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Let’s Spring Into Summer! The school year is at an end, and we can’t wait for all the fun summer will bring! Between out-ofschool learning with the kids, vacationing with family and a little pampering for yourself, we’ve got happy days ahead. Join us this summer as we explore new ways to be a better you – from gaining confidence to lowering blood pressure to jump-starting your metabolism, there’s no greater inspiration than this sunny summer to kick start your transformation. Of course, beauty starts from within, so look inside for tips on buying organically on a budget and must-have superfoods to add to your diet – you’ve never looked or felt so good, so cheers to you!

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Summer Travel Are you looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation with the family but just aren’t sure where to go, who to talk to and how to book? We asked travel expert Kim Mance for some savvy travel tips to make your next vacation a breeze!

Be savvy: Be flexible: Consider flying into smaller airports near your destination rather than the major city. Long Beach rather than LAX for instance. Also, know the seasons that airfares increase and don’t reserve a flight in peak travel times.

Score luxury for less: Priceline has a sleek app that allows you to book rooms directly. You can also find an "Express Deal," which lets you book a deeply discounted room without bidding for it — even for last-minute bookings. How does it work? You’ll be given the general location of the hotel, how many stars it has and an overall rating from travelers who've been there before, but you won’t know the actual name until after booking.


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Research tour operators and guides before hiring them. If a site like TripAdvisor or Trippy gives a guide mostly negative reviews, that’s very telling. Many times, you’ll be approached by independent guides once you arrive in a city’s airport, train station or ferry port. They can actually be a helpful way to see a city and offer affordable rates, but keep in mind they may be receiving kickbacks from restaurants, shops and attractions along the way.

Consider a vacation rental: Rather than staying in a touristy neighborhood at a hotel, a vacation rental allows you to stay in an area that provides a totally different view of a destination. It also lets you have a leisurely coffee or breakfast before getting ready for the day since a kitchen is often included, and local owners are usually full of great info for exploring the area.

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If you answered mostly A:

How Happy Are You

In Your Relationship? Whether you’ve been married for years or you’ve just met that special someone, every relationship can be full of loving, loathing or somewhere in between. Not sure where you fall on the spectrum? Take this quiz to find out.



His favorite color is… a) I don’t remember. b) It is… c) I think I know it…


When you watch movies, you… a) Argue over what to rent. b) Take turns choosing the film. c) We’re both working full time -- we don’t have time for movies.


When you make a joke, your partner… a) Makes fun of you. b) Laughs; he always thinks you’re funny. c) Doesn’t respond.


When he decides to start a new diet, you… a) Roll your eyes. Not this again. b) Join him – the more the merrier. c) Wonder what he’d look like 10 pounds lighter…


When you talk to your friends about your partner, you… a) Complain about his bad habits. b) Talk about the exciting things you’re doing together. c) Say, “He’s good.”


When you go out for a drink together… a) You each have one (or three) too many. b) You often make new friends. c) You worry about the housework that isn’t getting done.


If you made a mistake, you would… a) Hide it from your partner. b) Admit your mistake and apologize. c) Either way, he probably wouldn’t care.


When you argue, you… a) Tend to hold grudges. b) Talk logically about the problem. c) Let the anger fizzle away without solving the issue.

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Uh-oh, it seems like you’ve got a few things to work on. Somewhere down the road, you and your partner lost sight of all the reasons you fell in love. Instead of caring about and supporting each other, you tend to spend more time butting heads. Sit down and talk to your partner seriously about your relationship, and be sure to discuss things in an open, loving way. Bring up those little things he does that bother you, but don’t ignore your own faults, either. A little communication can go a long way.

If you answered mostly B: Make way for the happy couple! You’re comfortable together and it shows. Your relationship is one big, exciting adventure – and you both love it! By maintaining that open, fun-loving connection with your partner, you can be sure that happiness will last as long as you both shall live.

If you answered mostly C: You’re just coasting along. Things aren’t bad, but they aren’t great either. With work, kids and a mortgage to pay, love just isn’t your number one priority right now. And yet, a stressful day and a hectic work schedule is no excuse to let your Mr. Right fade into the shadows. You two are still committed to each other and his support can really make a difference! Take some time to reconnect. Write him a surprise love note inviting him to a romantic dinner for just the two of you. A break from work and a little quality time is exactly what you need to get the feelings flowing once more. If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts. Albert Einstein

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If there was one word to describe Stacia Pierce, it would be this: Empowered. This award-winning life coach and entrepreneur has worked with everyone from the Hollywood elite to big-business gurus, using her contagious energy to turn obstacles into opportunities. Here, Pierce shares her best business wisdom for women.

Stacia Pierce Interview By Sarah G. Mason

Tell me a little about your background – when did you realize constant requests for private mentorship motivated me to begin success coaching. It you wanted to be a life coach? I first felt the entrepreneur bug when I was 13 years old. I’ve successfully launched and developed my own makeup line, opened a clothing store and launched an image and branding company. Once I began writing books, it opened the door to speaking engagements, so I added a speaking itinerary while running my companies. Eventually, this grew into me hosting my own women’s conference and later into my coaching business for entrepreneurs. I have always wanted to help women find their passion and profit from it. Most people just don’t know how to make this happen. They have never been taught how to do business, love it and be able to live off of it. When women left my live events they would always call back asking for more. The

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You were named ‘Top Women Who Mean Business’ by the Orlando Business Journal for What does the word your system of turning passions “empowerment” mean to you? How into paychecks – what mindset can feeling empowered change does it take to be a successful someone’s life for the better? entrepreneur?

was the best avenue to do what I love and help others do what they love too.

Empowerment is about being well equipped with the information and skills to accomplish your dreams and goals. Information changes the seasons of your life. Once you’ve been empowered with knowledge your confidence grows and you’re more likely to go after your dreams. Oftentimes people find themselves in a hopeless, helpless state because they lack the proper perspective to change their situation. Before you can be empowered you must first be open to change and improvement.

To be a successful entrepreneur, you must believe you can do it and that you deserve the rewards that come with it. Oftentimes people have a desire to head out on their own, but hold themselves back, searching for validation from others. You have to give yourself permission to profit. Once you start going for your dreams, you need to adopt a tenacious attitude. No matter what comes your way, never give up on your dream. Learn from your mistakes, create a new plan, get help when you need to but never give up.

All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

“You don’t have to sacrifice your family to have a great career” What advice do you have for women who are afraid to chase their entrepreneurial dreams? Don’t be afraid to take risks. It may sound counterintuitive, but you can spend years analyzing every detail of your business plan and never pull the trigger. When intuition tells you that you have a winning idea – even if you don't know every single detail – just get going on implementing it!

What advice do you have for busy women and moms about finding balance between work and family? Finding balance is being able to make adjustments to do what is essential at the time. It is incorporating what has to be done with what you want to get done. For example, when balancing work and family, you may have to get done with your projects during the week then take a day to hike or garden on the weekend. Go out with the kids and really enjoy that moment. If you’re feeling imbalanced, creating a plan can be life changing. Writing out a strategy to get your work done or even just creating a simple to-do list gives you a feeling of focus. You can map out everything in your life from an exotic vacation to time with family to a new business venture. Plans bring balance because you have a road map to accomplish all that you want to get done. You’re more likely to do what is written. Reviewing your plans keeps you on track and reminds you of other commitments that you should give attention to.

What’s the biggest thing that holds women back from starting their own business?

When I started, I had to first overcome the struggle of choosing between being a stay-at-home mom or pursuing my dreams of entrepreneurship. Choosing between family and a career is something that many women struggle with. In the mid-to-late ‘90’s’ when I started my conference and workshops, women were looking for someone to show them how to pursue purpose and go after their dreams. My entire platform is built on balancing it all, a successful career, great relationships and family. By eliminating the excuses and believing in yourself, anyone can overcome this limiting way of thinking. You don’t have to sacrifice your family to have a great career and vice versa. Yes, it requires hard work and the help of others to pull it off. Learn to ignore the guilt-ridden feelings that you are doing your children and family an injustice because you want to start a business. You can make it a family affair. Use your business as a way to empower your children to go after their own dreams as well.

Have you seen a change in the men to women ratio in the business world? Now more than ever before women are launching businesses. I think it’s because of the enticing lure of doing what you love and being with the ones you love more often. Many women become at-home entrepreneurs so that they can have a flexible schedule and be there for the family. Plus, it’s so easy now to run a profitable online business from home. Online marketing is very cost effective and efficient with all the social media platforms available to reach your target audience.








Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. Eleanor Roosevelt

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My friends know that I’m a big “fake it ‘till you make it” advocate, especially when it comes to exuding confidence. It makes sense because your mind and body strive to agree. (You Neuroscience buffs know it as “cognitive consistency.”) So if your mind tells you that you’re anxious, your body acts accordingly. Happily, the reverse is also true. When your body constantly ACTS confident, real self-assurance follows. Here are a few tips. By Leil Lowndes

Little Tricks to Look More


1) When entering a superior's office, don't hover by the door. The closer you come to their desk, the more confidence you display.

4) Be the last to break eye contact when passing someone in the hall.

2) When going through a large door or open double doors, don't walk on one side. Stride straight through the middle.

5) Here’s one of my favorites. When you agree with someone, nod your head UP from neutral (jaw parallel to the floor). Nodding down from parallel looks more subservient.

3) Entering a party or gathering, head for the dead center of the room. That’s where self-assured people instinctively gravitate.

6) In a social gathering, choose the highest chair. If it's a business meeting, though, don't sit higher than the boss!

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7) At a table meeting, go for the chair directly to the right of the most important person at the meeting. 8) Confident people's bodies occupy more space. Insecure people’s take as little space as possible as if to say, "Excuse me for taking up this much of the earth." So make larger gestures. Men can put one arm up on the back of the sofa or seat.

9) Gentlemen, to look like a leader, swing your arms more significantly when you walk. And ladies, square your body toward the person you're talking to. And beware of smiling TOO much. 10) And, of course, need I even mention posture? Think of slumping as the “Whatever you say, Sir” position and stand tall.

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Cursing in the Workplace is a

Lose-Lose Strategy for Women By Susan T. Spencer, Do you curse at work? Do you think your colleagues think it’s cool? Have any of your associates told you that they think your language is offensive? Is your use of profanity at work sending a positive or negative message about you, your values, and your leadership? Women communicate differently than men and that’s a good thing. Cursing by a male is generally accepted in the workplace while the same words, spoken by a female, are considered offensive. Using foul language to prove that you are as tough as any male is a losing strategy. Here’s why. A Woman’s way of communicating is one of her most dynamic talents. Women are natural communicators. Men listen, and women talk—to everyone. Our ability to communicate is not just about talking, we are also aware of what others are thinking. We are keen observers and instinctively notice such things as body language, facial expressions and tone of voice, which collectively give us the unique skill of perceptive communication.

As perceptive communicators we are able to tailor our message to fit the listener. This distinctive talent is forfeited when we resort to the use of foul language.

By injecting curse words into your conversation all you accomplish is to distract the listener from hearing your message. Using profanity calls into question your credibility and judgment. Although it might feel good for an instant, this foolish moment of pleasure defines you and affects your career for a lifetime—there are no take backs.

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Here you are. You’ve worked early mornings and late nights, nailed that first promotion and then the second, and now you’re sitting behind an oak desk with a gold nameplate and a team of workers at your beck and call. You’re the leader, but are you a good one?


Leadership Habits By Sarah G. Mason

Leadership isn’t a skill we’re all born with – sometimes, it must be learned. And yet, great leadership skills are essential to the efficiency of businesses and the morale of the staff. Ask yourself. Do your subordinates respect you as a leader? Do they admire you? Are you approachable, fair and open? Here are a few of the top complaints about poor leaders and our tips to ensure you don’t become one.

because they can’t admit when something is wrong. Overcome it by starting your day with a motto: I will put my pride aside. Write it on a sticky note and stick it on your computer screen, your work folder or the back of your phone. The next time someone brings up a concern, repeat your motto before answering; I will put my pride aside. Commit to never letting your personal feelings get in the way of progress.

My boss is controlling.

My boss is never satisfied.

A controlling leader makes all the decisions, no one else’s opinion matters and input from the staff is never heard. Overcome it by holding a meeting once a week specifically for comments, concerns or suggestions. Think your staff might feel uncomfortable speaking up in front of the group? Leave a comments box in the break room or bathroom where others can quietly slip in their thoughts. Still not getting any feedback? Switch a solid box for a clear one and secretly add a few comments of your own. If your staff sees messages already inside, they may feel more confident leaving some, too.

An unsatisfied leader doesn’t care how large the win is – they’re always asking “What’s next?” Overcome it by taking time to celebrate your staff’s achievements. Did you close a big contract or meet your monthly sales goals? Buy a cake and some balloons and give your team a well-earned break. It will boost their spirits and make them more eager to hit the next milestone.

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My boss sits behind their desk playing games all day. A lazy boss expects others to pull all the weight and contributes nothing themselves. Overcome it with the phrase, “How can I help?” Say it as often as you can, and don’t let the size of the task deter you; no leader is too great to help file paperwork or run to the post office. Not only will your staff

appreciate the help, but you may learn a thing or two about the inner workings of your office.

My boss is afraid of change. A stuck leader loves routine and structure – so much so that they can’t move forward. Overcome it by imagining what it will be like when things go right, not what could go wrong. Each opportunity for change may seem frightening, but you must set those fears aside if you want to succeed. For instance, does the company need to update their computer software? Think positively. New computer software may be hard to learn at first, but once you get used to it, you’ll be able to process data twice as fast and your company will gain efficiency.

My boss is nice – a little too nice. A fearful boss is afraid to hurt others’ feelings and wants to please everyone. While their intentions may be good, a strong leader has to put their foot down from time to time – everyone can’t always get their way. Overcome it by listening to both sides of an issue, then making the final decision alone in your office. Solitude may bring the clarity you need to make the right choice and will remove the influential sight of your staff’s expectant faces.

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. Vince Lombardi

Should I Use Their

Their Full

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By Leil Lowndes It's natural to assume people would feel friendlier if you use their nickname. But be careful! A lot of people prefer their more formal name. For instance, if someone you meet has a name which usually has a nickname (like Bob for Robert, Lou for Louis, Liz for Elizabeth, or Candy for Candace) DON’T use it until you’re sure THEY do. It distances you from the person and they can be offended. For more great tips like this, visit

It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark. Howard Ruff

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Whether you’re traveling across town or across the country, moving can be an exciting, rewarding experience. However, before you start collecting cardboard boxes, here are a few important steps to keep in mind.

Move By Kat Freestone

Managing Your

snacks, towels, sheets, important files and

Plan Plan Plan medical records. If you’ve hired movers, it’s The move date is set, and you’re eager to get started! And yet, there are still many unanswered questions. What’s your moving budget? Do you want to hire movers, or do it yourself? Have you made the travel and storage arrangements? Before you jump into a hectic relocation, take some time to consider all of your options. Moving can get expensive; between selling your home, buying a new one, packing and traveling, you’re bound to stretch your financial muscle. You’ve thought of all the obvious costs, but don’t forget hidden fees like utility deposits, property taxes and parking fees. When it comes to hiring a mover, do your research. Learn the difference between van lines, van line agents, independent carriers and moving brokers. Contact your insurance agent to ask about coverage while you’re in route and research moving protection options as well.

Moving Day You’ve prepared yourself for a perfect move. Now it’s time to hit the road! On the day of the move, have a box of essentials handy. Include items like bottled water, aspirin,

important to let them run the show; you don’t want to get in the way of the loading and unloading of heavy furniture. Once the house is empty, do one last walk through to make sure nothing was left behind. Check the attic, closets, medicine cabinets and the drawer under your oven. Also, check for any damage caused by the movers; you don’t want to lose your security deposit over someone else’s mistake.

House to Home Congratulations, you’ve done it! As you’re getting settled into your new home, take some time to pat yourself on the back; moving is never easy and now the hardest part is behind you. As you’re unpacking, look over your belongings to see if anything was damaged along the way. If you do find any items that are lost or broken, file a claim within nine months of the move; the sooner the better. As for unpacking, it’s easiest to do

one room at a time. This will help you keep your focus and allow you to watch your progress. Choose one room as your “sanctuary,” which you should fill with all of your favorite items. You can retreat to this room when you need a break from the rest of your work-in-progress.

With a little luck, your move will be smooth and headache-free. Then comes the fun part; exploring new places, meeting new people and getting used to calling this new house your home.



Hidden Moving

1) Packing fees Many movers will charge extra to pack and carry 2) Extra fees for unusually heavy items Extra manpower and equipment can cost you 3) A thumb-twiddling fee Waiting until the last minute will often cost you more 4) Additional cost for an inconvenient location Moving out of a house is a lot easier than from the seventh floor of your elevator-less apartment 5) Money to move yourself Don’t forget it will cost you to get from point A to point B!

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Ready, set, glow - just in time for summer with these foolproof tips.

Glow By Heather Aulisio

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Gorgeous A great glow starts from the inside and works its way out. Be sure to drink plenty of water and limit your caffeine intake, which can dehydrate the skin and make it look dull and dry. When gathering groceries, spend extra time in the produce section. Reach for sweet potatoes, apples, carrots, berries, lemon, spinach and beets – they help strengthen the skin and have antiinflammatory and anti-aging properties. Blend or juice your favorites to combine several of these skin superfoods for a maximum effervescent effect. 18 Flourish Magazine | June/2014

Supplements can make skin glow as well. Fish oil and flax seed oil capsules are perfect additions to your balanced diet – they’re high in EFA’s (essential fatty acids) which are great for your skin! Plus, they can be consumed when you are too busy to make a smoothie – an added bonus!

Invest in some beauty product staples. Apply liquid or powder luminizers just above the cheekbones, high on the brow bone, down the bridge of your nose and in the corners of your eyes for a luminous contouring

effect. Cheek stains and tints can be applied in conjunction with a luminizer and are light weight so you won’t look or feel weighed down. Look for sheer cheek stains to get a soft, transparent glow with the slightest pop of color. Finish the look with a high quality moisture spray; during warm spring and summer days, it will keep your skin hydrated, smooth and shimmering. Anyone can get a gorgeous glow. Follow some of the suggestions above to get noticed and get “glowing!”

Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy

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Hair Style

Should You Try? By Heather Aulisio

Are you looking to try something new with your ‘do? If so, take some cues from a few top celebrities who’ve recently undergone a hairstyle switch up. Complete this quiz to determine the look that 7. How long have will best complement your personal you had your current preferences and lifestyle! hair color? 1. How do you normally style your hair for work? a) I wash it and wear it b) I use a straightener c) I use a curling iron

2. Describe your facial features. a) Oval face and delicate bone structure b) Round face and defined features c) Square or Heart shaped face with a strong jawline

4. Describe your usual weekend. a) I’m always on the go, I hardly ever sit down. b) I hit the gym but also enjoy shopping and lounging around. c) I venture out for brunch and take in a movie or read on the couch.

a) A few weeks – I get bored easily b) A few months c) I’ve never colored my hair

8. Your friends would describe you as: a) Edgy and outgoing b) Posh and polished c) Classic and traditional

5. Which kind of make-up is your favorite?

9. Which hair accessory do you use the most?

a) Nude lip gloss b) Liquid eyeliner c) Rosy blush

a) Headbands b) Hair clips c) Hair ties

3. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the most), how daring are you?

6. What do you think your best facial feature is?

10. Which article of clothing is your go-to item?

a) 8 to 10 b) 5 to 7 c) 4 or less

a) My lips b) My eyes c) My cheekbones

a) A leather jacket b) Skinny jeans c) A comfortable t-shirt

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Sun-Tzu

Mostly A’s- Jennifer Lawrence Go for shock value! J. Law’s short, bold pixie cut made jaws drop, and now you too can make a lasting impression. You aren’t afraid to try new things and you tend to be trendy and edgy when it comes to your personal style. A super short cut works great for you because you have delicate facial features and lead a no-fuss, low-maintenance lifestyle.

Mostly B’s- Beyonce Go for a bob. Beyonce traded in her long extensions for an angled, shoulder length bob. This is a great hairstyle because it looks sleek when worn straight but sexy when loosely curled and tousled. You have the flexibility to pull the two sides up when you want to get the hair out of your face, but in will complement your round features when let loose and parted down the middle. This posh and polished look will complement your put together style.

Mostly C’s- Kate Middleton Go for bangs. This hairstyle change works for you because you just can’t seem to part with your long hair. Plus, you love pulling your hair back since you’re all about comfort and convenience. By cutting your bangs, you’ll satisfy your craving for something new, soften your square or heart shaped face and play up your favorite feature -- your cheekbones! Flourish Magazine | June/2014 19

Beauty by Amy Smith

Travel Friendly

Yes to Blueberries Travel Cleansing Facial Towelette

Yes to Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes

Great for any skin type, these towelettes gently exfoliate revealing smooth, glowing skin. The travel pack contains 8 towelettes that are rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C.

Cleanse, remove makeup and nourish skin all at the same time! This convenient travel size fits nicely in your purse or desk and is 98.7% natural. The pack contains 10 towelettes that’ll leave you clean and good looking.


Dr. Lin Skincare Acne Cleansing Wipes Purify clogged pores and control breakouts with these convenient wipes. The medicated formula penetrates deep into pores while the exfoliating towelette wipes away dirt & oil.


Neuma neuSmooth Gift Set


Achieve smooth locks with a collection that treats, tames and protects hair no matter where your holiday travels may take you. Inlcudes neuSmooth shampoo, neuSmooth leave-in condition, neuStyling smoothing crème, neuSmooth illuminating mist and a travel bag.

Lush Each Peach Brighten up your skin and give yourself a blissful massage with fruity avocado and mango kernel butters. This bar is light and melts into the skin easier for even softer, luxurious massage. $10.95 LUSH.COM


Nourishing Meadowfoam Facial Serum Formulated with a rich blend of meadowfoam seed oil and DMAE, this lightweight formula hydrates and provides the nourishment skin needs. Ideal for stressed complexions. $69 CLAIRVOYANTBEAUTY.COM

NEUMA’s neuMoisture Don’t let hair experience a drought this time of year, moisturize and repair damaged locks with this perfect on-the go kit. Includes neuMoisture shampoo, neuMoisture condition, neuRepair argan treatment, neuStyling smoothing crème and a travel bag. $24 NEUMABEAUTY.COM

Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray (Purse Size) Create full and dense hair without endless amounts of product. This finishing spray inflates hair to create a voluptuous appearance without dullness. This purse size allows it to conveniently fit anywhere for any future plumping. $21.50 ORIBE.COM, BARNEYS, BERGDORF GOODMAN AND NEIMAN MARCUS

Hydrating mist travel size Tone and hydrate with this refreshing blend of rosehip, ylang ylang, resveratrol grape seed oil and antioxidant-rich organic juices for a fresh, radiant complexion. $10 JUICEBEAUTY.COM

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Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein

Godiva Shampoo Bar This 2-in-1 shampoo bar cleans and conditions your hair with moisturizing nut oils and shea butter while perfuming it with jasmine. Perfect for dry locks, this bar will leave you with glossy, shiny, and softened tresses. $11.95 LUSH.COM

Cleure SPF 15 Sunscreen This natural sunscreen shields against UVA and UVB rays, and prevents premature aging, which is essential for sensitive skin. Safe for all skin types and ages, this product is formulated with non-micronized zinc oxide to provide FDA-approved broad spectrum protection. $6 CLEURE.COM

Green apple cleansing gel

Organics to Go

Brighten, lighten and tighten with this plant-based cleanser. It is antioxidant-rich with organic lemon, apple and sugar cane hydroxy-acids and purifying botanicals that exfoliate for a deep clean. $15 JUICEBEAUTY.COM

A kit to help you achieve an organically radiant glow.This complete system is for all skin types and includes Cleansing Milk, Green Apple Peel Sensitive, Antioxidant Serum, Hydrating Mist and Nutrient Moisturizer.

Kat Burki Beauty Elixir


Bath & Body Travel Kit This on-the-go pampering set will keep any traveler happy with its delightful combination of Relax Bath Salts, Awaken Spray, Embrace Body Lotion and Breathe Body Wash. All products fit neatly into a custom travel case. $30 ERBAVIVA.COM

This skin boost in spray features lavender and Aloe Vera for a soothing and hydrating repair. Great for at-home or on-thE-go use, your skin will feel hydrated and refreshed with these essential vitamins and minerals. $42 KATBURKI.COM

Lush Tin Can Perfect for on-the-go use, you can find a tin can in a shampoo bar, body butter, or massage bar shape so you can bring your favorite Lush products with you wherever. $3.95 LUSH.COM



t/8SE4USFFU 4VJUFB 5IPSOFCSPPL7JMMBHFt(BJOFTWJMMF Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. Benjamin Franklin

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NECESSITIES How to Choose a Necklace According to your Neckline By Heather Aulisio Believe it or not, there is actually a science and an art behind choosing the perfect necklace in order to enhance your ensemble. Read on to learn about the most popular necklines and how you can pick the right accessory to effortlessly accent your attire.

strand of pearls, a medium length strand of shiny circular stones, or a necklace that boasts layers and circular pendants will fill in the scoop space while reflecting the cut correctly.


A V-neck comes to a point and dips down low on the chest, much like a scoop neck. The key to Crew Neck accessorizing a V is to fill the A crew neck has a slight dip above the collar bone exposed area with a statement piece, but leave and is rounded. This neckline is most popularly some skin showing to featured on tees, sweaters complement the plunge. Look for statement necklaces and basic knits. When pairing a necklace with a whose stones are clustered together to form a V to mimic crew neck, look for a the shape of the neckline. jewel embellished Peter Pan collar. They can be tied or fasted on and Strapless make the most casual of Many women think that tops look polished and wearing a strapless top or pulled together without dress means that any taking away from the style necklace will do. In fact, one of the shirt. of the best necklaces to wear with a strapless item is a long, jeweled necklace that Boat Neck falls just below the bust and A boat neck sits straight across your dĂŠcolletage. To is composed of shiny, shimmering accents; or one emphasize this shoulder that features some fringed defining cut, wear a few ends. These necklaces work long strands of pearls (or any other beaded necklaces) with a strapless neckline to keep the emphasis on the because they add some movement to your look and strong lines that the shirt or dress creates. It will also add keep the eye focused on your exposed neck. length to the overall look.

Scoop Neck A scoop neck is round and dips low on the chest. When choosing a necklace, be sure to pick a piece that mimics this rounded scoop. A short 22 Flourish Magazine | June/2014

When you know how to choose the right accessory based on your outfitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cuts, you are sure to create a wow factor that makes all embellishments look perfectly positioned.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket. Will Rogers

Radiant Orchid! Radiant Orchid is the 2014 top pick for color of the year according to Pantone, the world renown experts on color and style. Not only can you work it into your wardrobe, but you can use it as an exciting and unexpected accent throughout your home décor. This spring-inspired tone is filled with confidence, mystery and charm. Its warmth will make you yearn for summer weather and it radiates joy and passion. A marriage of pink undertones, fuchsia and purple, Radiant Orchid is incredibly wearable and complements a variety of skin shades, giving you a gorgeous, rosy glow. One way to wear the color of the year is to use it as a striking statement piece. Look for wrap dresses, three-quarter length knits or printed skirts that boast this bold shade. For a more subtle style, add pops of this color into your ensemble by slipping on a pair of Radiant Orchid heels, sliding on a silky printed scarf, carrying a

Introducing 2014’s Color of the Year

structured day bag or even adorning your lips and nails with this wildly wearable color. Some other colors that work well with Radiant Orchid are basic black (think work wear), mint green, grey, petal pink and navy blue. Are you inspired to being mixing and matching yet? If you need more Radiant Orchid in your life, why not bring it into your home? You can purchase accent lamps, pillows, picture frames, curtains and table runners in this fun color, or fill ornate vases with playful purple flowers. Radiant Orchid is ideal when paired alongside wall paint with neutral base tones like grey, beige and taupe. If you have a lot of color already in your home, this bright, cheerful hue works wonderfully with olive and hunter green, turquoise, teal and light yellow. Try incorporating this trendy tone into your home and wardrobe to give your everyday surroundings an instant, beautiful and bold pick me up!

That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche


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Fitness by Amy Smith

Flower of Life Embossed Yoga Block

Tree of Wisdom Cargo Mat Bag

Ergonomic and functional â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this foam yoga block provides extra height, stability and support, and the embossed pattern adds style and extra traction.

Keep your mat clean, dry and portable in the Tree of Wisdom Cargo Mat Bag. $19.98 TARGET.COM/ AMAZON.COM


Paisley Flower Printed Yoga Mat Restore Compact Foam Roller Work and relieve stress and tightness in smaller regions or target specific areas with the compact foam roller.

Durable and chic, this Paisley Flower Yoga Mat provides a stable, non-slip surface for your yoga practice. $21.98 TARGET.COM/ AMAZON.COM


Restore Multi-Grip Stretch Strap The multiple hand holds along the strap encourage increasing degrees of stretch, allowing you to progress and increase your range of motion. $12.98 TARGET.COM/ AMAZON.COM

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When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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1) Lima Capri

4) Petra Short

These mid-rise capris are smooth, chafe-resistant and feature a convenient hidden pocket. Made with moisture release technology, they’re available in a ton of colors including raspberry, olive and flame orange. $39.95 FABLETICS.COM

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With a drawstring waist and convenient pocket, these nylon mid-rise shorts will make the perfect fit. $29.95 FABLETICS.COM


Feel the breeze in this flowy top with a mesh back and adjustable hem. Pick from five different color combos and enjoy the relaxed, chafe-free design. $34.95 FABLETICS

3) Omemee Tank

Kumo Tank

A built in bra and fitted bodice makes this tank an all time favorite. Boast an edgy geometric design or enjoy the subtle pastels with this fitted piece.

Dare to be darling, even at the gym with this open back design. Available in black with a touch of teal or grey and black, you’ll actually look forward to working out. $34.95 FABLETICS.COM



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Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

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This Guy Got


Here’s What He Said about His Ex-Wife.

Marriage Advice I Wish I Would Have Had #1. Never stop courting. Never stop dating. NEVER EVER take that woman for granted. When you asked her to marry you, you promised to be that man that would OWN HER HEART and fiercely protect it. This is the most important and sacred treasure you will ever be entrusted with. SHE CHOSE YOU. Never forget that and NEVER GET LAZY in your love. 26 Flourish Magazine | June/2014

Gerald Rogers got divorced after 16 years of marriage. He publicly wrote this confession on Facebook: Obviously, I’m not a relationship expert, but there’s something about my divorce being finalized this week that gives me perspective of things I wish I would have done differently. After losing a woman who I loved and a marriage of almost 16 years, here’s the advice I wish I would have had:

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson

#2. Protect Your Own Heart. Just as you committed to being the protector of her heart, you must guard your own with the same vigilance. Love yourself fully, love the world openly, but there is a special place in your heart where no one must enter except for your wife. Keep that space always ready to receive her and invite her in, and refuse to let anyone or anything else enter there.

#3. Fall In Love Over and Over and Over again. You will constantly change. You’re not the same people you were when you got married, and in five years you will not be the same person you are today. Change will come, and in that you have to re-choose each other every day. SHE DOESN’T HAVE TO STAY WITH YOU, and if you don’t take care of her heart, she may give that heart to someone else or seal you out completely, and you may never be able to get it back. Always fight to win her love just as you did when you were courting her.

#4. Always See The Best in her. Focus only on what you love. What you focus on will expand. If you focus on what bugs you, all you will see are reasons to be bugged. If you focus on what you love, you can’t help but be consumed by love. Focus to the point where you can no longer see anything but love, and you know without a doubt that you are the luckiest man on earth to be have this woman as your wife.

#5. It’s Not Your Job To Change Or Fix Her. Your job is to love her as she is with no expectation of her ever changing. And if she changes, love what she becomes, whether it’s what you wanted or not.

#6. Take Full Accountability for your own emotions. It’s not your wife’s job to make you happy, and she CAN’T make you sad. You are responsible for finding your own happiness, and through that your joy will spill over into your relationship and your love.

#7. Never Blame your wife if YOU get frustrated or angry at her, it is only because it is triggering something inside of YOU. They are YOUR emotions, and your responsibility. When you feel those feelings, take time to get present and to look within and understand what it is inside of YOU that is asking to be healed.

#8. Allow your woman to Just Be. When she’s sad or upset, it’s not your job to fix it, it’s your job to HOLD HER and let her know it’s OK. Let her know that you hear her, and that she’s important and that you are that pillar on which she can always lean. The feminine spirit is about change and emotion and like a storm her emotions will roll in and out, and as you remain strong and unjudging she will trust you and open her soul to you. DON’T RUN AWAY WHEN SHE’S UPSET. Stand present and strong and let her know you aren’t going anywhere. Listen to what she is really saying behind the words and emotion.

Tell her to take time for herself, ESPECIALLY after you have kids. She needs that space to renew and get re-centered, and to find herself after she gets lost in serving you, the kids and the world.

#15. Be Vulnerable. You don’t have to have it all together. Be willing to share your fears and feelings, and quick to acknowledge your mistakes.

#9. Be Silly.

#16. Be Fully Transparent.

Don’t take yourself so damn seriously. Laugh. And make her laugh. Laughter makes everything else easier.

If you want to have trust you must be willing to share EVERYTHING. Especially those things you don’t want to share. It takes courage to fully love, to fully open your heart and let her in when you don’t know if she will like what she finds…Part of that courage is allowing her to love you completely, your darkness as well as your light. DROP THE MASK. If you feel like you need to wear a mask around her and show up perfect all the time, you will never experience the full dimension of what love can be.

#10. Fill Her Soul Every Day. Learn her love languages and the specific ways that she feels important and validated and CHERISHED. Ask her to create a list of 10 things that make her feel loved and memorize those things and make it a priority every day to make her feel like a queen.

#11. Be Present. Give her not only your time, but your focus, your attention and your soul. Do whatever it takes to clear your head so that when you are with her you are fully WITH HER. Treat her as you would your most valuable client. She is.

#12. Be Willing To Take Her Sexually. To carry her away in the power of your masculine presence, to consume her and devour her with your strength, and to penetrate her to the deepest levels of her soul. Let her melt into her feminine softness as she knows she can trust you fully.

#17. Never Stop Growing Together. The stagnant pond breeds malaria, the flowing stream is always fresh and cool. Atrophy is the natural process when you stop working a muscle, just as it is if you stop working on your relationship. Find common goals, dreams and visions to work towards.

#18. Don’t Worry About Money. Money is a game, so find ways to work together as a team to win it. It never helps when teammates fight. Figure out ways to leverage both persons strength to win.

#13. Don’t Be An Idiot.

#19. Forgive Immediately

And don’t be afraid of being one either. You will make mistakes and so will she. Try not to make too big of mistakes, and learn from the ones you do make. You’re not supposed to be perfect, just try to not be too stupid.

and focus on the future rather than carrying weight from the past. Don’t let your history hold you hostage. Holding onto past mistakes that you or she makes is like a heavy anchor to your marriage, and it will hold you back. FORGIVENESS IS FREEDOM. Cut the anchor loose and always choose love.

#14. Give Her Space. The woman is so good at giving and giving, and sometimes she will need to be reminded to take time to nurture herself. Sometimes she will need to fly from your branches to go and find what feeds her soul, and if you give her that space she will come back with new songs to sing. (OK, getting a little too poetic here, but you get the point.)

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. Ralph Waldo Emerson

#20. Always Choose Love. Always Choose Love. Always Choose Love. In the end, this is the only advice you need. If this is the guiding principle through which all your choices are governed, there is nothing that will threaten the happiness of your marriage. Love will always endure. Flourish Magazine | June/2014 27

Shelly Interview by Lauren Douglass

BHUSHAN Music and Motherhood

NYC-based musician Shelly Bhushan thought she had it all under control – until her daughter was born, that is. Now, this new mom fights a little “baby brain drain” to discuss all the beautiful ways her newborn has changed her outlook, her music and her life.

Shelly Bhushan’s newborn inspires her passion Tell me about your new album, Something Out of Nothing.

I know you just had a baby – how has motherhood been for you?

It’s my fourth album and my second full length album, and it celebrates different aspects of New York. It uses a theme that I’ve used many times, but looks at things through a different lens. This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this. For me, it’s been a really beautiful writing process. As a singer, I worry about what I sound like, but this is the first time that I really made the album about the songs and the meaning behind the songs, not about me.

It’s been good and crazy. Everyone tells you, “Get ready because it’s going to be really hard,” but I didn’t really take them seriously. I’ve always balanced a lot of different things in my life and I’ve gone through my own hardships, but having a baby has been a completely eye-opening experience. My baby is great but my brain is just not the same right now! I’m definitely experiencing those first few hectic weeks of parenthood that everyone talks about.

What type of audience is this album geared toward?

How has having a newborn affected your music?

I think it’s for everyone. I don’t consider myself or my music inaccessible. A common theme of mine is defying odds and living your life and overcoming things. Also, I talk about being observant and taking time to reflect on what’s going on in your life.

It’s interesting because I wasn’t sure how this would affect me musically. I thought maybe I’d come up with a lot of miracle content, but it’s not all “Oh, I love my baby” so much. My content has been very random. As I said before, one of the great hallmarks

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of my music is being able to reflect on the world around you. I’ll be sitting on a train and see a feather floating around and really be struck by that. Finding that inspiration and turning that into an analogy is something that I’ve never done before. I feel as though I used to be a superficial writer, but going through motherhood has made me look at life in a whole different way.

How has being a mom changed your view of the world? It’s hard to say because I’m still so new. The weight of having a life in your hands is enormous. I know that I can change everything about her life. This may sound crazy, but this is the first time that I’ve really felt like an animal. I feel very primal, and I’m not making myself feel this way, nature is. I sometimes feel like I don’t have control over myself, and it’s a really unique feeling.

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts. Albert Einstein

What’s the strongest piece of advice you’ll have for her as she grows into a woman? I think a strong piece of advice would be to listen to people. Don’t just hear them, really take in what they’re saying. When you pay attention to people, you get so much from that. Whether it’s learning about a person or a situation, you can then assess the situation, the world and yourself. It’s something I’ve had to learn how to do, and the better I get at it, the more it’s helped me as a person and a musician.

What are your hopes for yourself as a mother? I want to be the best mom I can be. I’m not going to be perfect – no one is – but I want to show her that she can be whoever she wants to be. I think by being the best me, I can teach my daughter how to be the best her.

Be sure to check out Bhushan’s latest album Something Out of Nothing today at!

“I want to be the best mom I can be”

Having a child turns you into a very different person.

Do you think you worried a lot before your daughter? Sure, I’m always thinking about a lot of different things and I definitely look both ways before I cross the street. Now as a mom, I’m like “Holy cow.” [Laughs] Obviously the goal is to keep yourself intact and you can’t be too crazy because that’s not what’s best for your child. After you have a baby, I always describe it as though your heart has left your body and is now with your child. If something happens to your child, it happens to your heart. We haven’t really left the apartment much, so I haven’t really exposed her to the world yet. My whole life right now is completely catered to her. Before, my life was about a lot of different things and I still want to keep my life balanced, but now it seems as though she’s the only thing that matters.

I don’t think that will change as she gets older. I dropped my 5-year-old off today at school just like I do every day, but I started tearing up. There’s an overwhelming protectiveness that comes out when you become a mother.

What are some of your hopes for her as she grows up? I want her to be a good person. My husband and I are both very musical and we hope that she’ll appreciate music, though I don’t necessarily need her to be a musician – in fact, I’m secretly like, “Don’t do it!” I want her to be smart and to be able to be herself. I want her to have both of her eyes open and enjoy the world and not be cynical. I just want her to be happy and to find people who love her. Just basic, good things.

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Mark Twain

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Kids by Amy Smith

Feature SmartyPants Grade 5 SmartyPants Fifth Grade cards lets kids test their smarts and load up on new facts and funny trivia. Designed for independent use (so a child can play alone or with a parent or friend), the cards are colorful, creative and packed with illustrated activities, including trivia quizzes, problem-solving puzzles, rebus puzzles, fun facts, creative storybuilding games and much more. $12.99 MELISSAANDDOUG.COM

Welch’s PB&J snacks

Kidz Gear Volume Control Headphones

Kids will love these easy to eat, no mess treats! Available in either grape or strawberry and crunchy or creamy, these delicious bite sized snacks are gluten free, made with natural flavors and are a good source of Vitamins A & E.

These headphones limit volume to approximately 80 percent of the maximum volume while delivering a safe listening experience for children of all ages. Ergonomically designed with soft padded child-sized ear-cups, they are also the perfect travel accessory.




Fire Chief Role Play Here is everything your little firefighter needs in an emergency: A bright red, machine-washable jacket trimmed with reflective material, a fire chief helmet, a “fire extinguisher,” a bullhorn with sound effects, a shiny badge and a nametag for personalizing. $29.99 MELISSAANDDOUG.COM 30 Flourish Magazine | June/2014

These reusable pureed food pouches are easy to fill, clean and store, and they’re great for those on-the-go families! Squeez’Ems reusable food pouches are perfect for all ages and are freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. $9.50 BOOGINHEAD.COM

People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. Apple Computers

Suspend Try this hanging balance game and you’ll be hooked! Suspend comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes and the incredible midair sculpture transforms. Can you add all your game pieces without making it fall? $16.99 MELISSAANDDOUG.COM

Splash Mat Stay clean and cute with the unique 52” reusable and durable splash mat. Place it under your child’s chair to catch spills and messy art projects or bring it on the next family picnic to the park or beach.

Create Your Own Paci Pacis that don’t suck! Give your baby a customized pacifier with your choice of multiple fonts, colors, designs and photos. Using state of the art, patented technology these pacifiers are 100 percent BPA, PVC and Phthalate free and come in two nipple sizes.



Incredible Illusions Magic Set Young magicians will improve their confidence and fine motor skills as they amaze family and friends with five exciting tricks! This fabulous set includes “Wizard’s Wonder,” “Mystery Cube,” “Dragon’s Den” and more! $24.99 MELISSAANDDOUG.COM

PaciGrip Put a leash on that paci with a universally compatible pacifier grip. Its simple design is strong but gentle on clothing, washable and available in a wide range of darling designs. Durable and non-toxic. $4.40-$5.50 BOOGINHEAD.COM

Paci Pouch Keep your pacifiers clean and close by with a pouch that is convenient and cute. With a zipper closure and snap strap, this pouch can easily attach to any item, is washable and can hold two pacifiers. $8 BOOGINHEAD.COM

SippiGrip No more lost or dirty cups! SippiGrip is an award winning, mom-invented product that prevents your child’s cup, bottle or toy from falling to the floor and getting lost or dirty. Perfect for on-the-go, SippiGrips are washable, durable and available in adorable colors and patterns. $6-$7.50 BOOGINHEAD.COM

You must be the change you want to see in the world. M.K. Gandhi

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By Ginger Henderson

School’s only been out for a week and you’re already hearing the dreaded, “I’m bored,” from the kids. Don’t despair! Grab a seat and a deck of cards and cure the summer boredoms with one of these fun math games.


“Double It” (1 or more players) • 1 deck of playing cards, Jokers and face cards removed • 1 sheet of grid paper and crayons How to Play: Each player picks a different colored crayon. Shuffle the cards and place them all in a single deck, face down. The first player draws a card from the top. The player mentally doubles the number drawn and colors in that number of squares on the grid paper. Play continues until all spaces have been colored in. Whoever has the most boxes colored in at the end, wins!

Each 10 found is placed face up for other players to verify. First player then asks another player of their choosing for a number that will go with a number in his or her hand to make a 10. If the player has that number, it’s handed over. If not, the other player says “fishing for a 10” by taking a card from the deck. Game play continues until one player has no more cards in his or her hand. Variations: For a more challenging game, players can be allowed to use three cards to make a 10.

“Ten’s Castle” (2-4 players)

have picked up (10, 20, 30, 40…). The player with the most 10s wins. Variations: This game can be played with varying target numbers for additional practice – “Sixteen’s Castle” for example, where players would find combination to create 16. For a greater challenge, build the “card castle” face down so that players have to rely on memory to find the combinations. By spending a few minutes immersing your children in these games, you’ll not only cure their boredom, but you’ll extend their learning, too!

• 1 deck of cards, Jokers removed Variations: For older players, have the players choose two cards and use multiplication instead of addition.

“Fishing for a 10” (2-4 players) • 1 deck of playing cards, Jokers and face cards removed How to Play: Game play is similar to the game “Go Fish.” The dealer deals seven cards to each player and places the remaining cards in a pile. The players then look for 10s in their hands (two cards that, when added together, equal 10). 32 Flourish Magazine | June/2014

How to Play: Begin by creating a “card castle” – five cards face up on the first row, four cards face up on the second row, three cards face up on the third row, two cards face up on the fourth row and one card face up on the fifth row. Place the remaining cards in a deck near the castle. The first player searches the card castle for a 10 – a face card or a combination of cards that total 10. The player replaces the cards taken with cards from the deck. Game play then rotates to the next player. When all cards from the pile have been used, players count the 10s they

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Nothing is more important than family. It’s vital to have an emergency plan in place so your family knows exactly what to do in the case of an emergency. It’s also extremely important to make sure your children understand what an emergency is and how they should react in the event of one. Most importantly, hold practice drills until the plan is second nature; this will reduce panic in the event a real emergency occurs. To help parents in this task, here’s a list of ideas and reminders that will guide you through making an emergency plan for your home.

By Daddy Nickell,

Your Family Safe In the Event of an Emergency Teach Your Child to Call 911. Communicate. Parent-child communication is essential for success. Start by talking to your children to learn what they already know about dealing with emergencies, discuss different types of emergencies and ensure they understand exactly what constitutes an emergency. Make sure your discussion is age-appropriate; how you discuss the idea of an emergency will vary from toddlers to teenagers. Knowing there is a plan in place will make them feel secure. Communication is important before, during and after the emergency. Communicate before to ensure they know the drill and understand its importance, communicate during to keep them safe and calm and communicate after to understand how their experience was and to minimize trauma and stress.

Practice on a turned off cellphone or play phone. They will need to be able to give emergency people their full name, address and telephone number. This seems to be a very scary thing for a child to do since they understand the weight of calling it. Also practice answering the door for the police or EMT. Make sure they know only to open the door to uniformed officers.

Proper Alarms for Early Warning. Make sure you have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in place and test them every six months to ensure they’re working properly. These early warning devices could save your life. For information on where to purchase these devices and how to properly install them in your home visit www.firstalert. com or an alternate credible source. Explain to your children what they are and why they help.

Write Down Numbers.

Look to the Media.

Have emergency numbers written down on or near the fridge. Consider keeping an emergency binder that has phone numbers like the neighbors’ phone numbers and grandparents’ phone numbers. If your child is old enough to carry their own cell phone, make sure they have all of the important numbers programmed inside. Be sure your child knows how to use these numbers in case of emergency. Practice what they will say, and how they respond to the person arriving at the scene.

There are plenty of ways to teach children about emergencies. Use kid-friendly books, television shows or movies to help solidify the idea of an emergency, get advice from an additional source and help your child become more familiar with the whole concept. No matter how you develop an emergency plan for your family, the most important thing is that you’re prepared. You can also take a trip to your local fire or police department to have them meet and talk with some of the emergency personnel

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there. This will make them not quite as scared should they need to interact with them in a real emergency.

Keep an Emergency Safety Kit in the House. Make sure your children know where they can find the flashlights, blankets, heaters and other essentials they might need during the emergency.

Set a Meeting Place. Be sure to set a meeting place outside of your home in case of a home emergency, but also have one around town should there be a school or city-related emergency. Oftentimes cell phone use is impossible during an emergency so do not count on being able to talk to each other. If there is a place you all know to meet, you will eventually find each other. Include neighbors, friends and family in this plan. Make sure your child knows exactly who to call or who they are allowed to leave with. Robert Nickell (a.k.a. Daddy Nickell), father of 7, offers his "5 cents" worth of advice to expectant and new parents. Daddy Nickell is the founder of, delivery room duds, gifts and apparel designed to celebrate fatherhood and being a dad, and the Daily Daddy blog, where he covers topics about parenting from a Dad's perspective. Daddy Nickell is also the creator and producer of the ground breaking web series, My Life as a Dad,, which showcases celebrity dads offering their personal fatherhood experiences and parenting tips.

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It seems that no matter how disciplined we are to declutter and purge, we’ll inevitably hang on to our favorite stuff. Just ask my mom. While she has never been one to collect antiques, vacation souvenirs and the like, she has meticulously collected family memorabilia. On my 40th birthday, she compiled a visual scrapbook of my life, including “welcome new baby” cards, a kindergarten art-fair painting, report cards and high-school prom newspaper clippings. Then, a few years ago, out of her treasured cedar chest came patches, pins, ribbons, dog tags and photos from my dad’s service in WWII and the Korean War. These were the unique makings for arrangements that she would create in shadow boxes for her grandsons, who were too young to know him when he passed away in 1988. “Knowing that I couldn’t part with these items was half the battle; the other half was knowing what to do with them,” she said when I asked about the inspiration behind creating these eye-catching glimpses of a chapter in my dad’s life. Now, thanks to the inspired visual gift, the treasured mini museum is on display to

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There is a collector in all of us, I’m sure of it. Even the minimalist architect must have paint swatches and “less is more” articles stashed away somewhere.

best advantage in their homes for friends and family to appreciate.

Father’s Day is coming up on June 16. It might be just the occasion to share with your kids or grandkids memories of an important man in their lives, whether he’s a grandfather, uncle or close friend.

them in a scrapbook or three-ring binder with short descriptions. Plastic sleeves designed for business and baseball cards have nice compartments for smaller items.

Here are some ideas:

Memory Box

Shadow boxes Collect small mementos and photos, and display them in shadow boxes, available online and at craft stores. Develop the visual story around a theme, such as a favorite sport, hobby or accomplishment.

Scrapbook Make copies of photos and documents such as immigration papers, academic degrees, newspaper articles, etc. Compile

Purchase, make or use an existing attractive case or a box with a lid. Place memorabilia inside, along with notes to describe the objects.

Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday. com and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.”

Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination. Roy Goodman

Seven million!

By Ginger Henderson

That’s the number of married fathers who, according to the 2011 U.S. Census, act as the primary childcare provider for their children. While many still consider mothers to be bestsuited to rear children, today’s fathers are facing a whole new world – one where they are in charge of the household.

Fatherhood Redefined “My wife enjoys calling me ‘Mr. Mom,’” said stay-at-home dad Sean, father of an 11-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son. “I take it as a term of endearment.” It’s dads like Sean who truly feel the ever-changing perceptions surrounding fatherhood, childcare and gender roles. To him, these role reversals are a necessary – albeit unexpected – part of their family dynamic. “When I lost my job, I tried to see it as a new beginning,” said Sean. “My wife took on the role of breadwinner; right now, my biggest challenge is accepting that. My contribution to my family is to now help shape the kids and take care of the house rather than support it financially.” Though some men find it difficult to adjust to such role reversals, others see their newfound purpose as only natural.

“Honestly, I haven’t paid much attention to people’s perceptions,” said temporary stay-at-home dad Matt. “The biggest thing I’ve learned from this experience is that unless you’ve experienced it for yourself, you truly can’t understand, so people’s perceptions really don’t matter to me.” “I get a lot of ‘How do you do it?’ comments, especially from women,” said Bo, single father of 10-year-old daughter, 9-year-old twin sons and 7-year-old son. “Most women I talk to seem to think that it’s too tough of a job for men to handle. I get the impression that they think I need a woman to help me.” Society’s skepticism is but one of the many hurdles dads like Sean, Matt and Bo must overcome. Financing child support, balancing daily routines and disciplining strategies also top the list. “For me, it’s been about balance,” said Sean. “I’ve had to find the balance between being the disciplinary figure in the home to the one that the kids turn to for help.”

In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed. Sid Caesar

“I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve relied on my wife up until this point to handle things with the kids,” said Matt. “So, finding myself the one responsible for the daily routines and needs has been difficult. There’s a loss of freedom that’s tough to swallow – I can’t make plans on the fly like I could before. Everything has to be thought out and planned for ahead of time. “Getting help with child support is a large hurdle for me,” said Bo. “There’s a perception in society that men should be the only ones to be held financially responsible for their children, but that’s simply not true.” Childcare costs can be a real struggle, especially for single parents. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that it costs $241,080 to raise a child to the age of 18 – that number doubles or triples if you have multiple children and no, it doesn’t include the cost of college. That’s a lot of dough for one person to raise. And yet, stay-at-home dads experience something many can’t – the joy of watching their children through every step of life. Caring for children, no matter if you’re a man or a woman, is certainly a labor of love. Flourish Magazine | June/2014 37

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You’ve read that growth hormones in milk might be causing early puberty. You’re concerned that increases in breast cancer are related to growth hormones in meat and dairy products. The World Health Organization has expressed concern about antibiotics in meat and dairy products, which has resulted in a ban in Canada and parts of Europe. The thought of pesticide laden produce makes your squirm. And yet, you just can’t afford to eat organic on a budget. Think again! Be Familiar with the “Dirty Dozen List” - It’s the list of the 12 most contaminated fruits and veggies: Apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, grapes, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, spinach and strawberries. On the flip side, the least contaminated produce is asparagus, avocado, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, corn, kiwi, mango, onions, papaya, peas and pineapple. Use this information to prioritize your organic shopping list.


By Kristl Story,


Eat Organic ON A Budget

Try gardening

If you can’t garden in your own backyard, look for a community garden. What is a community garden? It’s a piece of land gardened by a group of people, and you typically rent your plot. Visit to find a community garden near you.

Buy in bulk If you avoid organic produce at Costco and Sam’s simply because you can’t use it before it spoils, try this…split it with a neighbor! When it comes to organic meats, buy in bulk and freeze.

Visit Your Local Farmer’s Market

Try store brands

You’ll find super-fresh organic produce, meat and dairy products for less!

Organic store brands are popping up every day, and store brands will typically save you

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. Richard Bach

25 percent! Even better, most grocery chains will offer you a full refund if you don’t like their product as well as the name brand … sounds like a win-win!

Buy seasonal produce Don’t buy watermelon in December or pears in August. If you buy seasonal produce, it’s always cheaper.

Kristl is the CEO of her family and also the maid, the cook, the coupon queen and yes, the bargain shopper. Kristl’s tips have been featured in publications like Consumer Reports, All You Magazine and Good Housekeeping as well as Mint. com, MSN Money and KHOU-TV. Discover more frugal living tips at Flourish Magazine | June/2014 39

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Treatment Out Of Control?

pointed out that treating such patients does not offer them any benefit but does pose risks (JAMA Internal Medicine online, May 13, 2013). In the 21st century, doctors pride themselves on practicing evidence-based medicine. Recent studies of treatment for hypertension suggest, though, that practice is sometimes influenced by belief and habit as much as by evidence. Prescribing drugs for patients whose blood pressure is 160/100 or higher is well-supported by research that shows such treatment saves lives. What is less clear, however, is whether patients with milder hypertension actually benefit from drug treatment. A systematic review of high-quality clinical trials by the independent Cochrane Collaboration revealed that antihypertensive drugs have not been shown to benefit patients with mild hypertension and no pre-existing cardiovascular disease (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Nov. 14, 2012). Mild hypertension was defined with the upper number (systolic blood pressure) running between 140 and 159 and the lower number (diastolic blood pressure) between 90 and 99. Most physicians in the U.S. have been trained to treat patients with blood pressure in this range using medications. British doctors, on the other hand, tend to be more conservative. A recent commentary by a London physician, “Waste and Harm in the Treatment of Mild Hypertension,”

The author underscores the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on existing treatment guidelines. Lowering the threshold for blood pressure treatment has been called “disease creep.” It created 13 million new “hypertensive” patients in the U.S. overnight. The physician who pioneered hypertension screening, Dr. Julian Tudor Hart, responded to the Cochrane analysis, “Why has it taken more than 30 years to reach this conclusion, when it was already evident from any careful and critical reading of the trials claimed originally to justify intervention in the diastolic range 90-100 mm Hg?” People’s Pharmacy readers know that our first recommendations for lowering mildly elevated blood pressure usually are the nondrug approaches doctors refer to as therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC). These include diet, exercise, relaxation therapies, smoking cessation, alcohol moderation and certain mineral supplements. Following through on such lifestyle interventions is challenging, but it can lower blood pressure nearly as well as medication. TLCs do not trigger side effects and often have additional health benefits. Both the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) have strong evidence to support their positive influence on cardiovascular outcomes.

The only thing worse than a man you can’t control is a man you can. Margo Kaufman

People often complain about dizziness or sexual side effects with blood pressure medicine. ACE inhibitors like lisinopril and ramipril can lead to persistent coughing that can be incredibly disruptive. One reader reported: “My doctor told me that the cough that developed a month after taking lisinopril could not be due to the medicine. He said it would have happened anyway. I was given an inhaler for asthma. After using it to no avail, I insisted that we change the BP medicine, and the cough disappeared.” To practice evidence-based medicine, doctors need to keep up with the research and follow their oath to “First, do no harm.”

Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist. Teresa Graedon holds a doctorate in medical anthropology and is a nutrition expert. Their syndicated radio show can be heard on public radio. In their column, Joe and Teresa Graedon answer letters from readers. Write to them in care of this newspaper or email them via their Web site: Flourish Magazine | June/2014 41

By Sarah G. Mason


If you haven’t yet met this wonder-food, it’s about time you were introduced. Though flaxseed has been around for centuries, many of us are only just discovering flax’s incredible health benefits. Don’t be fooled by these unremarkable little seeds; the potential of this superfood might surprise you. Flaxseed is composed of a variety of healthy elements, primarily omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and lignans. The powerful combination of omega-3 and high fiber is the ultimate diabetes fighter, nutritionists say. Others, such as the chemical engineers at the Indian Institute of Technology, tend to agree. This team of engineers conducted a 3-month study of flaxseed’s effect on diabetic patients, finding that a therapeutic, flaxseed-enriched diet significantly reduced participants’ blood glucose levels. Additional research also suggests that lignans – the third important element in flaxseed – modestly improves blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. Overall, flax is a diabetes-fighting machine. Omega-3s found in flaxseed can help combat other diseases, too. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published one investigation which studied how flax oil affects inflammation. Patients who consumed a little flax oil each day saw a 30 percent decrease in inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to arthritis, omega-3s can combat Alzheimer’s, heart disease, ADHS and osteoporosis. Since flaxseed is the richest plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acid, it’s certainly something worth noticing! Feeling down in the dumps? Try adding 2-3 tablespoons of flaxseed to your daily diet. Flax contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a mood-boosting 42 Flourish Magazine | June/2014

compound that is essential for our brain cells’ proper functioning. It’s especially important that woman add this to their diets, since 85 percent of us aren’t getting enough of it. Now, if you’ve got the blues from menopause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and moodiness, you’re in luck. Flax is a phytoestrogen, which acts as a natural hormone stabilizer and will lessen the symptoms of menopause. Try incorporating flax into any of your normal meals; your mind and body will thank you. Of course, we all know about the importance of getting enough omega-3’s and eating a diet high in fiber, but what about lignans? Flaxseed is certainly high in them; it contains 800 times more lignans than any other tested plant food. Why is this important? Lignans are thought to be cancer-protective compounds. One study published in Oxford Journals, Carcinogenesis researched this theory, finding that “Flaxseed and its lignin components reduced mammary tumor growth at a late stage of carcinogenisis.”Apart from breast cancer, studies have also shown flaxseed to prevent the development of colon cancer and prostate cancer. It’s a potentially life-saving finding. Though flax was once an unknown plant, it’s quickly rising in popularity. Incorporate flaxseed into your normal meals or make it in a special dish. Either way, this small superfood isn’t one to overlook.

To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. Elbert Hubbard

Who wouldn’t love to burn extra calories while lounging on the sofa? All it takes is a little metabolic nudge and you can! Give your metabolism a boost by adding these simple daily habits to your routine. Eat breakfast within one hour of waking to jumpstart your metabolism. Be sure to choose foods high in fiber and protein, like eggs and berries.

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By Sarah G. Mason


Jumpstart Your

Metabolism Pour a cup of coffee with cream, no sugar. Studies show that caffeine slightly boosts your metabolic rate, as long as you stay away from sweet creamers – the extra carbs will negate your efforts.

Interval Training

at work and then take the stairs – not the elevator. These small steps will elevate your heart rate, even after you’ve settled into your office, boosting your overall metabolism.

Next time you hit the gym, take advantage of interval training – bursts of high-intensity followed by short breaks of low-intensity. No matter whether you’re running, swimming or walking, you’ll consume more oxygen and make your body work harder to burn energy.

Trying to lose weight?

Add salmon, herring and tuna

Don’t starve yourself. Gone are the days of 1,000 calorie diets – cutting calories significantly will only do your metabolism harm.

to tonight’s dinner menu to get your omega-3s. Omega-3s balance blood sugar and reduce inflammation, helping your body regulate metabolism.

Go ahead and graze. Snacking throughout the day can help you curb hunger and eat fewer overall calories – just be sure to keep snacks around 300 calories each. We see things not as they are, but as we are. H. M. Tomlinson

Hit the weights Yes, you too ladies! Muscle uses more energy than fat, even while resting. The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism will be. Flourish Magazine | June/2014 43


Handwriting Say About You?

Did you know that as you scribble away on that to-do-list, your handwriting is revealing over 5,000 unique personality traits? The size, shape and spacing of your letters all allude to different characteristics and can even be used to detect lies or health issues. Read on to discover what your handwriting says about you.

Letter Style • Rounded letters – you’re creative and artistic • Pointed letters – you’re intelligent, forward and curious • Letters that string together – you are logical and make careful decisions

Your E’s Loop • Your e’s have a narrow loop – you tend to be skeptical of others and are not easily influenced • Your e’s have a wide loop – you are open minded

How You Dot Your I’s Letter Size • Large letters – you’re outgoing, people-oriented and outspoken • Medium letters – you’re flexible and well-adjusted • Small letters – you’re meticulous, cautious, studious and concentrated

Space Between Letters • Wide spacing between letters – you enjoy freedom and adventure • Small spacing between letters – you prefer to be in the company of others

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• Letters slant to the right – you are open to new things and enjoy making friends • Letters slant to the left – you’re introverted. If you are right handed and your letters slant to the left, you may yearn to rebel • Letters don’t have a slant – you’re practical and aren’t easily influenced by your own emotions

• You dot your i’s high up – you’re creative • You dot your i’s with a hollow circle – you’re a visionary and a little child-like • You dot your i’s with a slant – you’re self-critical and don’t easily learn from your mistakes • You dot your i’s directly over the i – you’re detailoriented and emphatic in what you say and do • You dot your i’s to the left – you tend to procrastinate

Pressure While Writing • You write with heavy pressure – you take things seriously and do well with commitment • You write with light pressure – you are sensitive and empathetic

Writing Speed • You write quickly – you are impatient and don’t like wasting time • You write slowly – you are methodic and organized

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Chinese Proverb

Every Day is Gameday

In Gainesville every day is Gameday, only the venues change! Paddle the Santa Fe River, dine at one of our delicious local restaurants or search for treasures at local boutiques and vintage shops downtown. So whether you love going outdoors or simply going out to eat, we’ve got just what you’re looking for. Gainesville, where nature and culture meet.

Gainesville is more than gameday. Within 45 minutes you can paddle a 72 degree spring fed river and then be in Downtown Gainesville watching an award winning play at the Hippodrome Theatre.


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Two of those are definitely a cut above the rest, Blue Highway Pizza and Satchel’s Pizza offering delicious, mouthwatering pies. Pizza always pairs well with delicious beer. Gainesville is home to the award-winning Swamp Head Brewery. You can find their brews, like Stump Knocker (an American Pale Ale) or Big Nose (an India Pale Ale), in local bars and restaurants and you can tour Homemade pies at Blue Highway the brewery on Tuesdays. tasting room, ‘The Wetlands’, is now open seven days a week.

The University of Florida’s Cultural Plaza is home to several attractions, Craft Beer at Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville including the Florida Museum of Natural History. Here visitors will find Florida fossils, the largest collection of moths and butterflies in North America, and much more. Step into the Butterfly Rainforest and walk with butterflies, moths and birds from around the world. Gainesville’s restaurants truly embrace local and organic food. Some of our favorites include Emiliano’s Café, Blue Gill Quality Foods, and Manuel’s. Being a college town, of course Gainesville has its share of pizza joints. 352.374.5260

You can also enjoy local brews in downtown Gainesville at Tall Paul’s Brew House, where Alligator Brewing Co. creates their own craft beer.

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Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare. Japanese Proverb

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If not us, who? If not now, when? John F. Kennedy

Events What’s Happening:

JUNE 4TH 1:30pm Tonewood Family Music Time @ Millhopper Branch Library

JUNE 5TH 9am Fizz, Boom, Read Bash @ Library Partnership Neighborhood Resource Center 6pm Summer Reading Program Ice Cream Party @ Alachua County Headquarters Library- Downtown 4:30pm How to move your karaoke singing beyond your shower @ Alachua County Headquarters Library- Downtown

JUNE 7TH 10:00am Now and Then History Bus Tours @ Matheson Museum 11:00am Musikgarten @ Alachua County Headquarters LibraryDowntown 11:00am Schools Out Family Fest @ Forage Farm and Prairie Creek Lodge 11:00am Soraya’s Spanish Storytime @ Millhopper Branch Library 11:45pm Art with Soraya @ Millhopper Branch Library 1:00pm Decorating with Nature @ Alachua County Headquarters Library- Downtown 1:00pm African Safari @ Alachua County Headquarters LibraryDowntown 1:00pm Book Party! @ Cone Park Branch, Alachua County Library District 3:00pm Book Lovers Group of Gainesville @ Millhopper Branch Library

JUNE 8TH 2:30pm Fitting Writing Into A Busy Schedule @ Millhopper Branch Library


JUNE 9TH 8:00am Super Smart Summer Camp 2014 @ The Actors Warehouse 8:30am Earth Academy Day Camp @ Morningside Nature Center 9:00am Summer Spectacular Camp at the Hipp! @ Hippodrome Theatre

JUNE 10TH 3:30pm Commotion in the Ocean @ Millhopper Branch Library

JUNE 11TH UF Track & Field @ NCAA Outdoor Championships 11:00am DoDad Lab @ Alachua County Headquarters LibraryDowntown 5:30pm F.R.E.D. “Fathers Reading Every Day” Kickoff @ Library Partnership Neighborhood Resource Center

JUNE 12TH UF Track & Field @ NCAA Outdoor Championships 3:00pm Father’s Day Craft @ Alachua County Headquarters Library- Downtown 6:00pm Museum Nights: Natural Wonders @ Harn Museum of Art

JUNE 13TH UF Track & Field @ NCAA Outdoor Championships 6:00pm UF Pediatrics Housestaff Graduation 2014 @ Florida Museum of Natural History

JUNE 14TH UF Track & Field @ NCAA Outdoor Championships 8:00am Simple Steps for Starting Your Business @ Tower Road Branch, Alachua County Library 9:00am First Degree Shoden Reiki

Certification Class @ Gainesville Center for Reiki Training 9:00am Gainesville Rabbit Rescue-- June Service Social @ Pledge 5 Foundation 11:00am African Dance and Rhythms @ Alachua County Headquarters Library- Downtown 1:00pm Family Day: Japanese Printmaking @ Harn Museum of Art

JUNE 16TH 7:00am Summer Camp 2014 @ Porters Community Center 7:00am Summer Camp 2014 Clarence R, Kelly Community Center - Session 1: -7/3/14 (CRK) @ Clarence R. Kelly Community Center 8:30am Junior Lifeguarding Camp (11-14 years old) (WSP) @ Westside Pool 10:00am Teen Comics Summer Camp @ Sequential Artists Workshop 10:30am Baby Laptime @ Alachua County Headquarters LibraryDowntown

JUNE 17TH 6:00pm Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment @ Matheson Museum

JUNE 18TH 11:00am Science Mike @ Alachua County Headquarters LibraryDowntown 3:00pm Battle of the Books Prep @ Alachua County Headquarters Library- Downtown

JUNE 19TH 12:30pm Verdi’s “La Traviata” @ Hippodrome Theatre 8:30pm FILTH @ The Wooly 3:00pm Hogtown Homegrown @ Alachua County Headquarters Library- Downtown

The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs … one step at a time. Joe Girard

JUNE 21ST 10:00am Juneteenth Celebration @ Cone Park Branch, Alachua County Library District 11:00am Asian Garden Talk: Martin McKellar @ Harn Museum of Art

JUNE 22ND 3:00pm Art and Civil Dialogue: The Environment and Human Impact @ Harn Museum of Art 3:00pm Author Larry Baker @ Alachua County Headquarters Library- Downtown

JUNE 23RD 6:30pm Sew Afraid? @ Alachua County Headquarters LibraryDowntown

JUNE 24TH 2:00pm Hogtowne Homegrown Cooking Demo @ Cone Park Branch, Alachua County Library District

JUNE 27TH 9:00am Rethink GNV @ Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall

JUNE 28TH 8:30am Gainesville, FL Appleseed June 28-29, 2014 @ Gainesville Target Range 2:00pm Making African Jewelry and designing your own iro (African Wrap around skirt) @ Cone Park Branch, Alachua County Library District

JUNE 29TH 3:00pm Gallery Talk: Allysa Browne Peyton, Curatorial Associate for Asian Art @ Harn Museum of Art

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Give summer the welcome it deserves by hosting your very own “Arty Party”!

It’s an


Party! Creation Stations Station 1: Painting It’s no secret that kids love paint. However, when faced with a large canvas, they may be unsure of what to try. Consider posting printouts of famous paintings to help spur their creative juices. By taking inspiration from the famous works of Monet, Van Gogh or Picasso, children will experience an educational element along with their fun.

Station 2: Clay

Station 4: Coloring While it’s great to “color outside the lines,” there’s no harm in following a template, either. Provide crayons and coloring books or coloring sheets printed online for a soothing, settling activity. For those who would rather continue their own creativity, provide blank construction or drawing paper instead.

Snack Time!

Station 3: Collage

Crispy Rice Paintbrushes – These cute snacks couldn’t be any easier to make. Simply pick up a box of prepackaged crispy rice snacks (or make your own), insert a popsicle stick handle, and dip into white frosting that’s been tinted with food coloring. The resulting “paintbrush” is sure to be a hit!

Introduce children to collage materials – things such as buttons, bits of construction paper, colored cloth and magazine clippings. Encourage children to use these materials to create a unique piece of art. Tell them to think of how they can use some or all of the materials to complete a picture, then let the creating begin.

Colorful Popcorn Cones – Turn a colorful birthday hat upside down, remove the elastic, and you have the perfect popcorn holder! Fill it with popped corn, then pipe a few lines of color using the leftover tinted icing or sprinkle with multicolored chocolate candies. Viola! It’s an instant masterpiece!

While most children have played with playdough, few have ever tried creating something permanent from clay. Encourage children to create a favorite animal, person, toy or story, then bake their creations for a long-lasting keepsake.

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By Ginger Henderson

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. Ray Kroc

Dogs bark. It’s a simple fact of life. And yet, how can we convince our best furry friends to keep quiet when cars drive by, guests come to visit or cats venture too close? By Kat Freestone

Ban Bark Simple Tricks to


While it may seem tempting to snap at your dog or hold his mouth closed, these actions may actually rile him more, causing the unwanted barking to continue. Instead, there’s a simple trick that works much better: Teach him to bark on command. By teaching your dog to “speak,” you can actually use this trick as a tool to train him to quit his unnecessary noise-making. First, identify certain objects or events that make your dog bark. Does he bark when you’re holding a toy? When the doorbell rings? Have these things on hand.

Get into position by placing yourself facing your dog, who should be sitting on the floor in front of you. Hold the toy or have a partner ring the doorbell, tempting your dog to bark. Say the command in a firm but excited tone: “Speak!” Continue to do this until he responds with a bark, and reward him with praise or a treat every time he does. It will take practice, but eventually your dog will learn to associate the command with the action.






Now comes the important part, “Quiet.” Once your dog has learned to speak, work on the command for silence. Wait a moment or two after he has finished barking before saying “quiet” and rewarding him. With practice and patience, your dog will be well on his way to silence.

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi


Looking for a grab-n-go snack for you and the kids but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love the look of the boxed products at the supermarket? Dehydrated fruit is your soon-to-be best friend. This simple snack can be made ahead with no special ingredients or equipment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; plus, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll last for months! All you need is an oven, parchment paper, sheet pans and the fruit of your choice. First, prep the fruit. Choose ripe fruit, wash it in cold water and remove blemishes, pits and stems. Cut up your fruit evenly and remove the skins on fruits like peaches and apples.

How to

Dehydrate Fruit By Sarah G. Mason

Next, soak the fruit in lemon juice and water for about 10 minutes. This will keep it looking pretty and minimize discoloration. Blot with a dry towel once ďŹ nished. Preheat the oven to 130 or 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Thinly sliced apples and peaches do better at a lower temperature, while berries work wonderfully at 160.

Line sheet pans with parchment paper and arrange fruit on top in a single layer. Place fruit in the oven and cook, rotating every two hours. So whenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it ready? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a quick chart to help you know when your dried fruit is done: Plums Pears Peaches Bananas Apples Grapes Citrus Peel Cherries Strawberries Apricots

6 Hours 6 Hours 6 Hours 6 Hours 6 Hours 8-10 Hours 8-10 Hours 12 Hours 12 Hours 12 Hours

When the fruit is ready, remove it from the oven and place in glass or plastic containers to "cure." Leave the container open for four to ďŹ ve days so that any moisture left from the drying process can evaporate. Seal the containers after ďŹ ve days. The fruits will stay edible for 10 months, so enjoy!



Love is in the air...


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If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. Napoleon Hill

Chef Ami

Feeding Hungry Gators in the Greater Gainesville Area

There’s nothing worse than coming home hungry after a long day only to find your fridge empty. With Chef Ami, it never has to be! Of course, not everyone minds grocery shopping. It may be a pain, but at least you get to pick the reddest apples, the crispest cucumbers and the most succulent meat, right? Rest assured. Chef Ami selects the highest quality items from local farmers and suppliers, all of which support sustainable, organic and humane practices. Garden fresh ingredients arrive from the farm to your plate in just a few days, and you’ll know exactly where your food comes from – most grocery chains can’t say the same.

Chef Ami is stopping poor planning, hungry homes and boring meals one kitchen at a time. They deliver amazing, healthy and delicious recipes right to your door so you can spend less time planning, less time shopping, less time stressing and more time feasting. Each meal comes with an easy step-by-step instruction card and takes only 30 minutes to make. It’s the ultimate, hassle-free way to dine.

We love how Chef Ami portions their ingredients. Each recipe includes exactly what you’ll need to make it so you can save money and reduce food waste. Plus, this means fewer dishes, a quick and easy cleanup and less time spent in the kitchen. And trust us, the table is where you’ll want to be. Chef Ami’s meals are mouth-watering. Hearty options include crispy garlic chicken, fettuccini with goat cheese and seared sesame crusted tuna – it’s one of our favorites! Tuna steaks, Japanese soba

The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job. Zig Ziglar

noodles, fresh cilantro and shelled Edamame come together to create a restaurant-worthy meal right at home. For every meal you purchase, Chef Ami donates one meal to feed hungry children right here in Florida. There are 3.1 million food insecure people in the Sunshine State, 28 percent of whom are children. When you cook a meal with Chef Ami, a meal is given to Second Harvest to aid in their fight against child hunger. The delivery is simple. The Chef Ami team brings everything you’ll need right to your door once a week with no charge for shipping. The refrigerated packaging keeps food fresh, even if you’re not home. And there’s no commitment. Leaving town? Too busy to cook? Need a break? You can skip deliveries, pause or cancel your subscription anytime without worry. Best of all, Chef Ami makes cooking fun! You don’t need any experience or fancy equipment to make delicious, unique, exciting meals. All you need is Chef Ami to show you how! Flourish Magazine | June/2014 31


Ripped Summer Sports in Gainesville By Kristy Watt

Summertime means hot weather, beach vacations and plenty of guy-getaways. And yet, if your plans will keep you here this summer, there are still plenty of ways to stay on top of your exercise routine to prepare for all the shirtless summer fun. Here are the top Gainesville summer sports that will get you ripped. Swimming Swimming may be one of the most popular summer sports, and for good reason – just find a pool and hop on in! Swimming can be done at any time of day and works the arms, pecs, legs and abs.

Windsurfing Yes, there’s windsurfing in Gainesville! This option is a fun combination of surfing and sailing; it’s a popular choice not just on the coast, but also for those who live near large lakes. There are various windsurfing classes in Gainesville if you’re just a beginner looking to start some summer fun.

Hiking/backpacking You don’t have to live in the mountains to enjoy a great day on the trail. Backpacking is a simple summer activity that’s great for cardio. In addition, it helps develop your legs, core, abs, butt and thighs. 28 Flourish Magazine | June/2014

Biking In a college town, bikes seem to be everywhere. Biking is a great way to get outdoors and get your blood pumping. Invite a couple pals along on a morning or afternoon bike ride to work your calves, thighs, butt, arms and pecs.

Kayaking Check out the Santa Fe Canoe Outpost or O’Leno State Park for some great kayaking. This water sport is great for the hot summer months, and can also help develop the muscles of the arms, back and core.

Volleyball Whether on the beach or shore of a lake, volleyball is a great, full-body activity. Not only is it awesome for cardio, but it’s also a great workout for the arms, legs, core and butt.

Tennis Another popular summer sport that is great for exercising, tennis works the entire body and is also wonderful for cardio. Since you’re paired with another player, tennis is a great way to play with a close friend or your significant other.

Stand-up paddle-boarding This summer sport has become wildly popular only in the last five years; it’s fun, it’s a great workout for the whole body, and creates really defined abs. You can go paddleboarding in the ocean, in lakes, or rivers.

Rollerblading A great summer sport for hanging out with friends on weekends, or after a long day at work, rollerblading works out the legs, thighs, butt and core, as well as being great cardio. An obstacle is often a stepping stone. Prescott

Reach Just within

By Mike Capshaw

Don’t Forget to Pack the Essentials!

Stand in the center of Gainesville and face north. Extend both arms out at your sides, close your eyes and imagine submerging your hands into warm saltwater. Can you feel it? OK, so it’s not quite that close, but centrally located Gainesville gives beachgoers options that are easily within reach in either direction. On one hand, there’s the Gulf of Mexico. On the other, the Atlantic Ocean. Each beach is unique and perfect for an inexpensive day trip. Only 57 miles away, Cedar Key is the closest to Gainesville. The drive down Florida Highway 24 can be entertaining; it passes by the Upper Wacassa Conservation area, so be on the lookout for deer, wild turkey and other wildlife. The Cedar Keys are a cluster of islands that make for a picturesque approach into town as motorists cross three bridges to reach the main island. With beach houses and businesses on stilts, it’s old Florida at its best. This isn’t a surfer’s beach, but it’s great for families with small children who simply want to splash in the shallows.

One of the best parts of Cedar Key’s beach is the playground, which includes a wide array of swings, slides and equipment that can’t be found at a traditional park. There’s also a volleyball pit, a basketball court and multiple picnic shelters with grills. If your child is a shell collector, Cedar Key has tons of oyster, clam and other Gulf-based seashells. Cedar Key’s pier is a great place to introduce kids to fishing; just be sure to get a free fishing permit before using the pier. Catfish, redfish, trout, grouper and drum can all be caught from the pier, and there’s a bait shop nearby. While there’s only one beach for public access at Cedar Key, there are dozens along the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a slightly longer drive (72 miles from Gainesville to St. Augustine), but the beaches offer a true ocean experience with bigger waves, more sand and, of course, more people than Cedar Key. On weekends, it can get crowded, so be sure to get there early to secure the best spot.

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. Helen Keller

• Chairs • Sunglasses • Shoes or flip flops • Extra towels • Suncreen – SPF 30 or higher • Hats, umbrellas or a pop-up tent for shade • Cooler with lots of water, food and snacks • First-aid kits are always wise to have handy • Blankets to sit

• Whistle to help corral the kids on a crowded beach or for emergencies • Jug of water to rinse off feet and shoes before getting back into the car • Change of clothes for the drive home • Beach toys like shovels, buckets, beach balls, squirt guns, frisbees and a football

Because waves are larger in general, it’s important supervise all family members in the water, not just children. The Atlantic is typically windier than Cedar Key, so bring some kites for added fun. Also, the variety of shells is amazing, so walk the beach as the tide falls to find the best ones. Overall, the Gulf may be the better choice for intimacy, but the Atlantic’s true ocean experience may offset the bigger crowds. No matter which direction you head out from Gainesville, take pleasure in knowing you have two awesome options – at your fingertips. Flourish Magazine | June/2014 29


Seas Island Resort

For decades, families have made South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island their destination of choice. Surrounded by pristine, white sandy beaches and the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, this 330-acre wildlife preserve takes full advantage of the landscape to make your stay memorable.

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In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas JeďŹ&#x20AC;erson

Grab your pail and shovel and head on out to the Sunshine State’s most beautiful stretches of natural sand where over 250 species of seashells can be found. Of course, stunning beaches and colorful scenery aren’t all South Seas has to offer. Enjoy the 20 miles of bike paths, observe hundreds of different bird species, have a picnic at Gulf Side City Park, go fishing at Lighthouse Beach and Fishing Pier, or spend time out on the water on a boat ride through Captiva Cruises – that’s where we’ll be! Captiva Cruises guests can stop at neighboring islands to watch both the wild dolphins and the romantic sunset; it’s just the kind of vacation attraction you’ve been looking for.

Once you become acquainted with South Seas, you’ll discover the never ending list of adventures this island has to offer. Take sailing lessons from the number one sailing school on the Gulf of Mexico; paddle into a mangrove forest in search of sea turtles, ospreys, manatees and hawks; lounge by one of the 20 sparkling swimming pools; or get a rush with thrilling water activities like kayaking and parasailing. And we can’t forget the food! South Seas is home to delicious restaurants and Starbucks Cafés located throughout the resort and overlooking the harbor so that you can enjoy a bite to eat on a whim, just how vacation should be. In addition to that glowing tan, prepare to beautify yourself inside and out at Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa and Boutique. Then spend the afternoon shopping at South Sea’s sweet little boutique shops, offering everything from sundries to the perfect souvenir. As for the kids? They’ll love the Sanibel Sea School that combines learning and fun! Kids embrace marine conservation as they search for manatees, learn to surf, snorkel through sea grass, touch sea stars, make ocean art and more. With each session, kids will learn something new on the topics of bivalves, barnacles, oysters, ghost crabs, hermit crabs, manatees, dolphins and fish – just what a budding explorer needs!

Feel at home in the setting of your choice. South Seas offers hotel rooms, condominiums, cottages, private homes and villas for your home away from home. Voted a Top 10 Beach Resort for Families by Parents Magazine, this relaxing oasis brings an opportunity to explore native Florida and all it has to offer.

To plan your next vacation at South Seas Island Resort, visit

We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees. Jason Kidd

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Bread of the Mighty Food Bank

Empty Bowls Fundraiser When you think of those who are “food insecure,” who do you picture? A homeless man in a big city? A small child in Africa? Certain neighborhoods, races or regions? The reality might not be what you think.

Right now, millions of Americans are at risk of hunger. These are often hard working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food. In Alachua County alone, one in five adult residents and one in four children struggle with hunger, and these citizens don’t always look the part. According to a 2010 Feeding America network survey, only 10 percent of food insecure households are homeless. In addition, 36 percent of hungry households have at least one working adult and 23 percent of all food insecure adults are college educated. Sometimes, it’s just not enough.

That’s where Bread of the Mighty Food Bank is stepping in. This year, they hosted their 3rd annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser in order to promote hunger awareness, raise much needed funds and provide support for those who are coping with hunger in North Central Florida. Since its inception in 2012, the Annual Empty Bowls event has raised tens of thousands of dollars in an effort to stop hunger. This year’s fundraiser was held at Trinity United Methodist Church and featured guest speaker Chad Jester, president of Nationwide Insurance Foundation. Guests

dined on bread and soup while discussing the issues of hunger in our community. At the end of the event, all guests were encouraged to take home one of the hundreds of empty bowls that had been crafted and donated specially for the event by Alachua County school children, local artisans and pottery enthusiasts. Overall, the event was a tremendous success, and we’re one step closer to ending food insecurity in Gainesville for good.

If you’d like to make a donation or learn more about this cause, visit the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank’s website at

Hunger is a real issue in Gainesville, and the number of hungry individuals in Alachua County exceeds the national average. This is especially troublesome in our children; a lack of adequate nutrition affects their cognitive and behavioral development and makes kids more likely to experience irritability, fatigue and low concentration, all of which can lead to poor grades in school. Just because we aren’t a metropolis doesn’t mean we’re free of poverty and in fact, it’s a misconception that most struggling individuals live in large cities. Poverty rates are higher among rural, non-metropolitan counties like ours since it can be difficult for food banks and emergency food assistance networks to support our less fortunate. 24 Flourish Magazine | June/2014

Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. Richard L. Evans

If you want to make your dreams come true, the ďŹ rst thing you have to do is wake up. J.M. Power

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ndation, This year, Sweet Dreams Fou Sweet Dreams Gainesville Fire Rescue and inesville Homemade Ice Cream of Ga Annual Sweet par tnered to host the 5th nt in the Dreams Touch-A-Truck eve izen’s Field. Northeast Complex at Cit te hands-on Children experienced ultima se and personal learning as they got up clo d in the bounce with large vehicles, bounce talked with house, enjoyed face painting, sed pedestrian truck operators and discus the event safety. All proceeds from ! Children’s benefitted the Camp Amigo a. Burn Camp of North Florid 22 Flourish Magazine | June/2014

Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it. Joe Clark





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A mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it isn’t open. Frank Zappa

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Bathroom By Kat Freestone

makeover on a Do you hate the look of your bathroom but don’t have the dough to gut it? Spruce up this space with a few quick and easy tricks.

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Paint It Never underestimate the power of paint. A fresh wall color can add brightness while a painted vanity can easily update the look of your bathroom.

Scrub It

Revamp It

Pull out the soap and sponge and get scrubbing – getting a squeaky clean bathroom is the first step to falling in love with this room once again.

Pick one large feature you’d like to replace. The faucet? The light fi xtures? The mirror? You can completely change the look of a room with a single tweak.

Hide It

Design It

Once your bathroom is free of grime, make a list of all the features you don’t admire. Do you dislike the cheap linoleum floor? Is the bathtub stained beyond help? Add a large mat to cover most of the floor and a solid bath curtain to hide the tub.

Now that the foundation is laid, personalize it! Add fun framed paintings to the walls, buy a new set of towels or add matching toothbrush holder and soap dispenser to give it the finishing touch.

De-clutter It

A little elbow grease won’t only save you money, it will add you into the mix! Paint your own wall art or sew your own shower curtain for a look that’s solely yours.

There’s nothing less attractive than hairbrushes and shampoo bottles scattered here and there. Manage the mess with storage bins and baskets. 20 Flourish Magazine | June/2014



Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden

Refresh Your Room Tired of how things look around the house? Freshen up your decor with simple, quick fixes. You don’t always have time for a full change of scenery, but with small and effortless tricks, you can make a room feel like new. by Kelly Herman Window Treatments - Raising the Eyeline Tiny rooms can feel even smaller with undecorated windows. Want a quick fi x? Install valences that stretch from ceiling to floor; this way, even if you have little windows, your room will feel tall enough for giants. The visual line of long linens tricks the eye into thinking the space is larger than it actually is, saving you time and money on repainting or redesigning. It’ll also highlight the windows, bringing the openness of the outdoors in!

Cause change and lead; accept change and survive; resist change and die. Ray Norda

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remind your kids and spouse that if you are always doing something to help someone else, they will be there to help you in return. Many times, in the middle of putting away laundry or dishes, we have to run to work or get to school on time. If you contribute to cleaning someone else’s mess, they are more likely to forgive yours and help you out when you make one! Remember that this is not about keeping score; this is about doing for others what you would want done for you, and never fail to show your appreciation by acknowledging someone’s assistance.


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Cleaning Clutter

Like a Pro It’s easy to put cleaning on the back burner, but if you take a few tips from the people who clean up every day, things will begin to get organized and stay organized. Who are these pros I’m talking about? Servers! As a server, I know from experience that cleaning up after other people, and yourself, is hard to do in between the chaos and commotion of all the other people and messes happening around you. There are a few simple steps servers take to keep things in their rightful place that I implement in my own home, and now you can too!

to the bedroom? There are probably shoes or sweaters lying around that can be put in their place. Just do a quick sweep of your surroundings before you go from place to place, and always have both hands full. This guarantees that you will constantly be putting things away, therefore constantly organizing the clutter.

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When you’re on your way somewhere, think about all of the things you’ll be passing on the way there. Moving from the living room

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At the end of the night, we all have specific duties assigned to us that puts everything back in order and leaves the restaurant sparkly clean for the next morning. At home, instead of assigning chores, rotate a group of related chores that each family member must get done before bedtime (or playtime!) This ensures that no one gets stuck doing the same chores over and over, and that everyone knows what they are responsible for. Everyone working on a small portion of the clutter every day is much easier than one person handling it at the end of the week.

Closers In the restaurant biz, these are the people who check to make sure everyone else has finished their duties before they can leave for the night. As part of a family’s “side work,” there should always be one closer whose only job is to check everyone else’s side work. For a closer, your side work IS checking side work, so this job is also on rotation too! That means the kids have a turn at being the boss. This will help kids to value accountability, and will teach them what expectations the family has for how clean the house should ideally be. Be the first to “close” and check side work to set an example, and be specific when it comes to what qualifies something as clean or not clean. You’ll have a clean house and responsible worker bees in no time! As long as everyone is working as a team – as a family – the mess will be wiped away and stay away. You can even make a rotation wheel, or laminate the duties for each set of side work to make it official! A few days into your server-style sweep, you’ll hardly notice you’re doing work anymore.

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Sports Bullet High School

By Truman Carter

Cheifland softball wins school’s first girls state championship

Chiefland’s softball team won the title, school’s first girls state n with a claiming the Class 1A crow ainst convincing 9-2 victory ag wn Jay at Historic Dodger to in Vero Beach.

The feat was even more remarkable for two reasons. 1) The Indians peaked at the perfect time after only finishing third in their district. 2) Six of CHS’s nine starters were freshman. Those freshmen were instrumental in the improbable run. Catcher Emily Hallman served as the on-field general and Lauren Stalvey was consistent, tossing a two-hitter in the finals. Lauren Parker had three of the Indians’ 12 hits. Britney Gilliam named to the all-state team. 12 Flourish Magazine | June/2014

Baseball Brag Chiefland (19-5), coached by Wayne Weatherford, hammered Sneads 12-2 in the semifinals after upsetting No. 1 Dixie County 3-2 in the regional finals. The win exacted revenge on the Bears, which had handed Chiefland three of its losses. Chiefland High’s last state title came in football in 1997. Jay beat another local team, Bell, to advance to the finals. It was Bell’s first state playoff appearance in 15 years.

Blue Wave Crash PK Yonge – featured by Flourish in our May issue – finally broke down the Final Four door before losing 6-5 against Pensacola West Florida in the 4A state finals. Heading into the championship, the Blue Wave outscored its four opponents by a whopping 30-1 margin. It was the 19th time a Blue Wave team has reached a state championship game.

Not as many fireworks to report on the local baseball front although Trenton and Williston were still playing in the 1A regionals at press time for this issue. Trenton (21-3), the regional host and defending 1A champ, rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat Hamilton County 6-4 in the regional semifinals. Starter Jon Ward improved to 10-1 with the decision.

Celebs for a Cause There was a celebrity basketball game at Buchholz on May 13 to benefit PK Yonge athlete Jeremy Martin, a 26-year-old. Cornelius Ingram, Chris Doering, Willie and Terry Jackson, Travis McGriff, Greg Gantt, Gerald Fields, Willie Powers and Vernell Brown were among celebrities expected to attend.

Santa Fe Signing Santa Fe High left tackle Matthew Bednarik signed with Jacksonville University. The 4.3 GPA advanced placement student plans to major in marine science.

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Hurry-Up, No-Huddle Attack “Re-Energizes” Fans, Players

Florida Gators 2014 Schedule

Aug. 30 – Idaho – Gainesville, Fla. Sept. 6 – E. Michigan – Gainesville, Fla. Sept. 13 – Kentucky – Gainesville, Fla. Sept. 20 – Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Ala. Oct. 4 – Tennessee – Knoxville, Tenn. Oct. 11 – LSU – Gainesville, Fla. Oct. 18 – Missouri – Gainesville, Fla. Nov. 1 – Georgia – Jacksonville, Fla. Nov. 8 – Vanderbilt – Nashville, Tenn. Nov. 15 – South Carolina – Gainesville, Fla. Nov. 22 – E. Kentucky – Gainesville, Fla. Nov. 29 – Florida State – Tallahassee, Fla. QUARTERBACK JEFF DRISKEL TOOK EVERY SNAP OUT OF THE SHOTGUN FORMATION DURING THE ORANGE & BLUE DEBUT. AT 6-FOOT-4, HE CAN SURVEY DEFENSES BEFORE THE SNAP BETTER THAN WHEN HE WAS UNDER CENTER.

By Mike Capshaw

New Offense = New Vibe A new offense has renewed Florida football fans’ hope heading into the 2014 season. Sure, spring scrimmages mean little in the grand SEC scheme. Jeff Driskel could sizzle for a gazillion yards during the Orange & Blue Debut, only to fizzle this fall. Regardless, the fan vibe filling the air around The Swamp was widely positive as an estimated crowd of more than 35,000 exited the stadium on April 12. The scrimmage ended in a 23-23 tie with a hurry-up, no-huddle offense tying up defenders all afternoon. “I’m extremely pleased with the day offensively,” said fourth-year coach Will Muschamp. “You can contribute all that to (new coordinator) Kurt Roper and the offensive staff and the job that they’ve done.” Muschamp mentioned “how far we’ve come” after 15 spring practices with the team adjusting to a shotgun formation and its third offensive 10 Flourish Magazine | June/2014

coordinator in Muschamp’s four seasons. The shot-in-thepassing arm and re-energized fan base was necessary. Last season, Gators fans and players suffered through a seven-game losing streak that capped off a 4-8 record and the program’s first losing season since 1979. It wasn’t all on the offense. Countless key players suffered injuries, including Driskel breaking his leg. He looked healed and sharp in the spring game by completing 19 of 33 passes – to eight different receivers – for 171 yards and a touchdown. By halftime, Roper’s quick-strike offense piled up more than 400 yards and 36 combined points – More than UF scored in an entire game in 2013. The total yardage was more than 600 yards by the final whistle. “It felt like we were really efficient,” Driskel said. “I think when you’re not beating yourself up (with turnovers and penalties), you can really, really gain momentum and confidence.”

Sophomore Demarcus Robinson turned a short Driskel pass into a 31-yard touchdown. Robinson popped open on a crossing route to make the catch before making a cutback that sprung him free for an untouched path to the end zone. The third-andthree play showed how Roper’s scheme systematically wears down defenders. By not huddling, substitutions are limited, so defenders don’t get a breather unless a timeout is called. It’s similar in philosophy to what coach Gus Malzahn successfully implored at Auburn this season. That hurry-up, no-huddle offense helped the Tigers to the biggest turnaround in SEC history and play for a National Championship.

The offense was so effective that coaches such as Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and Alabama’s Nick Saban – Malzahn and his Tigers upset in the SEC Championship – lobbied for a rules change to slow down college football. What worked at Auburn and at other schools with lesser talent certainly can work at Florida. If the fast-paced offense can blend well with Muschamp’s alwaysstingy defense, then fans could be feeling the vibe well into 2014 season. For now, Driskel said the team enters the offseason on a high. He called the team “re-energized” thanks to the “new start” Roper’s offense has provided. “There’s something about (the offense) where you can get rolling,” Driskel said. “When you start getting completion after completion, it builds your confidence and gets you into a rhythm that sometimes is tough for the defense to break.” WILL MUSCHAMP HAD PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT DURING THIS YEAR’S ORANGE & BLUE DEBUT, INCLUDING A NEW OFFENSE THAT HE WAS “EXTREMELY PLEASED WITH” DURING THE SCRIMMAGE.

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. Winston Churchill

Interview by Sarah G. Mason

The Beat

Gives Back

How did you get into drumming and teaching?

I grew up in Fort Lauderdale where I got involved in the band at my middle school. I started playing the snare drum in seventh grade and later started a band, so it kind of went from there. I was in all the bands in high school: Jazz band, marching band, concert band. I really loved it, so I kept playing and practicing every day. When I moved to Gainesville in 2000, I joined some new groups including the UF Jazz Band. As time went on, teaching was a natural progression for me.

Did you major in music at UF? I majored in sociology because music was already such a big part of my life that I didn’t want to be 100 percent immersed in music. Sometimes I wish I had studied music in college – it would have been easy for me since I loved it so much.

There’s nothing quite like beating on a drum for the first time. It’s a soulful, empowering experience that Chad Voight – UF alum and owner of The Classic Beat Drum Studio – hopes to share with more than just his students. Last month, Chad partnered with University of Florida Health Shands Arts in Medicine program to introduce the thrill of playing drums to cancer patients.

African hand drum – where we play traditional African-style drumming. That’s always a lot of fun.

You taught a hand drumming workshop for cancer patients through University of Florida Health Shands Arts in Medicine – tell me a little about that. I was invited to do the workshop by a friend. We decided to invite the patients to our studio, The Classic Beat Drum Studio. When everyone showed up, we just started with the basics. We went over the basic tones, where the drum comes from and how it’s made. Then, I took the class through a number system that I invented to teach students how to play complicated rhythms easily. I wanted to start slow to get people comfortable with playing.

Was the group able to make music that same day?

For someone who’s looking to We started putting rhythms together, and pick up an instrument, why would I picked out certain people in the group to do “call and response” solos. I’d play one you recommend the drums? The one thing drums have that no instrument has is the ability to play with other drummers. Dozens of drummers can get together in drum lines or drum circles, which are really unique. The drums are also very tribal; they’re the heartbeat of the band and they really connect with people on a molecular level.

rhythm, and they’d repeat it back to me. That way, each person has the chance to play a solo-type rhythm.

What’s your favorite drum to play? My preference is drum set because that’s what I grew up on and it’s very western, but I also love Cuban music and the conga. I also teach a djembe class – that’s the If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

I’m imagining myself having to do a solo – I’d probably feel really shy! Did you see a change in the group’s confidence as time went on? Pretty much everyone was shy at first. There were only three experienced drummers in the group, but no one else had ever touched a djembe before. It can be intimidating to play in a group, especially on an instrument you’ve never played before, but I teach by working from the ground up. The number system I developed makes the drums really easy to understand, so you can play things that sound more complicated than they are.

How did the patients feel once the session was over? By the end, everyone was just glowing. Everyone has a smile on their face and was saying how they never thought they could do something like that and how impressed they were with the way the group sounded. They were really happy and thankful. I love seeing the enjoyment people can get out of playing the drums, especially people who have never played before.

It sounds like a really uplifting experience. That’s what drums have over other instruments – that group factor. When people play together, they share an energy, and that can be uplifting. It was a very positive experience for everyone. To learn more about Chad’s drumming programs, visit To pick up a copy of Chad’s handwritten and locally-illustrated drumming workbooks, visit him on site at The Classic Beat Drum Studio. Flourish Magazine | June/2014 11

Mom, Dad!

By Mike Capshaw

Can I Play… So Many Options Make Youth Sports A Tricky Choice


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The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders. Foster’s Law

Shuffling through all the youth sports flyers that are stuffed into your schoolers backpacks can be an intimating task.

Never fear. Flourish is here to help you fly safely from the flyers and into the fire. By the end, you’ll have a handle on it all and choose the perfect activity for your budding athlete. Whether you’re examining cost, care or convenience, we’ll try to simplify the process by breaking down what the mayor programs offer. The good news about all of those flyers? There’s something for every interest. There’s tackle and flag football, basketball, cheerleading, archery, fencing, BMX/bicycling, golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, lacrosse, soccer, martial arts, volleyball, water sports and wrestling. The City of Gainesville helps organized Babe Ruth baseball and Pop Warner football/cheerleading. There also are multiple clinics and camps to hone your young star’s skills or teach basic fundamentals as well as specialized, advanced sports and traveling teams for the more serious athletes.

Did we miss anything? Probably. Gainesville is more active than most towns when it comes to youth athletics, so let’s cut to the chase with a few pointers: 1) Know age requirements. Don’t waste the organization’s and your time by calling, only to find out your little one isn’t old enough for that sport. 2) Know your financial obligation. Each sport requires a fee for each season, ranging from a few bucks to hundreds. Be sure to ask about additional costs. Annual registrations and memberships often are tacked on to your total bill. Also, check any uniform/equipment costs. 3) Know everything. Find out if practice/game times conflict with the family schedule and if the locations are convenient. Don’t sign up if you cannot have Johnny there on time. Nothing is more disheartening for a child than showing up in the second inning of the big game. When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what? Sydney Harris

Here’s a quick breakdown of what the Big 3 programs entail. Visit for a complete list of sports offered in Gainesville:

I-9 Sports Website: Age range: 3-17 years old Cost: $95–125 per sport Sports offered: Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, flag football, soccer Local Locales: Diamond Sports Park. Faith Baptist Church. Local contact: Program director Justin Ward. Phone: 352-283-8586. Email: Quick read: National franchise offering sports leagues, camps and clinics. What’s Different: Practices are on the same day of the game, meant to be a benefit to busy families juggling other after-school activities. All leagues are co-ed. There are no tryouts or drafts.

Upward Sports Website: Age range: 5-year-old through 8th grade Cost: $60–90 per sport. Scholarships are available. Sports offered: Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, flag football, soccer, volleyball Local Locales: Trinity United Methodist (4000 NW 53rd Ave.); North Central Baptist Church (8001 NW 23rd Ave.) Quick read: World’s largest Christian sports league for youth athletics, camps and clinics. What’s Different: There’s an evaluation period – usually five dates and each player must attend one – to place players with others with like skill levels. Also offers Upward Stars program for athletes wanting to further their skills through advanced competition.

North Central Florida YMCA Website: Age range: 5-9 years old Cost: $60-90 per sport. Scholarships are available. Sports offered: baseball, basketball, flag football, soccer Local Locales: Northwoods YMCA, Archer YMCA What’s Different: Member discounts. While activities such as indoor basketball and aquatic sports, among others, are offered at the Northwoods location, the Archer location is fields only so it only offers baseball, soccer, softball and football. YMCA also has a wide variety of athletic and non-athletic programs for members. Flourish Magazine | June/2014




Repeat By Mike Capshaw

Gators Gymnastics Wins Second Straight National Championship in Dramatic Fashion Immediately after Bridgette Caquatto’s 9.95 on the floor exercise was announced, someone uttered, “I think we tied.” Then, it was repeated louder and more enthusiastic, igniting screams, hugs and Gator Chompin’ all around an orange and blue sea off glee. The results of that quick math were correct: Caquatto’s career-best tying score tied Florida with Oklahoma after 48 events. But had the Gators repeated as national gymnastics champions? Or, would there be a tiebreaker? No one knew for several awkward minutes as both teams shared the podium. After all, there had never been a tie in 33 years of the Super Six finals. Once official word came there would be no tiebreaker and streamers


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would rain down on both teams as national champions, the team had a calmer, beenthere-done-that celebration that ended with the team chanting “It’s Great … To Be … A Flor-i-da Ga-tor!” in unison. Florida coach Rhonda Faehn applauded the rule because tiebreakers should only be used in situations where it’s needed to determine seedings such as when Florida tied Alabama for the SEC Championship. “I understand the tiebreaker situations for qualification, but for the actual title, if you tie, that’s how it should be,” Faehn said. “You shouldn’t have to break that. I always feel like if there’s a tie, it needs to remain a tie.” Her Gators agreed.

“There’s no reason to break a tie when both teams did phenomenal,” said Bridget Sloan. “That’s like saying, ‘Ahh, nah, you’re not quite good enough. We like them better.’” “I think a tiebreaker ruins that feeling of being accomplished.” “Not only are we repeating, we’re making history again because has there ever been a tie?” It was UF’s 42nd national title and first of the 2013-14 school year.

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Happy Father’s Day! Father’s day is about gathering the family, firing up the grill and flipping on the game – and we’re all in! Check out our local sports updates where we breakdown the town’s hottest teams and rising star athletes. Of course, sports aren’t just for the pros. This summer, why not join us in our favorite around-town activities? Now that schools out, you’ll need some exercise if you’re going to keep up with your little tykes! The kids are likely looking for their next summer sport, too – but which league to choose? Inside, we give you the breakdown of the best youth sports teams to try out this season, as well as an update on upcoming events you don’t want to miss!

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Honey, have you seen

My Wallet? Let’s face it: We all lose things from time to time. Our glasses, our cell phones and occasionally, our wallets. While most of us know not to keep important items like social security cards or birth certificates in our billfolds, don’t overlook these other risky items Cheat sheets. If you keep a cheat sheet with important passwords, store it in a safe place – not in your wallet.

Medicare card. This displays your social security number. If you need it, then make copy and black out the SSN.

Spare key. Sure, they’ll still need to know your address to use it, but you probably have that on your driver’s license. Stay safe by keeping your spare key elsewhere.


Blank checks. A big no-no! If you use checks often, carry them out only when you know you need them, like on your trip to the grocery.

Passports. While traveling inside the U.S., keep it locked up at home. Thieves can have IDs or bank accounts issued in your name in foreign countries if they get a hold of this important book.

Credit cards. Only carry one credit card at a time; that way, you’ll only have to cancel one card if ever you lose your wallet.

Receipts. Though business are only allowed to publish the last four or five digits of your account number on receipts, but that’s all thieves need — along with some info on the merchant — to find the rest of the digits. By keeping your wallet’s holdings to a bare minimum – a driver’s license, a credit card and a few bucks – you’ll reduce your risk should it all fall into the wrong hands.

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