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I know you will love the stories we have gathered for this edition. Not Just for the Boys celebrates the side of women that many are afraid to admit even exists. All too often women are excluded from activities because they are perceived as being reserved for men. We are here to tell you that Anything Men Can Do We Can Do Better! Dr. Herbener has graciously agreed to lend some of his wisdom in Ask the Doctor. I have been depending on him for years and I know all of you will benefit from his advice. It is important to have a physician to trust and the Baker family knows that better than most. They have been through some tough times with Caden and have relied on some amazing doctors to see them through. On that note, I want to thank everyone who made the Warrior Dash a huge success. Because of all of your generosity we were able to raise over $1000 to help St. Jude who, in turn, helps children just like Caden. Again you have shown me how wonderful it is to live in a community like ours. Lastly, I would like to encourage everyone to join us for a great night of entertainment with the Jeff Carpenter Band along with the local band Rough Country. A portion of proceeds will benefit the King’s Kupboard Food Pantry in Hillsdale. It should be a great evening for a great cause.


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Is has been a eventful and fun couple of months. I did walk/run the Color Run July 22 and had a great time. There were 15,000 people of all ages, size and athletic ability. Along the 3 mile course they would throw colored cornstarch as you went by. By the end of the course we were rolling and laughing in the powder. I encourage everyone to sign up next year and have some good quality family fun. I left 3 days after the run and spent 8 days in California having an amazing time watching my son graduated from the Navy and site seeing. So the bottom line is, I have not lost any weight or inches but I did maintain. Tyson was very tough on me when I returned after a 2 week hiatus. I think it was my punishment for ditching him. I promise that I will get back on the band wagon the next 2 months and report good results in the November issue. ~Cyndi

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s the seasons change so do our daily routines. In the fall the days become shorter, the air cooler and we adapt to these changes by making small adjustments like wearing warmer clothes. Well here’s how you can bring the spirit of the fall season into your daily beauty routine. So you can look and feel your best this autumn.

Pumpkins are good for much more than just decorating your stoop this holiday season! In fact, pumpkins are rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, a great exfoliator; loaded with antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins

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Mix a few tablespoons of cooked and mashed (or canned) pumpkin with 2 tablespoons of plain, unsweetened yogurt (rich in lactic acid, a great natural exfoliator) and 1 tablespoon of ground almonds and/or oats. Apply the scrub to your face and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the pumpkin and yogurt to start to soften dead skin cells before using your fingers to gently scrub your face in small curricular motions. The dead, dull skin cells will wash away and your face will look fresh and flawless


A and C; packed with anti-inflammatory benefits and even boast of natural UV protectors – making it the ideal skin care ingedient! So, after carving you pumpkin for decoration, take the inside of the pumpkin and make some DIY face and body treats, with spa like results. After removing the seeds scoop out some of the flesh of the pumpkin and bake or steam it until mashable (or just crack open a can of pumpkin puree, if that’s more your style!). Then, hit the bathroommade-spa with these recipes designed to exfoliate and moisturize for fresh, smooth and sexy skin ready for dry winter days!

Pumpkin Body Mask

Mix 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned), 1/2 cup virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil (which not only moisturizes, but also helps to exfoliate dead cells and even has anti-bacterial properties) and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (which is antioxidant rich, anti-bacterial and smells delicious!). Apply generously to clean skin (in the shower is neatest!) and massage it into the skin. After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and pat dry – we think this is a perfect body treat to do while you let a deep conditioning hair mask steep (which of course we have a great recipe for you to try!).

Pumpkin Honey Facial Mask

Mix a few tablespoons of pureed pumpkin with 1 whipped egg white (which will help tighten pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines), 1 tablespoon plain yogurt (which will help exfoliate) and 1 tablespoon honey (which is anti-bacterial, great for clearing acne). Apply to entire face, avoiding the eye area, and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing. The yogurt and pumpkin will encourage cell-turnover and exfoliate, while the honey has anti-bacterial properties to ensure a fresh face for fall!

Pumpkin Coconut Hair Mask

Mix 1 cup fresh pumpkin - cubed, cooked and pureed (or 1 can pumpkin) with about 4 tablespoons of coconut oil. Combine ingredients in blender or food processor, let mix for at least 5 minutes. Apply the mask to dry hair and then wrap in shower cap or plastic wrap. Leave mask on for 30 full minutes. you may need to wash several times to get the mask completely out but there will be no need to condition hair after. It will look soft, shiney and it will feel new and healthy.


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Your hosts, Ron and Sandra Rayba, would like to invite you out to the brand new Rayba’s Tennis Retreat. Like nothing else available in Hillsdale County, the Raybas want to provide the community a place to gather, stay fit, and enjoy the peaceful countryside. Our brand new building houses a 20’x40’ heated pool, a gathering room with seating for a hundred, a full kitchen for parties, and an outdoor kitchen and patio for summer barbeques. Sign up for tennis lessons (for all ages) and spend time with us staying fit and having lots of fun! Tennis Lessons Youth and adult classes for all levels are available, day or evening. Call Ron at 517-383-2215 for more information. Ron Rayba is an avid tennis player and is a member and recreational coach with the United States Tennis Association, USTA and the Professional Tennis Registry, PTR. Lessons run from May through September and are taught by certified tennis instructor Ron Rayba using the Quick Start method. You do not need to be a member of Rayba’s Tennis Retreat to sign up for tennis lessons! Group and individual lessons are available, and equipment is available. Contact Ron for more information.

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Safety and preparation for the future are two important aspects of child care. One of our practice goals is to provide advice that will allow infants, children and young adults to reach their full potential in life. The following topics are routinely discussed with parents at each routine exam. Safety in the automobile is first on the list. It is important that everyone is properly restrained in motor vehicles. While this may seem obvious to everyone, the proper selection of child safety seats and use of seat belts cannot be minimized. We provide age-appropriate information regarding the use of child restraints but also remind older children and young adults the importance of “buckling up.” Bicycle helmet use is important. These helmets help prevent injury while riding bicycles but also while using skateboards, roller skates and while riding horses and sledding. We encourage starting the habit of bicycle helmet use early in childhood when kids begin to ride tricycles and then bicycles. We also encourage parents to set an example by wearing a helmet when they ride bicycles. Make it a family affair! Smoke alarms and CO detectors are a must. Check periodically to be sure these devices function properly and change the batteries regularly. Have an evacuation plan and meeting place outside the home and practice this plan.

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Two big-name acts and the end of a 160-year-old tradition are the highlights of the Hillsdale County Fair this year. The fair runs the last full week in September and brings to a close fair season in Michigan. The 2012 edition promises all the fun and food you would expect plus some surprises. The fair is managed by Scott Dow, who has been at his post for 14 years. He and a host of volunteers put on a show that is labeled at “The Most Popular Fair on Earth.” Headlining the fair are country music star Rodney Atkins and rock legend Eddie Money who will appear at the grandstand Wednesday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 29, respectively. While Saturdays are generally reserved for the country acts at the fair, scheduling conflicts forced organizers to schedule Atkins in the middle of the week, which in turn opened up Saturday night for Money. Atkins has become one of Country Music’s top-selling artists with hits such as “Take a Back Road,” “Watching You,” “These Are My People,” and the platinum-record “Farmer’s Daughter.” His show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $28 for reserved track and box seats and $25 for Reserved Grandstand. Money, meanwhile is still touring, having opened at the DTE venue in Detroit this summer. His classics include “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Tickets for his concert are $19 for reserved track and box seats and $16 for reserved grandstand. “Ticket sales for the concerts are going well,” Dow said.

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Other grandstand events include •Sunday, Sept. 23: Combine Demolition Derby, Tickets $10 for box seats; $8 for grandstand adults, youth 11 and under are $5. •Monday, Sept. 24: Super Kicker Rodeo. Tickets $10 for box seats; $8 for grandstand adults, youth 11 and under are $5. • Tuesday, Sept. 25: Demolition Derby. Tickets $10 for box seats; $8 for grandstand adults, youth 11 and under are $5.


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following sara Hello from Afghanistan Simply Hers has been following a local young woman, Sara (Amstrong) So, a Captain in the United States Army. She is currently deployed in Afghanistan and has agreed to share her experiences with our readers through email updates August 13, 2013 Welcome back loyal readers. I hope your summer has been pleasant and safe. I find myself taking longer than usual to put together this issue’s correspondence, not only because so much has happened, but also because it can be a struggle to properly convey how I’m feeling without losing the sense that I am a toughened, lean, mean, fighting machine. But then I realized that wasn’t really all that important. One of the good things, and one of the reasons I agreed to do this article, was because it was for primarily female readership. Finally a chance to show the world that one doesn’t give up their femininity in order to become a Soldier. Finally, a chance to show young girls in my hometown that they shouldn’t worry about fitting a certain mold, because they can form themselves into whatever shape they want. Finally a chance ‘Simply Hers’ readers, to be ‘Simply Me.’ How to start? Since I last wrote you in June, I have experienced many ‘Firsts’. Basically as strange and different as Afghanistan is, it very quickly became what we refer to as SSDD (Same S**t Different Day), so anything out of the norm is almost always noteworthy. Since you last heard from me I’ve had my first fight with my husband Jae, from 6,000 miles away. An argument about something so small and insignificant that I can’t even remember what we fought about. What was significant was the complete sense of hopelessness that accompanied it. We were 6,000 miles away from each other and had to do our arguing over a phone with a bad connection, which of course just exacerbated it. It became so easy to misconstrue things, and of course even when we made up there were no hugs, no physical way to say I forgive you. Jae and my relationship is still going very strong, and even as you read this we will be celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary on September 24th. But I can better understand how it becomes so easy for military families to fail, how no amount of words or emails replace the significance of a hug, or a kiss. I contracted my first case of what I like to call the “Afghan Diet.” I won’t bore you with a description of my symptoms, I’ll only say that I lost 8 pounds in two days- enough said. I wasn’t the only one; we had several people go down with it. I can say from experience that being extremely ill sucks. I can say that being away from home sucks. Now I can also definitively say that being extremely ill while away from home and far outside the range of any doctors or hospitals REALLY sucks! One lesson learned from all this was that even big tough Soldiers still want their Mom when they’re sick. Since you last heard from me, I lost my first friend while I was in theater. Now I have at this point lost many friends to war, not to mention those who have returned missing pieces they left with. However, this young man was a good friend from Officer Basic School. He was only 30 years old, a father of two young children, and a man proud of his traditional southern values. When I had the news relayed to me by another friend, the only sensation I can compare it to is having the wind knocked out of you. It didn’t seem real. It seems so


cliché to say it felt like a dream but honestly it was so surreal that it almost could have been. That was bad enough, but just a month later as I was traveling to a Southern province for additional training, three civilians that I worked with at our COP were killed by a member of the Afghan Police. One good friend was badly wounded and ended up being airlifted to the location I was training at. One month, four friends dead; death is becoming less a ‘first’ and more ‘SSDD’ for me and my Soldiers. For the first time since coming here I felt like being a woman here made me an outsider. I work almost exclusively advising Afghan men. I hadn’t thought anything of this until one day when one of the men and I were discussing his family. Being a female here has afforded me the freedom to discuss with the Afghans their wives and daughters, something they will generally not discuss with the male Soldiers. This man was telling me about his three daughters; about how wonderful they are, what a gift from Allah, how he wouldn’t give them up for any number of sons. One of his subordinates interjected into the conversation, stating if HIS wife were to give birth to three daughters, he would kill every one of them on the spot. Honestly, I was stunned. So I did what any red-blooded American would do, I made a joke out of it! But at the end of the day, I left the meeting feeling like a traitor to my own sex, and feeling like maybe things here would never change. But I know that isn’t true. My mere presence here, in crowds, uncovered, makes a difference. I advise one female Afghan, and we give each other hope. Hope that Afghanistan can be changed for the better. I met my female Afghan counterpart’s young daughter. She told me she wants to be a policewoman someday, and I can see things getting better. In July we did a ‘drop’ of school supplies at a local school. I handed out candy, pencils and backpacks to little girls. I hope they saw the two female Soldiers and realized that things don’t have to stay the way they are now in Afghanistan. One bright light continues to be the love and support I receive from home. I can honestly say all this would be impossible to accomplish without my friends and family. Even greater is the realization of just how far this circle extends. The day I came back from the South, after having lost friends in a short amount of time, I opened my room and found it filled with care packages from home. One was even from the parents of a good friend from High School. If they are reading this, I would like them to know that their wonderful care package and beautiful letter of encouragement brought tears to my eyes, and hope, at a time when it was sorely needed. My days fluctuate between moments of fear and excitement, and overwhelming hours of tedium and boredom. We continue to need anything that can be sent to give to the children- pencils, notebooks, candy and toys. For those that hadn’t yet heard, I did make Captain. I am pleased and excited, but this is just the start. I am woman, hear me roar; and if that doesn’t work, there’s always my rifle.


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The Baker family is full of “C” names- their first born daughter is Charlie, their second Chloe and their son’s name is Caden. But when Lyn Baker took Caden to a doctor appointment in August of 2008 to have him checked for anemia, they never dreamed another “C” word was about to invade their lives! After a routine blood draw that morning, Lyn returned home to her busy family. At that time, the girls were nine and seven; Caden was just three. At about five o’clock, she got a phone call from the doctor’s office. Realizing it was time for the office to be closed and hearing that it was the doctor himself on the phone, Lyn immediately sensed the call was out of the ordinary. Without a lot of information or speculation, the doctor told them to take Caden to a specialist right away. Later that same evening, Lyn and her husband Dave were in Toledo, where Caden was admitted for further testing. By nine o’clock the next morning, after numerous blood tests and a bone marrow biopsy, Caden was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. A port was surgically implanted and chemotherapy treatments were started immediately. He was originally classified as low risk because there was no cancer cells found in his spinal fluid, but was changed to high risk within three months of the diagnosis. The Bakers were encouraged that this type of leukemia responds to treatment and has a very high survival rate. After about a week


of tests and treatments, Caden was able to go home and continue most of his treatments as an outpatient. We could jump to the end of the story now, and it would be a happy ending. But in the real world, when this kind of life-changing event occurs in a family, it’s not all that neat and tidy. For the next four years, the Baker’s lives evolved around trips to Toledo for treatments (sometimes as often as three times a week), blood tests, watching the numbers, taking medication, bouts of illness and even “rage” and other behavior issues, when Caden was taking regimens of steroids. Because of the risk of being exposed to something while his immune system was compromised and the extra care and attention he needed, Lyn and Dave resigned themselves that one of them would have to be home with him 24/7. This meant they rarely did anything as a family or had alone time as a couple. A fever spike always meant a rush to Toledo. In fact that happened the first Christmas after his diagnosis. Lyn remembers this as being one of the hardest points of the battle, with Caden’s blood counts at their lowest and the girls crying because they were spending Christmas in the hospital (would Santa even find them?!) Even though Grandma and Grandpa made it possible for them to be together and each open a gift, it was three days later before they could have their “real” Christmas celebration. Just about the time the cancer was discovered, Lyn was starting to think about going back to work; instead, her time and energy were refocused on

saving her little boy. Caden didn’t go to pre-school that year as planned, or even the next. He finally got to attend part time last year, and just completed kindergarten this spring. Because of the way his birthday fell, they were able to hold off sending him to school while he was getting most of his treatment. For the last year, Caden had to have a spinal tap every three months. They are now finding he has difficulty with his social skills and wonder if it is because he was home and in the hospital so much, rather than interacting with others as most children would. He has also been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), which can be a side effect of chemo. Charlie has coped by becoming a “second mother.” Lyn says she is very responsible and loving to both her siblings and seems to have a special bond with Caden. Chloe tends to keep her feelings to herself, but Lyn said she will occasionally let them spill out; remembering a call from Chloe’s teacher because she was “crying and crying” in school. The Bakers know a high percentage of marriages don’t survive when they go through something like this. Lyn is honest when she shares that they have had bumpy times as they both dealt with the strain in their own way. On the positive side of this experience, the family has been the recipient of an outpouring of support- including fund raisers, a church in Bryan “adopting” them twice at Christmas, the Hillsdale Baptist Church helping with monetary gifts during the first year, lots of prayers, and grandparents who went above and beyond to help. On January 5, 2012, Caden Baker had his last treatment. His school celebrated this milestone, along with two other schoolmates who are also cancer survivors. The teachers have started an organization called “Hope Takes Flight” to coordinate fundraisers for the children’s Relay for Life teams. After four years, the Bakers are finally getting the chance to have a more “normal” family life. Lyn says her faith has been strengthened, and she knows prayers have been answered. The doctors won’t give a prognosis or talk about the odds of the cancer coming back. Caden has blood tests monthly and they understand his risk is higher for the first year. He is the cutest little redhead, and tells me he wants to be Shark Boy for Halloween. When I asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he got a worried look on his face, turned to Lyn and said, “I don’t know that, Mom.” Fortunately, thanks to answered prayers and modern medicine, he has many years ahead to figure it out! Photos by Constance Blank Photography


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Power Up Your Immune System with Probiotics for Back-To-School Health!

When my son started back to school recently, I started thinking about last year and how so many of his fourth-grade classmates suffered multiple colds and bouts with the flu. Even though my son was exposed to the same environment every day as his classmates, he never “caught” one cold or “came down” with the flu all year. Why is that? Could eating the right food and taking the right supplements such as probiotics boost his immune system to keep him healthy? I think so! Read on to find out why. What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are live microbes, referred to as “good germs” or “beneficial bacteria,” that when eaten in sufficient quantities, provide a health benefit. How? By helping balance bad bacteria (that we all have) with good bacteria (that we all need).

Meet the Human Microflora

Our health depends on a very “alive” and balanced microflora. The human microflora lives in the moist tissues of our eyes, nose, mouth, lungs, vagina (for women), skin and intestines. Altogether, this makes up almost three pounds per person. Microbiologists and immunologists have referred to this three-pound tissue/microflora as “the forgotten organ” that supports our immune system. Gary Huffnagle, PhD, one such microbiologist and immunologist at the University of Michigan and author of The Probiotics Revolution, says every time we go on antibiotics, it’s like taking a sledge hammer to that organ. Ouch!

Probiotic Food Sources

Currently, food that contains probiotics are primarily dairy products including yogurt and kefir (a tart drinkable style of yogurt containing beneficial yeast as well as friendly probiotic bacteria found in yogurt). Look for the label to say “live active cultures.” Kashi also offers a dry cereal called “Vive,” enriched with shelf-stable probiotics. An awesome “probiotic dessert” is vanilla yogurt (my favorite is Stoneyfield Organic) with fresh or frozen blueberries, strawberries or cherries, and ground flaxseed, wheat germ or Kashi Vive cereal mixed in. This is especially advantageous to your immune system when this “probiotic dessert” replaces a bowl of ice cream! And it’s delicious enough to be completely “kid-approved!”

Probiotic Supplements

What if dairy products don’t “agree” with you or you just don’t like yogurt? What if you are facing one of the above-mentioned health conditions and you would like to seriously “rebalance” your microflora to an optimum “alive” state? These are all good reasons to use a probiotic supplement, and there are many from which to choose. Your choice should be one that offers at least two different strains of bacteria and at least 1 billion friendly bacteria per dose. It should also include a “prebiotic” which is literally the food that allows it to


grow once you ingest it. I also recommend choosing one that does not require refrigeration, is convenient to take and tastes good.

Be Patient When Adding a Probiotic Supplement

While many people report an improvement in their digestive issues within three days, something as “invisible” as boosting your immune system is harder to notice. You should also know that taking a probiotic supplement may actually give you gastric upset at first, so begin with half a dose and increase gradually.

Additional ways to support the immune system for back to school

• Hydrate, starting first thing in the morning. Keep in mind that kids and adults wake up a bit dehydrated. Don’t just eat a quick breakfast and run out the door. A dry mucosa is not ideal for healthy microflora to flourish. • Take a multi-vitamin supplement, which includes vitamins C and D. • Exercise one hour a day (proven more effective than supplemental vitamin C). • Eat a fruit or vegetable at every meal or snack (to bathe yourself in beneficial vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants). • Sugar depresses your immune system, so keep sugar intake moderate by eliminating sweetened beverages and keeping sweet treats to no more than two small servings a day. • Similar to sugar, too many processed foods such as high-sodium processed meat and refined flour are equally disruptive to the immune system. Keep these from becoming daily staples in your diet. • Eat enough protein. For most of us, this isn’t a problem; however, some children, elderly and vegetarians need to make an extra effort to be sure they get at least 5 ounces of meat, fish, chicken, egg, cheese, beans, nuts or tofu each day. • Eat fish at least twice a week or take fish oil supplements to get enough beneficial omega 3 fatty acids. • Recharge your battery every night! Get the 7-8 hours of sleep you need (more for kids). • Wash hands frequently with soap and water. And use a paper towel to grab the door handle on the way out of public restrooms! Heading back to school is always an exciting yet exhausting time of year. Following these guidelines will help to insure you and your family remain healthy and happy in the busy days ahead.

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By Danielle Sharp Simply Hers Magazine

Women are blurring the gender line, one shade of gray at a time. We cook, clean, raise our children and provide the bread and butter for our families, but we do not simply limit ourselves to the traditional female roles. We are also showing the fellas we can body build, learn martial arts, fish, noodle, hunt, carry weapons, play paintball, ride motorcycles, get tattoos, race bikes, cars, and ORV’s (off road vehicles). And sometimes we can do all these things with equal skill and provide challenging competition for our male counterparts! At first, it can be daunting to think of taking on and learning a new hobby, especially when society labels certain hobbies as masculine. But you shouldn’t be discouraged. For each of these activities there are female based divisions, groups, and clubs. Perhaps you and a few girlfriends have talked about riding 4-wheelers or dirt bikes in your own backyard, over at Bundy Hill, or up north along some of the beautiful Michigan terrain. But you worry about learning to ride and the details that come along with operating a piece of machinery that’s not familiar to you. There’s no need to be concerned; if you don’t have someone close to you to help you learn, simply get in contact with a local club or business such as Planet Power Sports in Coldwater, and discuss the ins and outs of riding. They will be more than happy to share their knowledge and interest in the sport with you. I had ridden 4-wheelers and dirt bikes on a handful of occasions. I knew enough to get on and get going, but still needed help with the fine details of riding. With a little time, I became quite comfortable and could tell you more about my machine than I ever thought possible. The more I rode and asked questions, the faster I learned and soon I was playing right alongside the boys. Eventually I was confident enough to venture out on my own. I will admit, there is a certain lighthearted satisfaction about pulling up next to a group of onlookers, removing your helmet (after showing off a bit on an ORV) and seeing their expressions when the guys realize “a girl” just did that. Not only was I having fun but the adventure broke down the wall a bit between the genders and brought us all closer together as friends.


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I also learned to shoot rifles and hand guns. With each trip to the range to target practice, visits to the many gun shops, and attendance at gun enthusiast’s shows, I grew more comfortable handling, loading, and caring for the weapon I was shooting. I bought my first hand gun about five years ago and I’ve obtained information on getting my concealed weapons permit (CCW) through Jack at Quigley’s Shooting Range and Training Facility in Hudson. Even if you don’t feel the necessity to carry a concealed weapon, the permit can be something helpful to have.

If shooting targets with firearms doesn’t suit you, perhaps you’d enjoy getting together with friends or other locals on one of two paintball fields in Coldwater at the Adventure Zone. Playing paintball has several benefits; not only does it serve as a social forum, but you will also be getting fresh air and exercise to help rejuvenate your body. Saturdays are open play and they provide all the equipment you will need for the battle. It’s a fun way to let off some steam, too. All the little stresses that build up in life burst into splatters of paint as you open fire on your target enemy!

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By Laura Loveberry Simply Hers Magazine

Back in 1976 a sixteen year old boy is handed Corvette keys and told to go look in the garage. For a moment in time he is excited to the max at the thought of being gifted his dream car, a 1976 Stingray Corvette. Could his dream be unfolding before his eyes? The crowd gathers around as the garage door opens and whala…there sits a miniature toy model car of a Vette. No real Corvette car. Laughter muffles in the background as he processes what just happened. The joke is on him. Have you ever thought life would bring you your dream, and then were sorely disappointed? You can relate to this teenager’s car disappointment. Life’s blessings are sometimes delayed. At times we are in the waiting room for years. The writer in the Bible book of Mark writes of a woman who for 12 years sought solutions for her constant bleeding illness. Not only did this make her sick, but society considers her “unclean” and excommunicates her. This humiliation and isolation persist until one day she musters up the courage and strength to move forward in the crowd gathered around Jesus. Her faith in Jesus is strong even when her illness deprives and weakens her of dignity. The woman determines, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” (Mark 5:28b NKJV). When Jesus asks who touched Him, the longsuffering woman knowing she had been instantly healed, “fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well…” (Mark 5:33b-34a NKJV). Jesus lovingly refers to her as “daughter.” DAUGHTER! A father cares and loves his child especially knowing every hardship suffered. Can you imagine how blessed this abandon woman feels to be called daughter? The living walking LORD cares for her as family. In a biblical time when the cultural mores of the society are to run away, reject, and ridicule; Jesus adopts her. The woman’s 12 horrendous years in the waiting room were beyond painful, but Jesus makes her whole. Jesus can redeem our painful years in the waiting room. We don’t actually read this in the passage, but I am thinking this daughter of God told everyone she met about the beautiful healing power of Jesus to change lives. After the long isolation, I think she did not waist her pain, but used her difficult past to be compassionate and reach toward others in similar situations and to share the life-changing power of putting faith in Jesus Christ. In the waiting comes painfully-earned wisdom, a hard earned gift from the compassion of God.


Now back to the 16-year-old boy with no Corvette. He told me his car story when we were dating more than 35 years

ago, and it has stuck with me. The boy, now 52 year-old man, is Mark, my patience, amazing, giving husband. You’re going to love this story-ending because recently I was blessed to surprise him on his July birthday. Our kids plan an elaborate scavenger hunt finally leading to the front of our neighbor’s garage door. While my son is filming, Mark is holding a new toy corvette clue and reading the scavenger-hunt note directions. As this is happening the garage door slowly opens behind him, and you guessed it, there shines his sparkling blue, 1976 Stingray T-top Corvette complete with huge yellow bow on top and the card with all the names of family and friends who pitched in to make this total-shock, car-giving moment happen. Mark looks at his dream car, turns to look at me in disbelief, and wells up with emotion. My daughter wraps around him with hugs, and then we embrace. Tears. What joy it brings to bless such a well-deserving husband with this unexpected ultimate surprise. Mark’s childhood dream car comes with a license plate that reads “July 14” to commemorate the memorable celebration he won’t soon forget. In life there are times when we all experience the heart wrenching “waiting room.” Some broken-hearted barren couples are long awaiting a baby. Some hurting with debilitating illness are desperately waiting for remission. Some unemployed are waiting for the call back for a job. Some children pray every night waiting for their parent to come home from their military assignment. Some frustrated singles and marrieds are desiring, yet waiting, to have a soul-mate who will love them for real. We have all been in the waiting room at one time or another. Sometimes the waiting is gloriously answered in the end like the woman in our bible story. Sometimes delayed gratification makes the wait worth it like my husband who chose family priorities before his Corvette, but is blessed by those he values more than his dream car. Yet some are still in the waiting. Many times how we choose to live in the waiting determines our life. How we mature and develop wisdom in the waiting room defines our character. Your quality of living is formed by how you choose to grow in the hard seasons of life. Reach out to God. Perhaps joining a Bible study or church small group will help. Maybe ask an authentic Christian to mentor you weekly. Daily depend on God’s Word, the Bible, to draw strength in His power. Your Godly character growth in the waiting can drive you to a closer authentic relationship with the God who sees and cares for YOU in the middle of the waiting, waiting, waiting...

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This is the time of year when a young deer hunter’s fancy turns toward deer - an old deer hunter’s fancy as well. Although, it is most likely that none of their fancies really need any turning. Once deer hunting gets into a person’s system there really isn’t a time when they aren’t thinking about deer. In the spring they watch for bulgingly pregnant does. As summer wears on they watch as the young of the year come out of hiding and the mature bucks start sporting their velvety headgear. When the nights turn cooler and the days become less oppressively hot, thoughts turn to where to locate the deer stand and gathering the equipment that will be needed for this year’s hunt. In our neighborhood there is a group of deer who are regular feeders in the soybean field outside my kitchen window. It appears that some of the plants in my garden have also provided appetizers for them as well. There are places in my oregano bed and purple coneflowers have been knocked flat while the marauders nibbled the tops off of my tomato and pepper plants. The tender sweet pepper blossoms disappear before they can set fruit. I like to think of these deer as being pre-seasoned and ready for my dinner table with just the slightest bit of after hunt preparation.


My garden is not the only one under attack. A few summers ago, as my family sat eating breakfast, we watched from our kitchen window as three handsome bucks meandered across our neighbor’s soybean field, stopping for a munch here and a nibble there as they

made their way toward the garden. Because the garden is not within sight of the neighbor’s house we called to let them know they were about to lose their sweet corn to some velvet-antlered interlopers. The lady of the house went forth to defend her produce. The three bucks simply stood and stared in amazement as she came toward them waving her arms and yelling to frighten them away. Once they realized she wasn’t going to leave them alone they casually walked a few yards away from the garden. It took a little more convincing before they finally resumed their stroll across the bean field and disappeared into the woods. When she got back into the house, she called to tell me that these were the first bucks their family had seen in years. In the following seasons they were able to track and harvest two large bucks that may well have been members of that marauding trio. That memory brings me to my own hunting situation, which includes finding a way to get close enough without being seen to the trail our local herd of deer have carved through the grass of a fallow field. I’m looking forward to the early autumn walks through the fields and woods that our family takes for scouting out the places that the deer are using now. We’ll look for scrapes and rubs and well used trails while we wander the cool, shadowy woods and the grassy fields as they turn from green to gold and our fancy turns to thoughts of that preseasoned venison tenderloin that will soon fill our plates.

Take a fall drive back in time on a tour of some of Michigan’s picturesque covered bridges. In the early days covered bridges were commonplace, spanning creeks, streams and rivers. Today, only a handful of the original 19th century structures remain, although other covered bridges have been built to recapture the romance of the era. Plan a leisurely outing that combines a visit to a covered bridge with a stop at a winery or cider mill, or stop for lunch and sample local foods at a unique café or restaurant. Be surrounded by beautiful colors throughout your trip – fiery oranges, deep red and shimmering yellows – and experience a Pure Michigan autumn exploding around you. White’s Covered Bridge – Spanning the Flat River in Ionia County, this is the oldest covered bridge still in use in Michigan. Built in 1867, the 120 foot-long bridge is built of hand-hewn lumber, wooden pegs and hand-cut nails. Just a short drive away, the Fallasburg Covered Bridge, built in 1871, is one of three covered bridges in the state open to vehicles. Langley Covered Bridge – Located near Centreville, this is Michigan’s longest covered bridge – and one of the longest in the country – spanning 282 feet. It was built in 1887 and crosses the St. Joseph River.

Ada Covered Bridge – After this bridge, originally built in 1867, was destroyed by a fire, the community rebuilt its 14-foot wide and 125-foot long span. Crossing the Thornapple River, the bridge is now only open to pedestrian traffic and connects the village of Ada with a public park. Bowen’s Mills Bridge in Delton also crosses the Thornapple River and features a mill with a 17-foot water wheel. Fisher’s Covered Bridge – While not a historic bridge, Fisher’s Covered Bridge

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Ackley Covered Bridge – Built in 1832, this covered bridge was slated to be razed when Henry Ford acquired it, trucking it 300 miles from Pennsylvania to Michigan where it was reconstructed in Greenfield Village, part of The Henry Ford. Among the other historic treasures at Greenfield Village are Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, the Logan County Courthouse where Abraham Lincoln tried cases as a lawyer in Illinois, and the Wright Brothers Home & Cycle Shop from Dayton, Ohio.

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By Willie Smith Simply Hers Magazine



Are you cranky? That’s a question my family has asked me many times over the years. My standard answer has always been, “NO! I AM NOT CRANKY!!” Lately though I’m getting the impression that I just might be a little on the crabby side after all. That thought is enough to put me over the edge.

from me. He had a job offer he couldn’t refuse. Well, at least that’s what he told me. I’m sure he didn’t move to Germany so he wouldn’t have to see me very often. He tells me he lives in one very small room and he has no place for me to stay. I cannot believe he would lie to me. Nah, not my first born child.

Okay, so maybe I have been a little cantankerous lately and I do stress the words maybe and a little. Nothing major mind you, but I have snapped at a few people; mostly my husband, but that’s to be expected, right? The man just looks at me wrong sometimes and I want to rip his head off. But that “What are you talking about?” look he gives me is enough to make a saint swear. That look has become a standard feature on his chubby little face. It’s especially irritating after I have just very clearly and concisely explained the reason for my testiness and why he’s to blame.

Ya know, now that I think about it my step kids haven’t been around much and they do live close by. Chris says he’s dog and house sitting while Samantha and Joseph are on vacation, but they’ve been gone a very long time. How much vacation time does Joseph get anyhow? I cannot believe they would be faking a vacation to avoid me.

Do you know what he had the nerve to tell me yesterday? If I don’t “get nice” and soon, he’s going to stay with his sister until I’m in a better mood. What!?!? Wow, all I can say is I’m sorry Sylvia, but I expect he’s going to be at your place for a long time. I know she’s not going to be happy with me, but you know what? I’m feeling a little ornery now that he said that and if I have to suffer, everybody’s gonna suffer including you, Sylvia Sue. Hope you two get along better now than you did when you were kids. I’m not cranky, but if I was it could be because both my sons live far away and I don’t get to see them very often. I think I’m going through kid withdrawal. My youngest, Dean, lives 5 ½ hours away with his wonderful wife, Kayla. She is such a sweetheart. I think he married her because she reminds him of me! Dean is finishing college and he says the classes are very intense so I can’t visit them right now, but how long does college take? He’s been going for years. You don’t think … No, he wouldn’t be lying. No siree, not my baby boy.

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My oldest son, Kirk, lives in Germany and no matter what you may think, he did not move there to get away

Hmm, I have to admit that even my dogs have been avoiding me. They can be sleeping soundly and as soon as I walk into the same room, they walk out. Okay, they don’t walk, they run and they usually have their tails tucked between their legs to boot. What is that all about I wonder? I’m told dogs are very perceptive, but my dogs have clearly been influenced by my husband. As a matter of fact their nicknames are Hem and Roid because they follow my husband everywhere. If he stops suddenly, they run right into his backside. It’s just irritating, you know. What’s so great about him I ask you? Oh yeah, I remember now, he’s not the cranky one. There has got to be a conspiracy going on. I just got a call from my church. I had signed up to be a greeter because the one and only qualification is you have to be nice. That is clearly a description of me. Well, apparently the church didn’t agree because Gary left a message saying thanks, but no thanks. Last week they were begging for people and now they don’t need anyone? What does that tell you? It tells me a lot of people signed up to be a greeter. That’s the only logical explanation for my rejection. Thank goodness I’m not cranky because I thought Gary sounded just a tad bit snotty in his message and if I was the irritable sort, that could have been enough to put me over the edge!

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Oftentimes, buying a home opens up a bottomless pit of opportunities for projects and improvements. While some homeowners engage in different repairs and fix-ups out of necessity, many others like to freshen-up their spaces out of personal preference instead of need. But even the most wellintentioned projects can be waylaid if budgets are tight. What many homeowners may not realize is that there are many ways to make updates and changes to a home that do not require a major overhaul or a large price tag. The following are seven projects that won’t break the bank.


1. Hang new wall art. It may be time to look at your photos and artwork and make a few adjustments. Finding new prints to hang could instantly change a room’s ambience. And you needn’t spend a lot of money on professional photography, either. Grab your camera and take a few closeup shots of flowers or take in a landscape scenery. Many of today’s home printers can produce professional-quality prints in minutes. 2. Move around furniture. You may be able to change the look of a room without spending any money. Interior designers know how to arrange furniture for maximum appeal, but the average homeowner can do it, too. Find a focal point in the room and angle the furniture toward it. Don’t make the focal point the television, however. Try changing the placement of chairs and sofas. Simply moving a curio cabinet from one corner to another may also make a difference. 3. Change knobs or small accents. Give a room a new look by focusing on the small details. Switch out cabinet knobs for something updated and modern. Take inventory of wall outlets and light switches and think about selecting new ones that coordinate with your home decor. 5. Add new pillows or drapes. Changing a few aspects of a room can give it an entirely new look. If you want to add a splash of color but don’t know what to do, think about incorporating some new throw pillows or change the curtains. An accessory here and there in a bright color also can incorporate a new hue without it being overwhelming.


5. Add lighting. Lighting at different levels in the room can create a vibrant impact. Many homeowners mistakenly put in a couple of table lamps and think that will be adequate. However, properly illuminating a room means varying the lighting to create different moods at different times. Plus, more light can make a room feel more welcoming. 6. Use plants. Empty corners or spots you’re not certain how to fill may benefit from a plant. Plants are inexpensive ways to add instant color and visual appeal to a room. Plus, having live plants can help improve indoor air by filtering out contaminants. A home with plants also feels more cozy. 7. Try a new coat of paint. After you’ve exhausted other avenues, choosing a new paint color may be the new look you desire. Painting is one of the least expensive yet most dramatic methods of changing a home’s interior. With dozens of hues to choose from, and new apps that enable you to take snapshots of things in nature or in your life and match them up to a paint color, you will have scores of opportunities to explore fresh new colors for your home. When you get inspired to make improvements to the home but fear how much it may take out of your wallet, consider inexpensive tricks that can induce a big “wow” factor.




“I Don’t Know”... my favorite answer to life’s unanswered questions. by Lisa Carmoney IDK Creative Decor

I have always been interested in interior design and knew that after I graduated from Napoleon High School in ‘93, I would study design in college. After my third year, I took a summer job at a jewelry store and fell in love with jewelry design. I changed my course of study to gemology, and worked for the next 13 years as a GIA Graduate Gemologist. While I very much enjoyed helping clients bring their ideas to life, the economy soon became a challenge in the world of luxury retail. It was then that I wondered if I could ever turn my hobby into monetary gain. I had been redesigning furniture for friends and family, collecting strange things, accumulating piles of treasures. My basement was looking like a junkyard and my husband was less than thrilled. I kept telling him that someday I was going to open a store, and his response was usually some kind of ridiculous barrage of questions, “What will you sell?”, “What are you going to name it?”, and my personal favorite, “What is your business plan?”. To these and other questions, my reply was always “I don’t know”. He wasn’t surprised when I announced that I was officially naming the business IDK, it only made sense. The IDK logo was based on one of the first items that I cleaned up and sold- an old typewriter. Using current text slang in vintage typewriter keys is the perfect representation of what I do. I breathe new life into forgotten junk. I’m not wrecking Grandma’s precious antiques, I’m turning discarded, unwanted, minutes-from-thedumpster junk into perfectly imperfect treasures that work in today’s modern home. It’s creatively rewarding and good for the environment- we should all do it!


I want to keep people guessing when it comes to what they’ll find in the store. My style changes with my mood and I go through phases that reflect my interests at the time. I would describe IDK’s current look as MacKenzie-Childs meets

Tim Burton, with a hint of Sanford and Son. You know, classy junk with an edge. I have also drawn a tremendous amount of inspiration from the Junk Gypsies out of Round Top, TX. They’ve brought the romance of the road trip to the world of junking and made it all about the lifestyle. What are my goals for the future? To that I say, of course, I don’t know. I daydream about developing a team of like-minded individuals and expanding into longtime vacant properties. Renewing and refreshing all things forgotten. Saving the world one forgotten piece of furniture at a time!! Ok sorry, I’m like the Pollyanna of junk. But really, if I can get someone to love these things as much as I do, or to go home and be inspired with their own pieces, then I feel completely rewarded.

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Why do men dislike shopping? by James E. Sheridan Simply Hers Magazine

Most men dislike shopping because most men don’t shop. We hunt. We have a list of stuff in our heads and go to the store to get what we’re after: 1, 5 lb. box, No. 16 common nails; 1 carpenter’s hammer; stop at men’s shop for new golf shirt; stop at grocery for 2 gal. milk, and 1 head lettuce. We find what we want as quickly as possible, make sure the quality will serve our purpose, pay for it and leave. If the shirt we find fits and looks OK, we’re all set. Women are wired for shopping. You go from one thing to another, seeing how it looks, how it feels; and does it reflect who you are today? You may start off looking for a carpenter’s hammer, but in the back of your mind there are all those connections with everyone else in your world. With your wide peripheral vision you suddenly spot a toy that’s perfect for your nephew, Tommy. All that extra connective tissue in your female brain automatically brings Tommy to the front of your mind. And you feel good that you made the connection. Men, however, see it as an irritating tangent. We’re NOT looking for toys for Tommy! We’re wired to focus on hunting for a hammer because we need a hammer to fix something. If toys for Tommy aren’t on our list of problems today, we have no reason to be looking in the toy section of the store. And when you, women, go on your toyfor-Tommy tangents we have to complete re-boot of our problem-solving, focused brains. Barbara and Allen Pease have several suggestions for women who want their man to shop with them. When food shopping, let him push the


cart. Men want to be actively involved in what you’re doing and take pleasure in helping. Since we don’t “shop” we want to help in some way. At least pushing the cart is useful. If you take your man clothes shopping, understand the risks in asking, “How do I look in this?” Most men have trouble matching patterns and designs in clothing, most have trouble telling subtle shades of color (for men there’s no such thing as “mauve”) and about 12% are actually color blind. If you don’t like the outfit, don’t ask him. He may say it looks great, which it does to him, and you’ll be stuck either buying something you don’t like or rejecting his opinion. And NEVER try to explain that you’re “saving money” by buying 8 more pairs of shoes because “they’re on sale.” The male brain will not compute this and you’ll be getting an argument along with your bargain. If you want to take your man shopping, suggest that you spend some time together “looking around” the mall “just to see what they have” and plan a stop at his favorite ice cream shop at the end. He might like looking around, even if he doesn’t like shopping.

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Early detection of Alzheimer’s matters! By Jean Karr Simply Hers Magazine

Alzheimer’s was first described as a disease in 1906, when the average person lived to be 50. Now the average lifespan is 78.5. The disease usually strikes people in their 70s and 80s. If you have concerns about yourself or a loved one, you should get a copy of the booklet available from the Alzheimer’s Association entitled The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease. The web site is alz.org or phone at 800-272-3900. At alz.org/brain you can learn how Alzheimer’s affects the brain and its function. You can also take an interactive brain tour and learn what “plaques” and “tangles” are. It’s important to know that early detection matters! Know the 10 warning signs: 1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life 2. Challenges in planning or solving problems 3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure 4. Confusion with time or place 5. Trouble understanding visual images or spatial relationships 6. New problems with words in speaking or writing 7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps 8. Decreased or poor judgment 9. Withdrawal from work or social activities 10. Change in mood and personality Some of the strongest evidence links brain health to heart health. It makes sense for us to do everything we can


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By Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine

Maybe it was retiring early that put me on the fast track for zooming right into senior-citizen land. I have always enjoyed hanging out with people older than myself; my two sisters, most of my close friends, and even my husband, all fall into that category. But I never realized until lately, that would also mean my little world would probably get gray sooner than most others my age! Over the last few months, as several people close to me have experienced medical issues, I’ve become conscious that something has shifted. It happens without you even realizing it and then one day, you find yourself in a conversation that is full of hospital experiences, test results, pill costs, how many meds you’re on and even how many times each of you has to get up in the night to use the bathroom! When my husband, Buzz, put his lower back out while he was waiting for surgery on his neck, it struck me one day that perhaps we were entering those “golden years” you hear about. As I was forced to shift into caretaker-mode, trying to decide which malady to deal with first, all I could think of was the Humpty Dumpty poem! Thus, I dubbed the new state of our household- “HUMPTY DUMPTY WORLD!” Now to be fair, our lives have always born a close resemblance to old Laurel and Hardy comedy routines. But, as I’ve tried to adjust to the role of patient nurse (two words that would NEVER have been used to describe me) I’ve resorted to posting my frustrations on Facebook. When friends started commenting or ‘liking’ my posts, I am embarrassed to say, I was encouraged to use the social outlet to share daily interactions at Buzz’s expense. I’m not proud….but here are some scrambled tidbits I posted from life in Humpty Dumpty World and a few from others, who choose to age with humor ~ You know you’ve entered the Humpty Dumpty years when..... for your anniversary gift, you get your husband a handicap parking sticker!!


My friend (Constance Blank Photography) took photos for our 32nd anniversary. I thought they were going to be really good but these 2 OLD people apparently kept getting between us & the photographer! We never saw them, but they showed up in every single picture?? Really frustrating because Buzz & I were looking very YOUNG & HOT that day :) Be careful... before you know it they will be butting into your photos too!! June 28, 1980: I put a ring on his finger & promised to stand by him in sickness and in health. June 28, 2012: I put an ice pack under his butt & renewed my promise. An observation from Humpty Dumpty World..... Buzz lays around on the sofa all day, going to the table for 3 meals & is served snacks in between = LOSES 5 pounds! I, on the other hand, run around doing all these extra chores, errands, waiting on him & even pushed him all over U of M Hospital in a wheelchair = GAIN 5 pounds! What is up with THAT?? Me (to Buzz): Would you like some fruit with your lunch? Buzz: Sure, then I can say I was served “fruit by a nut.” Buzz just accidently took Tylenol PM, instead of just Tylenol. Looks like I might have a quiet afternoon after all ........he he he (she says wickedly!) So this morning I am helping Buzz shave around his incision, we are very close, face to face, when he points out that I have a little black hair growing on my nose! What guy in his right mind would do that when his wife has a razor at his throat??!! “I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows.” ~Janette Barber SOMEHOW I’ve gotten my phone locked on an auto correct type of thing for the texting that I can’t turn off. I think I just sent a friend a text trying to say, “I didn’t....” and instead called her an “IDIOT!”

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As I hand Buzz a throat lozenge that is supposed to “soothe throat irritation”, I can’t help but wonder if Halls makes one that “soothes husband irritation??!!”

• Clear the yard. Before you rake, pick up fallen branches or debris that could trip you. • Stretch. As with any physical activity, you should warm up your muscles first with 10 minutes of light exercise. Stretch again after raking to relieve tension.

Day 1: “Toots, can you bring me ice & my pain medicine?” Day 2: “Toots, can you bring me ice, my pain meds, and the newspaper?” Day 3: “Toots, can you bring me the ice pack, pain meds, my Nook.... and turn the radio to a different station?” Day 4: “Toots, can you bring my Nook, turn up the radio, turn down the a/c a little & how ‘bout a bowl of ice cream.... with caramel?” Yep, Humpty Dumpty is well on his way to recovery!!

• Pace yourself. Raking is an aerobic activity. Take frequent breaks, and replenish fluids to prevent dehydration. • Use the right rake. Choose one that feels comfortable for your height and strength, not too short or too long.

When the sound of your husband sipping (slurping) his Diet Coke from two rooms away is so loud it grates on your nerves like nails on a chalkboard, is it a sign that you’ve been spending too much time together??!! Today is one of those days where the bags under my eyes are so big; if I was traveling, the airlines would charge me for extra baggage :( Having to help Buzz so much is like having children in the house again, but I don’t multi task as well as I used to. When interrupted during my makeup routine to get him some clothes to wear, I almost went to his doctor appointment with only ONE eyebrow!!! Apparently in Humpty Dumpty World a walker is just “for looks”, ‘cause it’s sure not being used for walking :( Maybe I’ll use it as a clothes drying rack...but then I have an exercise cycle that meets that need quite well!! “You know you’re getting old when…. Getting ‘in the groove’ means your walker hit a crack in the sidewalk.” ~ From ‘The Best of Martha Bolton’ Buzz’s incision scar is healing beautifully! When we went for his pre-op appt., the surgeon explained that they would “hide it in a crease” of his neck. I said, “At this age, you can pick your spot!” If there’s not a crease there now, there soon will be :( “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye!” ~ Miss Piggy Hope you’ve enjoyed your visit into Humpty Dumpty World! I’ll leave you with this thought from comedy writer and author, Martha Bolton –“THE OLDER WE GET, THE MORE WE KNOW THE HEALING POWER OF LAUGHTER.”

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shepherd’s pie 8 oz raw ground beef

2 tsp worcestershire sauce

1/2 medium onion, chopped

2 tsp dijon mustard

1 stalk celery, chopped

2 medium potatoes- white

1 carrot, chopped

1 TBSP butter

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1/4- 1/2 cup milk depending on your preference of texture– add more milk for a creamier, less dense texture

1 cup broccoli florets 1/2 cup corn 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup barbecue sauce 1 TBSP ketchup

Chop up any and all vegetables that you have on hand. Try to chop the broccoli florets small so that they cook quickly.

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utes, until the vegetables are tender and the beef has browned.

Preheat your oven to 400°

Add the barbecue sauce, worcestershire, dijon, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well.

Cook potatoes until fork tender. Add as much milk and butter to achieve desired consistency.

Spread the beef mixture into a small baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large nonstick skillet, saute the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and ground beef for about 3 minutes, breaking up the meat into smaller crumbles.

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Hungarian Beef Goulash 2 pounds beef stew meat, (such as chuck), cubed 2 teaspoons caraway seeds 1 1/2-2 tablespoons sweet or hot paprika, (or a mixture of the two) 1/4 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste Place beef in a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Crush caraway seeds with the bottom of a saucepan. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in paprika, salt and pepper. Sprinkle the beef with the spice mixture and toss to coat well. Top with onion and bell pepper. Combine tomatoes, broth, Worcestershire sauce and garlic in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer. Pour over the beef and vegetables. Place bay leaves on top. Cover and cook until the beef is very tender, 4 to 4 1/2 hours on high or 7 to 7 1/2 hours on low. Discard the bay leaves; skim or blot any visible fat from the surface of the stew. Add the cornstarch mixture to the stew and cook on high, stirring 2 or 3 times, until slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

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Wild Mushroom and Barley Risotto 6 cup(s) vegetable, mushroom, or reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 1/2 cup(s) water 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil Bring broth and water to a simmer in a large saucepan. Adjust heat to maintain a steady simmer.

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Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until they begin to release their juices, 2 to 3 minutes. Add barley and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add wine and simmer, stirring, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute more. Reduce heat to medium.

3 cup(s) mixed wild mushrooms, coarsely chopped

Add 1/2 cup hot broth to the barley and cook, stirring, until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Continue adding 1/2 cup hot broth at a time and stirring until the liquid has been absorbed after each addition, adjusting the heat to maintain a gentle simmer, until the barley is tender and creamy but still somewhat firm, 35 to 45 minutes. (You might not use all the broth.)

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Stir in arugula and cook, stirring, until it is wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Stir in cheese, butter, and vinegar. Season with pepper.

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dark chocolate rasberry cheesecake Crust: ¾ cup Brazil nuts, chopped fine ½ cup shredded coconut 1/8 tsp salt 1 Tbsp cacao powder (unsweetened) 2 Tbsp Agave 1 tsp vanilla 1 Tbsp unsalted butter (melted) Process the Brazil nuts until chopped fine. Add remaining ingredients & mix together. Press into the bottom of a (9 inch) cheesecake pan & set aside.

Stir chopped chocolate in a metal bowl & set over a saucepan of simmering water until melted & smooth. Remove the bowl from saucepan to cool chocolate until lukewarm. Make sure the chocolate does not set.

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Blend cream cheese, sugar, & cocoa powder in mixer until smooth. Add to mixture maple syrup, vanilla, coffee, & blackberry extracts. Blend in eggs 1 at a time. Mix in lukewarm chocolate. Fold in 1 cup fresh blackberries. Pour filling over crust & smooth the top. Bake @ 350° F until center is just set and appears dry, about 1 hour. Cool 5 minutes. Run knife around sides of cake to loosen. Chill overnight. Complements of The Sugared Violet ~ Enjoy! Donna Ellen McManus , Owner~Pastry Chef

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Jeff Carpenter Band Sings...... “Real Country Songs” “Live” at the Historical Dawn Theater in Downtown Hillsdale.

October 12 & 13 2012

Born in Hillsdale County, Jeff Carpenter spent part of his childhood growing up in northwest Arkansas. He started playing the bass guitar at age 8 but quickly became bored with it because he couldn’t sing along with the songs and at age 10 he began playing the six string. When he was 13, a friend of Jeff ’s talked him into playing with a church band and from that point on, he was hooked. “That’s when I got the fire about playing and performing,” he says. At age 15, Jeff moved back to Hillsdale County and spent time learning music from his Uncle, Louie Morse of Jonesville. “My Uncle Louie is a real entertainer,” says Jeff. “He’s had a lot of experience playing in church bands as well as local watering holes. He helped me advance my playing and I really look up to him. It was because of his teaching that I decided playing music was what I wanted to do.” Over the years, Jeff has played all over the United States, from Florida to Southern California. He even co-founded a local country band “Rough Country,” which is now headed by its other co-founder “Uncle” Louie Morse. But, there was one city that haunted him. “I always avoided Nashville,” says Jeff. “I was afraid if I came to Music City and couldn’t be a musician, my dream would be over.” Eventually, Jeff relented and took a vacation to Nashville where he attended the open mic night at the world famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on the Nashville strip. His rendition of Randy Houser’s song “Anything Goes” caught the ear of Tootsie’s manager John Taylor who offered him a singing job at Tootsie’s. Within weeks, Jeff was living in Nashville and singing for a living at one of Tootsie’s annex lounges. He performed for over two and a half years, during that time becoming a regular on a web-based program at www.Hillbilliesville.com. Here Jeff can be seen streaming live performances along with many other country music artists. Jeff teamed up with Producer Markus Stadler of Bumpin’ Heads Studio and recorded his first, self-titled, CD. One of Carpenter’s songs “In The Mud,” was written prior to leaving Hillsdale. It is inspired by the unsanctioned sport of “Mudding” where good ‘ole boys (and girls) get together on the weekends with their trucks and run them through mud holes. About a year ago after singing “Here’s a Quarter” by Travis Tritt, Jeff was approached by producer and voicemaster Steve Hall of the Shotgun Red Variety Show. Steve wanted Jeff to appear on the show and sing Travis Tritt. Although Jeff was honored, he declined. He did not want to appear on television singing a song belonging to someone else. He wanted to sing an original. In 2012 Jeff was again contacted by producer Steve Hall and invited to be on the show. This time, Hall agreed to allow Jeff to play his latest original “Real Country Songs” if, in turn, would play Travis Tritt while going to a commercial break. Carpenter agreed. The Shotgun Red Variety Show aired with Jeff ’s performance on RFDTV channel on Monday, February, 13 2012. The Jeff Carpenter Band along with Rough Country will be performing two Live shows at the historical Dawn Theater in downtown Hillsdale October 12th and 13th 2012. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show and are available at the Oak Haven Party Store on M99 south of Hillsdale, Gary Gray Physical Therapy on Carleton road in Hillsdale, or at www.semmlerandwest.com. You can also hear Jeff at www.jeffcarpenter.net. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the King’s Kupboard food pantry in Hillsdale. King’s Kupboard helps to feed local families who are having trouble putting food on the table. Come join Jeff and his Uncle Louie as they make family history sharing the same stage on one of the two funfilled nights of great country music, dancing and spirits. (under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian)

Proceeds KING’S KUPBOARD to BENEFIT.... Food Pantry Hunger in America is worsening. An increasing number of people, both in Michigan and across the country, have trouble meeting their food needs under normal circumstances. The problem has been getting worse since the start of the Great Recession. Nationally, 14.5% of households experienced “food insecurity” at some point during 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. That means those homes did not have enough food for a healthy and active life at some time. Adults who have always been able to take care of themselves and their families have, in recent years, struggled to meet basic needs and are finding their way to food pantries, clothing closets and welfare offices. At King’s Kupboard Food Pantry, a mission of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hillsdale, calls for help have been steadily going up. Last year King’s Kupboard served more than 1,000 area families and more than 3,000 individuals. King’s Kupboard is unique in that the only requirement to receive food is a statement that food is needed. No further proof is required. Also, families are welcome to come as many times as they have a need in a given month. On an average day 45 families are served and that number has reached as many as 85 families on busy days. Soon, children will be heading back to school and that will be added financial burden to families already stretched thin. The need for places such as King’s Kupboard are more important than ever. There has to be a safety net to catch our neighbors in need. The reality is that Kings Kupboard is dependent on the kindnesses of our friends, neighbors and of course parishioners. The pantry welcomes volunteers who would be willing to help with stocking food, breaking up food, distributing food, helping with intake and countless other areas. King’s Kupboard is located in the lower level of Luther Hall, 51 Griswold Street, Hillsdale. The hours from now until the end of September are Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 3:30 - 5:30 PM. From October until April Wednesday’s hours will be from 6-8 PM to accommodate families that need to come in the evening. Anyone with questions both to volunteer or to take advantage of the pantry may call 517-437-2647.

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

By Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine

corralling your coupons Whether you are a new convert to the couponing game or a seasoned saver, getting your coupons organized is one of the key steps to success! Having a system for filing them in categories and watching the expiration dates takes planning. If you are making this a serious part time job, or just want to keep track of a few coupons for things you regularly purchase, you will be more efficient if you have an organized coupon holder. The type of holder/system you use depends on your volume of use and shopping style. Here are some choices to help you Sort, Organize, and Simplify the process: 1) ENVELOPES- This is a good way for a beginner to get started. There is little monetary investment and it will give you some order while you decide if you want to take couponing to another level. Make an envelope for each category (see examples below.) Clip the coupons you plan on using and store them in the applicable envelope. You may also want to make a separate envelope for coupons nearing the expiration date or ones you know you are going to use on the next shopping trip. Once you have them sorted within the envelopes, you can just put them in a big binder clip or store them in a plastic box. 2) EXPANDING FILE OR WALLET- You can choose a large expanding file or a wallet sized one. The wallet size makes it easy to bring all your coupons with you on your shopping trips. If you buy an accordion file, look for one that has tabs on top of the pockets. Mark each pocket with the product category so you can see at glance what each pocket holds. 3) RECIPE OR INDEX BOX- Because recipe boxes are fairly small, they allow for portable organization. They usually come with alphabet dividers which you can cover with the labels for your categories. Other inexpensive container options would be child-sized shoe boxes, plastic food storage containers or empty baby wipe boxes. 4) THREE RING BINDER OR PHOTO ALBUM- This is becoming increasingly popular among coupon users. Purchase dividers and transparent baseball card holders or photo compartment sheets (you can find these in

variable sizes.) Label the dividers with basic categories and place into the binder. Then add the card or photo holders to the binder. Sort the coupons accordingly, grouping with like items in the same category. Because the pages are easily flipped in the binder, finding the appropriate coupon in the transparent sleeve is simple. This method also works best for heavy-duty or high volume use. Experienced coupon users have taken this a step further investing in zip up binders that can hold a calculator, small pair of scissors, pad of paper for grocery lists, and a pen.

Once you’ve decided on a container, chose a method to sort and file: BY EXPIRATION DATE- You can clip together batches by month based on expiration dates, or store the coupons about to expire in a separate envelope or in the front section of your holder. BY PRODUCT- Some of the most common categories used are- Pasta/Rice, Cereal/Bread, Dairy, Frozen, Produce, Beverages, Household, and Personal Care. Within your categories, you can clip together the likeitems (i.e. In Personal Care put shampoo coupons in one clip, deodorant in another, makeup in a third, etc.) BY ALPHABET- Organize by product name or product item. BY STORE LAYOUT- If you do most of your shopping in one store, you may want to organize your coupons by order of their departments. That way you can pull out each section as you go through the store’s displays. It may take some experimenting to find the container and sorting method that works best for your shopping style. Don’t hesitate to make changes as your couponing activity evolves. From all accounts, the cost of groceries is going to continue to rise. Maybe it’s time for you to jump in on the coupon craze and see what the buzz is all about. Happy Clipping!

MELISSA LEMMON Family: Married, two daughters 22, two sons10 year old twins Stats: Occupation: Stay-at-home Mom Time spent couponing: 4-5 hours per week Average savings per trip: $80 Style of organizer: Three ring binder with see-through plastic pocket sheets Best “score”- $100 worth of products for $7

Back row- Lisa Jones, Cathy Null Front row- Brenda Dodson, Melissa Lemmon Photos by Constance Blank Photography

QUEENS OF THE Qs by Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine

People have been clipping coupons (or Qs, as they are called in the coupon world) from the Sunday newspaper and using them to save a few cents on their purchases for many years. But there is a whole new breed of “couponers” who have taken it to a level almost worthy of an Olympic event! With family budgets being stretched to the limit, rising prices and the popularity of the television program EXTREME COUPONING, people are using coupons more than ever. I recently spoke with four local women who have successfully turned the process into a money making/saving part time job ~ All of these women agree that in recent months, stores and manufacturers have begun to change their policies to thwart “extreme” couponing. It is very rare to find a store that doubles coupons more than 50 cents and policies are starting to limit the number of coupons per transaction. But if there is money to be saved, you can bet these ‘Queens of the Qs’ will find it, and that is EXTREMELY impressive!

Melissa has used coupons for years but got serious about 4 years ago as just one of many ways to stretch her family’s budget. Whether it’s growing and canning her own vegetables and fruits, hunting to supplement their meat supply, or checking blog emails daily, she taps every resource to save money. In fact, she not only uses coupons for groceries but clothing, restaurants, toys and even their vacations. She’s found the big savings are at drugstores, in health and beauty products where she can save up to 90%. Melissa buys 2-5 newspapers a week and cuts about 99% of all coupons. She enjoys being able to try new things that she wouldn’t normally buy. She also gets coupons online and by downloading them onto her smart phone. One of her favorite sites is www. mojosavings.com. Melissa says she tends to have a larger stockpile in the fall and winter when she can spend more time shopping. She prefers to shop only twice a month and keeps within a monthly budget of $300-$400 for everything, including health and beauty products and pet food.

MELISSA’S TIPS & TRICKS: • Take advantage of reward cards and store coupon booklets.

• Check clearance carts for non-advertised items. • Sign up for free birthday dinners and special clubs for your kids. • ‘Like’ your favorites on Facebook for free coupons. • Gas stations have free apps for your smart phone that will download coupons. • Join blogs online that will alert you with daily emails to save time. • If there are certain products you want and there are no coupons, write or email the company and ask. They will often send you coupons for savings or even to get the product free.




Family: Married, daughter 14, son 10

Family: Married, three daughters16, 12 and 12

Family: One daughter and 2 grandchildren, 10 & 6

Stats: Occupation: Stay-at-home Mom, (soon to be) full time college student Time spent couponing: 8-10 hours per week Average savings per trip: $50 - $60 Style of organizer: Zippered 3-ring binder with clear, plastic pages Best “score”- Multiple packages of $8 spin toothbrushes for free! Brenda has turned her couponing and money saving into a part time career. Her goal is to never shop unless she is getting most of her items for free or ideally, even making a little money. She says she hasn’t paid for toothpaste in years and actually makes money on razor purchases! When she first started, she would spend up to 30 hours per week but now has it down to a science- only using one store (where they will “comp” other store’s prices) and taking advantage of many online sites. She has also figured out that companies put out their coupons on a 4-6 week rotation. Brenda buys up to 6 newspapers per week. She checks her favorite online sites- www. cuckooforcoupondeals.com and www.couponsorbust.com- daily. Brenda never misses an opportunity to sign up for free things for herself and her children. This summer she even found several recreational things for her children to do locally by checking out the businesses’ websites. Brenda says couponing allows her to buy name brand products that she otherwise couldn’t afford, as well as donate and help out friends.

Stats: Occupation: Customer Service operator for AskDrGarland.com Time spent couponing: 1-2 hours per week Average savings per trip: $25-$50 MOST EVER SAVED ON ONE trip: $400 Style of organizer: Plastic box with index cards/dividers Best “score”- 2 heaping grocery carts ($475 value) for $60!

When Lisa and Harold Jones had their first child, Lisa wanted to find a way to be a stay-at-home Mom and offset the loss of income. She had friends that were saving hundreds of dollars by devoting time to the art of coupon clipping so she decided to give it a try. When they had twin daughters four years later, it became even more important to save on the growing grocery bill. She concentrates on finding things on sale for which she has a coupon and tries to plan meals accordingly. Trying to buy healthy, organic choices as much as possible, she sets a budget of about $150 a week for everything. Most of the time she sticks to purchases she knows her family will eat or use but has a rule that if something is 25 cents or less, it goes in her cart! One of the things she enjoys about couponing and finding good buys is the opportunity to help others. She delights in sharing and “giving a blessing to a family in need.” Lisa has also been known to make a little money by selling her extras at a garage sale. They don’t have a huge stockpile but she does try to keep enough on hand to carry them BRENDA’S TIPS & TRICKS: from sale to sale. Lisa buys one Sunday newspa• If you go directly into a store’s online site, there may per and then also buys coupons on line. be coupons to print off that you can’t find elsewhere.

• Try to use the same 1 or 2 cashiers that know their LISA’S TIPS & TRICKS: store’s policies and know that you know them too! • Check out online coupon sites where you can • Set up a separate email for your couponing activ- buy coupons for cents on the dollar.They are ity to avoid a lot of alerts and daily downloads going mailed to you (usually received in 3-4 days) already cut out. Lisa recently spent $15 and got into your main email. $150 worth of coupons. One of her favorites is • Know the stores policies- keep updated copies www.thecouponclippers.com. with you on all shopping trips. • ALWAYS carry your coupon box with you! • Note the product size specifications on the coupons- Even if you think you’re only running in the store “any size” will give you flexibility to make your best deal. for one item, you might find something on sale that was not advertised, or in a clearance cart. • Some stores will take other store’s coupons- ask! • Make it a goal to only buy items on sale and • Sign up for free samples- they often include cou- with a coupon. Plan your meals around those pons for your next purchase. purchases. • When you enter zip codes to bring up coupons, • Keep track of prices so you will know when something is truly a “sale.” include others besides your town.

Stats: Occupation: Factory worker at Hilex Controls Time spent couponing: 2-3 hours per week Average savings per trip: $30 MOST EVER SAVED ON ONE trip: $70 Style of organizer: Expanding wallet type file Best “score”-66 cans of dog food for free + money back!

Being the primary support when raising her daughter, Cathy has always had to watch her money very closely. When a friend at work shared how she was making her budget stretch by spending time couponing, Cathy realized it could be a source of help. The number of newspapers Cathy buys each week depends on the coupon offerings- sometimes several, sometimes none (there are rarely, if ever, coupons on holiday weekends.) She cuts out every single coupon and passes on the ones she doesn’t use. She hates to see any of them go to waste so she shares with women at work and friends. For her, part of the fun of the process is being able to help others that are on tight budgets too. At her job she often spends her break time working on coupons, and says she finds it relaxing. Cathy stockpiles some, maintaining an area in her basement that her daughter refers to as “Mommy Mart.” She will also donate, especially when she can find items for free. Some of her favorite online sites are www.coupondivas.com, www.hip2save. com and www.freesnatcher.com.


• If you are new to couponing, online sites (such as coupondivas.com) offer tutorials to get you started. • Expired coupons can be mailed to the military. They are able to use them in their PX stores up to six months after expiration. One site to check out for details is www.coupsfortroops.com. • There are sites online that have the ability to download coupons directly onto your store card. • There is a magazine called ALL YOU that is full of coupons. • There are online sites that will give you previews of what coupons will be in newspapers for the upcoming weekend.




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 Trails!



Consignment Gallery

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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

Salvation Army

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.

threads of hillsdale

The Threads of Hillsdale is a hip new teen and young adult clothing store in downtown Hillsdale. We buy/sell Abercrombie, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Pink, Mudd, Levi, BKE, Forever 21, Lei, Hollister, Charlotte Russe and many more... 14 N. Howell St., Hillsdlae, MI 49242 (517)437-4115 Hours: Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm; Sat. 9am - 5pm Enjoy tea at the Tea-ki-Hut for moms/dads and shoppers to sit and enoy a nice cup of tea, hot or cold and many flavors to choose from.

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: M-SA 10:00am-6:00pm

FEATURED ITEMS: Gently used and some new, quality furniture, appliances and other larger and small household items as well art, tools, antiques and clothing. Donations always accepted 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.

Random Comforts

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FEATURED ITEMS: New & gently used, clean furniture and decor for your home or office; New Symbol Mattresses 20% off

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Simply Hers September/October 2012  

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

Simply Hers September/October 2012  

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