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, don’t apologize if you feel like you have to go your own way. Even when everyone seems to be going in another direction, sometimes you just have to set your own course.
VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, while others may not be able to handle the confusion, you are fully capable of multitasking and making it through unscathed. Have confidence in your abilities and everything will work out for the best.
LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you may feel more emotionally charged but you still have to think with your head and not your heart. A financial decision may need to reassessed.
PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, you are more interested in independence than hanging out in large groups. This includes hanging out with your spouse or partner.
SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, look at a situation with a practical eye. Is this really the best answer for the time being? Although you may be leaning one way, you might want to reconsider.
ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Don’t make assumptions, Aries. You just can’t trust your gut instincts too much right now. It’s better to get all of the facts and act accordingly.
SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, you need to get work done and that can’t happen when you are continually distracted. You might have to nip this one in the bud -- quickly.
TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Playing matchmaker isn’t so easy, Taurus. You have to understand when people are compatible and when there just isn’t a spark. Let this one go.
CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 A friend needs your support more than ever, Capricorn. Go to great lengths to give this person what they need, even if it means rearranging your schedule.
GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you may have to pull back your focus on a problem in order to see it in a new light. Take some time away to regroup and then you can come back at full strength.
AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 An email or other correspondence from a past friend could stir up feelings you weren’t ready to deal with right now, Aquarius. Put this on the back burner until you are ready.
CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 A romantic relationship can be a balancing act, Cancer. You will learn this first hand when you have to come to a compromise with your partner.
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Congratulations You’re Expecting! Whether you are expecting your first child or your third, we treat every delivery like a special delivery. Hillsdale Community Health Center would like to share this special experience with you in our new state-of-the-art Birthing Center. Our doctors, nurses and staff look forward to caring for you and making your upcoming delivery very comfortable and pleasant.
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