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February 2014

Go Red for Women 10 Things You Must Do

Sweet Sensations


Heart Healthy Recipe Favorites


Cardio Workouts

Keep It In Your Cubicle

Kay Rose

Girl Scouts Lovely Things

Heart Health


Sensational Singles What’s Your Purse-onality?

Matters of the Heart

Essential • Entertaining • Enlightening

Ashley Heitzman


Take Yoga to Heart

Painting for the Palate A Picture and A Promise

Sweet Sensations

The People Who Make It Happen . . . Publisher/Owner Victoria Upton Assistant Publisher Two Eagles Marcus Editor Richelle Kimble Creative Inspiration Dionysus Contributing Writers Laura Naughton Ashley Cole Emily Morris Raquel Salas Elizabeth Leuder Peaches McCahill Kimberly Olson Angie Hultgren Kerri VanderHoff Roz Mayberry Jennifer Wilson Richelle Kimble Kim Monoghan Photography Two Eagles Marcus Advertising Sales Susie Gordon / Sales Manager E.B. Clousing Karn Crooks Victoria Upton

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Keep It In Your Cubicle ......................................................................................... 8 10 Things You Must Do In February ..................................................... 10 Painting for the Palate........................................................................................ 18 Sensational Singles ................................................................................................ 20 Girl Scouts’ Sweet Success ............................................................................ 28

Style Lovely Things ..................................................................................................................... 6 Designing a Home as a Couple............................................................. 50 What’s Your Purse-onality? ............................................................................. 54


Beauty Benefits of Roses ................................................................................. 26

Food & Drink

The Romance of Wine........................................................................................ 24 Sweet Sensations ..................................................................................................... 36 Heart Healthy Favorites ..................................................................................... 52


Take Yoga To Heart.............................................................................................. 22 Go Red For Women .............................................................................................. 31 Kay Rose, Advocate.................................................................................. 32 Common Heart Questions with Dr. Sherman ..................... 33 Ashley Heitzman, Survivor ....................................................................... 34 A Picture & A Promise................................................................................. 35 Top 5 Cardio Workouts .................................................................................... 48


Voluntary RE:action ............................................................................4 Eat Fresh, Eat Local .......................................................................12 To Prenup, or Not to Prenup? .............................................38 February Events ..................................................................................41 The Impressionist: At the Grand Rapdis Public Museum ...............46

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elcome to our volunteer column sponsored by Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Discover which volunteer position best describes you. Pick a cause and react voluntarily!

n Soul Sister

Join the Grand Rapids Public Library in celebrating African American history and culture at the ninth annual Taste of Soul event on Sunday, Feb. 16th. Opportunities: craft helper, greeters, monitoring food lines Sign Up: email Steve Maesen at

n The Thespian

Public theatres are vital to our community. There are a number of ways to help out at the Civic Theatre! Opportunities: actors, singers, dancers, costume sewers, ushers and coat check attendants, tour guides, and stage crew Sign Up: register at

n The Giver

The Volunteer Four years ago, Aysha Maqbool attended her first Go Red for Women (GRFW) luncheon and was stunned to learn that heart disease is the number one killer of women. She had always carried the impression that more men than women died from heart disease, especially since her father had died from it. That luncheon and the statistics she learned made a huge impact on Aysha, motivating her to become a volunteer at the American Heart Association. She now also serves on the executive committee. She also brought this cause to her employer, Dematic Corp. They became a major sponsor for GRFW, understanding the importance of the issue to their employees and the community. “Finding time to volunteer can be challenging with competing priorities from work and family, but for me, it makes it worthwhile when I see how much awareness and funding we raise in our own community,” shared Aysha. She especially enjoys hearing the stories of the survivors, many of whom she has met. This year’s Go Red For Women Luncheon will be held on Feb. 27, 2014 at the Prince Conference Center, Calvin College. The inaugural Go Red For Women Fashion Passion party will take place on Feb. 7, 2014 at The B.O.B. For more information on how you can get involved or to attend either event, contact

February is the perfect time to start helping others by donating blood at Michigan Blood. Opportunities: greeter, refreshment server, driver, technical support Sign Up:

n The Hand Holder

Make a positive difference in the lives of grieving children and teens at Ele’s Place. Opportunities: support group facilitator, outreach ambassador, clerical support, fundraising Sign Up:

n The Provider

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n The Mentor

Do you know about marketing and finance? GROW can use your expertise. Opportunities: business wellness mentor, connecting with clients Sign Up: Look for the volunteer tab at

n The Zealous Heart





million Passionate, engaging, and dedicated, Cheri is always on the move. Whether she’s eating donuts at Robinette’s with her kids, exploring Meijer Gardens, or inspiring young female professionals and educating them on wealth management, Cheri is devoted to the community and to making a difference in people’s lives.

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There’s no doubt that Cheri Stein is a rare find. That’s why we feel so lucky to be in a relationship with this Professional Advisor, because together, we’re able to do more to make our community a wonderful place for everyone to work, learn, and live life to the fullest. G R F O U N DAT I O N .O R G


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Keep it in your Cubicle

The Career Impact of an Office Romance by Kim Monaghan


ebecca was delighted when Joe proposed and couldn’t wait to share it with her office colleagues who had watched their relationship bloom since Joe was hired in the department last year. It was a dream come true for Rebecca who, like Joe, had fallen in love over late night deadlines and break room lattés. Yes, everyone on the team was elated to be an integral part in supporting this fairytale office romance. However, when one colleague took her supporting role too far by coaxing Joe into an affair, the dream quickly became a nightmare. The office grew toxic, productivity declined and both Rebecca and Joe were asked to resign. This story is both commonplace and realistic. Everyday office romances can lead to career disaster for one or both parties and may ultimately create a toxic working environment. In fact, boardroom trysts, work party hookups and scorned lovers can kill a career quicker than you can sneak out of the storage closet. That’s not to say that an office romance can’t have a happy ending. In a 2013 Valentine’s Day survey conducted by Career Builder, three in ten workers who had office romances married their co-worker. What makes an office romance work in a way that won’t kill a career? In one word: professionalism, which includes following office policy, avoiding public displays of

affection and when on the clock, putting work before romance.

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the roller coaster ride of office romances, many organizations have adopted policies outlining acceptable behavior in the workplace. These policies extend from defining what makes up sexual harassment to even banning office romances altogether. These policies are not designed to punish, but to protect. If they do exist and potentially interfere with your plans for romance, a positive career move would be to discuss options with your significant other and even consult with a supervisor.

Boardroom trysts, work party hookups and scorned lovers can kill a career quicker than you can sneak out of the storage closet. Avoid PDA. Public display of affection is unprofessional, distracting and detrimental to your career and other’s. The office environment is designed as a professional workplace and employers expect their staff to behave accordingly. Anything that can be misconstrued as inappropriate most likely will. Gossip can lead to long conversations


with a supervisor that will no doubt be uncomfortable and might turn actionable. This is especially true if the office romance is not mutual, for example, a misinterpreted New Year’s party kiss. Open communication is your best proactive stance. Clearly define the relationship with your partner and set ground rules for what is, and what’s not, permitted in public.

Career Comes First. At least in the

workplace. You’re hired for your skills and abilities to move your tasks forward, not to spend time ogling your boyfriend during a team meeting or posting date pictures on Facebook. When priorities shift and romance takes over, you are at risk of not only losing your job, but ostracizing references and deflating any possibilities of promotion. If you work with your significant other, spend time together during lunch, breaks and especially after work, but if you enjoy what you do and intend to continue, don’t let a romance consume your career.

Kim Monaghan is a certified coach, empowering professionals who want to change their careers, advance their careers or be happier in their careers. www. Women’s LifeStyle Magazine • February 2014

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Peter graduated with a BBA and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma, magna cum laude, and earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame. His practice focuses on business law, estate planning, and transactional issues. Peter works primarily out of the firm’s Portage office.

Stephen received his B.S. from the Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University, magna cum laude and his J.D. from Michigan State University, summa cum laude. His practice focuses on real estate, estate planning, elder law, and general transactional matters. Stephen works primarily out of the firm’s Battle Creek Office.

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Do 10 Things You inMust February These suggestions will help you in the realm of love, health and relationships.

1 Send Valentines to all your girlfriends. It is really fun to send and even better when you receive. You can send premade child Valentines or make your own.

Perform a random act of kindness. Do good, feel good. Check out the new movement in West Michigan that aims to bring surprise and delight to people everywhere. Become part of the kindness chain!

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Put your phone away while you are with others. Our technical nipples are holding us back from true communication.

4 Sit down with your family for a meal at least two times per week and turn off the TV to assure conversation. It’s a great way to reconnect.



Support the Go Red Movement (AHA). February is National Heart Education Month and heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Take care of your heart and understand the warning signs.

Reach out to an old friend. If you have been meaning to contact an old friend, don’t put it off. Shout out today! Add romance to your life. Romance doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be as simple as complimenting your partner, a note under their coffee cup, a candle lit dinner or breakfast in bed.



Forgive someone. Are you still holding on to anger and resentment? Let it go. All thoughts and feelings start and end with you. Forgiveness frees you from your past and future.



Become a Cuddle Monster. Some researchers believe that five hugs a day will increase life expectancy. Tear down the walls and give out some hugs.


Call your mother ... she worries.

Peaches McCahill is founder and president of The McCahill Group, a leading provider of health, wellness, beauty and talent solutions. She is passionate about the power of positivity in life, and aims to inspire people with simple suggestions.

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Learn to Make Truffles! Make that special someone OHUKTHKLJOVJVSH[L[Y\MĂ…LZ while enjoying an afternoon or evening with friends. A cheese and chocolate platter with infused beverages is served during the class.

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Learn to create hand-made chocolate truffles while enjoying an afternoon or evening with friends in the beautiful ambiance of The Local Epicurean, 111 Division SE in downtown Grand Rapids. A cheese and chocolate platter, and infused beverages is served during the class. You’ll take home the dozen custom chocolate truffles you created, nicely boxed and ready to gift. After your class, retire to the Local Epicurean Chocolate Lounge for organic coffee, tea or more chocolate! Winners will be selected at random from all entries and will be notified by email on Friday, February 7th. Classes are held throughout the month of February.

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Chcolate tiramisu, coffee nd pondering The Next Big Thing at Local Epicurean’s Chocolate Lounge

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fter a week on the Michigan Wine Trail, local artist Stephanie Schlatter is full of stories about all things wine, including some of her favorite in-state vineyards.

“Rockstar Farms, Peninsula Cellars, Chateau de Leelanau … it just doesn’t get any better than what we have right here in Michigan,” she said. “There’s this perception that Michigan wine isn’t up to par with say, Californian or French wines, but most of the people who think that haven’t been tasting here in a while.” Passionate and tenacious, Schlatter is determined to increase the local demand for “tremendously underrated” Michigan wines and to get them back on the menu in upscale restaurants statewide. Schlatter feels that people not only underestimate the quality of Michigan wines, but the beauty of the state itself. While she’s traveled the world, Schlatter still denotes Northwest Michigan as one of her favorite places on earth. “Some people feel that they have to leave the state to get a true vacation,” she says. “When in reality, they could just drive a few hours north and find the same beauty that they’d find elsewhere. It saves time, money and helps boost our economy!” Luckily for Schlatter, her passions haven’t gone unrecognized. The Amway Hotel Corporation sponsored her in the production of four paintings used to adorn the wine bottles of their new private wine label, bin 616. Schlatter, 40, of Ada, has been painting professionally for almost fifteen years. While she always loved painting, she hadn’t seen it as more than a hobby until she attended photography school at the age of 27. One of her professors encouraged her to take an art class, and since then, she hasn’t looked back. Although her favorite creations are produced from acrylic paint, she occasionally works in oil and oil pastel. She enjoys painting over photographs in order to combine her passion for both. Regardless of her medium, she prefers bold, expressive work that represents feelings as opposed to visual reality.

Bin 616 boasts bold expression, and was created in an attempt to marry wine with art. “The name comes from a reference towards a bin of wine,” Schlatter explained with a smile. “And 616 is in proud reference to the Greater Grand Rapids area.” The Amway Hotel Corporation called her personally to share their vision with her. The mash-up of wine and art was the result of


an ambiguous request. Four wines comprise bin 616: a robust cabernet sauvignon, sophisticated pinot noir, airy sauvignon blanc and a buttery chardonnay. Producing two reds and two whites helps appeal to a wide variety of tastes, and the artwork matches the flavor inside each bottle. “Each painting is representative of what I think each wine would look like if it came to life,” explained Schlatter. “For the cabernet sauvignon painting, I used deeper purples and reds, and made it very celebratory.” The pinot painting is a landscape piece bursting with deep shades of green, purple and blue, while the sauvignon blanc bottle displays a field of yellows, oranges and light greens.

“Each painting is representative of what I think each wine would look like if it came to life.” -Stephanie Schlatter “The chardonnay is another celebratory figurative piece,” she said. “A woman sits happily on a bed of light green and yellow grapes, while sipping from a glass.” Being a career painter, Schlatter works mostly with acrylic. Bin 616 is painted entirely in acrylic and mixed media from the comfort of her Ada studio. She was allowed free reign except for the subject matter. “The hotel wanted to do two figurative pieces and two landscapes,” she explained. Each figurative piece is representative of an important woman in Schlatter’s life, the “women I like to drink wine with,” she said. As for the landscapes, Schlatter has always believed that good wine isn’t just “about what you’re drinking, but the land it’s grown on and the story behind where it came from.” The heritage of a wine is indeed important to Schlatter, evident in her work that drew the Amway Hotel Corporation to her in the first place: On the Michigan Wine Trail, a series of videos and photos from her favorite in-state wineries.

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Stephanie Schlatter “I absolutely love visiting the place where a wine was grown and meeting the people who made it,” she explained. “Knowing the story of a wine’s past helps you really appreciate it while you’re drinking it.” Schlatter frequently compares artists to wine makers, noting that they both have creative inspirations. “Wine and art are both all about interpretation. Just as someone who hasn’t met me may look at one of my paintings and make up their own story, people often drink wines without knowing the vision in the head of the wine maker,” she explains. “That’s why I like to visit the vineyards.” All four bin 616 paintings comprised an ArtPrize entry for Schlatter this year, prominently displayed at the JW Marriott. The entry was her first submission, noting her participation in 2009 and 2010. Schlatter felt that it would be great for wine-lovers to see her original paintings.

Miniature versions of each painting are printed on purses, place mats, coasters and other display-worthy items available alongside the wines at the JW Marriott and Amway Grand Plaza gift-shops. “The bottles are beautiful, and hopefully when people open a bottle of beautiful wine, happiness will spread,” she said. “I want to make the entire table more beautiful, not just what goes down your throat.” As the artist in residence at the Forest Hills Fine Arts center and commissioned artist for the Black Star Farms, Silver Leaf, and L. Mawby vineyards, Schlatter is almost always on the go. She doesn’t let her busy schedule eclipse new ambitions though. “I now want to work on pushing the celebration of art and wine even further, and discovering new ways to bring joy to people,” she said.

A return trip up north, no doubt, is also on the agenda. Schlatter enjoys exploring the wine trail and painting her encounters, even when it’s just for fun. During this last trip, she painted landscapes at Chateau Fontaine and Anna Wright is a Blustone Wineries. budding writer, yoga and music enthusiast. “I painted from five to With a deep interest seven and captured the in culture of all kinds, sunset perfectly,” she said. she loves all things “It was ‘somebody pinch art, nature and travel. me’ beautiful.”

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Singles by Jennifer Wilson

I’ve been known to be in love a time or two or three. What I remember most was the time before I was utterly head over heels — the falling hopelessly in love with someone who made my heart race. It could be the ringing of my phone announcing their number, the first time our lips met in a tentative-turn-longing kiss or just their simple smile and a wink from across a crowded room of people chatting away and completely unaware of the flirtations. Do we yearn to fall in love? Sure we do. It’s keeping that flirty, romantic nature alive that can be a challenge. Here are a few coquettish suggestions: • • • •

Janice Allen Age 30 WXMI FOX 17 News Anchor

Ban the peck: Replace the simple kiss with a longer smooch. Unplug: Turn off the phone, the computer, and even the lights. Candles and quiet are what you need. Appreciate: Show you care and are grateful for the little things you do for one another every day. Give up the grudge: Resentment kills romance.

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Rosie del Valle Age 29 Community Liaison

Smart. Stylish. Sexy. Currently unattached, these lovely ladies are a few of the priceless gems in Grand Rapids. Perhaps cupid will be aiming the pointy end of an arrow their way during this season of amour. If you’re single and loving life, you’re in good company. Look for these successful, independent bachelorettes around town.

Jennifer, the director of fund development & communications at Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore, partakes in community collaborations at Women’s Lifestyle. She can be found in GR drinking wine, boutique shopping or page-turning a good book.

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hen we talk about caring for the heart, probably the first thing that pops into our minds is diet and exercise, but there is more than just diet and traditional exercises when it comes to making an impact on heart health. We rarely hear or read about Yoga and its effect on the heart, yet several studies have proven its positive impact on heart health. Yoga is an ancient Hindu practice primarily meant to attain spiritual well-being and enlightenment. The word Yoga stands for “union,” reflecting its purpose to create harmony between the mind, body and spirit. Nowadays, yoga is also viewed as non-traditional exercise or even as an alternative medicine. It comes in different forms and involves gentle to rigorous activities, and such activities can help achieve physical, mental and emotional fitness. The different types of yoga generally offer many health benefits in varying degrees and efficiency. As previously mentioned, studies have shown that yoga plays an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and management of existing conditions, particularly Hatha Yoga or gentle forms of yoga. Hatha Yoga encompasses a set of physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises and meditation. Perhaps by now, you are wondering how yoga really affects heart health. Here is how it works: Yoga encourages positive emotions and reduces stress. We usually integrate yoga with meditation which is actually one of its important components. Meditation facilitates relaxation and tranquility. When you do yoga activities, you release your negative feelings such as anger, loneliness and discontent. Yoga may balance your emotions and release your stress. In that way, your body prevents the build-up of plaque in the arteries which can otherwise be caused by stress, thereby possibly reducing the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. It is also known for clearing the mind and improving mental well-being.


The word yoga stands for “union,” reflecting its purpose to create harmony between the mind, body and spirit. Yoga lowers blood pressure. As you do breathing exercises and meditation, you experience some sort of serenity and calmness. This allows your body to rest and relax. The slowed breathing rate reduces blood pressure and regulates the heartbeat. More so, it yields a calming effect on the sympathetic nervous system responsible for producing stress hormones. Yoga improves blood flow and exercises the muscles. Since yoga involves different physical postures and activities, it exercises the muscles and enhances blood

circulation. Regular practice of yoga not only tones your muscles and keeps you fit, it can also keep your heart muscles strong. Likewise, improved blood flow controls blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which are risk factors for developing heart illnesses. Yoga also reduces inflammation, boosts recovery from cardiac failure, diminishes irregular heart rhythms, and lowers some of the cardiovascular risk factors. Certainly, yoga has much to offer and it is definitely worth a try. However, if you are obese or if you have existing heart problems or diabetes, always consult your doctor first before starting yoga. Remember, to reap the optimal benefits of yoga on heart health, do this activity in sync with a heart-friendly diet and a consistent exercise routine.

Nutrition and fitness expert Kimberly Olson, CNC, CPT is the creator of FitKim, a nutrition and fitness blog that teaches people how easy it is to be healthy.

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by Roz Mayberry

here is a lovely old quote from a magical poem by the ancient Persian poet Omar Khayyam that begins, “a jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou.” This quote has defined the original perfect pairing; ever since and probably well before, good food, good wine and your soul mate have been the ideal context for romance.

Look at the great old romantic film comedies of the 1940s and 50s. The wife cooked up a fabulous dinner, set the table with candles and put out a bottle of wine. It was the quintessential mantrap. It was a way to show love. It was a way to let the husband know that in spite of the hair in the sink, the diapers on the line, the cold cream on the face, he was still the romantic lead. The husband came home with a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of bubbly to mark an anniversary or to apologize for forgetting the anniversary. It was his way of showing that he appreciated the home front and his wife was still his Marilyn Monroe. Courting couples went to a nice restaurant for dinner, often with wine. Kid laden couples went out for dinner to get a way from the kids and spend time with each other. Perhaps the roles of men and women have changed for the better in the past 50 years, but the most romantic settings still involve food, wine and candles.

Practice romancing with wine this Valentine’s Day

There are several ways to put the romance of wine into practice. Some people do it everyday: a simple glass of wine before dinner with a little hors d’oeuvre, a some olives and toasted nuts, wine and candles with sitdown supper, or a sip of port or Moscato after dinner with a ripe pear and some blues cheese. It’s a way to celebrate the joys and tribulations of everyday life.

However, there are times you just want to go all out and show the love. Here are some ways to bring wine and admiration into your life.

make dinner for your mate. Set the table

with linen, china, silverware, sparkling stemmed glasses, candles and flowers. Serve a simple, healthy meal with just the right wine. There is no need to slave over the stove all day like the aproned 1950s housewife, and the meal doesn’t need to be expensive. Each gesture including the setting, the presentation, and the care is enough to show your significant other how much they’re in your heart.

Take your mate out to dinner at one of one

of the restaurants in the area. Many restaurants now serve wine pairing dinners where each course is paired with a wine chosen to go with that dish. Check out upcoming events at Tratorria Amore, or call ahead and order up a private dinner with wine in the wine cellar at Noto’s. Perhaps wander to a wine bar like Reserve or Bar Divani that specializes in small plates and flights of wine that allow you to taste several wines at once and compare them.

Give the gift of wine. Look for a bottle with special romantic meaning such as the vintage of the year you were married, the wine that you tasted together on your first date or used for a wedding toast, 24

a wine with a name that might have a secret meaning for your mate. Make sure that you give your mate what she or he likes, not what you like.

Make plans to take your mate to a wine tasting. More and more charitable organizations now hold wine tasting fundraisers. They are a great way to learn what you like and to taste without having to take the risk of investing in a whole bottle. Check out what is going on in the wine world on www. This website will inform you of what goes on in the wine world in your area, from local restaurant wine dinners to huge wine events such as the annual Great Wine and Food Symposium, a fundraiser for Public Television at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on February 23 from 7:30 p.m. 10 p.m.

Take a romantic trip to wine country,

right here in Michigan. Venture north to the Leelanau Peninsula with your loved one for a romantic weekend getaway. Taste the Passion February 8 and 9 is a lovely celebration of chocolate, wine and love. You can travel from winery to winery, tasting wines with sweet and savory pairings, collecting souvenirs of your romantic two days. The snow covered vineyards and the cozy tasting rooms take you miles away from the hubbub of daily life and work. Caution: get your tickets right away. Roz has been the wine consultant for D&W Fresh Markets for 17 years and teaches the wine courses at Baker College’s Culinary Institute. She’s a wine judge, a member of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council and passionate for good food and good wine.

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effects that can surface due to artificial chemicals included in fragrances. In order to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals, search for products or home remedies that utilize organic rose water, rose oils and ingredients. This will ensure the natural beauty benefits without subjecting your body to unwanted chemicals. Explore the list of benefits below to discover how the flower’s inherent properties can bring beauty to your hair and complexion.


Valentine’s Day is near and the romantic holiday’s most treasured flower, the rose, is in full bloom.

Beauty Benefits of Roses

While the rose has a colorful history as a symbol of love and romance in cultures throughout the world, this passionate flower has also been used in beauty remedies since ancient times. The Greeks and the Romans created rose-infused perfumes for seduction purposes with inspiration from stories of the goddesses of love Aphrodite (Greek) and Venus (Roman). The Romans bathed in water with roses to cleanse, tone and hydrate skin. For centuries, the ancient rose oil and rose water fragrances and remedies were pure and natural, but over the past century, products manufactured with synthetic chemicals have taken over the market.

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Control itchy scalp and promote hair growth with a rose water rinse. The flower’s anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties reduce dryness and flaky scalp. It also induces hair growth by promoting circulation to the scalp while nourishing the hair.


Clear your complexion with organic acne control products or remedies that contain rose water or rose oil. The oil’s natural antibacterial and cleansing properties keep skin looking fresh and blemish free while also balancing the pH levels. Say “so long” to fine lines and wrinkles thanks to rose water’s anti-inflammatory properties that act as an astringent when applied topically to the face.


Enjoy the rich floral scents of roses by trying rose water sprays and perfumes that will leave you smelling like a beautiful English rose garden. This Valentine’s Day, hint to your honey that you would like an organic bouquet of roses. Extend the memories of your romantic moments and your beloved bouquet by making the homemade organic rose water scented body spray below. The invigorating fragrance will be a daily reminder of your loved one with every breath you take.

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Remove rose petals from stems and combine petals and vodka in a glass bowl. Allow the mixture to sit one day. With a wooden spoon, mash the rose petals and then add distilled water. Allow mixture to sit for one week, but be sure to mix and mash once a day. After one week, strain the liquid into amber glass spray bottles. Keep the spray refrigerated to maintain freshness. Mist your body with the spray to bring you back to the moment you received your romantic rose bouquet and cherish the memories. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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or three Greenville teenagers, the third weekend in March is one of little sleep and lots of hours spent bundled outdoors. Yet, the trio wouldn’t want it any other way.

Sacrificing extra rest is just part of what has helped these girls earn “Super Cookie Seller” status, which means that 13-year-olds Cassy H. and Ashley C. and 14-year-old Sierra M., have each sold more than 1,500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in one cookie-selling season. To put their cookie enterprise in perspective, they represent the top one percent of all cookie sellers in the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore (GSMISTS) council, a region spanning 30 counties and 10,000+ members.

What’s more, these budding entrepreneurs have accomplished this top level consistently for the past three years. That’s a total of 13,500 boxes of the scrumptious delicacies sold among the trio. Their motivation? Invaluable, hands-on experience in one of the most celebrated and endearing girls’ business programs on the planet, as well as the

Trio of Greenville Teens Find Delicious Rewards as “Super Cookie Sellers.” opportunity to reap achievement awards ranging from Kindles and iPads to international trips. While nearly 50 percent of each box of cookies sold helps GSMISTS provide troop programming, enrichment, and community philanthropy opportunities, any Girl Scout who sells 12 boxes or more begins earning a host of rewards. In fact, Cassy, Ashley and Sierra have already saved more than one-half of their 2013 proceeds towards a trip to Puerto Rico this summer with their co-leaders, Kimberly Caverley and Brandy Kruger. Caverley and Kruger have been leading Greenville’s Troop #03108 for the past six years. “They work as a team,” explained Caverley. “There is no out-selling or competition among the girls.” “It’s all about taking responsibility and action,” said Sierra. They spend countless hours perfecting their approach, making colorful, attention-getting signs, working with local businesses, and even dressing up as a giant Thin Mint cookie to inspire sales. “It’s definitely a learning experience,” said Cassy. “I’ve learned to make sure your [advertising] signs aren’t too small and finding a good location is really important.” The trio also shares proceeds with their beloved community. They have donated pajamas to a women’s

shelter, provided dinner for the church which offers a weekly meeting place, created more than 100 meals in-a-bag for an area food pantry and made cigarette disposals for two local parks. The troop may be small, but its members have big dreams. Each girl plans to attain their Gold Award, the highest Girl Scouting achievement, making them eligible for many college scholarships. While excelling at cookie product sales has been a great honor, one only needs to look at the hundreds of colorful badges and photographs among them to recognize the multitude of ways Girl Scouting has enriched their lives. “Girl Scouts is so much more than cookies, camping, and crafts,” explained Gloria Lara, CEO of GSMISTS. “The cookie program helps girls develop five essential skills for a lifetime: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.”

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Heart to Heart You will have the opportunity to bid on this crystal-encrusted bag during the Purs-onalities Silent Auction at the Go Red for Women Luncheon. We’ll see you at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College February 27, 2014 at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the event benefit our local chapter of the American Heart Association. This gorgeous haute red, “Heart to Heart” bag by Mary Frances is bursting with intense passion! This leatherette and soft taffeta bag is also bursting with your pass to enjoy many nights out on the town. We’re filling the bag with tickets to the Opera, Grand Rapids Ballet, Symphony, Gerald R. Ford Museum, St. Cecilia, Circle Theatre, Civic Theatre, and Broadway Grand Rapids and gift cards to Twisted Rooster! Women’s Lifestyle Magazine is proud to be a sponsor for the Go Red for Women campaign since its inception ten years ago, and our local Go Red for Women Luncheon from day one. For more information and to buy tickets, visit:

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Stay connected throughout February to improve your heart health. • February 5: Wood TV8’s eightWest with Helayne Sherman, MD, PhD, FACC, on women’s heart health. Tune in at 11 a.m. • February 7: National Wear Red Day®. Wear Red to support awareness for women’s heart health. • February 13: Doctor Dialogue Series “Heart of the Matter: Women’s Health,” with Helayne Sherman, MD, PhD, FACC, Diane Bitner, MD, OB-GYN and Lisa Verschueren, RD, CDE. These experts will be discussing heart health for women at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Follow Spectrum Health on Facebook and Twitter @spectrumhealth to learn more about heart health. #heartvascular

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or 10 years, we have been fighting heart disease individually and together as part of the Go Red For Women movement. We have proudly worn red, shared stories of survival and begun to understand the truth about women’s hearts and how heart disease can be prevented. Creating awareness through Go Red For Women has saved more than 627,000 lives.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and accounts for one-third of our deaths. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. Women who Go Red are not only gaining awareness, but making better choices to prevent it.

Join us in celebration of the 10th National Wear Red Day on February 7, 2014. Go Red For Women is asking all women across America to contribute in making America Go Red and saving women’s lives. To learn more, visit or You can also visit the Facebook page or call 1-888-MY-HEART. We believe that Go Red For Women is a powerful way to spread awareness and encourage heart health. Join us at the 2014 West Michigan Go Red for Women Luncheon on February 27, 2014 in the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College. Shop and learn, partake in the purse-onalities auction, hear compelling speakers and attend interactive learning sessions.

Heart Attack Signs in Women 1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. 2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. 3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. 4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, vomiting or lightheadedness. 5. The most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away. Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment when they arrive. EMS staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster treatment at the hospital, too. It is best to call EMS for rapid transport to the emergency room

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unchecked. She recommends topping one cup of plain, lowfat yogurt with a half cup of muesli. From there, add a halfcup of sliced grapes and one tablespoon of chopped walnuts.

Amidst the flurry of activity in the morning hours, it may be difficult to find time to make a heart-healthy breakfast. Here, Patricia Bannan, MS, RD, a frequent CNN and Today Show contributor and author of Eat Right When Time is Tight, offers four fast, easy options for busy women on the go.

Homemade Smoothie The night before, put half of a peeled banana in small freezer bag with a cup of frozen berries.

Instant Oatmeal When you only have five minutes to spare, Bannan suggests grabbing a packet of instant oatmeal, throwing it into a bowl with water (per instructions), heating it in the microwave and then stirring in a tablespoon of flax seed. Try topping it with a sliced banana or cut up strawberries for some extra sweetness, she says.

“In the morning, empty the bag into a blender with a half cup of low-fat yogurt and add ice until it blends smooth,” Bannan says. “Take it to-go with a handful of almonds and you’ll be out the door with a better quality, more affordable option than anything you’d get in a drive-thru.”

Quick Eggs “Eggs get a bad rap for being high in cholesterol,” Bannan says. “But there are definitely ways to make them heart-healthy by eating egg whites, skipping the salt and considering hot sauce instead.” For an extra boost, scramble your eggs and toast two pieces of whole-grain bread at the same time. When your toast is ready, spread a tablespoon of peanut butter on top and then eat them with your scrambled eggs on the side, recommends Bannan. Total prep and cook time: less than 10 minutes. Yogurt and Muesli Yogurt is a smart and easy option for breakfast. As Bannan explains, it also protects against gum disease, which can lead to heart disease if

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ADVOCATE Kay Rose Building a Family Legacy of Health

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rowing up, Kay Rose watched her mother’s health habits, and now her two teenage sons are watching hers. “I lost my mother when I was 23,” said Rose. “But I watched her struggle with health problems most of my life.

My mom suffered a stroke when she was in her 40s, and I was only 3 or 4 years old at that time. I grew up with the knowledge that my mom was a stroke survivor.”

Rose’s mother suffered reoccurrences of mini-strokes and ultimately had to have bypass surgery. “She never woke up from surgery,” Rose said, her voice catching. “She had a fatal stroke on the operating table.” Rose’s own health habits have become a part of her daily routine. She knows her habits, from what goes on her plate to her workouts, have a big effect on her health as well as the health of her growing boys. Rose began her career as an administrative associate at American Heart Association in Grand Rapids last April. She has been volunteering for the Go Red For Women campaign for five years. Prior to her job at AHA, she worked at Weight Watchers, where she learned what a difference a few changes to her daily habits could make on her overall health. “I’d been overweight all of my life by about 50 pounds or so,” she said. “My cholesterol numbers were elevated, but when I got to about age 40, my blood pressure started creeping up, too. I had had readings of about 120 over 80, but then they got to be around 150 over 100. My doctor wasn’t overly concerned yet, but he didn’t want me to take blood pressure medication because I was already taking medication for my cholesterol.”


Her doctor encouraged her to take her health into her own hands. He suggested she watch her diet and begin a regular exercise routine. It was a wake-up call for Rose, and she decided to take his advice to heart. “I didn’t want my sons to watch my health deteriorate the way I had watched my mom’s,” Rose said. She joined Weight Watchers and started on an exercise program called EcoTrek, a year-round program based on doing workouts out in nature, regardless of weather. Rose lost 25 pounds through Weight Watchers and has lost 75 pounds overall. She has maintained her weight loss now for five years. Her doctor monitored her blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, and both went down. She was able to stop taking medication for cholesterol. “I’ve learned that to lose weight and keep it off, you don’t go on a diet,” said Rose. “You make a lifestyle change. It has to be cohesive — healthy eating and healthy levels of activity. I learned to identify my triggers for overeating, and now I monitor myself and make smarter choices.” Rose has enrolled in a local yoga studio, takes walks over her lunch hour at work, and continues to explore different kinds of exercise to keep from ever getting bored – even belly dancing. She is as likely to take a kickboxing class as to twirl a hula hoop. She meditates to keep down stress levels and continues as an EcoTrekker. The best part? Rose has noticed that her teen sons are following in her steps. “They’re more receptive now to trying new things,” she smiled. “I shop at farmers markets now, and when I bring home fresh vegetables, they’re more likely to taste new foods. So I think about my kids when I think about my own health. My choices affect my life, but they affect the lives of my children, too.”

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Answers to Common



by Dr. Helayne Sherman

t’s easy for women to assume that the symptoms they’re experiencing aren’t related to heart disease, or that the chances of them having heart problems is slim. However, it is better to be proactive in knowing the signs and symptoms prior to experiencing them to prevent further health issues. Below are answers to a few common questions that can help you determine what a heart attack feels like and what to do if you are unsure — just in case it does happen to you. Q: What will my pulse feel like during a heart attack? A: A heart attack occurs when arteries get blocked and the heart muscle is deprived of blood and oxygen. The blockage is usually caused by a blood clot. If the clot cuts off the blood flow completely, the part of the heart muscle supplied by that artery begins to die. Depending on where the blockage occurs, your heart rate may be slower or faster than normal, or there may be no change in your heart rate. As a result, it is unlikely that you would be able to determine whether you are having a heart attack from your heart rate or pulse. If you think something is wrong, the best thing to do is to call 911 and follow the operator’s instructions.

Q: Should I take aspirin during a heart attack? A: Aspirin thins the blood and helps prevent blood clots from forming, and therefore can help during a heart attack. In fact, research from the American Heart Association shows that getting an aspirin early in the treatment of a heart attack, along with other treatments EMTs and Emergency Department physicians provide, can significantly improve your chances of survival. Aspirin won’t treat your heart attack by itself, so don’t take it, wait for pain relief, and then take action. It’s important, however, to first call 911. Listen to the operator’s instructions, and if he or she tells you to take aspirin, have him or her make sure you don’t have an allergy or a condition that makes using it too risky. Note: Taking aspirin isn’t advised during a stroke. Most strokes are caused by clots (or in some cases, ruptured blood vessels), thus taking aspirin can make bleeding strokes more severe. Q: Heart disease affects more men, and cancer is the real threat for women, correct? A: Heart disease is a killer that strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease remains the No. 1 cause of death in women. While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease claims the lives of one in three. That’s roughly one death each minute.

Quitting Smoking Reduces Heart Risk Faster Cigarette smokers over age 65 may be able to lower their risk of cardiovascular disease-related deaths to the level of neversmokers when they quit, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013. A study showed that older people who smoked less than 32 “pack years” (3.2 packs a day for no more than 10 years) or less than one pack a day for 30 years and gave up smoking 15 or fewer years ago lowered their risks of developing heart failure or dying from heart failure, heart attacks and strokes to the same level as those who had never smoked. Previous research showed it may take up to 15 years of abstinence for smokers to reach similar cardiovascular death risks as people who never smoke, but many of the people in the study were able to reduce their risk in less than 15 years (median eight years). “It’s good news,” said Ali Ahmed, M.D., M.P.H., senior researcher and professor of cardiovascular disease at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine. “Now there’s a chance for less waiting period to get a cleaner bill of cardiovascular health.” Ahmed and his colleagues analyzed 13 years of medical information compiled in the Cardiovascular Health Study, started in 1989 and funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. They compared 853 people who quit smoking 15 or fewer years before with 2,557 people who had never smoked. Of the 853 former smokers, 319 had smoked less than 32 pack years. Pack years are determined by multiplying the cigarette packs smoked per day times the number of years a person has smoked.

Q: Doesn’t heart disease just happen to older people? A: Heart disease affects women of all ages. For younger women, the combination of birth control pills and smoking boosts heart disease risks by 20 percent. There has also been a rise in heart disease in younger women as a result of the increasing rates of type II diabetes and obesity. The risk of heart disease increases with age and is related to cardiac risk factors, which include high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, smoking, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle and obesity. These risk factors can cause plaque to accumulate and lead to clogged arteries later in life. There are also some people who are born with a heart condition, called congenital heart disease.

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HEALTH FIRST AShLey heiTzMAn Heart Disease Survivor by Zinta Aistars


hen Ashley Heitzman, 19, felt lightheaded in her dormitory shower at Aquinas College, she nearly fainted. She called out to her roommates for help, and they assisted her to the couch. Heitzman’s friends called campus safety patrol to be safe. They told Heitzman to drink some water, as she was no doubt dehydrated on that warm day. Although it was probably nothing, Heitzman made a call the next day to the campus doctor to check on what had caused her nearly fainting the day before. A certified physician assistant was on call that day at the Aquinas health center. She did an examination on the sophomore and detected a heart murmur. “I was confused,” recalled Heitzman. “How could there be something wrong with my heart? I felt fine!” When Heitzman underwent an electrocardiogram (EKG) and later at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital, however, she was diagnosed with atrial septal defect, a congenital heart defect commonly known as a hole in the heart. An opening in the dividing wall between the upper filling chambers of the heart, or atria, had caused Heitzman’s weakness. “At 33 millimeters, the doctors told me it was among the largest such holes that they’d ever seen,” said Heitzman. Dr. Joseph Vettukattil, an interventional cardiologist, and Dr. Marcus Haw, a congenital heart surgeon, immediately scheduled Heitzman for surgery at Helen DeVos


Children’s Hospital. The first surgery didn’t go as well as hoped, as the hole in Heitzman’s heart proved too large to close without openheart surgery. A week after her first surgery, Heitzman was back in the operating room. “Dr. Vettukattil was so nice,” said Heitzman. “He held my hand and asked me not to be cross with him that they had to do another surgery. The tissue around the hole had been too weak for him to close it on the first try.” Heitzman chose to have her open heart surgery done through the side rather than opening her rib cage. “They went in through my right side so there would be no scar on my chest,” Heitzman smiled. “I understood it would take longer to heal this way because they would have to go through nerves and muscles, but it sounded less scary to me.” Her youth was to her benefit, however, as the surgery was a success and Heitzman healed more quickly than expected. In cardiac rehab sessions, she was the center of attention among more senior patients. “I’ve learned so much about heart health from everyone that now I am much more aware of my health,” she said. “I hadn’t realized how much more energy I can have. I realize what a blessing this was — I was told I could have had heart failure by age 40, or my heart could have stopped during labor later in life.” Heitzman counts her blessings, too, as she prepares for a physician-approved study abroad experience in Costa Rica as part of her college education in the spring. “I’m so lucky! This could have happened in Costa Rica, at high altitude, far from home. My doctors tell me that once I am fully recovered, I will be an entirely new and better person,” Heitzman said.

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Sweet Sensations

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alentine’s day has been causing romantic frenzy since the medieval period, when Knights would deliver roses to maidens and their beauty was celebrated by song. The notion of giving candy, however, was not common because sugar was considered a precious commodity. Beginning with Richard Cadbury, scion of a notable chocolate producing family, intricately designed boxes containing newfound chocolate edibles began hitting the shelves. In coincidence with the Cupid’s Golden Age, these boxes wore roses and romantic saints; Cadbury saw it as a splendid marketing opportunity to mesh his chocolate with the love-crazed fray. Ever since, the connection between Valentine’s Day and chocolate has been inseparable.


In the last century, chocolate has been thought to have aphrodisiacal qualities. It does indeed contain phenylethylamine, a neurotransmitter and stimulant known to increase with the feelings of love; however, scientists have discovered that the phenylethylamine is digested too quickly to have a real effect on the brain. Even so, the notion of giving and receiving a gift that symbolizes love can increase ones admiration for another, naturally heightening the chemicals responsible for elation and libido. This Valentine’s Day, why not spread as much sweet as possible? Chocolate can be shared in more ways

than just a decorative box. Try something contemporary and unique with your partner that will enliven each of their senses. Spend an evening in your own home dedicated to romance and use these ways to taste, smell, hear, see and feel chocolate.


Begin your night by listening to a personalized play list of chocolate songs. Searching on iTunes will land you a variety of songs with lyrical or symbolic chocolate presence. For an easier way to gather a list of recordings, purchase an album such as Music From the Chocolate Lands or flashback to the 70s with an album from the band Hot Chocolate.


Set the mood by lighting tea lights and votives that release the scent of chocolate. Whether you desire to smell white, milk or dark chocolate, local stores and home goods suppliers will positively have options. In addition, baking with chocolate will redolent a kitchen with cocoa, and provide a tasty desert for the conclusion of the evening.


Your mouth’s palate is the most obvious way to enjoy chocolate. A box of Cadbury’s finest will provide a savor flavor to eat, but what about drinking? Try double boiling your favorite candy bar until melted and adding vodka for a creamy treat, or making a Chocolate Martini with crème de cacao (1 part), vodka (1 part), and half and half (2 parts) for an relaxing appetizer. For dinner, try researching recipes such as chocolate chip chili, dark chocolate pasta sauce or a fruity salad with chocolate vinaigrette. The possibilities to satisfy a craving are endless.


Cozy up on your couch with your partner and experience how chocolate can create romance and adventure in front of your eyes. Both the old and new version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will release your inner child. To keep the amorous aura, snack on the baked goods from earlier and watch the French classic, Chocolat, and let the sweetness you see match the sweetness you taste.


How can chocolate be felt? Chocolate baths drawn from cocoa butter, chocolate milk or a bubble bar are the perfect end to a romantic night. For the giving couples, exchange rubdowns while using a chocolate massage bar such as Chocolala from Lush Cosmetics. Massage bars are made with natural butters and oils and are designed to melt at body temperature, allowing for a mess-free moisturizing massage. Go ahead, indulge in your chocolate obsession. There’s no better way to wallow in romance than to use the classic edible as a focal point for the night.

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To Prenup,

or not to Prenup? by Elizabeth Leuder and Raquel Salas


n average, 260,000 people get engaged on Valentine’s Day every year. With all these lovebirds planning weddings and honeymoons, many couples fail to address the economic realities of marriage. Most engaged couples, of course, believe that their marriage will last “until death do us part.” With two out of five marriages ending in divorce, some questions arise. How would you want your assets, debts and property handled in the event of a divorce or death? Should one spouse receive alimony?

You don’t have to be a Rockefeller to need a premarital agreement. A person who has managed to save $30,000 may be more protective of their little nest egg than someone who has millions. You should consider having a prenuptial agreement if you fall into any of the following categories: • You have significant personal assets, such as a home, stock or retirement funds • You own all or part of a business

• You may be receiving an inheritance

• You have children from a previous marriage

• One of you is or may be much wealthier than the other

How does one broach this delicate subject? Do it sooner than later. Let your beloved know that you think these agreements are important and that you would like to discuss the issue. The conversation about whether


or not to have a prenup can be a great entry into the conversation about finances that every couple should have before tying the knot: who will pay for what? Who will stay home with the children? How much do we need to save for retirement?

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you don’t have to be a Rockefeller to need a premarital agreement. As difficult as it may be to discuss these issues, doing so can save a lot of heartache and hassle in the long run. A prenup can minimize the financial and emotional toll of a divorce, and if you don’t want a divorce court to make the final decision about how your assets will be divided, a prenup can protect you. If you decide to go ahead with preparing an agreement, of course we recommend seeing a family law attorney who has experience with these contracts. However, if you prefer to create the agreement yourself, note that to be enforceable, the agreement must be:

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Voluntary for both parties

Contain full financial disclosure Fair to both parties

Not be illegal or opposed to public policy

Also note that you cannot waive rights to child support payments, and most issues regarding child custody and support must be reviewed and sanctioned by the court. Drink your champagne, get a manicure and have your ring professionally polished, but don’t get too caught up in the engagement bliss. A marriage is a contract, and it’s better to find out if you are financially compatible before the wedding.

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Grand Rapids Ballet presents Rubies for Valentine’s Day.

CIRCLE THEATRE Audition Workshop Circle Theatre is holding a workshop for the 2014 musical auditions! Jesus Christ Superstar

Through February 2

Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon. The exhibition will highlight eight stories and countries from around the world where grandmothers are leading movements to make the world a better place for their grandchildren. Grand Rapids Public Museum. “Vital, sharp-witted and ferociously smart.” Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Grand Rapids Symphony: Russian Masters. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm.

Through February 15

Meijer Garden’s Animal Adventures: Surviving the Wild (in collaboration with John Ball Zoo). Have fun exploring the survival techniques of a bird, mammal and reptile. Enjoy watching live animal presentations, listening to interactive animal stories, and playing animal games. $5 members, $7 non-members.

Through February 16

Zero+: The conversation between universal and personal is created when Duimstra incorporates elements of the visual language of the everyday into his creations. ZERO+ organizes the subtle and dynamic expansions of his work into a mature and evocative showcase. Mary Ann Aitken: Black Abstract. Views of urban streets, domestic vignettes, and organic textures are brought to life with a personal and intimate tenderness that brings out a depth of understanding that is rarely articulated. UICA. Free for members, $5 for non-members.

Carrie The Musical

Monty Pythons Spamalot

Through February 22

Beauty Given by Grace: The Biblical Art of Sadao Watanabe. Watanabe has devoted his life to depicting stories of the bible in a visual language understandable to the Japanese. Finding inspiration in folk art, he and his wife produced each stencil and print on handmade paper. Calvin Center Art Gallery. Striking Impressions: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Permanent Collection. Spanning 250 years of printmaking, this exhibition features over 30 Japanese woodblock prints from Calvin College’s permanent collection. The work style varies from as early as 1700 to the early 20th century. Calvin Center Art Gallery.

Improve your auditioning skills! Get the inside scoop on audition choreography! Get one on one feedback! Saturday, February 22 @ 10AM Circle Theatre Black Box @ the Aquinas Performing Arts Center

Through February 23

Parallel: Artwork of Sarah Knill. Microscopic wonders and macroscopic odysseys are elicited throughout the investigations of visual artist Sarah Knill. Parallel explores the relationship between disparate elements and the similarities that are encompassed therein. UICA. Free for members, $5 for non-members.

Cost: $55 per person

Replica of the Universe Methodology features work produced using an experimental research methodology tto explore a particular location. Daniel Luchman chose Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to be the focus of his investigation. Free for members, $5 for non-members.

Through March 9

Ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle. Skating is $1.00 (17 and under) and $2 (18 and up) and skate rentals are free with a photo ID.

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o kick this column into high gear I just couldn’t pick one. Instead I included two stellar events to ink into your calendar for February faster than an Audi goes from 0 to 60. One gets your heart pumping and the other helps you beat the winter blues. I’ll be there and hope you are able to join the fun too!

American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” Luncheon Thursday, February 27, 2014 10 am – 1:30 pm $150 ticket ( at Calvin College’s Prince Conference Center Help raise funds and awareness of the dangers of heart disease in West Michigan through a sassy and chic purse auction, informative education sessions, and a heart healthy lunch with hosts Tommy and Brook from STAR 105.7 FM. They keep it lively and pack the event with their sense of humor. Who wouldn’t want a new handbag to flaunt upon returning to the office or shopping with girlfriends? Sounds like my kind of event: having fun and learning the symptoms of a heart attack. After all, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in women.

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore’s BADGE BASH! Wednesday, February 26, 2014 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm $30 ticket ( Give/badge-bash) at the Goei Center Take part in BADGE BASH, an interactive party where guests explore and earn traditional scouting “badges” in unconventional ways while tasting local foods, signature drinks based on Girl Scout cookies and dancing to the hot beats of DJ Matthew Downey. Activities include pitching with the West Michigan Whitecaps, building your own s’more, and winning an incredible grand prize, all for the bargain price of $30. The purpose is to raise funds for programs that encourage local girls to become well-rounded leaders by teaching them essential skills and boosting their confidence. Men and women are welcome for the 21+ event and it’s certain to be a crazy fun night out that beats the winter blues (and boy, or should I say, girl, it’s been a winter) with more than 300 attendees expected to support our Grand Rapids girls.

Jennifer partakes in community collaborations at Women’s Lifestyle and is the director of fund development & communications at Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore. She can be found in GR drinking wine, boutique shopping or page-turning a good book.


Through April 27

Grand Rapids Public Museum presents Dinosaurs Unearthed! A comprehensive exhibition that explores the exciting discovery of feathered dinosaurs and their connection to modern day birds. Prices vary. Grand Rapids Art Museum presents The Emily Fisher Landau Collection. $8 adults, $7 senior and students, $5 youth (ages 6-17), free for 5 and under.

Through May 7

Growing Up Grand! Follow Gerald Ford from his birth in Nebraska, to his growing up in Grand Rapids, to his graduation from the University of Michigan. A first-of-its-kind look at the making of our 38th president.

Through October 12

GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2013: Encore. This exhibition underscores the significance of Grand Rapids’ annual ArtPrize event by presenting selected highlights from ArtPrize on a year-round basis.

February 4

Meanwhile Movie: Lost Boys. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. Tickets for members $5, non-members $6.

February 4 – 9

Broadway Grand Rapids presents “Sister Act.” It tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look — a convent. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. $37+.

February 7

National Wear Red Day: the one day a year when red becomes the most fashionable color in West Michigan. The American Heart Association encourages area residents to show their support for the Go Red For Women movement by wearing red that day.

Through October 31

Discover Meijer Garden’s special, two-year long exhibition showcasing revolutionary sculptor, Bernar Venet. Demonstrating his iconic work in steel, five of Venet’s large-scale sculptures will be displayed outdoors on the front lawn.

February 1

Drop-In Family Saturdays at the Art Museum: Beetles + Bugs + Snails. Children and their adult chaperones participate in exciting art exploration activities in the Education Studio. 1 pm – 4 pm. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Rylee’s Ace Hardware presents the Canning Diva, demonstrating how to can special creations. Learn canning basics and how to make Beef Burgundy, a delicacy home canned meal. 2 pm. Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, exclusively for GRAM members. Enjoy snacks and beverages from 10 am – 2 pm, activities, conversations and a lecture by GRAM Director and CEO, Ana Friis-Hansen at 3 pm. Free for members only. Grand Rapids Art Museum. GR: Best Served Chilled. Downtown Grand Rapids Arena District bars and restaurants participate in a one of a kind bar crawl. Each venue features specials on two unique winter drinks. Attendees vote on their favorite drink during the event via text message. $15 tickets include t-shirt (first come, first serve). 2 pm – 9:30 pm. Grand Rapids Symphony Classical: Russian Matters. Expect drama and splendor in this concert celebrating four iconic Russian composers. The star of the night: Rachmaninoff and his demanding, finger-busting third piano concerto. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. $18+.

February 2

Sunday Classical Concert Series: Harmony and Contrasts. 2 pm – 3 pm. Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Go Red for Women Fashion Passion Party: Featuring fashions from Stephanie McNamara Meulenberg for Carlisle Wear red and join us at Eve’s Lounge at the B.O.B. for a fashion show, drink specials, hors d’oeuvres, networking, and a special Purse-onalities Silent Auction. 5 pm – 8 pm. B.O.B. downtown. $25 advance, $35 at the door. Celebrate with Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) of West Michigan on 10 years as an outreach ministry. The event will have live music, an ethnic fare meal, and presentations by UMC leadership. First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids. 6:30 pm. $30 tickets, $250 sponsorships. For general and ticket information, contact Laura Rampersad at or (616) 481-8145. Creativity Uncorked: Legacy. Grand Rapids Art Museum. $25 members, $30 non-members. 7 pm – 9:30 pm.

February 7 – 20

Balancing Point collaborative exhibition. KCAD and Saugatuck Center for the Arts have joined in this exhibition featuring four vignettes, each

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February 8

Drop-In Family Saturdays at the Art Museum: Beetles + Bugs + Snails. Children and their adult chaperones are welcome to join the fun and participate in exciting art exploration activities in the Education Studio. 1 pm – 4 pm. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Arts In Motion’s Dance On, an allday marathon event in the Wege Ballroom at Aquinas College. $10 or $50 in pledges, which includes lunch, refreshments and a t-shirt. For more info, visit

Escalante, who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus. $14+.

February 14

Valentine Comedy Explosion with Eddie Griffin & Friends: A popular comedian turned actor who started his career on-stage as a dare, funnyman Eddie Griffin has built an evergrowing fan base since jumping onto the comedy scene in 1990. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. $27.50+. Baker Allegan Studios presents Four Pianos Romance Concert. An enchanting tour de force featuring four pianists on four grand pianos performing the best of Broadway and the movies. Griswold Auditorium, Allegan. 7:30 pm. $17.50 +. Order tickets from or call (269) 903-6883.

Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race – Winter Edition. Over 350 racers will race for 3 hours, completing ontrail and off-trail running, navigation, short snowshoe and fatbike loops (equipment provided), and Amazing Race like challenges. Cannonsburg Ski Area. 9 am. $52.50.

February 14 & 15

Rylee’s Ace Hardware presents Cake Pop Demo, a brief course on learning to make cake pops with Chef Terri Rees. Michigan Street location. 11 am.

Rubies: George Balanchine’s Rubies, a work that “sends its dancers racing across the stage like lightning to Stravinsky’s jazz-inflected piano capriccio. Grand Rapids Ballet Peter Wege Theater. 7:30 pm. $40.

February 9

Lady Antebellum “Take Me Downtown” Tour with Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves. $35+. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. Sunday Classical Concert Series: Western Brass Quintet. 2 pm – 3 pm. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Chiaroscuro International Film presents Im Juli (Germany) as a part of their Global Cities themed line up. 2 pm, with the option of an engagement panel of local experts and cultural refreshments following. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

February 11

Meanwhile Movie: Natural Born Killers. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. $5 members, $6 non-members.

February 11 & 12

Shen Yun Performing Arts at DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. $50+.

February 13 – March 1

Master Arts Theatre presents “Stand and Deliver.” This drama is the compelling true story of a dedicated East Los Angeles teacher, Jaime

The Great Brew Ha-Ha: Check out over 100 amazing craft beers and laugh with comedians Al Jackson and Pat McGann and many others. Delta Plex. 5 pm – 10 pm. $10 - $40. Visit for more information.

February 14 -16

The Stark Turn Players present 10-minute scripts on the theme “out of time” as part of the second annual Lake Effect Fringe Festival. The bestin-show script will be chosen by a panel of judges. Dog Story Theater, Grand Rapids. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm. $12 adults, $8 students and seniors (available in advance only). The Grand Rapids Public Museum is hosting Dinosaur Walk: a thrilling experience where guests can watch a dinosaur walk throughout the Galleria on the first floor of the museum. Admission is free with general admission.

February 15

Pop Scholars: improvisational comedy team that combines fast paced comedy with intelligence. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. $7. Grand Rapids Symphony presents “The Music of the Rolling Stones.” DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. $32+. Drop-In Family Saturdays at the Art Museum: Beetles + Bugs + Snails. Children and their adult chaperones are welcome to join the fun and

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2014 Grammy Award winning baritone, songwriter and actor, Gregory Porter performs at St. Cecilia Music Center on February 20th.

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Sunday Classical Concert Series: Monroe String Quartet. 2 pm – 3 pm. Grand Rapids Art Museum.

February 18

Meanwhile Movie: Purple Rain. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. $5 members, $6 non-members.

February 19

Keystone Pharmacy’s “Ask the Nutritionist.” Why do you need a nutritionist? How to choose quality vitamins and supplements? 5:30 pm – 7 pm. RSVP at BrandiG@

February 20

Grammy Award winning baritone, Gregory Porter performs at St. Cecilia Music Center. $40 adults, $10 students. 7:30 pm. Just Lips! Members of the Grand Rapids Bar Association lip sync popular songs with choreographed dances and fabulous costumes. $25. 7 pm. 30 Days Back To Health Cleanse kickoff. Organized by Dr. Kelly Hassberger, the all-inclusive cleanse program includes dietary and lifestyle changes, education, supplements for gentle detoxification, and suggested recipes by Chef Jen Foley. Grand Rapids Natural Health, Kentwood. Register at www.grnaturalhealth. com/30days Flat River Gallery & Framing announces guest artist Nancy Clouse. 6 pm – 8 pm. www.

WYCE Jammies XV: Celebrate the best music of 2013. Intersection. Free. 5 pm – 11 pm. George Balanchine’s Rubies, a work that “sends its dancers racing across the stage like lightning to Stravinsky’s jazz-inflected piano capriccio. Grand Rapids Ballet’s Peter Wege Theater. 7:30 pm. $40.

February 22

Improve your audition skills, get in inside scoop on audition choreography and get one-on-one feedback at Circle Theatre’s audition workshop. 10 am. $55 per person. Drop-In Family Saturdays at the Art Museum: Beetles + Bugs + Snails. Children and their adult chaperones are welcome to join the fun and participate in exciting art exploration activities in the Education Studio. 1 pm – 4 pm. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Live Coverage: See the some of the region’s most exciting visual artists create work LIVE, stroll the selection of finished art, and bid in the silent and LIVE auctions. Ticket includes valet parking, fine food, and one drink. UICA. 7 pm – 11 pm. $65. 9th Annual Winter Beer Festival (SOLD OUT): featuring more than 300 different beers available to sample from over 50 Michigan craft breweries. Fifth Third Ballpark. Rylee’s Ace Hardware presents Seed Starting Basics, a free demo on learning how to successfully start your vegetable or flower garden from seeds. 10 am.

February 23

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival. Concert-goers will hear the greatest hits from blockbuster movies Aladdin,


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The Little Mermaid, and Disney/ Pixar’s Toy Story remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country. DeVos Performance Hall. 1 pm & 4 pm. $18+. Sunday Classical Concert Series: Works by Schubert. 2 pm – 3 pm. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Chiaroscuro International Film presents La Double Vie de Veronique (Poland and France) as a part of their Global Cities themed line up. 2 pm. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

February 24

Grand Rapids Vein Clinic free screening 5 – 8 pm. (616) 454-8442

February 25

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure showing at Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. 3rd Annual I.BALL Gala and awards event to support WMCAT and celebrate innovation, imagination and inspiration in our community. 6 pm 9:30 pm. Goei Center. $100. Evangelization of Art: Holy Family Radio, Acton Institute and Aquinas College are partnering to bring Raymond Arroyo to Aquinas College. 7 pm.

February 26

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore’s BADGE BASH, an interactive party where guests explore and earn traditional “badges” in unconventional ways while tasting local foods, signature drinks and dancing to hot beats with DJ Matthew Downey. Goei Center. 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. $30. Search for the event on www. to buy tickets.

February 26 – April 10

LowellArts! will display selected artwork of the 28th Annual West Michigan Regional Art Competition. Awards reception on March 16 from 2 pm – 4 pm.

February 27

American Heart Association West Michigan’s Go Red for Women Luncheon: The morning includes A Picture & A Promise, exhibits such as a cooking demo, a discussion of the latest heart health information, networking and a “Purse-inalities” silent auction. Enjoy lunch and a keynote speaker. Prince Conference Center. 10 am – 1:30 pm. The Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year Celebration Luncheon and announcement of the winner of the Grand Rapids Youth of the Year 2014. Paul I Phillips building. 11:30 am – 1 pm. RSVP by Feb. 12 at www. yoy2014.

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Corks, Pucks & Brews 3rd Annual

February 27 – March 2

Disney On Ice: Princesses & Heroes. Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail. $15. VanAndel Arena.

February 28

TIPS The Musical: a brand new musical written and directed by Grand Rapids locals Ian Mockerman and Julia Yob, is a down to earth, expletive-filled comedy about everyday people working for tips. $15. 8 pm. WGVU Public Media and D&W Fresh Market presents the Great, Wine & Food Symposium. Sample from more than 3000 international wine and beer selections and gourmet food from around the globe.Tickets available at all D&W Fresh Market stores, and by calling 800-442-2771. Must be 21+. $50 in advance, $60 at the door (if available). 7:30 pm – 10 pm. Grand Rapids Public Museum.

February 28 – March 23

Civic Theatre presents “Les Miserables.” This multiple Tony Award winning masterpiece follows the story of former prisoner Jean Val Jean, who is on the run from police officer, Javert, rescues Fantine’s daughter, Cosette, and sets out to make a new life for himself.

A wine and craft beer tasting event benefiting Easter Seals

March 3, 2014 6 to 9 p.m. at the Goei Center

818 Butterworth Street • Grand Rapids Enjoy the hospitality of the Grand Rapids Griffins who will be your guest servers for the evening. This event benefits Easter Seals programs and services for children and adults with disabilities or other special needs. Tickets $35 each or two for $50. Includes wine and beer sampling, food, commemorative glass, music, special guest, silent and live auction and more. Must be 21 or over. Sponsors: Flagstar Bank, Art of the Table, and Imperial Beverage. Food by Joseff VanHorn of YoChef’s Catering.

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The Impressionist

Recognizing Our Past, Creating Our Future by Kerri VanderHoff


’ve been thinking a lot about community lately, in particular the West Michigan community. We’re getting noticed near and far for our reenergized city centers, entrepreneurial spirit, collaborative endeavors and philanthropic base. The word “placemaking” gets used quite often in articles and conversations: creating an integrated community, a welcoming and vibrant place where we all live, work and play.

I realize much goes into the idea of placemaking, we can include a huge list of a wide variety of things such as walkability, parks, housing, schools, retail, industry, neighborhoods, volunteerism, diversity… Diversity. I landed on that one for a bit. As with everything else on the list, on any list, it all comes back to the people. As we forge ahead with placemaking ideas, thinking through who we are and where we want to go as a community, I feel compelled to also take time to think about where we have been and how we all arrived here together. It might be good practice for everyone to reflect on this once in awhile during the placemaking process, and we are fortunate that the Grand Rapids Public Museum offers a permanent exhibit that helps to do just that.

It’s been a little while since I visited the museum, so I grabbed a friend and spent a nice Saturday afternoon there recently. We made our way to the third floor, where a large amount of space is devoted to stories about people of our region. Two major sections comprise the exhibit, one is devoted to the Anishinabek, the “first people,” the Ottawa (Odawa), Potowatomi and Chippewa (Ojibwa) Indians who were the first to settle West Michigan in modern times. The other section is titled “Newcomers: People of this Place.” I think this is a nice reminder that many of us, or our ancestors, were newcomers at one time or another along the timeline, even as others continue to arrive. While the exhibit features many different cultures and highlights wonderful, unique attributes as well as how each melded into and influenced the general community of Grand Rapids, it also doesn’t shy away from the stories of tension and conflict over the years, and explores accommodation and change.

Diversity. I landed on that one for a bit. As with everything else on the list, on any list, it all comes back to the people.


The timeline display in one of the entrance halls is comprehensive and informative, showing general waves of arrival and reasons for settling here. The Rites of Passage display shows that despite different outward appearances, we also share many core values as we recognize major

changes in an individual’s life such as birth, coming of age, marriage and death. The entire exhibit incorporates displays of various scope and size, and I imagine it is created to be fluid as we continue to welcome new arrivals and as others contribute additional historical information and artifacts. I appreciate that the Grand Rapids Public Museum undertook such a large initiative and invited numerous members of the community to help tell their own stories. I’m inspired by a quote included in the exhibit from the mayor of Grand Rapids, and I feel ready to enthusiastically participate in future placemaking efforts now that I am more fully informed about the past: “We come in every color, we speak with many accents, we are young and old. This is our time to lead, our time to forge new frontiers of community. Be bold, be courageous, be visionary. The future depends on you.” – Mayor George Heartwell, July 3, 2004. Kerri VanderHoff is a cocreator of the award winning collaborative CulturePassGR. com program and works at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, focusing on a new project called the GRAM GoSite.

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n order to help you jumpstart your workout routine and journey to lifelong heart health, here are five of the best cardio workouts:

5. Group Sports

Grab a coworker and join a company volleyball team. Becoming part of a group forces you to adhere to practice and game times, ensuring you never skimp on a workout.

4. Running

Make a hobby of it. Use it to unplug and enjoy nature for a solid thirty minutes every couple of days. In the colder months, pick a destination marathon somewhere warm and work up to your goal in the gym until the date arrives.

3. Kickboxing

Stressed out at work or at home? Kickboxing will allow you to channel stress into your workout and teach you to throw a mean punch. An added benefit is the feeling of safety you’ll have when walking outside alone at night.


eart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women in the United States. In light of this fact, it is smart to take precautionary measures such as speaking with your doctor about risk factors and adding exercise to your routine. The heart, a muscle in charge of circulating oxygenated blood to the rest of the body, is strengthened by cardio exercise. With the right workout routine, you can decrease your risk of heart-related medical issues. Dr. Helayne Sherman, a cardiologist at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, explained that aerobic exercise is most beneficial to one’s heart.

“Aerobic activity is long in duration, but low in intensity,” Sherman said. “This type of exercise typically uses one large muscle group for at least 15 minutes. The goal is to maintain 60-80 percent of [the] maximal heart rate for the duration of exercise.” The American Heart Association recommends that we spend 30 minutes exercising five days per week. Aerobic exercise strengthens your heart and helps you maintain a healthy weight, decrease your cholesterol, and avoid or cure symptoms of depression. Depression, high cholesterol, and excess weight can all put a strain on your heart. Sherman counsels her patients on how to avoid heart disease and identify risk factors daily. “Moderate exercise can reduce your risk of heart disease, improve strength, endurance, and flexibility,”


Sherman said. “Regular aerobic exercise can also decrease stress, improve mood and help with sleeping.” Sabrina Norcia, a recent graduate of the Grand Valley State University Nursing Program and a kickboxing and cycling instructor at Sports Club of Novi, recommends making a point of moving daily. “Movement helps with the bowels, it helps with blood flow, it helps with the lymph nodes,” Norcia said. “It just kind of detoxes the body.” If that isn’t enough to convince you to jump on the elliptical, according to the Texas Heart Institute, other benefits of aerobic exercise include lowering one’s blood pressure and preventing risk of diabetes. Norcia recently purchased an UP Band that she wears daily in order to keep track of her steps and sleep patterns. It vibrates if she has been inactive for over 30 minutes. “My theory in life is that movement is the secret to longevity,” Norcia said. Outside of exercise, both Sherman and Norcia recommend maintaining a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and natural fiber (which absorbs cholesterol). By adding aerobic exercise to your routine and raw foods to your diet, you can take care of your heart and boost your energy level.

2. Swimming

Swimming is great for not only your heart, but your joints as well. Whereas running can damage one’s joints over time, swimming protects them. Inconveniently, you’ll need a pool for this activity. Either make friends with someone who has one or join your local gym.

1. Cycling

Cycling is arguably the best cardio workout because of its spectrum of resistance levels. Sustained aerobic activity is the most beneficial form of exercise for your heart, and cycling allows you to reach different heart rates while working out due to the peaks and valleys of the courses.

Emily is a Michiganbased writer, poet, and social media consultant. She also works as the Communications Director of the nonprofit project El Sueño (“The Dream”).

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hether you’re newlyweds, just moving in together, or seasoned long-term partners looking to renovate an existing space, few things can challenge a relationship like designing a home. It involves changing personal environment, making countless decisions, solving problems, endless compromise and spending money. Before throwing in the towel and living with that old sofa from college in order to keep the peace, consider these guidelines to create your dream space together.

Define Your Styles

Individually, spend time pouring through interior photos on Houzz. com, Pinterest and other home designrelated sites and magazines to develop a collection of favorite spaces, furnishings and fixtures. Sit down and share one another’s vision. Common preferences may be found. Even if one person leans towards modern and the other traditional, photos start a dialogue and define a common language to guide you through the process.

Carve out time to write down a scope of work and budget. This is not a place to bring in emotion. Simply run down the list of wants and prioritize them in an order of what is most important to least important. Designate a budget for each project and set timelines based on what can be spent and what can reasonably be done within your schedule. Unless long term planning and saving has already occurred, chances are not everything can be done at once. Take it one step at a time.

to the vision board to keep your eye on the overall project.

Enlist a Referee

Hire a design professional. It’s not a joke when I tell people that 70 percent of my job is psychology, 20 percent peace maker, and 10 percent actual design. Bring on a team member who is not emotionally involved to give honest, professional advice to bring the dream into reality.


Know when to step back and not take the design process so seriously. Creating a home together should be fun. What a lovely opportunity to express who you are as a couple and build an environment for the life you want to live. Make decisions respectfully, compromise where necessary and lighten up. Before you know it, that photo board of ideas will be surrounding the both of you in real life.

Analyze Current Possessions

Walk through your home room by room armed with paper, pencil and camera. Create an inventory of existing pieces and determine what stays and what goes. This obviously will involve a good amount of compromise, so keep cool and refer

Ashley Cole is a professional interior designer with a passion for all things style. Her work has been featured on HGTV as well as numerous publications. www.

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oming from someone who adores stick-to-your-ribs comfort food, I understand that making healthy choices isn’t always easy. We all have our favorite dishes that remind us of home and, let’s be honest, butter tends to be the first ingredient. Over the past decade or so, with health and nutrition becoming such a hot topic, I’ve made the decision to focus on learning about healthier alternatives to my favorite sinful dishes. By switching a handful of ingredients, you can save yourself tons of calories and fat grams without skimping on flavor. I’ve found that not only are some of these alternatives sufficient, but some are also preferable. The following recipes have become some of my go-to favorites when I’m craving something heavy, but really need something light. We only have this one life and this one body; who, if not you, is going to keep it healthy and functioning?


Loaded Cheeseburger makeover:

Open Faced Turkey Burger with Sautéed Vegetables 1 pound lean ground turkey (about 90 percent) 2 tablespoons red onion, minced plus 1/2 cup more, sliced thin 1 tablespoon red bell pepper, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 cup mushrooms, sliced thin 1 cup fresh baby spinach 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles 4 slices whole wheat bread, toasted olive oil, for searing salt and pepper to taste Preheat your oven to 375 F. In a bowl, combine the turkey, minced onion, pepper, garlic, and Worcestershire. Mix the ingredients with your hands

until just combined, being careful not to over work the meat. Form the mixture into 4 burger patties and pat them out until they’re no more than 1/2 inch thick. In a large skillet, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Season the burgers to taste with salt and pepper. Add the burgers and allow them to cook until both sides are golden brown. Transfer the burgers to a lined baking sheet and place them in the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until cooked through completely. If using a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should reach 165 F. In the same skillet, cook the sliced onion until just softened. Add the mushrooms and allow them to cook until tender and golden brown. Add the spinach at the end, allowing it to wilt. Add salt and pepper to taste. To assemble, place a slice of bread on your plate, top with a burger and some of the sautéed vegetable mixture. Finish with a sprinkling of feta cheese.

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Buttermilk Pancakes makeover:

Oat and Banana Cakes 2 2 1 1/4 1 1 1 1/4 1 1 1/2 1

cups steel cut oats tablespoons chia seed cups milk or milk substitute large, ripe banana teaspoon ground cinnamon tablespoon honey teaspoon salt teaspoon vanilla extract teaspoon baking powder large egg coconut or vegetable oil for frying

In a blender, puree all ingredients except the egg and oil until smooth. Add the egg last and puree just until it’s incorporated. On a griddle or pan, heat a few tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add the batter into pancake size dollops and allow to cook until just golden. Flip and cook completely on the other side. Serve with fresh fruit, fruit preserves, all natural almond or peanut butter, or real maple syrup.

Spaghetti Bolognese makeover:

Brown Rice Pasta with Chicken Bolognese 1 1/2 1 2 2 1/2 2 1

pound Italian chicken sausage, ground cup diced white onion teaspoon dried oregano cloves garlic, minced cans crushed tomatoes in purée cup dry red wine tablespoon extra virgin olive oil pound brown rice noodles salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add the wine and scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes and oregano and allow the sauce to simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. In a separate pan, cook the chicken sausage until browned and cooked through. Drain any fat and add the cooked meat to the sauce. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the noodles until al dente. Add the noodles directly into the sauce, adding a ladle of pasta water if necessary to thin the sauce a bit. Top with fresh chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese before serving.

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