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May 2011

Caring for Your Smile

Better Sleep

Loving You


Faces & Places

Kimberly Smith, owner Kimberly’s Boutique

Local Shopping Springtime Sweets Pampering Your Pooch

Inside Artistry Choosing Color


The Beauitful You Edition



The People Who Make It Happen . . . Publisher/Owner Victoria Upton victoria @ Editor in Chief Angela Klinske angela@ Creative Inspiration Edith Rehnberg

May 2011

Health Writer Jane Thiel, APRN WHNP-BC Beauty Guru Marianne Bockheim Lifestyle Writer Janice Lynne Lundy Conqurer of Clutter Mary Dykstra MBA, CPO Book Reviewer Alexandra Fix Contributing Writers Ashley Cole Latesha Lipscomb Kim Monoghan Lisa Lehman Nicolle Robertson Victoria Mullen Photography Daniel E. Johnson Ruth Parbel

Beautiful YOU Now Trending: Grand Glam..................................................4 Caring for Your Smile..............................................................6 Grand Glam - Inside Artistry ................................................12 The Pampered Pooch..........................................................18

Broaden Your Horizons Loving Your Body, Yourself ....................................................8 Say it With Style: Your Elevator Speech ............................22 Reader’s Lounge ..................................................................38

Health When You Can’t Sleep ........................................................24

SALES Sales Manager Roxanne O’Neil

Interior Ideas

Sales Representatives: Christina Hulstrand Shelley Funk

How to Choose Color for Your Home ..............................16 Conquer Your Clutter Control Your Space, Ease Your Mind ..............................28

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Recipes Spring Sweets Caribbean Pineapple-Lime Ice Cream ..........................10 Chocolate Flan Cake ........................................................10 Tropical Dessert Bars ..........................................................11 Passion Fruit Cheesecake ................................................11 Fiesta in a Flash Beef Taco Salad with Guacamole Dressing ..................20 Chipotle Chicken Taco Cones ........................................20 Mini Crab and Cream Cheese Flautas ..........................21 Chocolate and Cinnamon Tortilla Pudding ..................21

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Around Town Savvy Shopper ......................................................................26 Faces & Places ....................................................................29 MomsBloom ..........................................................................30 Events ....................................................................................33 Cover: A Little Bling is a Good Thing with Kimberly Smith, owner of Kimberly’s Boutique ............................................14 Cover photo by Daniel E. Johnson

May 2011


Now Trending . . .

The Hot List

By Latesha Lipscomb

This month, in honor of “Beautiful You” I went searching for what’s hip, hot and happening in beauty this spring. This is my hot list for “it” girls who want to be on the edge of what’s now trending locally and nationally. So whether you reside in Detroit, Grand Rapids or Holland, you can look and feel glamorously grand!

She Nailed It OPI can’t keep the new Katy Perry Shatter Polish on the shelves. The concept is simple: Paint your nails in your favorite color, let dry. Apply a regular layer of OPI fragmented polish and watch it shatter right before your eyes. Check out the Pirates of the Caribbean Collection coming Spring 2011. On Stranger Tides (pictured) is a Silver Shatter Nail Polish. Need lovely nails in a hurry? I Recommend the Express Manicure at Ecouter: A Paul Mitchell Focus Salon. Located in downtown Grand Rapids at 15 Ionia Ave, the salon is big-city chic in our own Renaissance Zone. The service is stellar, the ambiance is upscale and the Mini-Mani is to die for! When dashing out for a spring fling or summer concert make sure your nails look the part. For the deliciously low price of $15, your hands will look and feel amazing in no time. Call 356-2066 to book your appointment today. Want fabulous nails without the mess? Sally Hansen Salon Effects are real nail polish strips, which boasts no dry time and lasts up to 10 days. They are easy to apply and can be removed with nail polish remover. These little nail strips are absolutely fabulous and can be purchased at any local store that sells beauty supplies. First there was Minx Nails, then the famous Moon Manicure but lately we’ve seen the Shellac nail trend taking off around town! This revolutionary product is quickly changing the way women get their nails done. Shellac is a soak off hybrid between a gel and a polish that comes in about 40 different shades. Shellac Nails last up to 14 days without losing shine or shimmer. They don’t crack, chip or smudge. Removing the Shellac is as easy as 1-2-3 without damaging the nail bed. When I was looking for a glitzy nail shop that does Shellac, I stumbled upon EGR Nails & Spa in Gas Light Village. For more information or to book an appointment, call 458-6585.

pigments, without considering Lime Crime Make-up. Their cosmetics are “intensely pigmented, premiere dare-to-wear” products. The depth of color and saturation is phenomenal, especially at their low price point for a pout that packs a punch! My favorite colorful candy-future opaque lipsticks are New Yolk \City (Yellow), Countessa Fluoresent (Pink), and No She Didn’t (Blue). The lipsticks retail for $16. EOS, the Evolution of Smooth, says that sensationally smooth skin is in and I’d have to agree! And the Lip Balm Smooth Spheres will keep your lips soft and moist. This product gets two thumbs way up! The recyclable packaging in sophisticated, vibrant colors is cutting-edge and quite the conversation starter for fashionistas on the go. The USDA Organic Lip Balm Smooth Sphere applies directly on the lips, so it’s more hygienic than pot lip balms. The key ingredients include Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and vitamin E. I absolutely adore this product. So this spring, be sure to smooth on EOS Lip Balm in Summer Fruit, Honeysuckle Honeydew and Sweet Mint for lips that look and feel delicious. You might also want to experience the Lemon Drop, which has an SPF 15 or the Tangerine Medicated Antibacterial Lip Balm. Pick one up at your local drugstore or visit them at Smile in volumes with the Snap-on Smile. Made from hi-tech resins, this simple dental appliance is thin but strong. It fits right over your own teeth to give you a beautiful, natural looking smile – even if you have stains, chips, gaps or missing teeth. (continued on page 32)

Loud Mouth One of my favorite trends has been the audacity to wear bold, bright, colorful lipstick with minimal make-up. And we certainly can’t talk royalty in lip


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Editor’s Letter “Beauty is only skin deep.” I’ve never understood this statement. Without trying to sound too philosophical or poetic, I think that true beauty radiates from within. It’s a favorite song, a gentle breeze on a humid evening, a genuine act of loving-kindness toward a stranger, or a thoughtful surprise for an unsuspecting recipient. Beauty can exist as an effortless act of just being, like offering a smile to someone you walk past. It can also manifest as a result of sheer discipline, technique and delivery, such as in a meticulously performed ballet, or a painting that captures every single detail of its subject. I suppose that if you look at beauty as only a physically fleeting trait of someone’s outward appearance, then the above statement can be true. But it seems that beauty goes much deeper and, yes, it sometimes requires hard work. It starts at our core and the more beauty we cultivate within, the more it radiates into the world and to others. This month, we offer beauty: in a perfectly plated dessert (see our recipes for delicious desserts on page 11 and a full Cinco de Mayo fiesta on page 20); healthy habits, such as getting a full night’s sleep on page 24, and, of course, the latest in beauty trends because, let’s face it, dabbing a bit of lip color and polishing our nails is an instant way to accentuate what we already have. This month, we challenge you: find beauty that goes deeper than skin. Contemplate why it’s beautiful to you. Then share it with the world.

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Here are five tips that can help improve your oral hygiene, as well as make your next dental appointment something you can smile about.

1. Brush Long Enough Learning how to brush your teeth properly is the first step to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. It helps minimize the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, the major causes of tooth loss. Spend at least two minutes brushing, which should include 30 seconds brushing each section of your mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left), both morning and night. And don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria and give you fresher breath.

2. Protect Your Enamel Tooth enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth. It helps protect your teeth from tooth decay, sensitivity, and is the part of your teeth that people see when you smile. One way enamel loss can occur is when acids from everyday food and beverages, such as fruit, yogurt, salsa, orange juice and sports drinks, attack the tooth surface. If left untreated, enamel loss can lead to larger issues such as cavities. A daily regimen of brushing and rinsing with products containing enamel-strengthening ingredients such as fluoride is the best prevention against enamel loss.

3. Use a Full Oral Care Regimen When it comes to cavity fighting, make sure you are brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day to remove leftover plaque and food that is trapped in the spaces between your teeth. Additionally, mouthwash is a powerful means of protecting teeth from decay and removing food particles lodged toward the back of the throat. “I recommend my patients use a fluoridated mouth rinse, because fluoride is proven to strengthen enamel and fight cavities,” says Dr. Jamie Sands, DDS, whose cosmetic work has been featured on the program “Ten Years Younger” on TLC. “But, not all mouth rinses are created equal! Look for a mouthwash that contains fluoride.”


4. Fight Bad Breath Bad breath can be caused by a number of things, from the foods you eat to dry mouth, smoking, or even the medications you’re taking. What many people don’t realize is that bad breath could also be a result of poor oral hygiene. To help fight bad breath, make sure you’re practicing proper tooth brushing habits to remove odor-causing bacteria from the mouth, tongue and teeth. You can also try chewing sugarless gum to stimulate saliva flow, which naturally cleanses teeth; eating a nutritious diet, as vitamin deficiency can contribute to bad breath; and using a rinse with fluoride to kill bad breath germs and prevent tooth decay.

5. Change Your Toothbrush Tooth brushing removes plaque, which is the residue that can build up on teeth. Plaque can lead to cavities and gum disease. Be sure to replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head if you use an electric brush) every three months or so because worn or frayed bristles are not as effective at removing plaque as new bristles.

May 2011

May 2011


What does the body of a mid-life woman look like? According to media that targets women, 40 is the new 30. They say that our rapidly changing mid-life bodies – post childbearing and experiencing the first symptoms of peri-menopause – are supposed to look as fresh and dewy as that of a 30-year-old.

and longevity. Choose to give your body engine the good fuel it needs to be strong and resilient.

C’mon now …

• Move (exercise) your body so that you have the freedom of mobility, energy and strength to do what you want to do later in life. Begin by doing what is appropriate for your current physical condition and then challenge yourself to do a little more each day.

Peruse the headlines of women’s magazines, most of which tout some sort of weight loss/diet craze and you’ll find this to be true. The covers portray thin and perfectly coifed women, mostly celebrities we admire. What is the message here?

• Look at your body with kind eyes. Instead of focusing on bumps and bulges when you look in the mirror, learn to love those parts of yourself that have changed. They are a vital piece of your life story, especially if your body

Your Body,

Janice Lynne Lundy

“Be thin. Be beautiful. Work hard on your body, on your appearance, and happiness will be yours.” I tell you for a fact that the body I am walking around in right now (at the ripe age of 57, which is technically beyond mid-life) is not going to look like it did when I was in my 30s or 40s. Even if I were able to do Pilates, weight train, jog and yoga-cize myself to the extreme, my body vessel would still look and behave differently. Why? Because mid-life body changes are real and do not always fit the media hype of “ideal.” With aging, metabolism slows. Bones thin. Stamina may diminish. Various health risks increase. These factors invite mid- and late-life women into a new relationship with their bodies. Despite our good intentions, most of us continue to feel badly about ourselves, believing that we are falling short of a standard for how women our age are supposed to look. Did you know that 75 percent of American women think they’re too fat? Less than five percent of women say they like their body the way it is. What will it take for us to turn off these esteemdamaging expectations and learn to love our bodies once and for all? Women’s bodies are meant to be soft and pliable. They need to be able to grow and expand through pregnancy and nursing. As menopause arrives, our bodies naturally add inches to protect us from injury due to diminishing bone density. In the spirit of celebrating mid-life instead of bemoaning it, let’s cultivate a new and loving relationship with our bodies, with our maturing selves – one that honors who we are right now. Care to join me? We can begin by adopting a new mid-life mantra: “Real women have real bodies.” Consider the following invitations: • Nurture your body by putting nutritious food into it, not for the purpose of looking a certain way or for weight loss, but for enhanced health


has changed due to ill health, injury or surgery. Cast loving glances at yourself all throughout the day. Wink at yourself. Smile. • Talk nicely to your body. Offer it thanks for serving you well over the years. Eliminate selfcritical language and replace disparaging words with encouraging ones: “You are doing great.” “I appreciate your resilience.” “I’m grateful for your companionship.” • Release standards of perfection and embrace how you are making headway instead. My favorite personal mantra is, “Progress not perfection.” It allows me to be kind to myself as I am in this moment, while welcoming in new growth. • Vow to love yourself more. According to Peter McWilliams, author of the book, Love 101, love means taking good care of yourself, with occasional splurges of pampering. Treat your body to self-nourishing rituals (massage, rest, spa treatments). Gestures like these send messages of care, worth and kind regard to your body. By loving your body more, it will love you back with feelings of ease and well-being. May we begin to see our mid-life bodies as wonderful vehicles that carry us through life and not as something to be wrestled or reckoned with. May we be less concerned with weight, sizes and appearance, and focus more on how to treat ourselves in loving ways. May we give our bodies the love and respect they deserve. Body ease can be ours, one loving choice at a time. Janice Lynne Lundy is an Interfaith Spiritual Director, and the author of four spiritual growth books for women, including Your Truest Self. She offers online courses and retreats at Visit her online community of women who desire to live more calm, clear and wise at DharmaSistersCircle.Org.

May 2011

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Chocolate Flan Cake Makes 18 to 20 servings • Ready in 8 hours Cake 1/2 cup Smucker’s® Caramel Flavored Topping 1 (18.25-ounce) box Pillsbury® Moist Supreme® Devil’s Food Premium Cake Mix 1/2 cup Crisco Pure Vegetable Oil 3 large eggs 1 1/4 cups water Flan 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 4 large eggs, at room temperature 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 (12-fluid ounce) can PET® Evaporated Milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract HEAT oven to 350°F. Coat 12-cup fluted tube pan with no-stick cooking spray. Place piece of rolled up foil in tube opening of pan to prevent cake from baking over top. Pour caramel flavored topping into prepared pan. PREPARE cake mix according to package directions using the oil, eggs and water. Pour evenly over caramel flavored topping. COMBINE cream cheese, eggs, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla in blender container. Process until blended. Pour slowly over cake batter.

Caribbean Pineapple-Lime Ice Cream 12 servings • Ready in 4 hours

1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple in pineapple juice, undrained 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon grated lime peel 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 4 to 5 drops yellow food coloring (optional) 1 cup heavy cream


COMBINE undrained pineapple, sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, lime peel, vanilla and food coloring, if desired, in a large bowl; mix well. WHIP cream in medium bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into pineapple mixture. POUR into 9 x 5-inch loaf pan or 2-quart freezer-safe container. Cover; freeze until firm, about 3 hours.

COAT piece of foil with no-stick cooking spray. Cover pan tightly with foil and place coated side down. Place pan in large roasting pan. Pour hot water into roasting pan to a depth of 2 inches. BAKE 2 hours or until toothpick in center still has a few moist crumbs. Place cake on cooling rack. Cool 15 minutes. Remove foil and invert onto serving plate. Cool 1 hour at room temperature. Chill 4 hours or overnight. TIP: Be careful when inverting hot cake onto serving plate. Place plate upside down on top of pan, place another cooling rack on top, then invert.

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Passion Fruit Cheesecake Makes 12 to 16 servings • Ready in 11 hours Cheesecake 30 gingersnap cookies 3/4 cup pecans 6 tablespoons butter, melted 4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk 4 large eggs 1 cup frozen passion fruit pulp, thawed or 1 cup passion fruit puree Passion Fruit Glaze 2/3 cup frozen passion fruit pulp, thawed or 2/3 cup passion fruit puree 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup water HEAT oven to 350°F. Coat 9 x 3-inch springform pan with no-stick cooking spray. PROCESS cookies and pecans in food processor until fine crumbs form. Place in small bowl. Stir in melted butter until evenly moistened. Press evenly onto bottom of prepared pan and 1-inch up sides. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Wrap foil around bottom and sides of pan. BEAT cream cheese and sugar in large mixing bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Pour in sweetened condensed milk gradually, beating until blended. Beat in eggs just until combined.

Tropical Dessert Bars Makes 3 dozen • Ready in 3 hours Bottom Layer 1 (17.5-ounce) package sugar cookie mix 1/2 cup butter, melted Cream Cheese Pineapple Layer 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 2 large eggs 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, drained, reserving 2 tablespoons juice Coconut Layer 1 1/2 cups flaked coconut 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped 1/4 cup butter, melted

HEAT oven to 350°F. Line 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. STIR cookie mix and melted butter with fork until crumbs form. Press evenly in bottom of prepared pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. BEAT cream cheese in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in eggs just until blended. Beat in sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and 2 tablespoons pineapple juice. Pour over warm crust. Sprinkle drained pineapple evenly over top. STIR coconut, macadamia nuts and butter in small bowl until evenly moistened. Sprinkle over pineapple layer. BAKE 30 to 35 minutes or until filling is set and coconut is lightly browned. Cool 1 hour on wire rack. Chill 1 hour. Cut into bars.

MEASURE 2/3 cup of cheesecake and pour into small bowl. Whisk with 1 cup passion fruit pulp until blended. Pour remaining cheesecake into cooled crust. Spoon small dollops of passion fruit mixture over top of batter. Swirl with knife to make marbled appearance. BAKE 60 to 70 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool 1 hour on wire rack. Chill at least 8 hours or overnight. To make glaze: COMBINE fruit pulp, sugar and water in small saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium high heat. Cook 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken and measures about 2/3 cup. Place in small bowl. Cool completely. REMOVE cheesecake from pan. Place on large serving dish. Spread glaze over top.

Ingrid Hoffmann’s Spring Dessert Tips & Inspirations • Surprise guests with a new twist on the traditional Latin-American dessert with a Chocolate Flan Cake. A velvety-textured flan custard is layered with a rich chocolate cake for a perfect marriage of sweet and creamy. • Fruits paired with rich cream cheese create a delicious combination in this cheesecake recipe. Find seasonal inspiration by visiting local farmers markets. • Homemade ice cream is easier than you think. Make Caribbean Pineapple Lime Ice Cream in three simple steps with Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk. Or create an artisan inspired ice cream flavor at home by combining spices like chipotle or cinnamon with lime zest, fresh or frozen blueberries or raspberries and add to your ice cream mixture. Visit or for more recipes and helpful tips from Ingrid Hoffmann.

May 2011


Inside Amway’s Artistry By Latesha Lipscomb Women’s LifeStyle Magazine’s Trend Expert Artistry has been on the cosmetics and skincare scene for more than 50 years, making some of the world’s best beauty products. I sat down with Kelli Miller, Sr. Brand Manager in Beauty Marketing, for a candid discussion about how their products impact not only our state but our world. Journey with me into Amway Corporation, to experience fabulous skin care and make-up.


ucked away in Ada, Mich. is Amway Corporation. This is home to its world-renowned cosmetic line, Artistry. It all began in the 1950s when Edith Rehnborg, wife of the founder of Nutrilite, introduced her own line of cosmetics. Over time, Edith’s line was discontinued, but some of her amazing skincare products made it into the first generation line of Artistry. Today, Artistry is a 1.4 billion-dollar brand, made right here in Michigan. Recognized as an international leader and top premium brand in skincare, Artistry has been described as the “the biggest deal you haven’t heard of in the United States.” With its amazing packaging, formula and constant innovation, Artistry is the topselling beauty brand in both China and Japan, with lines like Lancome and Estee Lauder pushing less than half of sales. With the United States coming in behind the Asian Market, Artistry just may be Amway’s best kept secret. But Artistry is sold via direct selling, and distributors take pride in the business opportunity it stands for. “Our business is based on relationships,” says Miller. “The No. 1 unmet need is guidance and our beauty experts can help you determine what’s right for you. So inevitably, you get the best of both worlds.” Light Up Lip Gloss features a built-in mirror and LED light

Artistry Crème Luxury

Time Defiance Lifting Eye Cream All products and photography courtesy Amway Corporation. All rights reserved.


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So how does Amway strive to stay on the cutting edge of what’s TRENDING in cosmetics and skincare?

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“(We) interpret the trends into wearable looks by working closely with various fashion houses and studying which looks blaze the runways at shows during fashion week,” says Miller.

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“Whether it’s the study of hyper-pigmentation or genetics, these members are extraordinarily conservative in making sure the product does what it says,” says Miller. She shared that Artistry utilizes top of the line equipment to test the skin – the same equipment NASA used to test the moon’s surface.

Kelli Miller While the primary Senior Brand Manager mission of Artistry is the science of skincare, Artistry wants the consumer to know that use of their cosmetics provides outstanding full-circle engagement. For example, since anti-aging is now trending in cosmetics, Artistry adapts a skincare principle into make-up for a lipstick that aids in creating and nourishing younger looking lips. Artistry offers a wide color range in foundation and concealer and has the most diversity in the United States, offering 17 different shades to complement most any complexion.

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I had to ask what was currently trending at Artistry and what product Miller just can’t live without. First, I was introduced to their fantastic new Light Up Lip Gloss. This gloss, which comes in three colors, lets you “light up your lips” with its built-in mirror and LED light, to ensure your pout is picture perfect anytime, day or night. Then she unveiled the current “desert island” products, starting with the Artistry Time Defiance Lifting Eye Cream. (At the very mention of this product’s name, one could hear a resounding applause across the entire second floor.) This product has been described as the at-home alternative to an eye lift with a retail price of $39.95.

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Duly notable was Artistry Crème Luxury which gets to the heart of advanced skin care. This product helps your skin act up to 15 years younger, and it repairs and prevents aging. Artistry Luxury Crème is the quintessential fountain of youth and retails for $340. This spring, Artistry unveils an Intensive Renewing Peel, created with natural mushroom enzymes. Described as an at-home alternative to a chemical peel, this product is activated by the PH in the skin in less than eight minutes and recognizes dead-skin and live-skin in one-step. It works to increase the vitality of the skin long-term. And, if that isn’t enough to incite your pores to chorus, keep your eyes peeled because Artistry will launch a Luxury Eye Crème in Fall 2011. Happy shopping, and here’s to “Beautiful You” this spring! For more information on products, purchases and direct selling opportunities, please visit Artistry online at

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Women with a penchant for eclectic fashion apparel and accessories need not travel far. Kimberly’s Boutique in Rockford, Mich. caters to those who crave rare treasures, styles and trends that express their personality and individuality. Mass-produced items aren’t welcome here. Owner Kimberly Smith has nearly two decades of experience helping women look their best. “I never assume anything about anyone,” Smith says. “I learn about my customers from talking to them and observing their personalities and their tastes – Are they conservative? Daring? Do they like color and brave jewelry?” Based on her observations, Smith guides her clientele to apparel and accessories that best suit their personalities and needs. She encourages women to be confident and to embrace their affinity for good taste. “‘What happens at Kimberly’s stays at Kimberly’s,’ is a saying we have here,” says Smith. Originally from Detroit, Smith, 53, has lived in Rockford since 1993 and opened her boutique 18 years ago. The boutique has moved five times over the years to accommodate the business’s continued growth. Smith bought the current building, at 54 Courtland St. in Rockford’s historic Squires Street shopping district, four years ago. She is clearly passionate about her vocation – the boutique is open seven days a week, 361 days a year. Smith has retail in her blood. Her family had a denim store, and she has a background in jewelry sales, so “keeping shop” comes naturally. Her first businesses, Up and Away Balloon Bouquet and Wrap it Up, focused on festive presentations and gift-wrapping. Opening a boutique was the next, logical step. Smith makes sure that her boutique has something for every age group, from juniors and seniors to petites and plus sizes and just about anything in between. She says her favorite part of the business is traveling to buying fairs in such fashion hot spots as Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Dallas and Las Vegas. And she has a wardrobe to die for. The boutique is stocked with the fruits of those buying trips: the latest in fashion apparel, accessories, gifts and goods by fine brands such as Pandora (charm sets), Staxx (interchangeable jewelry), Kameleon (also interchangeable jewelry), Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (NYDJ) and many more. The boutique has a great collection of costume jewelry, probably the largest in Kent County. Kimberly’s Boutique also carries the exclusive Brighton line of jewelry and fine accessories.


Remember, fashion is the fun stuff, not the important stuff. Beauty is what is in a person’s heart.


Being surrounded by fun, quirky, and gorgeous things can be tempting, and perhaps lesser mortals would lose perspective. Not Smith. “Remember, fashion is the fun stuff, not the important stuff,” she says. “Beauty is what is in a person’s heart.”

– Kimberl Smith – Kimberly Smith


Victoria Mullen is a freelance writer living in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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How to

for Your Home By Ashley Cole

o you feel overwhelmed when making decisions on color? You’re not alone. One of the most common issues I help my clients with is selection of color for their home. Because we realize the power it has in transforming a space and how it effects our emotional state while in that space, it can be intimidating. Color can enhance feelings of health and well being, make a space feel warm or cool, transform perceived space, illuminate dark areas and energize static areas. Being so influential, color truly transforms an environment. So, how do you begin to make the best selections for your home?


Get inspired. Think of places or things that spark a positive feeling. Pull ideas from travel magazines, interior design books, nature and photographs. Review what inspires you most and notice common color themes for a starting point. Use existing pieces. Draw from a favorite existing item in your home. A cherished piece of artwork, an area rug, a vase or a fabric on a pillow or furniture can inspire color choice. For example, select a patterned fabric with multi-colors in it and pull two or three colors to match paint or other complementary fabrics.


If a particular color makes you feel good, go with it!

Limit number of colors. As a general rule of thumb, stay within 3-4 colors in a room. Use the 60-30-10 rule: 60% of a dominate color (walls), 30% of a secondary color (upholstery on furniture and windows) and 10% of accent color (accessories). Vary the value. Categorize colors as light, medium or dark. Your palette should have some in each category. The safe bet is to keep large items in the medium range and then punch things up with light and dark accents. Don’t forget that materials such as wood also have a color and value. Keep this in consideration when selecting colors for other materials. Go with the flow. To create a natural flow from one room to the next, choose a color you’re using in one room and restate it in a different way in an adjoining space. For example, if your sofa is green, use the same green for seat fabric in the dining room. Another way to accomplish this is continuing at least one wall of the same color into the next room or space. Try it on. Borrow samples of upholstery fabric, flooring finishes or window treatments. Buy a quart of paint and do a brush-out on a good size board to allow you to

move it around the room. See how the color changes with different light throughout the day.

Start small. If you’re not sure about a bold color move in a large way, bring it in with a small accessory first. Maybe you’re thinking of a deep blue sofa, but not sure how you feel about it. Buy some pillows in that color and place them on your existing sofa. See how it speaks to you over time before incorporating it in a larger way. Relax! Have fun! It’s only color. Paint, in particular, is one of the most economical ways to change color for very little money. If you make a mistake, it’s OK to paint over it. Don’t be concerned about whether or not a color is “in” or “out.” Trust your gut. If a particular color makes you feel good, go with it! Ashley Cole is a professional interior designer based in Grand Rapids. Her work has been featured on HGTV as well as numerous publications, including Kitchen Trends and Home Magazine. Ashley’s passion is “creating environments that enliven the spirit.” Visit her at

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May 2011



By Marianne Bockheim

Marianne Bockheim has been waving her magical mascara wand for more than eight years. Her mission includes journalism, teaching, makeup artistry for the consumer as well as media, and providing marketing services to beauty and fashion businesses.

Spread the word! Recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association, May 1-7 is National Pet Week. This month promotes responsible pet ownership, celebrates the human-animal bond, and public awareness of veterinary medicine. Those who want to show some love to their pets, pamper them with play dates, puppy resorts and designer outfits. I’ve discovered some wonderful, soothing “beauty products” your furry friend will absolutely love (and perhaps the two of you can share):

1. Olive Green Goods for Modern Dogs Snout Smoother You take care of your skin; take care of theirs too. The Snout Smoother helps with drying and cracking, while providing natural protection from the sun and other harsh environmental conditions. $15.95. Available at

2, 3, 4. Espree Pet Bath & Body Time for your pet's day at the spa! Espree Mudbath Conditioning Treatment conditions, rehydrates and rebuilds the coat while pampering your pet! 8 oz, $14.50

Moisturize and protect your pooch’s sensitive pads from the elements. Extreme conditions such as hot pavement, ice, sidewalk salt, etc., can take their toll and influence the onset of rough and burnt or cracked pads. $8. Espree products available at Petco and

5. Color Paw Premium Pet Nail Polish Turn pet’s paws into twinkle toes! Available in 32 colors, this fast-drying, one-coat polish is not only pretty, but water- and chip-resistant. $4.99. Available at specialty pet boutiques nationwide and

A safe, low-alcohol (potato-based) fragrance designed for a dog’s sensitive sense of smell. You and Fifi can smell simply divine all day long. Give yourself a liberal squirt and, for Fifi, lightly work fragrance into her coat with scent-treated hands. Key notes include bergamot oil, patchouli oil (also a natural insect repellant), mandarin oil and nutmeg oil. Luxurious enough for you and lovable enough for her! A personal fave! $50 (1.7oz), $65 (3.4oz), Swarovski Limited Edition $850 (3.4oz). Available at

7. Cain & Able Kissable Reduce tartar and polish canines to a pearly finish with this delightful duo. $12.50. Available at and specialty pet boutiques nationwide.

Espree Hot Oil moisturizes and restores softness to the coat by sealing and replenishing the hair shaft with natural oils. Simply warm Hot Oil Coat Renewal for a beautiful coat with vivid shine. Fragrance-free. 4 oz, $9


6. Sexy Beast Signature Fragrance

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A full line of bath products for the “haute” dog and “phat” cat, from waterless and tearless shampoos, to crème rinse and detangling spray. Reward your furry friend for good behavior in the bath with a sweet accessory from their Punk Princess or Grungy Pop line. $16.95 each. Available at Petco, Petsmart and

9. Pet-zzz-Pad Finally, after all the pretty pampering, give Precious the perfect form of beauty sleep with the Pet-zzz-Pad. Just like the good old-fashioned electric blanket, the Pet-zzz-Pad offers a soft, warm place to curl up and dream of goldfish or of chasing squirrels. It’s also recommended for pet’s dealing with muscle and joint pain, puppies and kittens and those that shiver. $19.99-$39.99 (depending on size). Available at and Petco.

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With diverse training and experience to meet our patients’ needs,

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Gather friends and family around the table to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these specially selected recipes courtesy of Ortega. Using packaged ingredients and mixes, these recipes are fast and easy to prepare, so you can relax and share a festive meal with those you love.

Chipotle Chicken Taco Cones 8 cones 1 1 1 3/4 1 1 8 1 1 1

tablespoon olive oil onion, diced pound ground chicken cup water packet (1.25 ounces) Ortega Chipotle Taco Seasoning Mix can (16 ounces) Ortega Refried Beans 8-inch Ortega Flour Soft Tortillas cup shredded lettuce cup diced tomatoes cup (4 ounces) finely shredded or grated Cheddar cheese

Heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 3 minutes or until translucent. Add ground chicken; cook and stir 5 minutes or until browned. Stir in water and seasoning mix. Remove from heat.

Beef Taco Salad with Guacamole Dressing 1 1 1 3/4 1

1 2 2 1/2 1/4

tablespoon olive oil cup chopped onion pound lean ground beef cup water Ortega Whole Grain Corn Taco Kit: includes 10 taco shells, 1 packet taco seasoning mix and 1 packet taco sauce head iceberg lettuce, diced cups halved cherry tomatoes cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese cup Ortega Guacamole Style Dip cup mayonnaise

Heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 4 minutes or until translucent. Add beef; cook and stir 5 minutes or until


6 servings

Warm refried beans in saucepan or in microwave.

no longer pink. Drain and discard fat. Stir in water; add seasoning mix and taco sauce from taco kit; mix well. Cook and stir 5 to 6 minutes or until thickened.

Wrap tortillas in lightly moistened paper towels. Microwave on HIGH (100% power) 20 to 30 seconds, or until pliable.

Break taco shells from taco kit into bite-sized pieces in large salad bowl. Add lettuce, tomatoes and cheese; toss to combine. Add meat mixture; toss to combine.

Fold tortilla in half; spread with refried beans. Form tortilla into cone shape;* press to adhere outside corner with refried beans.

Combine guacamole dip and mayonnaise in small bowl; pour over salad. Toss lightly. Serve warm salad immediately. Tip: For more color and nutrition, add other fresh vegetables to the salad, including shredded carrots, sliced radishes, sliced cucumbers and broccoli florets.

Fill cones with chicken mixture, lettuce, tomatoes and Cheddar cheese. *To form cone, lay tortilla on work surface. Holding one pointed end down, grasp other end and bring point to round edge, twisting point under slightly. Curl opposite end around outside of cone and press to adhere with refried beans.

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Mini Crab and Cream Cheese Flautas 24 mini flautas 2 cups vegetable oil 1 package (8 ounces) pasteurized crab meat, drained 1 can (4 ounces) Ortega Fired-Roasted Diced Green Chiles, drained 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 6 8-inch flour soft tortillas 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup Ortega Salsa Verde Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat to 375°F. Line platter with paper towels. Combine crab meat, chiles and cream cheese in medium bowl.

Spread about 1/4 cup mixture down middle of tortilla and firmly roll like a cigar. Keep tortilla rolls closed with 4 toothpicks. Cut between toothpicks into four equal pieces; set aside. Repeat with remaining filling and tortillas. Place pieces carefully into hot oil. Cook 1 minute or until golden brown, turning once. Remove with slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels. Combine sour cream and salsa verde in small bowl: mix well. Serve with flautas as dip.

Chocolate and Cinnamon Tortilla Pudding 8 servings 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup water 10 8-inch Ortega Whole Wheat Soft Tortillas, divided 1 cup diced fresh pineapple or canned pineapple, drained 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips, divided 3 eggs 2 cups milk 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon Whipped cream Combine sugar and water in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts and begins to bubble. Pour into 9-inch square glass baking dish; tilt pan to evenly coat bottom and sides with sugar.

Tear 5 tortillas into bite-size pieces. Place evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle pineapple and 1/3 cup chocolate chips evenly over top. Tear remaining 5 tortillas; place evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup chocolate chips. Whisk eggs, milk and cinnamon in medium bowl. Pour over layered tortillas in baking dish. Cover surface with plastic wrap, and press down lightly to distribute egg mixture over assembled tortillas. Set aside 30 minutes to allow egg mixture to soak into tortillas. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake 53 to 55 minutes or until pudding is firm. Cool 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream. Tip: For a Dulce de Leche version of this pudding, replace the chocolate chips with butterscotch chips.




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Kim Monaghan is a career coach, consultant and owner of Career Connections ( She is a certified resume writer, West Michigan Careers in Transitions Coach and a member of the Professional Coaching Association of Michigan. As a certified yoga instructor, RYT, Kim routinely uses wellness strategies to help her clients explore, develop and thrive in healthy careers.

Who’s your client? Whether it’s a family of five or community of five thousand, the client is the recipient of your service, product or time. If you’re a pet sitter, then anyone who owns a pet could immediately identify with the services you provide. And by identifying with the client’s you serve, you’ve also provided the listener with a glimpse of your character. As someone who cares for pets in the privacy of people’s homes, you’re most likely to be compassionate, responsible, trustworthy and have an entrepreneurial spirit.

What do you do?

Y o u r

C a r e e r

By Kim Monaghan

Briefly outline the services, products or expertise you provide. Examples may include: designing promotional packages for Fortune 500 companies; leading architectural tours of a historic district; owning and operating a cutting-edge bistro; or enhancing women’s inner beauty with the number-one selling cosmetic line. Presenting your career in a compelling way piques the listener’s interest and invites further dialogue. Imagine your own response to any one of the above examples. Odds are you’d like to know the how, where, when and why; in other words, the bigger picture detailing how they got started in these interesting ventures. By providing an intriguing glimpse into your own career, you’ve laid a firm foundation for further dialogue.

What are the benefits?

“Presenting your career in a compelling way piques the listener’s interest and invites further dialogue.” “What do you do?” This is a question we’re asked (and ask) all the time. The best answer: a concise, to-the-point response that explains how you invest your waking energy. Are you a busy mom of three, an environmental attorney, a commercial plumber or a volunteer for the Red Cross? Whatever your “career,” a solid response to this query, includes the expertise, services or products you provide, a description of your clientele and a brief explanation of the implied benefits. This type of “who, what and why” response is often referred to as the “Elevator Speech.”


Why an elevator? Consider this scenario: Two people are in an elevator, one a potential client, the other a solutions provider. With limited time to converse, the exchange is concise, informative and intriguing enough invite follow up. Additionally, this “pitch” should encourage new business and build mutually beneficial relationships. When it comes to delivering your elevator speech, avoid a lengthy reply that risks confusing – or losing – the listener. Instead, incorporate a little style in your statement with a polished reply that answers these questions:

Closing your elevator speech with a gentle reminder of how people benefit from your career is a subtle marketing tool. This part of your response provides key information about the benefits gained from making a connection with you. Additionally, it illustrates how your product, service or expertise answers a need, provides a solution or contributes to the greater good. A simple formula for your elevator speech answers all of the above queries. Take the following example: Who is your client? Elementary age children. What do you do? Teach Spanish. Why is it beneficial? Survival in a global community. Voila! The Elevator Speech: “I’m a bilingual teacher, leading an elementary school Spanish immersion program that helps children thrive in a global community.” The final element is the polish, which includes the most important ingredient – You! A great elevator speech rings true to who you are and suits as comfortably as a favorite pair of jeans. It’s simple, inviting and an honest reflection of you.

May 2011

“Whenever I hear, 'It can't be done,' I know I'm close to success.”

Russo & Amante Brand exclusively at John Russo’s Wine Warehouse & Deli

Michael Flatley

Marnie L. Johnson Infusion Communications Group, Inc. Email: Infusion has access to telecom carriers worldwide and manages landline, long distance, Internet and cellular services for all business sizes. We typically save our clients 30% while offering upgraded technology and services. Even if you’re currently under contract, having a review analysis can give you peace of mind. Call today for your free analysis!

(616) 965-1411

Incredible prices, personal service, Italian groceries, desserts, deli meats & cheeses, beer & wine

Sarah L. Mayne Access Insurance Agency Email: Access Insurance Agencies has a combined 179 years experience assisting people with their insurance needs. We search multiple companies at once to find you the best price, coverage and payment plans available. My expertise is Individual and Small Group Health Care. Contact me today to find out what your options are.

(616) 245-5555 •

4301 Kalamazoo at 44th Street SE Towne & Country Plaza

827-3902 Mon- Sat 10 am to 8 pm


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Kimberly Johnson Gild the Lily, Consignment Fashion for the Home and Body Email: With my mother Carol Keller, our vision for Gild the Lily has been to create a boutique that recognizes change as a good thing. We’ve always wanted this to be a place where women can celebrate their individuality and take a little time out of their busy schedules to treat themselves, without spending a fortune. • (616) 863-8491 Cindy Curtis Hop In Deals Email: Hop In Deals is your LOCAL website to get 40 - 90% off exciting things to do, see, eat and buy in West Michigan. offers one amazing deal every day. By helping stimulate the economy, we can help local businesses thrive & offer great deals for consumers!

(616) 889-8081 • May 2011

Steven J. Lown, D.O. • Peter Kaczkofsky, D.O. Kelly Hansul, D.O. • Mary Beth Grey, D.O. • Judy A. Florido, D.O.

Grand Rapids 247-3800

Wyoming 532-5025

4300 Cascade Road

2221 Health Drive SW • Suite 2100 (Near Byron Center Ave. & 56th Street)

Offices also located in: Allendale, Caledonia and Wayland: 532-5025 Belmont, Comstock Park and Cedar Springs: 247-3800 OBSTETRIC & GYNECOLOGICAL CARE • INFERTILITY • SURGERY • ULTRASOUND


By Jane Thiel, APRN, WHNP-BC

s you toss and turn, the alarm clock ticks from 2:30 to 3 am. Your husband is snoring and even the dog is sleeping! If you can’t get to sleep, you may have insomnia. Here’s what you should know:

What is Insomnia? Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep throughout the night. Women with insomnia do not feel refreshed upon awakening; energy levels are low, fatigue often sets in, job performance suffers, and over time can lead to major quality of life issues. Most adults need six to eight hours of sleep per night, yet it’s estimated that 20 percent of all adults suffer from chronic insomnia.

What are the symptoms? Difficulty falling asleep, awakening during the night and having trouble getting back to sleep, and/or early awakening. Individuals with insomnia suffer from fatigue, irritability, anxiety and even depression. They also have problems focusing and frequently have increased errors and accidents.

What causes insomnia? There are many causes of insomnia, with the top three causes in women being stress, anxiety and depression. Women are twice as likely as men to develop insomnia. Prescription medications such as antidepressants, heart and blood pressure meds, allergy meds, and stimulants such as Ritalin can cause insomnia. Over-the-counter medications such as decongestants, weight loss products and products containing caffeine can also add to sleepless nights. Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol consumed later in the day can interfere with falling asleep and remaining asleep. Swing shift workers and long distance business


What are treatments for insomnia?

• Keep bedroom cool, dark and quiet. Use “white noise” such as a fan to block out environmental/background noise. Get computers, cell phones and other electronic equipment out of the bedroom (that includes the 10-inch digital clock!). • Practice relaxation techniques, such as biofeedback, breathing exercises, a warm bath or partner massage. • Sometimes, medication helps when used shortterm. Medications your health care provider may prescribe include Ambien (zolpidem), Lunesta (eszopiclone), Sonata (zaleplon) and Rozerem (ramelteon). Most experts advise against long-term use of sleep meds. Over-the-counter sleep aids are helpful for some women. Most of these contain diphenhydramine (ex. Benadryl), a first generation antihistamine; the main side effect being drowsiness. Combination products such as Tylenol PM or Advil PM simply add Tylenol or Advil to diphenhydramine; hence, adding some pain relief to the formulation. • Silence the noisy bed partner. Suggesting that your snoring bed partner seek evaluation is appropriate. Frequently this very noisy condition is actually sleep apnea, a true sleep disorder that has major health ramifications. • Perimenopausal women often benefit greatly with some form of hormone therapy. Estrogen lessens vasomotor symptoms and helps create deeper levels of sleep. Ask your health care provider for more information.

• Use bed for sleep and sex only. • Maintain good sleep habits, even on weekends. Go to bed and get up around the same time. • Don’t nap. • Avoid large meals before bedtime and do not consume caffeine, alcohol or nicotine later in the day.

Jane B. Thiel, APRN, WHNP-BC is a nurse practitioner at Grand Rapids Women’s Health and has been in practice for 33 years. She enjoys working with women of all ages and many seek her out for her experience in menopausal issues.

travelers have interrupted circadian rhythms that can interrupt sleep. Chronic medical conditions, especially those involving pain, frequently create sleep problems. Age alone is a factor; as we get older we spend less time in the deeper levels of sleep that are more restorative. Perimenopausal women often have severe sleep issues secondary to drenching night sweats.

How is insomnia diagnosed? If you think you have a sleep problem, see your healthcare provider. As a nurse practitioner, I always take a detailed history including sleep habits, perform a complete physical exam, and obtain a thyroid screen and other possible lab tests looking for conditions that might contribute to sleep issues. In some cases, a sleep study is performed in a laboratory or diagnostic setting with testing done for brain waves, heart rate, breathing and body movements. These studies are especially helpful in diagnosing sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, which are conditions requiring special medications and/or medical equipment.

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May 2011


Savvy Shopper by Lisa Lehman


other’s Day is almost upon us. You forgot, didn’t you? Well, it’s not too late to find her the perfect something! Moms can be a tough buy…you know what she needs, but do you know what she WANTS? Well, let me tell you.

The problem? She doesn’t have the time to even think about shopping for herself. But of all people she certainly deserves something special. Now your panicking…DON’T! This Mother’s Day, visit a local boutique you’re are guaranteed to find something amazing that will make her swoon.

Hand-Crafted in silver, this necklace is for the woman who treasures unique and timeless objects in her daily life, $390 at Craft-Revival, 16 Ionia Ave, Grand Rapids, 49503.

Every mom has an inner diva longing to come out. She wants to be fashionable. She has individual style.

Amazing fedora. Sun protection AND style. $25 Funky accent bag in a fantastic color for spring and summer. $55 Adorable clutch. Function and style! $28 Available at Lia Rose, 40 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, 49503.

Lisa Lehman is passionate about art, jewelry and fashion, and she plays with fire. Visit her at


May 2011

River Hollow Unique casual and rustic home décor. Beautiful handmade candles through lodge classic furniture. Woolrich sportswear for men and women. 223 W Main Street • (616) 897-5000

Flat River Grill We offer guests a warm and cheerful experience - filled with tantalizing smells from the classic wood-fired grill. 201 East Main Street • (616) 897-8523

Night Forest Jewelry Beautiful one of a kind vintage and artisan jewelry, clothing and handbags. Now available at Flat River Cottage. 217 E Main Street • (616) 897-8601

Flat River Cottage Eclectic mix of vintage and antique treasures. Hand painted furniture and accessories. 317 E Main Street • (616) 897-8601

Main Street Inn Quiet elegance on the Flat River in historic downtown Lowell, offering 7 rooms, conference room, balconies overlooking the river. 117 W Main St • (616) 897-1171

Daisy Floral All occasion floral experts. Elegant and unique, to fresh and simplistic. Tuxedo rental available. We give our customers big city style with hometown service. 505 W Main St • (616) 897-2588

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Conquer Your Clutter

By Mary Dykstra, MBA CPO

he focus this month is on bringing beauty into your life and owning your own personal sense of style. It manifests in what you choose to surround yourself with and how you make choices about what to keep and what to let go. May is a great transitional time of year. The days are longer and the weather beckons for our seasonal wardrobe exchange (both for our homes as well as our selves). It’s a time of assessment and purging the old. Spring brings anticipation as well as new growth. If you’ve been cooped up all winter looking at your space and feeling confined by your stuff as well as your environment, it’s a great time to skinny down your stuff and let in some fresh air.

moments vs. minutes or hours. Imagine being able to get ready and out the door in less than 30 minutes vs. searching for your clothes, lunch options and car keys. Being organized and having time to enjoy your home space is about simplifying life, making great choices and surrounding yourself only with what you love, need and use. Your home should feel like a safe and nurturing retreat, not an unorganized storage facility.

Spruce up your space with a fresh coat of paint. Paint is a quick, dramatic and inexpensive way to instantly change the feel of your space. To get some insights on colors and feel, among other choices you can check out the Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware.

Remember, you can’t control the economy but you can control your home’s environment. Invest in your own personal happiness by surrounding yourself with those things that support you mentally, emotionally and physically. In addition to purging, think about incorporating small, inexpensive touches to make your home life something that beautifully supports you.

Less is Easier Surround yourself with the things that enrich your life and move you toward your goals. Remove the unimportant things so you can focus on what means the most to you.

Keep it simple

There is power and peace in clear and organized spaces. One of the first ways to move toward empowered change is by imagining it in your mind and feeling it in your bones. This is especially helpful when you first get started because it helps you keep on track and motivated throughout the process.

Make your home the place where when you walk in, you can sigh in relief. You may not be able to control the economy, but you can control your environment.

Imagine your space as you would like it to be. Imagine having cleared floors and extra space in your drawers/closets. Imagine clear countertops and being able to find what you’re looking for in

Clear the clutter. It’s about spending more time with family & relationships vs. cleaning and maintaining your possessions. Let go of things that don’t have meaning to you (old craft projects, outdated school information, unused clothes, etc).


containers, bookcases and cupboards can visually reduce eye clutter. It’s all about maintaining a sense of control and being able to let your mind rest while delighting your eyes. To get ideas for container options you can go online to a number of places including The Container Store.

For those things you do wish to keep, the use of armoires and decorative boxes and

Mary Dykstra MBA, CPO is a Certified Professional Organizer, speaker and Time Management Coach. She is immediate past director of Examination Development for the Board of Certified Professional Organizers and a current Industry Member Board Director of National Association of Professional Organizers. Her website is

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Recycle, Earn Points Want to earn a free mocha from Sanchez? How about a free hot yoga class? If you live in Grand Rapids and recycle, now you can earn mygrcitypoints, west Michigan’s first recycling incentive program. This web-based program allows City of Grand Rapids residents to earn points simply by using their city-issued single stream recycling carts, due to a venture between the City of Grand Rapids and Local First. The points can be redeemed for various deals offered by Local First members. Deals are listed on To participate, City residents need to log on to to create an account. Residents just need to know their single stream recycling cart number and address. They’ll then be registered to begin receiving points every time they take their cart to the curb on their designated pick up day. From there residents can check their account on the website to see how many points they’ve accumulated and what rewards they can redeem their points for. There is no cost to participate.

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Good As New Consignment Boutique

Rock Paper Scissors Consignment Boutique

5280 Northland Drive NE Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-4 • (616) 363-6622 Featuring an emphasis on contemporary fashion. High-quality, affordable clothing for women, young men and girls. Beautiful new items arrive daily and consignors always welcome.

145 Diamond Ave. SE Mon 12-6, Tues, Wed, Thur 10-7 Fri 10-6, Sat 10-4 • (616) 805-6848 Get the bragging rights of finding something amazing and affordable. Ontrend, gently worn fashions and accessories plus new overstock items from showrooms and boutiques. Accepting in-season drop-offs anytime.

littlePOSH 3140 Plainfield Ave NE (Off I- 96 in Plainfield Plaza) Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-4 • (616) 363-7929 Wide selection of children’s & infant clothing; Carter, Gap, Hollister and more. Baby gear, toys, DVDs, books +. Superb maternity section. New Items daily. Grandparents receive 10% off entire purchase on Wed.

Ready Set Grow Boutique Additional phases of this initiative will focus on earning points for volunteering in the community.

Just in Time for Prom and Mother’s Day Flower Garden Floral has opened at 19 North Monroe in the bright yellow house one block east of Main, in downtown Rockford (866-8100). The store is staffed by experienced designers and is owned by Stephanie Heaton, who also owns Daisy Floral in Lowell. In addition to the store, customers can also place orders at

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A Lifeline for Young Families By Nicholle Robertson • Photos by Ruth Parbel


terrific. Torturous. Both are words author Anna Quindlen has used to describe motherhood. As rewarding as motherhood is, it can be overwhelming too. Especially when a young mom is at the beginning stages of raising her new family. When Shandy, 40, and Bill Longcore, 39, of Belmont, Mich., learned they were having twins, MomsBloom was their saving grace. During their birthing and baby classes at Spectrum Health Butterworth hospital, the Longcores found a brochure for MomsBloom, a local organization that sends volunteers into the home to help moms and dads with their newborns, offering physical and emotional support to families in their childbearing years. Bill and Shandy knew they would need support with the overwhelming task of having two newborns, especially since they both work full time, Bill as an insurance agent for Pinnacle Insurance Partners in Grand Rapids and Shandy as director for MVP Athletic Club in Rockford. So they contacted MomsBloom, and after a phone interview, a house visit and another interview, the new family was matched with volunteer Jane Solow. Solow, a 62-year-old Plainfield Township resident and retired RN from Cherry Street Health Services in Grand Rapids, specialized as a maternal-infant health nurse and in postpartum depression. Solow desired to continue this type of work after retirement, so when a fellow nurse told her about MomsBloom, she signed up and has been a volunteer for three years.

Solow came into their home two days a week and relieved Shandy by making bottles, rocking and getting the twins to sleep, playing with one while Shandy bonded with the other, watching the twins so she could shower and nap, and even did light housecleaning. (While Bill and Shandy have no other children, volunteers can also entertain older siblings who may feel abandoned or ignored by the demand of a young baby.) “Being a parent is not easy,” says Shandy. “Twins were not the easiest and we needed to give our friends and family a break. [Jane] was like a mini counselor. It was nice to talk.” Although Bill was often at work, he too felt the effects of having Solow around. He said it was helpful because he could come home from work, see Shandy, Brennan and Cameron happy, and see that Shandy had had a break, preparing her for their long night ahead. “With multiples we didn’t have a grasp on how much time it takes,” said Bill. “The volunteer can fill in gaps when family and friends couldn’t.” MomsBloom founder Sara Binkley-Tow, 39, of Belmont, understands the pressures of being not only a mom, but a first-time mom. She suffered from postpartum depression and knew there were other moms out there having difficulty dealing with the stress and everyday life of having a baby. In Feb. 2008 Binkley-Tow started the organization to assist every kind of struggling mother adjust to having a baby.

MomsBloom volunteer Jane Solow, spends time with twins Brennan and Cameron, now six-and-a-half months old. Since 2008, MomsBloom’s 150 volunteers have assisted more than 275 Kent County families, not only helping postpartum mothers (or fathers), but any mom seeking assistance. The services are provided free of charge. “I want moms to know that it’s OK to ask for help. You don’t need to be super mom. We’re the extended family of the 21st century,” says Binkley-Tow. While many volunteers stay with a family for three months, Solow was with Bill and Shandy until the boys were about five months old. Solow says it was nice to watch them grow, get healthy, make a connection with them and be an “extended family member” for them. “I am so grateful. A volunteer can come as a stranger and becomes a friend. It’s beyond words. I look forward to the day I can volunteer,” says Shandy.

MomsBloom will host “A Celebration of Wine, Women and Song” on May 25, in partnership with Grand Rapids Women’s Health, to raise awareness of issues surrounding women and to celebrate the accomplishments of women. From 6:30pm to 8:30pm, enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music and silent auctions to raise funds for Moms Bloom.

Shandy Longcore bonds with son Cameron while MomsBloom volunteer changes Brennan’s diaper.


Visit their website, or their Facebook page for more information on the event and ticket pricing, as well as information on how to become a volunteer or use Moms Bloom’s services.

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Forever Fashion In a tough economy, there’s no better way to uncover great fashion finds than at local resale and consignment shops. More and more, people are mixing repurposed pieces in their wardrobe to stay current when it comes to fashion. Fashion fades but style is eternal, and one of the coolest places to rediscover fashion finds is to visit Rock Paper Scissors Consignment Boutique in the heart of East Hills. Their success arises out of their mission to consign on-trend, gently worn items from style-conscious people like you. So if you want a wardrobe that enables you to “get more out of your closet,” visit the RPS shop for clothing that will give your fashion future a boost. For more information, call 805-6848. Beautiful pin-up hair and vintage styling for weddings, special events and photo shoots is now trending for working models, hipster urbanites, as well as stay at home moms who might be interested in Film Noir or Boudoir photo shoots. Local fashion & beauty expert and self-proclaimed Queen of Vintage, Rebecca Gohl specializes in vintage/modern hair, make-up and styling. The traveling stylista is available for booking by calling 802-4399.

Body Paint Body art – tattoos – isn’t just for heavy-metal rock stars but rather a creative way to vividly express your individuality to world. So when I was invited over to experience Gallery 31, a high-end and unique Art Gallery and Tattoo shop overlooking the Grand River, I simply couldn’t resist! The shop is housed in a beautiful and robust downtown loft space, where clients can be serviced in private rooms. The serene and peaceful environment provides a perspective on tattooing, body piercing and eclectic art collecting that the city has never known. They staff some of the best artists from the across the country to bring your artistic vision to life. Gallery 31 is upscale, inviting and sure to become the city’s leader for the ultimate tattoo experience. To learn more about Gallery 31, please call the studio at 301-0096. This season, for those who aren’t ready to commit to a tattoo, may I suggest Maralanna Mehndi natural, quality Henna Body Art? Henna is way cool and shows up beautifully on just about any complexion or skin-type. Making my Henna appointment with local artist Anna Felkers was first on my list as the weather broke this season. Services range from special events and celebratory occasions to bridal Mehndi and private appointments. Your body is a canvas waiting to be adorned! For more information on the art of Henna and how to book your appointment visit her online at

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MAY Events Ongoing Through June 30 Fire and Water Art Gallery in Lowell, features Deidre Wingelaar, mixed media artist. Reception at the gallery May 6 , 5-7 pm. Stop in and meet her and make sure to wish her a Happy Birthday too.

Through June 17 “The American Soldier - A Photographic Tribute to Soldiers and Marines from the Civil War to Iraq” exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. $7.

Through May 14 Master Arts Theatre presents “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Saturday at 2 pm. $15.

Through May 8 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park presents the work of sculpture Jim Dine.

Every Wednesday Wine Socials at Bar Divani.

Every Thursday Acoustic Stew Concert Series at One Trick Pony features the finest local acoustic musicians! Reservations are encouraged.

Every Friday Unwind during Friday Nights at GRAM with art, live music, and good conversation. Galleries are open late each Friday, and a cash bar is available in the Museum Lobby. 5-9 pm.

Paranormal Investigations Tours delivers you into the darkest places in our city. Stay close to your tour guide. You’ll hear bone-chilling tales, learn how to use ghost hunting equipment and test your ability to sense paranormal activity.

Every Saturday Salsa Dance at Pietro’s Italian Restaurant Pietro’s dance floor is hot! A friendly group of locals and folks from different countries gather to dance, socialize and have a good time on Saturday nights.

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May 3 Intro to GROW is the required first step for anyone eager to enroll in additional classes at GROW. Get an overview of programs and services, meet the staff, and watch graduates describe their experiences in an inspirational video. Held the first Tuesday of every month at 6 pm and the second Thursday of every month at noon. www

May 4 WYCE’s Hat Trick series welcomes Electric Junkyard to One Trick Pony. The show benefits Indians Trails Camp. 7:30 pm. $10 suggested donation.

Frames Unlimited’s 25th Annual Associate Art Show and Opening Reception showcasing the diversified talents of Frames Unlimited’s associates, and the creativity they bring to their positions, while encouraging the associates to pursue artistic endeavors.

May 2 Meanwhile Film Series brings “Harold and Maude” to the Wealthy Theatre. Members of the Community Media Center, can order drinks and enjoy a local Michigan beer, a glass of wine, or a mixed drink while watching a favorite cult classics from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. 8 pm.

May 2 Book Reading & Signing with Anthony Youn, M.D. Literary Life Bookstore is honored to host the book launch of Dr. Anthony Youn’s memoir, In Stitches. Dr. Youn is originally from Greenville, Mich., and he grew up as a member of the only Korean family in his town. Following the persistent wishes of his father that

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ArtPeers and Dance in the Annex (DITA) present “Trip The Light” at Wealthy Theatre. $8 pm. $15.

May 7 Four-time CMA and four-time ACM Entertainer of the Year, Kenny Chesney brings his “Goin’ Coastal Tour” back to Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. $79.50 & $49.50.

May 7 Seth Bernard and friends pay tribute to the best of Cat Stevens at a fundraiser for the Wealthy Theater Centennial Sustainabiity Campaign at Wealthy Theatre. 7:30 – 9:30 pm. $15.

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you created or something you own) and trade it in for something new. Enjoy Cinco de Mayo themed music, food by The Winchester, and a cash bar. 5 – 9 pm. $5 with artwork to swap, $7 without artwork.

Art Battle for Community, v.5 The City’s Largest Neighborhood Fundraiser at Sazerac Lounge to benefit the Creston Neighborhood Assocation.

May 7 Enjoy free samples from Udi’s, Daily De-lish Granola, Shabtai, Katz, Liz Lovely, Zevia, Hawk Hollaw, Midge’s Muffins, Breads from Anna, Brittanie’s Thyme, Cake Pop and The Soap Shoppe at Saffrons - A Gluten Free Marketplace’s first anniversary celebration (located at 4196 Plainfield). The anniversary is also being celebrated with a gluten-, dairy-, soy- and nut-free birthday cake. This family event includes animal balloons for the kids and plenty of gift bags and door prizes. 11 am – 2 pm.

May 4 Grab your stroller, invite your friends and get ready for a fun workout while bonding with your child, meeting new people and doing something incredible for your body on Metro Health Village’s walking/biking trail. 1-2 pm. $5.

May 5 Art Feast, a benefit for Health Intervention Services is held the Goei Center. Artists participating include Mic Carlson, Paul Collins, Chris La Porte, Gretchen Minnhaar, and our good pal Stephanie Schlatter. Experience live music, a silent auction, and international cuirsine catered by the Gilmore Collection. 6–9 pm. $75

May 5 Noshnight:Swap Meet at UICA. Bring a piece of artwork (either something

May 7 Global Gifts, a fair trade, non profit gift shop, celebrates Fair Trade Day and Mother’s Day with free samples of fair trade products, door prizes and 20% off scarves and purses. 2055 28th St. S.E., Grand Rapids (between Breton and Kalamazoo Ave.,). 10–5 pm. For more information call 245-2225.

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June 26 Steve Martin performing with The Steep Canyon Rangers — An Evening of Bluegrass & Banjo

May 8 The 5th Annual Fashion with the Stars presents This MOMent for Life at Wealthy Theatre. This scholarship fundraiser is hosted by the Welch Foundation. 4–7 pm. $10 advance. $12 door.

May 11 The Great Gardens Party is the annual spring fundraiser at Meijer Gardens. The event features a live and silent auction including unique and spectacular items and experiences, delicious food stations, cocktails and entertainment. Proceeds from this event support Meijer Gardens exhibitions and programs. Register for event at For more information contact Katie Porath at or call (616) 975-3168.

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June 26 Steve Martin performing with The Steep Canyon Rangers— An Evening of Bluegrass & Banjo

June 27 Elvis Costello & The Imposters June 30 k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang wsg The Belle Brigade

July 4 An Evening with Peter Frampton Frampton Comes Alive 35 Tour

July 8 Pink Martini July 11 Amos Lee July 14 Mary Chapin Carpenter wsg Shawn Colvin

July 21 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Max Weinberg’s Big Band July 29 Brian Wilson August 3 Bright Eyes

LaFontsee Galleries presents SHIFT, a group exhibition of work by gallery artists and a celebration of 18 years as a proactive force in the downtown arts scene. This is the final exhibition at LaFontsee Galleries’ current location at 820 Monroe NW, as the gallery shifts its attention to opening their new space in Uptown this summer.

May 12 Find out your body fat percent, your body mass index (BMI), fat mass, fat free mass, total body water and Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) at a free screening at Metro Health. 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

May 12 -22 “The Stark Turn Players, a new production company formed to offer local actors expanded opportunities presents a modern translation of “Dead End” at Dog Story Theatre. Cast includes: Scott Lange as Garcin, Katherine Mayberry as Estelle, Sarah Stark as Inez and Joel L. Schindlbeck as the Valet. $12 adults, $6 seniors and students. Tickets and more information at

May 13 The GVSU LGBT Resource Center presents “The Queeries” at the

Wealthy Theatre, a monthly LGBT movie series. 8 pm.

May 13 & 14 East Meets West Gospel Showcase at Van Andel Arena where 25+ choirs from Michigan complete for over $10,000 in cash, prizes and a recording contact. $13-30.

May 13, 14, 15 Grand Rapids Ballet Company presents the world premiere of Mario Radacovsky’s “Romeo & Juliet.” Six performances in the Peter Martin Wege Theatre will leave the audience breathless and prove a dramatic close to their Company’s 2010 – 2011 season. $40, seniors $30, children $20.

May 13, 14, 15 Grand Rapids Symphony Pops presents “Wicked Divas,” a fantastic concert of diva showstoppers including popular favorites from “Wicked,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Chicago.” $18+.

May 14 Grand Jazz of West Michigan at Van Andel Arena hosted by Edye EvansHyde features the John Shea Trio, Johnny Gist, the Fred Knapp Trio, the Isaac Norris Project, Beltline Big Band, Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, the Tom Hagen Band and Steve Talaga. 6 pm. $10.

May 14 Jim Crissman, the author of Root Cause: The Story of a Food Fight Fugitive book signing at Literary Life Bookstore. Crissman’s novel follows the adventures of extreme locavore Bruce Dinkle as he struggles to understand where food comes from. 2-4 pm. Free.

May 14 Learn the latest trends in yarn and textiles at the Michigan Fiber Fiesta featuring exhibits, demonstrations, activities and more at Klackle Orchads Pavilion in Greenville. Free.

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May 14 “Hop a 1/2 Mile to Help a Child” fundraiser event for Women at Risk International’s Orphanage Program is held at North Rockford Middle School. Registration 9:30 - 10:15 a.m, Race beings at 10:30 am. Visit for info.

May 18 Experience “A Night with the Opera” starring Chuck and Stella Royce at The Betty Van Andel Opera Center, 1320 East Fulton, Grand Rapids. This event is the Grand Rapids Opera’s largest fundraiser of the year. Leave your black tie at home for an evening of sheer fun, musical treats, gastronomic delights and the kind of antics you would expect from your opera company. 6-9 pm. $125

reports, using memorized transactions and the basics of payroll. 6–9 pm. $25 to $35.

May 20 Migrant Legal Aid’s 5th Annual Cup of Justice Golf Fundraiser is held at The Mines Gold Course. For more information call Dannielle at 454-5055.

May 20 – 22 Broadway Grand Rapids presents “Stomp” at Devos Place. The eightmember troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps - to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. $27.50+.

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May 21

“Your Turn to Shine! 30-Second Elevator Pitches” networking event is hosted by GROW. 11:30 am–1 pm. $5-10.

Ada’s annual rite of spring, the “Arts in Ada” festival is held near their historic covered bridge, featuring a variety of artists, food vendors and continuous dance and musical performances. 9 am – 4 pm. Free.

May 19 Melinda Koetsier gives a free tour of Koetsier’s family owned greenhouse from 7-9 pm. For more information and to RSVP visit

May 19 Advanced Quickbooks presented by GROW with Lynda Nance, owner of Nance Business Solutions, covers

May 21 Visit Literary Life Bookstore for Saturday storytime. Two books will be read (recommended ages one to nine years old, but all are welcome) and authors may read from their work. 11 am–12 pm. Free.

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May 21-22 Visit one of the largest urban historic districts recognized by the National Register of Historic Places at the Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes. The fall tour moved to the spring so that you can enjoy the 1,300 homes in Heritage Hill in full bloom. The neighborhood homes date from 1843 and represent the best of American architecture. Saturday, May 21, 11:00 am–5 pm; Sunday, May 22, 12 pm–6 pm $17.50.

May 22 Buy a musical instrument day.

present information on today’s current health topics: Memory and the Aging Brain; Urology Health; and Getting a Good Night’s Sleep. Attendees will enjoy the audiencefriendly format of 30-minute presentations with 15 minutes for questions and answers. Event includes health screenings and massages provided by local businesses and organizations. Door prizes include a $500 Visa gift card from Founders Bank & Trust, and a $175 gift card to Forest Hills foods, and a $175 gift card to Forest Hills Fuel. Enter our drawing on May 25. Healthy snacks and coffee will also be provided. Everything is free. No reservations required. For more information call 493-8965.

May 23 Grand Re-Opening at Standale Interiors. See what’s colorful, coordinated and contemporary in furniture, flooring and custom cabinetry at family and employee owned Standale Interiors, 4046 Lake Michigan Dr. NW. Appetizers and specials all day long. For more information call 453-8201 or visit,

May 24 Ladies Night Out at the Melting Pot. Networking 5 to 6 pm. Fondue special afterward.

May 25 Healthy Living Lecture series at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. Professionals from Saint Mary’s Health Care will

May 25 WMFVA members/independent filmmakers screen their completed and works-in-progress at the Wealthy Theatre Koning Micro-Cinema. Constructive feedback from peers and public in attendance are offered to the filmmaker on request. 7 pm.

May 26 Not Your Average Speaker Series: “East Meets West” is presented by Rapid Growth Media and Generation X and Y. “Economic gardeners” and urban pioneers from Michigan’s two largest cities, Detroit and GR, on stage together at Wealthy Theatre. Doors open at 5:30 pm. 6 – 9 pm.


Professional Development May 11 Fundamentals of Business Legal Issues. This course is an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring and starting a new business. Tax and liability issues are covered, along with basic elements of a contract, collections, licenses, registrations, employment and property issues, leasing and insurance. It is designed to guide prospective business owners in setting up the organizational structure that will help protect them from unnecessary legal challenges. 1–4 pm at the GVSU Bicycle Factory, 201 Front Avenue SW. Free.

May 16 & 23 Market Resources 101 / Market Resources 102. This course is intended for startup and existing business owners who are interested in learning more about market research and how it can benefit their business. Participants will receive an introduction to market research and why it is necessary. as well as learn how to use library databases to research competitors, uncover customer demographics, and discover the latest industry trends.


Herrick District Library, Holland, MI. 6–8:30 pm. Free.

May 17 Introduction to Online Selling. The basics of online selling are covered in this course, including the purpose and goals of a website, understanding online shopping behavior, and key considerations for optimizing online operations. Website development options, operating costs, policies and procedures, and search engines are key components. There will also be discussion about the economics of Google Adwords (keyword advertising) and the pros and cons of social media (Facebook, Twitter, et al). This course is not meant to demonstrate how to build a website, but rather as a guide to the decisions that will ensure a productive online selling vehicle for small business owners. 1–4 pm at the GVSU Bicycle Factory, 201 Front Avenue SW. Free.

May 18 Effective Selling Techniques for Today’s Business. This course will give the small business owner and salespeople an introduction to sales tools to help grow their business today and create a sales process for success. This hands-on approach to selling will provide the tools for implementation of prospecting, presenting and follow up, inspiring confidence and a comfort level for building sales effectiveness one step at a time. A

practical, motivating course designed to improve sales whether you have a sales force of one or a team of many. Held at GVSU Holland Meijer Campus, 515 S Waverly Road, Holland. 6–9 pm. Free.

May 26 Executive Series Upclose Workshop presented by Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 3 expert panelists with roundtable discussion and Q & A to follow. 6–9 pm.


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May 21 & 22 Chow Hound customer appreciation event at all six locations. Prizes, samples, coupons and experts available to answer your questions.

Wednesday and Sundays Open adoptions at Carol’s Ferals.

May 5 Chow Hound Pet and the Humane Society have partnered to provide affordable microchipping and toenail clipping for your dogs and cats. Microchipping is a great way to ensure that your beloved pet finds it’s way home if it gets lost while playing outside. Clipping toenails is a monthly ritual that you probably would rather not deal with. Cascade Location, 6787 Cascade Road. $10 clip, $15 chip.

Group Meetings & Support Groups First Monday Mothers & More Chapter 137 meets at St. Thomas Catholic Church. 648-6988 or


May 14 Prepare your pet for the arrival of a new baby at the Baby-Ready Pets workshop presented at the Humane

Good News Community presents Creative Growth at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 4150 Kalamazoo SE. $5

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Breastfeeding Support Group at the Spartan Stores Family Childbirth Center. 252-7985 Women’s Co-Dependant Support Group meets at Kentwood Community Church. 455-1740

Second & Fourth Mondays Citizens for Parental Rights. WKTV, 5261 Clyde Park, SW, Wyoming.

Tuesdays DeGraw Ministries invites women to attend “In His Presence for Women,” at 4264 Caddo S.W. Grandville.

Tuesdays Domestic abuse survivors support group meets at 25 Sheldon Blvd SE. 451-2744

Second Tuesdays The National Organization for Women (NOW) meets at 629 Michigan St NE. 855-1526

Second Tuesdays Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & CFSrelated Fibromyalgia support group meets at the Peter M. Wege Health & Learning Center. 531-7088 or

Second Tuesdays Diabetes Support Group at the Metro Health Professional Building Conference room. 252-7985 or

Thursdays Metro Moms Pregnancy Yoga at Metro Health Hospital, Level 2, Childbirth Conference Room. $5.

First Thursdays The Zonta Club of Grand Rapids meets at Pietro’s Italian Restaurant.

Third Thursdays Mothers & More hosts “Mum time: crafts, projects, crumpets, and tea.” 648-6988 or

First Thursdays Free Caregiver Support Group for adult cancer caregivers, 7-8:30 pm, at the Bluebird Cancer Retreats office, 917 W. Savidge, Suite 36, in Spring Lake. RSVP not required but appreciated. or 847-0839

Sexual assault/abuse survivors support group meets at 25 Sheldon Blvd SE. 459-7062 ext. 106

Daily Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups. 774-1079 or


Second and Fourth Tuesdays MomsBloom Postpartum Depression Support group meets at Spartan Stores Family Childbirth Center. 252-7985 or

Inner City Christian Federation’s Home Ownership Program needs volunteers for their childcare room during class times. 831-1205 ext. 116

The Mother-to-Mother Support Group meets at 10 am at 555 Midtowne St NE, Suite 100. 977-5683 or

Body | Mind | Soul

Introducing Readers at Spirit Dreams

Third Thursdays

The Public Museum needs volunteer interpreters, guides, office workers and special event assistants. 456-3588


Specializing in unique gifts, jewelry, natural aromatherapy and body products, meditation tools, candles, books, music, cards, incense and art with something for everyone.

Karen Hays Psychic Reader

Marcia Camp Tarot Reader

Eugenia Marve Margaret Newman Vivan Love Kyle Psychic Reader Nickelsen Intuitive Angel Psychic Reader Reader

Available by appointment for half-hour ($35) or full-hour ($70) readings.

Call (616) 456-9889 to Schedule Spirit Dreams • 1430 Lake Drive SE • Grand Rapids, MI 49506 Mon-Fri 11 am to 6 pm | Wed till 7 pm | Sat 10 am to 5 pm | Sun noon to 3 pm

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The Literacy Center of West Michigan needs volunteer tutors. 459-5151 ext. 10 American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids seeks volunteers. 4568661

Third Wednesdays Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan meets at the Women’s City Club.

Event information can be submitted to our online calendar at

Terri’s Window Treatments “EVERYTHING FOR YOUR HOME DECORATING NEEDS” * Hunter Douglas Window Fashions: Blinds, Shades, & Verticals *Custom Made: Draperies, Valances, Pillows, Crib Ensembles, Cushions & Upholstery *Over 50 Fabric Sample Books * Free In-Home Consultations * 15 Years in Business * Licensed & Insured

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May 2011


Reader’s Lounge

By Alexandra Fix

Conversation Starter Sing You Home By Jodi Picoult Atria Books, 2011, $28.00

Mary Modern: A Novel By Camille DeAngelis Shaye Areheart Books, 2008, $13.95 There are shades of a sweeter, kinder Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein tucked within the pages of this novel. Lucy Morrigan, a young genetic researcher, is all too aware of her biological clock ticking. In her desperation to have a child, she takes drastic action. Using bloodstains on an old apron of her grandmother’s, Lucy isolates the DNA and creates a clone of her ancestor. Her plans go awry though when, not a child but a twenty-two year old woman, with memories and yearnings from her past, is created. Once you stretch your imagination to make this story work, it’s time travel with an old-fashioned bent presented in a modern tone.

After years of fertility issues, lost pregnancies and failed in vitro fertilization attempts, the marriage of Max and Zoe Baxter finally miscarries as well. Unable to go through any more fertility travails, Max leaves Zoe, divorces and moves on. What remains are three frozen embryos, tiny starts of new life, left in storage. As Zoe redirects her life, she falls in love again. This time love is even more complicated. Zoe has fallen in love with her female friend Vanessa. In time, they make a legal commitment to their relationship and turn their hearts toward using the stored embryos to parent a child together. What they need is simply Max’s signature on the legal paperwork. Before he can sort through his own decision, Max’s new pastor sees the opportunity for grandstanding on the issues of gay marriage and same-sex parenting and steers Max into a courtroom confrontation with his ex-wife. With her signature complex mix of ethical and personal conflicts, legal twists, religious issues and emotional hot buttons, Jodi Picoult has once again plucked a story from the headlines and given it the face of people we truly care about. A classic Picoult ethical impasse provides an ending that will generate plenty of conversation and opinions among readers.

Once Upon a Time, There Was You By Elizabeth Berg Random House, 2011, $25.00 John and Irene almost didn’t marry… but they did. And it didn’t last. One thing did though and that was most important. Together, they had a daughter, Sadie, who is both a joy and a challenge to them both. At age 18, Sadie is strong-willed and determined toward independence. With one parent in San Francisco and the other in Minneapolis, Sadie shuttles back and forth over the years and watches and wonders about her parents’ individual loneliness. Each is dating another, but Sadie still wonders why their family is split apart.

A music CD accompanies the novel and creates a soundtrack for the story. The novel revolves around Zoe’s work as a music therapist and these songs add an additional layer of understanding to the unfolding story. Lyrics are written by Picoult, as Zoe’s voice, and the music is composed and performed by Ellen Wilber.

A frightening crisis for Sadie and shocking news bring John and Irene together to sort through the problem with which they are confronted. As two parts of a failed whole, John and Irene begin to see what they brought and did not bring to their relationship as a couple and as parents. With her usual intimate style, Elizabeth Berg explores the power of love and the strength of family.

Alexandra Fix is the author of ten non-fiction children’s book, including the series “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” (Heinemann Library). Over the years, she has truly enjoyed being a children’s librarian, registered nurse, freelance writer, mother and grandmother.


May 2011

GRAND REOPENING Monday, May 23 • 9 am to 8 pm Refreshments and Specials All Day Long

HGTV OPEN HOUSE Monday, June 20 • 9 am to 8 pm Refreshments and Enter to win a HGTV Home Flooring by Shaw Area Rug* *One entry per person. See stores for details.

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We’re thrilled with our new furniture line from Norwalk – featuring HGTV’s own Candice Olson of Divine Design fame! Sleek, sexy, colorful, contemporary and coordinated furniture – custom order exactly what YOU want and it’s delivered to us in 35 days!

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GROCERY & FRESH FOOD ■ Cascade Winery ■ Eggland’s Best Eggs ■ Dancing Goat & Cowslip Creamery ■ Grand Central Market & Deli ■ Grand River Grocery ■ John Russo’s Wine Warehouse & Deli ■ Making Thyme Kitchen

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Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids Civic Theatre River City Improv The Mud Room Women’s Expo Kohler Expos, Inc

BUILDING & DESIGN ■ Ashley Cole Design, Inc ■ Eden Environments – sustainable design center


■ Beacon Hill at Eastgate ■ Capelli Salon ■ Discover Chiropractic Center, PC ■ Expressions of Grace Yoga & Books ■ Grand Rapids Eye Institute ■ Holistic Care Approach ■ Keystone Pharmacy ■ Partners in Dental Care ■ Stonecastle Dentistry ■ The Center for Physical Rehabilitation ■ Yoga Studio

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HOSPITALITY & TRAVEL ■ Lasting Impressions Bed & Breakfast ■ Witte Travel & Tours

■ Julie Grevengoed, JGR Real Estate ■ Ultimate Staging & Décor, LLC


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Women's Lifestyle Magazine, May 2011, Grand Glam  
Women's Lifestyle Magazine, May 2011, Grand Glam