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LIFE 12 Raising a Curious & Confident Student 24 One Year Later…Women are Finding Their Voices Again 33 Life Stage Retirement Planning 34 10 Health Trends to Try This March

STYLE 8 St. Patrick’s Day Fashion Inspiration 26 Energize Your Style 30 A Stylist’s Guide to Vacation Wear 35 Skin Deep


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“Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life. Work’s important, family’s important, but without excitement, you have nothing. You’re cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what’s coming.”


t seems we spend much of the month of March in a state of anticipation. We are waiting, some of us more desperately than others, for spring and all that it brings. Let’s face it… March is a rather drab month, devoid of color and warmth. Even the bright white snow is gone. We are left with a brown, boring landscape that can dull our minds and spirits.

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But hope is on the horizon. While winter can seem endless, we know that spring will eventually arrive and we eagerly anticipate it. We know that soon our beloved landscape will be cloaked in beauty: green grass, yellow daffodils and purple hyacinths. This loveliness will surround us, nurture us and remind us (once again) why we choose to live in Michigan. While we are trying to wait patiently, how about indulging in some great reads? This month we’ve included some yummy recipes that you can whip up in your cozy kitchen while fantasizing about warmer weather. Maybe you’re dreaming of taking a vacation and will find “A Stylist’s Guide to Vacation Wear” on page 30 helpful for planning your wardrobe. Don’t forget to check out some new tech ideas for your favorite pet on page 32. Be patient my friends – spring is coming. Believe it…and relish the anticipation!



“When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.” Madeleine M. Kunin

“If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring & stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances, I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.” Nadine Stair




ot to Teen Village was a fixture on the Kalamazoo retail landscape for generations, so when owner David Penning announced his intentions to close up shop in the summer of 2017, it represented more than a just another store closing. For many, it was the end of an era. So many Kalamazoo natives have fond memories of playing with the store’s Brio train set and flying down the slide while their parents shopped for quality clothing and toys. Because the business had been around for 80 years, people who frolicked happily in the store (designed to look like a small village) as children were able to bring in their own offspring to have the same experience.

The new owners of the building on Kilgore generously agreed to open the doors one last time so that customers of Tot to Teen Village could take one more nostalgic ride down the slide that brought so many happy childhood memories. Anson and Xin Lu, who plan to open a Pacific Rim Foods location in the building by August 2018, are appreciative of the fondness the community has for Tot to Teen Village and are doing their best to honor that affection. They have offered to donate the iconic slide to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum and are waiting to hear back on approval. They’ve also gifted the fake trees that adorned the store to the Kalamazoo Nature Center, where they will be on display. Among the people who took advantage of the proffered trip down memory lane were Chad Sage, who drove all the way from Elkhart, IN, and his cousin, Shelby Pierce. Both cousins are in their 40s and were customers of the shop their entire lives. Tots to Teen Village was such a part of the fabric


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L: Chad Sage, who drove all the way from Elkhart, IN, & his cousin, Shelby Pierce enjoy one last visit to Tot to Teen Village. R: Posing at the bottom of THE slide. of their childhoods that they could not pass up an opportunity to pay homage to this place that was so much more than just a clothing store. For Chad and Shelby, and the many others who flocked to this farewell event, the shop symbolized the carefree and innocent joys of childhood. Everyone seemed grateful for a chance to say goodbye. Shelby even jokingly asked that someone yell at her to “get off the slide and come try on clothes” to keep the experience truly authentic. Times change and people and communities move on. Pacific Rim Foods will feature a commercial kitchen and 1500 square foot deli as well as offer cooking classes. The Lus will bring their own contributions to the table and Kalamazoo will be better for it. However, the beloved castle from Tots to Teens will stay on location and be incorporated into the design for the deli. In this way, the people of Kalamazoo can fondly remember this treasure from their childhoods while enjoying the blessings of the present.


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et into the holiday spirit this year for St. Patrick’s Day! This time, why not leave behind the stereotypical St. Patrick’s Day T-shirts or hats? Opt instead for more subtle and stylish ideas with green elements that can be worn for all of your St. Patrick’s Day festivities...and beyond. Whether you’re headed to the pub, attending a party or are going out with friends or family, you can incorporate this iconic hue into your day while still honoring your own personal style.

A Green Accent Piece

Try adding just one green accent piece to your outfit to dress it up for the holiday. All it takes is one piece of green to show your holiday spirit. A green top, bottom or an accessory makes a statement without being overwhelming.

Green With Neutrals

If you tend to gravitate towards softer tones, you can easily add a touch of green by pairing it with neutral or soft hues like white or beige. If you are really feeling festive, find accessories to tie more pops of green into your look!

Staying Warm in Green

A green jacket, hat, scarf or gloves not only show your holiday spirit, but can also be just what you need for attending a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in chilly weather (or even in unexpected rain)!

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Subtle hints of green can save you from the over-excited pinchers. If green is not your favorite color to wear for clothing, you can stick to pairing green accessories with simple accents of camel or tan.

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Kelly green isn’t the only hue available to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day; olive green is a versatile choice. You can dress it up for a night out or make it more casual by pairing it with denim for daytime celebrations. Olive pairs well with both silver and gold accessories.

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Ham, Cheddar, Green Onion Scone 1 ¾ cups All-Purpose Flour 4 t. Baking Powder 1 t. Salt 2 ²⁄3 t. Milk Powder 6 T. - Butter 1 - Egg

¾ cups Milk 1⁄3 cups Ham, cubed ¼ cups Green Onions, diced 1⁄3 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded

· Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and milk powder together and set aside. · Cut the butter in to cubes and place in the freezer until ready to use. Meanwhile, whisk together egg and milk and set aside. · In separate bowl add together cubed ham, diced green onion and shredded cheese. Set aside. · Pull butter from the freezer and add to the dry ingredients by cutting the butter in by using your fingertips. When finished with that step the butter should be pea size throughout your dry ingredients. Toss in ham, green onion and cheese until combined. Make a well in the center and pour in your whisked egg and milk. Lightly toss together until just mixed. Do not put a lot of pressure on the dough or you will have overworked and tough scones. · After the dough has just come together, line an 8 inch cake pan with saran wrap and add a dusting of flour to it. Place all of dough into the pan and lightly press down until level it is level inside of pan. Add another dusting of flour to the top. Place parchment on baking sheet and flip scones upside down onto pan. · Remove pan and saran wrap. Cut into 8 even triangles. Spread out on pan. Egg wash and bake on 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.


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classic American cafe fare, prepared fresh daily and their baked goods are made from scratch. The relaxed, casual atmosphere of the cafe is perfect for patrons looking for great coffee and quality, quick-service. If that was all that Walnut & Park offered the community of Kalamazoo, it would be more than enough. But there is so much more to what they’re doing. Most of the Cafe’s employees are residents of the Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program (KPEP), an innovative community corrections provider that administers a vocational training program in hospitality services. Walnut and Park was founded to offer KPEP participants the opportunity to learn valuable skills and earn certifications (like ServSafe Food Handler and OSHA 10) that will help to make them desirable applicants for future employment. What could make an already excellent cup of coffee and delicious sandwich taste better? Knowing that you’re helping incarcerated individuals develop the life skills that will help them live independently and contribute to our community. Ariel Howard has the privilege of serving as Walnut & Park’s Kitchen Manager and Culinary Instructor. A graduate of the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education who studied in Scotland at the famous St. Andrew’s Links, Ariel was also part of the launch team at Principle in downtown Kalamazoo. She’s passionate about the local food movement and is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach the basics of the culinary arts to KPEP

participants. To be able to share her passion for food while helping vocational students get a second chance in life is fulfilling beyond measure. Ariel is constantly on the prowl for culinary inspiration and encourages readers to do the same. “Watch cooking shows, grow your own food and read cookbooks. Figure out what works for you and do it!” she urges. She and her husband particularly like to experiment with breakfast foods at home, creating new variations of breakfast sandwiches and waffles. She notes that food is both simplistic and complex, inviting a lifelong exploration of the ways in which it provides joy and brings people together. Ariel is graciously sharing her recipe for one of Walnut & Park’s most popular recipes, the Ham Cheddar and Green Onion Scone. It’s based off a recipe that Ariel learned during her time in Scotland, and it’s sure to be a hit at your house. Erica Shier is a married mother of four who loves reading, scrapbooking & thrift stores. When she’s not driving her small pack of children around, she spends her time volunteering, writing & trying to keep on top of the laundry.

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Raising a Curious and Confident Student BY KERRY HART, LLMFT


omework time can be the most dreaded part of the day for parents of

children who would sooner argue for hours than sit down and do their assigned work. Parents can change this pattern and set their children up for success by getting involved and setting a positive example when it comes to homework habits. Studies show when parents are involved in their children’s educational pursuits, they do better in school and have more positive feelings about school and their education in general. It’s been proven that parental involvement and attention is more important to a child’s academic success than their family’s economic status or whether they attend a public or private school.

Meet the Teacher

First off, get to know your child’s teacher. Attend parent-teacher conferences and if possible, start a dialogue before these conferences. Be transparent about where you have noticed your child needs assistance and ask the teachers for tips that have been successful in the past. Keep the dialogue going to get updates; if something does start to go downhill, you will already have a parent-teacher relationship established. This will help you to solve problems early on and prevent other issues from surfacing in the future.


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Get It Done

Homework completion is essential to your child’s success. Regardless of what grade they are in, set up positive studying habits and make time to go through their homework with them each day. Explain things they may not have understood in class. Your child’s teacher may have anywhere from 25 to 1,500 kids running through their classroom each day; it’s not possible for them to provide one-on-one time to each student, even if they want to. Your extra attention will be much appreciated by both your kiddo and their teacher. You are a model for your children and they learn by your example; even if the schoolwork they are assigned is challenging for you to understand or you have not seen it before, show interest and respect for

Studies show when parents are involved in their children’s educational pursuits, they do better in school.

the work, and your child will be sure to do the same. If your kid is struggling with a particularly difficult assignment, allow them to take small breaks, but ensure that they see the work through to the end and get it done.

Prep Time

Help your child prepare for tests. Keep copies of their homework so you have plenty to study from come testtaking time. If you paid attention and showed interest when your child did the original assignments, you should be more than prepared to help them study once it’s time for exams and quizzes.

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Showing a positive attitude toward education will set your child up for success. Practice chemistry by baking in the kitchen, have a “family word of the week” to expand vocabularies, let them calculate change at the store and read books together; demonstrating to them how valuable their education is to living a fulfilling life will help them grow into enthusiastic, confident learners. Kerry Hart, LLMFT is a couple and family therapist in private practice. She is located in southwest Michigan.

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Finding Your


hen it comes to choosing a nutrition plan, the

options are vast. Wading through details of Paleo, vegan, gluten-free, pescatarian, ketogenic, Mediterranean, vegetarian, macrobiotic, Whole 30 and grain-free options can be exhausting and overwhelming. How are you supposed to know what will work best for you? Of course, the headlines would suggest that the latest trendy diet is a perfect fit, but is it really? You have a unique body with specific genetics and health issues that will respond to various foods differently. Eating the right foods for your body should decrease any digestive symptoms like burping or constipation, relieve brain fog, improve sleep quality, stabilize energy levels, clear up any skin issues, relieve chronic pain and boost weight loss. You’ve heard the famous quote by Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” His belief was that eating wholesome food is the basis for good health. I’d add that finding and following the right nutrition plan for you will leave you feeling more than just good; you will feel amazing. Fortunately, science has come to the rescue to free you from the “one-size-fits-all” approach and diet focused media frenzy. There is a new era of medical practice called Functional Medicine that seeks to understand the root-cause of health conditions. The most valid way to determine your best-fit nutrition plan is to follow what Functional Medicine calls the Elimination Diet; it’s the best way to figure out your body’s specific sensitivities and to map out the most nourishing diet for you in this season of your life. It reduces inflammation and supports your body systems to rest and heal. Best of all is that the Elimination Diet is the gold standard practice. It’s evidence-based and backed by tons of solid research. Here are some simple tips for getting started. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you learn!

Know your starting point

It’s hard to know where you are going unless you know where you are. Do you have any physical


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Perfect Diet

complaints, such as allergies or joint pain? How is your energy level? What’s your mood like? Do you suffer from brain fog? Are there any digestive issues like gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea? These are just a few common signs of food sensitivities and low-level inflammation that could be provoked by your diet.

Eliminate the big offenders

The simplest Elimination Diet recommendation is to remove all gluten (wheat), dairy, eggs, soy, fast food, packaged foods, sugar and alcohol for 3-4 weeks; that is how long your antibodies, the proteins your immune system makes when it reacts to foods, take to turn over. Following the diet will give you significant information about your body, but only if you do it long enough to get those messages.

Get excited about what you can eat

You may be wondering, “So, what can I eat?” There is an abundance of delicious, nutritious foods to enjoy during the elimination period. • • • •

Lean proteins (wild fish, beef, chicken and shellfish) Colorful vegetables and low-sugar fruits (berries, citrus and apples) Gluten-free whole grains (brown rice and quinoa) Healthy fats (olive oil, ghee, coconut oil, flax oil, walnut oil and avocados)

Naturally flavored water using mint or fruit or herbal teas ensure you get adequate hydration! It may take a little extra time to prepare your meals or go grocery shopping, but it’s just for a few weeks, and what you stand to gain is invaluable.

Reintroduce the right way

Reintroduce foods one at a time for four days each. Next, remove them again for three days to assess for delayed reaction. Then, add in the next food. Reintroduce only one food at a time!


Pay attention

Keep a simple log of the foods as you add them back in and note how they made you feel. Notice obvious and subtle reactions like pain, headache, nasal congestion, digestive issues, skin changes, fatigue, weight gain, mood swings and any anxiety or other emotions.

Transform your lifestyle

If avoiding certain foods made you feel more healthy and vibrant, consider a long-term nutrition plan that takes that into consideration. For example, if you learned that dairy makes your joints ache, you might go dairy free or use the information to choose wisely when and what dairy you do consume. If you noticed grains make you feel puffy, then a Paleo-style plan may work out well for you. The nutrition plan that will lead you to feel your absolute best is unique to you, and the only way to know is to try an elimination style diet. You will learn so much about your body and can feel confident your nutrition strategy is right for you. There’s no reason to guess anymore! I do advise you to work with a skilled integrative practitioner either privately or in a group to help you navigate the elimination plan. It’s also a good idea to get more rest and amp self-care while doing an experiment like this. Your body is amazing and resilient under the right conditions! Choose the best-fit nutrition plan to experience your body at its best.

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rin Hill has been making a living in the kitchen since she was an 18 year-old freshly graduated from high school. She began her career with pastry bag in hand, decorating cakes at Continental Pastries in Battle Creek. It didn’t take her long to realize that her path lay in the field of Culinary Arts, so she enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and began her pursuit of the life she wanted. A Battle Creek native, Erin’s first job upon graduation took her across the pond to Scotland, where she worked as Commis Chef at the Gleneagles Hotel. Upon her return to Michigan Erin worked at a number of restaurants and bakeries before becoming her own boss when she opened The Bakewell Company in 2009. Erin began accompanying her family to the Springfield Farmers’ Market where they had been selling their pasture-raised meat for years. She started offering homemade quiches created using fresh ingredients from her family’s farm at their stall and was thrilled by the enthusiastic response of market-goers. Very quickly Erin recognized that there was a real market for her delicious quiches and soon The Bakewell Company was born. The Bakewell Company now sells quiches, as well as pot pies and tarts, at Farmer’s Markets across southwest Michigan and has met with great success. Erin works hard to create fresh


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new recipes that rely heavily on local and seasonal ingredients. In fact, the creative side of the business is her favorite and she loves the challenge of not only coming up with new combinations, but figuring out the best way to execute them. She also truly enjoys the daily process of taking quality whole ingredients and transforming them into food that is as comforting as it is delicious. Family is everything to Erin. She is one of four children, all of whom still live in the Battle Creek area. She loves spending time with her friends and family and, when she’s not in the kitchen, she enjoys doing small projects on the house she bought from her grandparents in 2015. She loves the fact that the house, located in Climax, has been in her family since 1886. The history of the home and being part of its continuing story of family is precious to her. When she’s not whipping up a new quiche flavor or working on a home improvement project she can be found watching the Big Bang Theory and historical dramas of all kinds.

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armer, longer days are made for quality time with friends and family. There’s no better way to cap off an afternoon in the sun than a good meal followed by a great dessert. Plan to end your next gathering on a sweet note with these fruity desserts to conclude a day spent with loved ones. Fruity treats are hard to resist, especially when paired with tasty, complementary flavors and textures. If you’re looking for a treat that travels a bit off the beaten path, this pie may be just the answer. A crushed pretzel crust and creamy peanut butter filling provide a salty, savory background for plump,

sweet strawberries. Or serve up a taste of the tropics with a cream pie that celebrates a medley of textures and flavors from lively blueberries to toasted coconut. When you make fruit the star of the dessert, there’s no question you need top-quality ingredients. Each of these desserts features Lucky Leaf Fruit Fillings, which are made from fresh fruit, contain no high-fructose corn syrup and are GMO-free, for a delicious dessert every time. With a variety of flavors to choose from, including apple, blueberry, cherry, peach and strawberry, there are plenty of convenient, versatile dessert options for any occasion. Find more tasty treats for entertaining and beyond at

Fluffy Blueberry Cream Pie with Toasted Coconut

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon milk 2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf Premium or Organic Blueberry Fruit Filling or Topping 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes, plus additional for topping, if desired 1 graham cracker crust (9 inches) In large bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar and milk until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Add whipped topping, pie filling and coconut; carefully fold together until no streaks remain. Spoon filling mixture into graham cracker crust. Sprinkle top with additional coconut flakes, if desired. Cover and chill 2 hours, or until firm.

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1 1/4 cups crushed pretzels 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 cup creamy peanut butter 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 1/2 cups frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed 1 can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf Premium Strawberry Fruit Filling and Topping Combine pretzels and granulated sugar then stir in butter. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and sides of 10-inch pie plate. Cover and chill. With electric mixer on medium speed, beat together peanut butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in whipped dessert topping. Spoon 1/2 cup pie filling into crust-lined pie plate. Carefully spread peanut butter filling over top. Top with remaining pie filling. Cover and chill 2 hours before serving.


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Women’s EXPO March 2 & 3, 2018 FRI 12-6 | SAT 9-4

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151 1-800-Hansons Expo Main Expo South 254 31 Gifts Exit to Lobby Connector to Exit to Concessions Expo Main Lobby 2nd Stage Connector to 222 ABC Barn Quilt Expo South Blocks 201 199 159 118 Adult & Pediatric 130 202 Ear, Nose & Throat 158 161 178 181 129 132 257 203 124 Advia Credit Union 197 157 162 177 182 103 133 164 Aligned Care 204 127 Chiropractic 156 163 104 134 176 183 196 223 224 237 238 205 256 125 American Cancer 155 164 126 135 175 195 222 225 236 239 206 Society Discovery 105 255 154 165 125 136 194 Shop 221 226 235 240 207 254 134 American Heart 153 107 Association 253 108 178 Annabella’s Closet 252 220 255 Apple Bus 208 251 152 Company – Metro 123 138 Connect 210 250 109 219 234 241 122 139 193 111 Arbor Financial 227 249 Credit Union 218 233 242 151 121 140 111 174 192 211 167 185 248 129 ASEA & RENU 217 229 232 243 150 120 141 112 173 191 ADVANCED 247 213 216 230 231 244 169 Cellular Health 172 187 119 142 113 190 148 246 248 Augusta Creek 170 171 188 118 114 189 214 Farms LLC 143 115 117 202 Ayers Basement Systems 215 145 146 147 183 Back to Health 158 Bailtek Carpet Cleaning & Water Damage 247 Habitat for Humanity 174 MAC MDHHS Health Screenings 182 Senior Living Associates 226 Beautifully Unique 152 Harding’s Market 218 Matilda Jane Clothing 127 ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo 105 Better World Builders 238 Hempworx & Isagenix 181 Mary Kay Cosmetics 185 Shayna Phillips Photography 192 Beyer Research 159 Hiemstra Optical Co 213 Masonry Heater Design House 197 SheFit Ultimate Sports Bra 109 Borgess 196 Honor Credit Union 220 Metro Toyota 103 Siesta Silver Jewelry 235 Borgess – Ascension Pediatrics 231 Hydro Air 155 Miracle Ear 148 Sleep Number Portage 206 Borgess Gardens & Borgess Place 138 IDA-Gant Enterprises LLC 244 Nativistic Botanicals & Pyramid 250 Soil Friends Farm & Market Lash Studio 179 Bronson 215 IHSI – Institute of Massage 211 Southwest Michigan Plastic & Hand 121 Norwex Surgery 246 Café Rica 214 It Works 191 Nutty Buddies 140 Stanley Steemer 221 Celtic Seasons 147 JC Penney 130 OB-GYN, PC 167 Style Encore  145 Center for Vein Restoration 122 Just Jewelry & JJ Boutique 126 Pampered Chef 119 Texas Corners Fit Body Bootcamp 104 CentraCare 165 K Redmond Photography 142 Paramount Charter Academy 150 The Blingy B – Paparazzi Jewelry 173 Champion Home Exteriors 169 Kalamazoo Acupuncture 170 Paw Paw Playhouse 188 Title Boxing Club Kalamazoo 176 Chosen, PLLC 177 Kalamazoo County Health Department 187 Paws with a Cause 132 Total Life Changes 112 Color Street 252 Kalamazoo Endoscopy Center 230 Peace, Love, & Little Donuts 205 Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski 249 Community Healing Centers 146 Pearl Vision Crossroads Mall 236 Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry 224 Cornerstone Christian Counseling 162 Kalamazoo Humane Society 256  Kalamazoo Poo Crew 251 Pink Zebra 157 Tri Found Financial 237 Costco Wholesale 204 Kazoo Books 133 Point Betsie Creations 194 United Party & Event Services 117 D and R Sports 161 Kodiak Construction 227 Premier Vein Center 143 Vitality Healthcare 114 Dancy’s Fancy Butter 115 L&N Carpet Cleaning 123 Printmill Printing & Graphics 102 Walgreens 219 DogAmerica 208 Ladies of Harley – Perry Harley 113 Pure Romance 216 Walmart 185 Dollar N Cents Productions Davidson 234 PUR-IFY 190 Waterwood Healing Center 225 DoTerra Essential Oils 223  Langeland Family Funeral Home 229  Ralph Moyle Inc 120 West Michigan Chiropractor 201 Essential Bodywear 139  LeafFilter North of Michigan, LLC 153 Reflections Medical 210 Westlake Drug & Gift 195 Everdry Waterproofing of Michiana 108 Le-Vel 206 Reverence Home Health & Hospice 172 Wildtree 232 Family Fitness 203 Windley Works 135 Fly Fit Pole & Aerial Fitness Studio 136 Lilla Rose and Love Leaving Legacy 141 Right at Home 156 LipSense 243 Rilynn Rose Candles 101 WKFR 103.3 242 Foundation for Behavioral Resources Academies and CDC’s 207 LT’s Angry Products 257 Save Our Strays 193 WVFM 106.5 189 LuLaRoe 163 Gift of Life Michigan 107 Scentsy 217 Young Living Oils 175 Luxury Perfumes 241 Gordon Water Systems 171 Scent-U-Ary – Bodywork by Sandra 233 Younique 154 Lyster Exteriors 199 Great Deals Magazine

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4:00 Refuse to be a Victim More than Just Prescriptions

11:30  K9 Tips & Tricks Next Generation Skin & Facial Care

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5:00 Boeheme Tribal Belly Dance

12:30 Three Steps to a Better Me More than Just Prescriptions

1:00  Freezing Away the Fat Beauty Basics & Beyond

9:30  Glorious Gift Giving Ask the Doula


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2:00  Step Into Spring Fashion Show Stein Mart 3:00  Glorious Gift Giving Bad Hair Day? 3:30  Total Body Boxing Workout Next Generation Skin & Facial Care

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10:00 Total Body Boxing Workout Beauty Basics & Beyond

10:30  New Tips & Tricks for DIY Floral Design Bad Hair Day? 11:00  Fabulous, Feisty & Fit Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine for Women’s Health


The trainers from Tip Top Tails will take to the stage to show you how to help your dog reach its fullest potential. Karina and her pack of pups will be showing off some fun tricks, while Holly & Kelly will give tips for training your canine companion & answering questions from the audience.


Board certified bariatric specialist, Dr. Ahed Zayzafoon, from Reflections Medical presents an innovative way to contour your body without surgery or downtime. CoolSculpting can help women and men get rid of those stubborn bulges for good by freezing away the fat.


Nancy Radcliffe, Director of the Bronson Experience, will review the things that make us both similar and unique. She’ll also discuss the ways in which we strive for the control that continues to evade us and suggest three ways to become a better, more balanced person.


The always popular Spring Fashion Show is back and it will not disappoint. Dorothy Kovacs will showcase spring trends and the latest looks from your local Stein Mart. She’ll also provide invaluable tips for transitioning your outfits from day to night as well as ideas about how to develop your personal style uniform. Don’t miss this!


From Mother’s (and Father’s) Day to Easter and birthdays, there are plenty of holidays and special opportunities approaching the next handful of months. Marsha Esman from West Lake Drug will not only offer unique gift options for every occasion, she’ll provide creative solutions for wrapping to ensure that your gift-giving game is on point.


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1:00  Fashion Show - J.Jill Awesome Icicles & the Underperforming Home 1:30 Fashion that Fits Your Life - Style Encore 2:00 Boeheme Tribal Belly Dance 2:30 Battle of the Mascots 3:00 Door Prizes PLEASE NOTE: Actual times or scheduled presentations of events on the stages may vary.


Boxing is an excellent fitness choice that conditions the entire body. Amy Heyduck, from Title Boxing Club, shows us an explosive total body boxing and kickboxing workout that can burn up to 1000 calories per hour. Whether you’re looking for something new to add variety to your workout routine or you’re a boxing fan looking for additional tips and tricks, you won’t want to miss this one!


Monica Ferucci from D&R Sports Center will teach us how to develop and consciously integrate a personal safety plan. Learn about the daily choices we make at home and work that either increase or decrease our personal well-being. This presentation with equip you with the knowledge and confidence you need to better ensure your own safety.


The stylists and fashion consultants of JCPenney will team with the makeup artists from Sephora to show you how to create a “total package” look. Learn how to take your look from day to night with ease and see the hottest new looks for prom. The tips and tricks shared here will boost your confidence and inspire you to put your best fashion foot forward.


Sarah Schneider-Koning and the dancers of Tribal Belly Dance will demonstrate the mystery, grace, strength and flexibility that is the ancient art of belly dance. Join Boheme Tribal Belly Dance for a performance and mini-lesson! This social dance form embraces all body types, genders, ages, and abilities.


Ardis Lielzuika, owner of Ambati Flowers will teach insider tricks for selecting flowers and creating a show stopping floral bouquet. Whether you’re an amateur botanist or suffer from a notorious black thumb, you’ll be inspired to try your hand at bringing some floral beauty into your home this spring.


Have you heard? Strong is the new sexy. Learn how to get strong and feel confident in your body. The ladies of Fly Fit will perform an aerial fitness routine that will familiarize you with this exhilarating new exercise that women everywhere are learning to love.


It’s time to lighten and brighten your wardrobe. Let J.Jill manager, Susan Paynich, and her team will introduce the new J.Jill spring line. Whether you find a new must-have clothing item in their latest line or discover a new way to combine pieces you already own, this presentation will help you bring new life to your spring wardrobe.


Are you a fashion- conscious, spending-savvy woman? Style Encore showcases looks for every woman at prices that can’t be beat. No matter your lifestyle, personality or preferences, Style Encore has the fashion that fits your life.





Kristina Ledlow is a certified childbirth educator, birth doula and postpartum doula. She is the Patient Educator at OB-GYN, P.C. and is also the Perinatal Emotional Support Program Coordinator at Bronson Hospital. You’ll find her on the South Expo Stage where she’ll be answering all of your pregnancy & childbirth questions.

From free blood pressure screenings to immunizations with no appointment needed, your local pharmacy is evolving into so much more than just a place to pick up your medication. Join Kelly Williams from Westlake Drug & Giftshop as she highlights all of the new and innovative pharmacy features. Receive a free gift during presentation.


Are cosmetic Laser and Facial Injectables right for you? Join Darla Hulse, RN and Stacy Childs, RMA of Bronson Cosmetic Skin for an overview of IPL and Fractional Laser Services. Learn what they treat, how long the downtime is after treatment and what you can expect.  The presentation will cover Botox, Juvederm and Kybella for facial rejuvenation and treatment of unwanted chin fat.

Discover new tips, tricks & trends to inspire a new look for spring as the experts of Sephora (inside JCPenney) dish on their favorite products & techniques. No matter your make-up expertise, you’ll find something new to try.


Interested in organic food and sustainable farming practices? Ben Martin of Soil Friends Farm will discuss the advantage of introducing sustainable innovations into farming to increase the access of nutrient dense foods.



Day to evening, curly or straight, the stylists from JCPenney Salon are here to show you the best techniques to tame your hair and create a look that you love. No matter your hair type and expertise, you’ll find the tips and tricks that will help you love the hair you have.

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ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE MEDICINE FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH Jessica Silber of Kalamazoo Acupuncture will discuss how acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treat hormonal imbalances and conditions. Common issues that women seek help for include PMS, infertility, weight loss, migraine headaches, menopausal symptoms, thyroid disorders and endometriosis.


We live and die at the cellular level. Literally.  Want better health?  Want to age better?  Want to preserve the good health you have?  Then let Jacque Jennings-Carter of ASEA introduce you to what scientists and health professionals around the world are calling the single greatest breakthrough and discovery of our lifetime with applications in athletic performance, endurance and recovery, health, wellness and anti-aging. 


Better World Builders (BWB) specializes in the analysis and correction of comfort loss and energy waste in commercial and residential buildings. BWB has an intimate understanding of building science and how to increase the safety, comfort, durability and efficiency to an optimal performance level and will be sharing this expertise with Expo attendees.


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Here’s a Thought…

Women’s Issues • One Woman’s Opinion


Finding Their Voice Again


ith attendance numbers topping three million, the inaugural Women’s March held in January of 2017 has the distinction of being the largest single-day protest in U.S. history. Celebrating the power of women, this peaceful movement also advocates legislation and policies for all human rights. The first-ever Women’s March on D.C. also drew a larger attendance than the Presidential Inauguration held one day earlier. Marches took place again this past January—across the world and closer to home in Kalamazoo. Many others flocked to our State Capital for the second annual Women’s March - Michigan. Friends, sisters, grandmothers and daughters; all ages of women finding their pride, and women finally finding their voice after too long. Most young women today have little understanding of the battles their mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers fought throughout history in an attempt for equal footing, or even just a step in the right direction for equal rights. True feminism exploded in the sixties, led by activists like Gloria Steinem. But somewhere along the way, the movement lost its footing and lost its way— pushed aside to make room for

Barbie dolls and castles in the girls’ toy aisle at the department store. For too long, feminism has remained frozen under Disney princesses and pink dresses.

And then our country became politically polarized to an extreme not seen in decades.

If nothing else, the rise of extremist viewpoints also gave a voice to a segment of the population that thought status quo was good enough. Women are again standing up and finding their voice. And girl, this time the world is listening. This year, the Michigan governor’s race includes former State Senate Minority Leader, Gretchen Whitmer. A strong candidate, Whitmer embraces the women’s movement and will be an exciting presence in the months to come as the election heats up.

Change often comes when the voice of many find a common cause. The #MeToo movement started with the courageous stand taken by a group of women in Hollywood—a change that has grown to include all occupations and situations involving sexual harassment. While the resulting Time’s Up movement has brought career casualties and will no doubt bring more, it is the unavoidable consequence of a swinging pendulum that will bring real change for young women today and tomorrow.

During the telecast of this year’s Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey received the annual Cecil B. Demille Award for lifetime achievement. She gave a powerful acceptance speech, and wrapped up with the following…

“...I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too’ again.” Heidi McCrary is a writer and co-owner of Ad Shop, etc. – a boutique advertising agency offering full-service and a lá carte marketing services to local businesses. Contact Heidi at and on Facebook at adshopetc.

KALAMAZOO HAPPENINGS A WOMEN’S GROUP DESIGNED FOR WOMEN IN GREATER KALAMAZOO The February MASTERMIND luncheon was sponsored by ASEA: Jacque Jennings-Cater. We were honored to have KDPS Chief Karianne Thomas speak about her nearly thirty year career in public safety. The program for February was Active Shooter Training and our guest speaker was Lieutenant Andrew Bachmann of the WMU Police Department. We would like to thank Nancy Trimble-Kern for

gifting our members and guests with beautiful Valentine’s day cookies. We would also like to thank our door prize sponsors: Clock N Lock Escape Rooms, ASEA, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Y’Opa, Walgreens, and Elizabeth Forest, LMT.

Please join us for our next MASTERMIND luncheon on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, when Mary Jane Mapes will speaking on the Four Cornerstones of Leadership.

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Energize Your Style

Revamp your fitness wardrobe by adding vibrant colors to your workout gear. Your workout clothes should energize and inspire you to get moving! Try color-blocking with bold spring colors while you work toward achieving your fitness goals. TOPS


Find tops that flatter your figure in fun spring colors that complement you as well! Grab a top that in a hue that lights up your face. Avoid cotton t-shirts. Cotton absorbs sweat, so you’ll want to look for moisture-wicking fabrics to keep you dry and light.

Finding a sports bra that is comfortable and provides great support will not only lift your chest, it will boost your confidence!


Jackets are a must-have for cooler mornings and evenings while walking or running outdoors. Find a jacket with bright colors to that will motivate you to get outside, even in brisk temperatures.


Find workout pants that fit well and make you feel good. Pay attention to the placement of bright colors. Bright colors tend to draw the eye, so make sure that they highlight your best areas.

PRO TIP : Vibrant colors

on dark backgrounds are excellent for highlighting curves.


Shorts are an indispensable part of your workout wardrobe as temperatures start to climb in the spring and summer. Don’t be afraid to show off your lunge-toned legs in a pair in your favorite fun color. Janae Thomas is a Fashion Merchandising student at Western Michigan University, graduating in April 2018. She is passionate about writing, fashion, and the empowerment of women. Headshot by Robin Maxim.


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Step into the gym in style with shoes in a bold color that really makes a statement! Bright shoes can also help keep you safe by making you more visible as you work up a sweat around your neighborhood on dark mornings or evenings.




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The Lunchtime Workout:




REMEMBER: WORK BEFORE NEVER. SKIP. LUNCH. e get it; there’s A lunch workout does not equal skipping lunch. PostWORKOUT a stigma around workout food is so important! Just like breakfast sets Making a lunch workout work means knowing your you up for a strong day, a post-workout lunch keeps the lunch workout: priorities. In a perfect world, we would all leave our desk for a workout every day! But, in reality, your boss you full until dinner and provides the nourishment your muscles crave to repair. The key to lunch post-workout You’re either deemed a asks if you have a minute, or a co-worker asks for help is brown bagging it. Pack something light like an apple on a project. In this case, skip the workout. This is health nut or a slacker. or banana to eat an hour before your workout. Post tough if you’ve prepaid or pre-booked the workout. In Making time for exercise is challenging enough, let alone figuring out how to fit it in an hour when you’re supposed to slam a sandwich while answering emails. The truth of the matter is, most people really won’t care about your midday workout if you’re still checking everything off your to-do list. Bonus: working out can increase your energy levels meaning you’ll return to work more focused and ready to crack down for the rest of the day.


A midday workout is never going to go over well if you just disappear every day for an hour without anyone knowing where you went. Before you start booking those workouts or purchase that gym membership, bring it up with your boss. Most reasonable bosses share the same mentality of “do what you need to do, just make sure your work is done.” Add time to your calendar each day so that your team knows where you are when you head out at noon. Make sure your boss knows that you have your phone on you should something come up. Top Tip: Do your research and remind your boss why working out over lunch will increase your productivity.


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that case, remember the mantra “a lunch workout is a luxury, not a given.”


We all know dry shampoo is the temple of life. And that’s especially true after a lunch workout with no shower options in sight. Plan on putting your hair up in an invis-bobble (elastic hair tie that doesn’t leave creases) or twist and clip curls into a bun. Immediately after your workout, shake your hair out, spritz with dry shampoo and blast it upside down under the hand drier, or with a blow drier. The dry shampoo and upsidedown drying will add lift back to your hair and keep it feeling fresh.


Your mom’s sage advice applies to your workout, too. Stock your gym bag like you stock your car – ready for any event. Barre and spin class require different footwear than CrossFit or running. Keep multiple pairs of top and bottom options. Who knows what you’ll feel like wearing that day! By having multiple options available, you prevent yourself from saying, “Well, I’m cold today, and I only packed shorts and a t-shirt for working out…” Better safe than sorry!

class or lifting session, unpack that sandwich or salad and munch at your desk as you catch up on emails. Don’t forget a snack for midday. Not only do smaller meals throughout the day make it feel like you’re eating more, it also breaks up the 9-5.


Even on the busiest days, a HIIT workout can fit into your routine. Prep yourself for busy days with a few HIIT workouts written down or entered in your iPhone. When you head to the gym, start with a short warm-up and active stretching. Then, set your timer for intervals, whether that’s Tabata style or your own version, and get to work. Twenty-minute HIIT workouts are proven to be as effective as hour-long fitness classes. Remember to really HIIT it during those high-intensity intervals. Give it all you’ve got!

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A Stylist’s Guide to Vacation Wear BY CATHY STARNES


ith spring breaks and summer trips on the horizon, don’t let

the stress of packing keep you from enjoying your time away. With a little organization and thoughtfulness up front, you can enjoy your vacation in stress-free style. When packing for a trip, think about versatility, wear-ability and familiarity. Travel is not the time to try new pieces, wear overly complicated outfits or pull out your special statement

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items. Instead, fill your suitcase with your go-to favorites and pieces that can be worn in multiple ways.

When deciding what to bring on your trip, ask yourself if you can wear an item in at least two different ways. For example, a maxi dress that can be dressed up or down, a top that can be worn solo or layered with a cardigan or a necklace that pairs well with the majority of outfits you are packing. Here are a few more versatile options worth considering.

A lightweight leather jacket can be worn both with jeans and a tee or a dress. Paired with a sweater and scarf, it can be warm enough to get you on the plane out of colder weather and once you’ve arrived somewhere warmer, you can toss it over your shoulders with a dress on a cooler evening.

Neutral shoes in a tan, taupe or nude are the most versatile hue for travel. Most trips can be supported by only three pair of shoes (including the ones you wear on your travel day); for example, a flat sandal, a low wedge and a high heel or a sneaker, a ballet flat and a heeled bootie, depending on the nature of your trip.

Printed Blouse

Skinny Jeans

A blouse in a print or pop of color is a great travel piece as you can pair it with jeans and flats, shorts and sandals or tucked into a skirt with a heel. You can add a statement necklace or scarf or keep it simple with minimal accessories.

Skinny or straight leg jeans are versatile because they can be worn with any type of shoe, from a flat sandal to a bootie to a high heel. They can also be dressed down with a cozy sweater and sneakers for your travel day or dressed up with a blouse and heels for dinner out.

Light Scarf

Ask yourself if you can wear an item in at least two different ways. Always pack for fewer days than you’ll be away, especially if you’ll have access to a washer and dryer. Plan to re-wear outfits a couple of times on your trip; for example, plan to wear the same outfit on both travel days at the front and back ends of your trip and re-wear at least one to three outfits while you’re away, depending on the length of your trip. You can plan to re-wear exact outfits or mix and match the versatile pieces you’ve thoughtfully packed in your suitcase.


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Leather Jacket

Neutral Shoe

A light-weight scarf is an essential travel accessory. Pack it in your carry-on as an extra layer for cold airports, use it as an accessory to change up a look while you’re away and even wear it as a sarong poolside.

It takes a bit more effort up front to put together the puzzle of a trip wardrobe that can be mixed and matched and worn in different ways, but you’ll be traveling lighter and once you’re away, you won’t have to give a second thought to what to wear or worry about unexpected weather or events. Now, sit back and enjoy your welldeserved vacation.

Cathy Starnes is a personal stylist and the owner of new retail concept, Iris Boutique, which offers unique women’s accessories with a side of personal styling.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month


nbeknownst to many, Colorectal Cancer (CRC) is currently the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in women and men and is the 3rd leading cause of cancer related deaths in both. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is 1 in every 24 women. The ACS estimates that there will be 56,590 new cases of colorectal cancer in Michigan alone in 2018.

The good news is that the death rate from CRC has been dropping over the last few decades. A leading factor in this decline is that colorectal polyps are being found through screening colonoscopies. This means that they can often be removed before they can grow into cancers or are being discovered early enough to effectively treat the disease progression. It is recommended that CRC screening begins at the age of 50. However, if there is a family history of colon cancer or polyps, screening should begin earlier. Check with your physician to see when you should begin the screening process.

The early stages of CRC may present no signs or symptoms at all. Some of the more likely symptoms you may experience are: • Changes in your bowel habits—diarrhea or constipation that does not go away • Bleeding or cramping in your rectum • Dark patches of blood in or on your stool; or long, thin “pencil” stools

• Feeling like you cannot empty your bowels completely • Unexplained fatigue and/or weight loss • Pelvic pain • Anemia

Other factors that may be a part of your health history, and may increase the risk of developing Colorectal Cancer, include smoking, being overweight, or having a family history of polyps or colon cancer. Colonoscopy is the most common screening test for detecting CRC in the United States. At the Kalamazoo Endo Center the average adenoma (pre-cancerous polyp) detection rate for women is 34%, a fact which highlights and validates the importance of colon cancer screening.

** Screening Saves Lives **

The Affordable Care Act requires any health plan started on or after September 23, 2010 to cover 100% of Colorectal Cancer screening tests. After verifying this with your, we encourage you to take your health (and life) seriously and schedule your colon cancer screening test as soon as possible. Ask your doctor if you are a suitable candidate for screening. The Kalamazoo Endo Center is a free-standing, single specialty, ambulatory surgery center specializing in gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy procedures. Dr Heidi Gjersoe, MD, Medical Director; Dr Chethana Kanaparthi, MD; and Dr Sarah Wasserman, DO. All of our physicians are affiliated with Bronson Hospital and are committed to serving the greater southwest Michigan community.

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Tech forYour Pet

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echnology continues to evolve and improve the daily lives of those willing to try it, and our pet’s lives are no exception! Here are my Top 5 Pet Tech items to try this year.

Feline Enrichment, Sans Effort

Lowest Maintenance Litter Box Ever

The FroliCat BOLT Laser Pet Toy promises hours of fun for your cat (or curious dog) by keeping it occupied with lasers. Essentially a table-top version of the common laser pointer, this device projects a spot of light on the floor and automatically moves it around. As it zig-zags all over the place, your cat will be able to exercise her prey drive, stalking and pouncing to her heart’s content. This $18 investment may be a great way to enrich your pet’s life; however, pet owners will want to ensure that the space is clear of hazardous obstacles while playing with this toy. It may also be advisable to limit play to 15 minutes at a time to prevent your kitty from becoming bored and walking away.

Cat owners know how important it is to keep a clean litter box to maintain litter training! The PetSafe Scoopfree Self Cleaning Litter Box lets you avoid having to manually clean a dirty litter box every day, making it much more low-maintenance than traditional litter boxes. Once a cat is finished doing its business in the special crystal litter (no more litter dust!), a rake-like mechanism automatically sweeps the mess away into a hidden compartment. Cat owners only need to change the entire litter tray/trap monthly (for a single-cat household). This lowmaintenance litter box costs $130, and a 3-pack of the disposable litter trays costs about $50.

Spot Clean Your Dog

Bathing your dog, especially if he’s not a fan of the bathtub, can be a chore. For canines that hate getting soaked, the Bissell BarkBath Portable Dog Bath System may be a great alternative. It essentially works similarly to a carpet cleaner. To shampoo your dog, drag the attached nozzle across its fur. The vacuum dispenses a soapy water solution, then sucks up the residue.The BarkBath may not be completely mess-free, as your pooch will likely still try to “shake it off” when he feels the water touch his skin. It also may be stressful for dogs that dislike vacuums or loud noises. It is, however, a reasonable alternative to a full bath – especially for “spot cleaning” mud from soggy spring rains! The portable dog bath costs $150.

Dog and Fitness Tracker Combined

Like the other tracking devices, the LINK AKC collar works with a smartphone app and logs doggy data such as location, activity, health and so much more. It even offers temperature alerts to let you know when your pup is in an environment that may be too hot or cold for them – important information on exceptionally hot or frigid days! Digital safe zones are set by proximity to the charging base, and timely notifications alert owners when their pup has left the safe zone. Nationwide coverage using AT&T cellular connection means LINK AKC works across the U.S. Activity tracking identifies and logs moderate and intense movement throughout your dog’s day, allowing owners to more accurately identify how much exercise their pooch is getting. The LINK AKC collar costs $150 plus a monthly fee of $10 (discounted rates available for annual billing).


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Pet Tracking Tags

Traditional plastic or metal pet tags are functional enough for providing a pet’s name and its owner’s phone number. Pawscout’s web-connected tag takes the idea to a superconnected level. The tag, which costs $20, connects to a corresponding smartphone app to let people track their pets using a Bluetooth signal within a 300-foot radius on a digital map. If a dog happens to venture outside that range, the app notifies the owner that the canine is too far away. When your precocious pet decides to go for a walk on his own, you can mark him/her as lost and any Pawscout user who comes within 300 feet of your pet will be notified and urged to contact you with the information you provided in your profile.

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etirement planning will be one of the most important components of your overall financial plan. Whether you have just started your first job, are starting

a family, are enjoying your peak earning years, or are preparing to retire, your employer-sponsored retirement plan will play a primary role in your overall financial plan.


If you’re a young adult just starting your first job, you are probably facing a number of financial challenges. College loans, rent, and car payments are all competing for your hard-earned entry-level paycheck. How can you even consider setting aside money in your employer-sponsored retirement plan? The decades ahead of you can be your greatest advantage, through the power of compounding. Over time, the process can snowball.

EXAMPLE(S): Say at age 20, you begin investing

$3,000 each year for retirement. At age 65, you would have invested $135,000. If you assume a 6% average annual return, you would have accumulated a total of $638,231 by age 65. However, if you wait until age 45 to begin investing that $3,000 annually and earn the same 6% return, by age 65 you would have invested $60,000 and accumulated a total $110,357.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.


You will have even more obligations when you marry and start a family. Mortgage payments, higher grocery and gas bills, child-care and activities expenses, family vacations, college savings, home repairs and maintenance, and health-care costs. At this stage of life, the list of monthly expenses seems endless. If you think you might take a break from work to raise a family, consider temporarily increasing your plan contributions before you leave and after you return to help make up for the lost time and savings. Or perhaps your spouse could increase his or her contributions while you take time off. Although it can be tempting to cut your retirement savings plan contributions to make ends meet, do your best to resist temptation and stay diligent. Your retirement needs to be a high priority.


This stage of your career can bring a wide variety of challenges and opportunities. On the other hand, with 20+ years of work experience behind you, you could be reaping the benefits of the highest salary you’ve ever earned. With more income at your disposal, now may be an ideal time to kick your retirement savings plan into high gear. If you’re age 50 or older, you may be able to take advantage of catch-up contributions, which allow you to contribute up to $24,000 to your employer-sponsored plan in 2016, versus a maximum of $18,000 for most everyone else. (Some plans impose different limits.) In addition, if you haven’t yet met with a financial professional, now may be a good time to do so. A

financial professional can help you refine your savings goal and investment allocations, as well as help you plan ahead for the next stage.


With just a few short years until you celebrate the major step into retirement, it’s time to begin thinking about when and how you will begin drawing down your retirement plan assets. You might also want to adjust your investment allocations with an eye towards asset protection (although it’s still important to pursue a bit of growth to keep up with the rising cost of living). A financial professional can become a very important ally in helping to address the various decisions you will face at this important juncture. You may want to discuss health care needs and costs, as well as retiree health insurance, how to afford needs, wants, and wishes. Will you need to supplement income from part-time work or other resources? As you make decisions about your plan on the road to retirement, be sure to review it alongside your other savings and investment strategies. While it’s generally not advisable to make frequent changes in your retirement plan investment mix, you will want to review your plan’s portfolio, at least once each year, and as major events (e.g., marriage, divorce, birth of a child, job change) occur throughout your life. All examples are hypothetical and not representative of any specific situation. Your results will vary. The hypothetical rates of return used do not reflect the deduction of fees and charges inherent to investing.

*Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Insurance products offered through LPL Financial or its licensed affiliates. Old National Bank & Old National Investments are not registered broker/dealers and are not affiliated with LPL Financial. Old National Bank, Old National Investments, and LPL Financial are separate entities. -Not FDIC Insured -Not Bank Guaranteed -May Lose Value -Not insured by any Federal Government Agency -Not a Bank Deposit

Why Old National Investments? Personal. Professional. Principled. Build the future you envision with a trusted advisor who listens to your goals and helps you create a suitable plan for your life. Sandy has 29 years of experience as a financial advisor and specializes in retirement and income planning. Talk with Sandy Derby about your financial plan at 269-459-0474.

Sandy Derby, CFP®, ChFCTM LPL Financial Advisor, VP Southwest Michigan Region 5003 Century Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49006 269-459-0474

Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor. Member FINRA/ SIPC. Insurance products offered through LPL Financial or its licensed affiliates. Old National Bancorp and Old National Investments; not registered broker/dealers; not affiliated with LPL Financial.

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10 Health Trends to Try This

Last year, we focused on juicing, using turmeric, mindfulness and meditation. So what’s next on the horizon? Here are some of the biggest health trends of 2018. BY PEACHES MCCAHILL

Exercise with pets. Watch for group fitness pet classes.

3 Intermittent fasting — a new method of weight loss.

Fancier snoozing—mattresses that respond to your body temperature, sleep inducing drinks and new sleep apps.


Gut potions. Look for probiotics in more foods—even cookies and cake!



Live streaming fitness class.

7 Air purifiers. Increase quality in not just clean water but also clean air.


Boxing classes are back as an excellent way to reduce stress.


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Collagen induced masks for face, eyes and lips.


“I believe the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.”

DNA Testing Kits— Evaluate your heritage and your health.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Returning to play — childlike, mindful activities will be all the rage.

Peaches McCahill is founder and president of The McCahill Group, a leading provider of health, wellness, beauty and talent solutions, and owner of M Power Studio. She has a passion to inspire others with simplistic lifestyle suggestions.

Think Spring! Beautiful Landscaping doesn’t happen by itself.

269.349.4594 Aeration • Lawn Renovations • New Lawns Mowing • Fertilizing/Weed Control • Moles Spring & Fall Cleanup • Landscaping Projects






here is light at the end of the winter tunnel; just

This is another inflammatory disorder that can be found in three main categories: Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis and Perioral Dermatitis. All three of these types include lesions on the skin that can range from redness, itching and rashes to more serious reactions such as dry, cracking skin. The best way to treat dermatitis is to stay away from strong fragrances or Spring also brings about lighter clothing and makeup, preservatives, as this is often our body’s immune system protecting us. Use as which can leadto feelings of self-consciousness. Over natural of products as possible. Another trick is to stay hydrated, which allows the winter months, it’s easierto cover up some of the the body to heal itself faster both internally and externally. Internal hydration less-than-desirable skin conditions. Skin conditions aren’t includes drinking lots of water, and external hydration includes the use of as rare as some may think and often require professional humidifiers and hydrating moisturizers. If it continues to bother you, it’s best attention to be resolved. to see a doctor to treat the exact type of dermatitis. around the corner, the sun will be shining and birds will be chirping. Springtime often reflects a re-birth, as creatures come out of hibernation to embracethe newness of the season.

This is an inflammatory disorder of the sebaceous glands, which handlethe oil production in our skin. When there is inflammation of the glands, oil is retained in cells and creates excessive bacteria. Acne can often betreated with a healthy diet, regular exercise (which increases secretion) and a good skincare routine. If you’re feeling less-than-confident about acne as the season changes, seek professional help. It can also be helpful to change your makeup routine to cover problem areas until it’s treated. Estheticians are trained in addressing and treating this complex skin condition; if it’s chronic in nature, it’s sometimes best to see a doctor.

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Rosacea is inflammation of the skin, characterized by redness, dilation of blood vessels and bumps on the skin. It’s most common across the cheeks and nose. The cause is unknown and is usually heredity. There are some aggravators for rosacea, which include alcohol, spicy foods, heat and stress. The best treatment for this condition is calming and gentle products; seek any skincare or cosmetic that is targeted for sensitive skin. It is best to get regular facials and other treatments for sensitive skin, which will help to soothe inflammation or flare ups. While the spring is often a time of joy, it can bring out insecurities if you’re suffering from any of these conditions. But don’t let that stop you! Seek a professional opinion. Let this season be your re-birth, and tackle these issues so you can enjoy life to the fullest.

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Calendar of Events

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girlfriends! Experience the diverse activities and events that Kalamazoo has to offer. Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Fri. 12 – 6 Cost of activities varies. See website for details. Some events are free. 269-344-0795. pm, Sat. 9 am – 4 pm. An annual two day extravaganza created for women by women! Every minute is designed to be fun, educaMarch 10 tional, and entertaining! $5 at the door with CND Kellogg Forest Hike coupons available on our website. 269-488- Kellogg Experimental Forest, August, MI. 9780. Hike starts around 9:15 AM. The Chief

March 2 – 29 Roy Van Loo, Jr Viewing

Willow Lake Club Gallery Parkview Hills, 3707 Greenleaf Circle, Kalamazoo. 9 am – 6 pm. Reception March 8 from 6 – 8 pm. Nature photos by Roy Van Loo, Jr. Daily. Free.  269-372-4444

March 6 – April 24 Basic Tibetan Buddhist Principles

People’s Church – Room 9. 7 – 8:30 pm. According to the Buddha, everybody wants happiness and nobody wants suffering, pain, or dissatisfaction. This course examines the relevancy of this ancient observation to our current lives and explores Buddha’s essential points to achieve happiness and be liberated from suffering. $40. 734-368-8701. 269-944-1575

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March 7, 14, 21, 28 Harvey’s Comedy Show

Harvey’s on the Mall, upstairs. 9 – 11 pm. Every Wednesday night at 9 PM, Harvey’s on the Mall hosts a free open mic comedy show upstairs. The show is for mature audiences and the venue is 21 and up after 9 PM. In addition to the free comedy show from 9-11 PM, there are $3 you-call-it drink specials and food specials as well. Free. 269760-6251.

March 8 – 11 Kalamazoo Home & Garden Expo

Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Thurs. 12 – 8 pm, Fri. 12 – 9 pm, Sat. 10 am – 7 pm, Sun. 12 – 4 pm. Southwest Michigan’s premier home and garden event showcasing new building trends, products, ideas and inspiration! Admission: Adults $10 at the door/$8 in advance at Lake MI Credit Union & Harding’s locations. Children 12 and under are free. 269-375-4225. christinar@hbawmi. com

Comfort Inn in Birch Run, MI. Every marriage needs a tune-up! Consider making your relationship a priority. Pre-registration is required. Apply now at or contact Albert & Sally Chan at or 517-540-0781 

March 10 VHS Euchre Tournament

Clubbouse at Centennial 1530 Harper Grove Lane, Vicksburg. Euchre Tournament Fundraiser for Vicksburg High School Project Graduation.  $20 Entry fee and overall $500 value in total prizes. Must be 21. www.

March 10 Girlfriends Getaway

Peregrine Plaza. 8 am – 12 am. Whether you make a weekend trip of it or live local and want to get out and about for the day, this is your chance to getaway, with your

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March 10 Healing Body, Mind and Spirit Expo

Wings Event Center, Door 7. Sat. 10 am – 7 pm, Sun. 10 am – 6 pm. Experienced Holistic Healers, Mediums & Intuitives from across the US & Canada. Tarot, Angel Readers, aura photos, stones, crystals, pet communicators, body workers, crystal healers, spirit artists, numerology, aromatherapy, astrologists, palmistry, essential oils, holistic products, clothing, jewelry, minerals and more!! Daily pass $10, weekend pass $17. 269-329-7476. www.

March 10 Fourth Annual Brew Launch

Boatyard Brewing. 6 – 9 pm. Area Chefs submit an idea for a beer they think the area beer drinkers would like to experience and submit that idea anonymously. The Brewmaster will look for a beer that is unique and marketable to the Kalamazoo Beer drinking community. The winning beer will be tapped and celebrated! 269-226-0300.

March 10 Integrative Breathwork Workshop

Unwindings, 5466 Holiday Terrace, Kalamazoo  3/10: 2 pm - 5 pm. A musical meditation for insight, emotional healing, creativity & renewal. $40. Pre-registration is required. 269-388-2988.

March 14 Southwest Michigan Job Fair

Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Expo South. 10 am – 3 pm. Have you wondered March 9 what opportunities are out there for you? Spread Goodness Day Talk directly with employers that are hiring for Everywhere! Too often, I hear the words positions in every industry including finance, “nothing I do will ever make a difference.” engineering, management, transportation, This day is to prove that one act of goodfood and beverage, manufacturing, and more ness multiplied by hundreds, thousands, at the Southwest Michigan Job Fair. Free. and maybe millions can, & always will make 269-978-2167. Kelli.pastor@townsquarea difference. kalamazoo-spring-job-fair/12-march-2018March 9 – 11 kalamazoo-coutny-expo-center/

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Noonday Chapter of the North Country Trail Association is sponsoring a 6 mile free, guided Kellogg Forest Hike. A shorter 2.2 mile guided hike will be offered along the Lemmien Trail at the Kellogg Forest. For information about parking and post-hike activities, visit cnd  and click on Events Calendar. 269-8087334.

March 14, 2018 “Thriver” Cancer Support Group

Borgess Health & Fitness Center – 3025 Gull Rd. 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Monthly – 2nd Wednesday. We are a positive, uplifting and educational support group. Free. 269381-1986.

March 16 & 17 Once in a Blue Moon Garage Sale

St. Augustine Cathedral School-Crowley Center Gym. Fri. 5 – 8 pm, Sat. 8 am – 2 pm. Join us for one of the city’s largest garage sales under one roof! All items are priced to sell with hidden treasures and bargains for everyone! Vintage items, furniture, household items and appliances, jewelry, clothing, baby gear, toys, electronics, sports equipment, books, tools, holiday, crafts and SO MUCH MORE! Like us on Facebook @ OnceInABlueMoonGarageSale. 269-3491945.

March 17 St. Patrick’s Parade

Downtown Kalamazoo. 11 am – 12 pm. A parade to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The parade begins at the corner of Burdick St. And Michigan Ave., heading south to Cedar St. right on Cedar to Knights of Columbus. Free. 269-372-7332.

March 17 Murder Mystery Dinner

Henderson Castle. 6 – 9 pm. Join us for dinner and a murder at our upscale Kalamazoo special event venue . Each murder mystery dinner features new characters and original plots set in the 1920s and 30s. To get the most out of your experience we highly encourage you to dress for the time period—although it’s not required. $69 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 269344-1827. murder-mystery-dinner.php

March 17 – 18 Kalamazoo Living History Show

Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Sat. 9 am – 5 pm, Sun. 9 am – 4 pm. 43rd annual event with over 10,000 re-enactors from the French & Indian War through the Civil War are featured along with the finest craftspeople, dealers and history buffs from across the Nation. Admission: Adults $7 for 1-day pass, $10 for weekend pass. 765-5636792. kalamazoolivinghistoryshow@gmail. com

March 18 Sherman Lake Day – Visit Camp

Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center. 2 – 4 pm. Come and see all that Summer Camp at Sherman Lake YMCA has to offer on our Camp Visit Days! Meet our counselors and take a tour. Participate in fun camp activities. Bring the whole family. We hope to see you there! Free. 269-731-3000. www.shermanlakeymca. org/new-events-1/2018/3/18/sherman-lakeymca-camp-day

March 22 Community Celebration

Fetzer Center. 6:30 – 8 pm. oin Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes for an update from our Executive Director, donor and volunteer awards, hors d’oeuvres, and more! Complimentary parking is available adjacent to the Fetzer Center in lot 72F. Free. RSVP to Katie Munson-Paauwe at: 269.488.2617 ext. 206 or

March 23 & March 24 Integrative Breathwork Workshops

Lord of Life Church, 9420 Portage Rd., Portage 3/23: 7 pm - 9 pm, 3//24: 10 am - 5 pm. A musical meditation for insight, emotional healing, creativity & renewal.  $30/ Friday or $75/Saturday. Pre-registration is needed.  269-388-2988. 

March 24

Spring Craft Show

Kalamazoo County Expo Center. 9 am – 3 pm. Annual craft show featuring over 100 booths of local artists, crafters and vendors.  Free. Email lorie.money123@gmail. com for more information

March 24 Kalamazoo’s Ultimate Indoor Garage Sale

Kalamazoo County Expo Center. 9 am – 3 pm.  126 garage sales all under one roof! $2 admission for adults, kids are free. Email for more information

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Kalamazoo County Expo Center. 9 am – 3 pm. One room dedicated to the clothing you love, LuLaRoe! Free admission and

parking. Email lorie.money123@gmail. com for more information

March 24 Geocaching Adventure

Schrier Park. 1 – 3 pm. Join the Kalamazoo Nature Center and go on a high tech treasure hunt with experienced Cachers. Explore the park in a new way and get in on a lifetime sport. Bring your own GPS or Smartphone. Free. 269-329-4522.

March 24 Leonard Bernstein’s 100th

SMiller Auditorium. 8 – 10 pm. Stilian Kirov, Music Director of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and New Jersey’s Symphony in C, conducts our celebration of Leonard Bernstein! Anne Akiko Meyers performs Serenade, and Mezzo-Soprano J’Nai Bridges is featured in his 1st Symphony “Jeremiah.” Tickets $24-$60, $5 student. 269-349-7759. www.kalamazoosymphony. com/calendar/leonard-bernstein-s-100th

March 31 Miracle Makers Gala Charity Fundraiser

Lawton Community Center. Children’s Organ Transplant Association dinner & silent auction being held to benefit infant Rilynn Payne who is awaiting a kidney transplant. Tickets starting at $30. Contact Erica for more info at erica.tinker011@

March 31 Family Fun Day! Walk in Fused Glass Tiles

Glass Art Kalamazoo. 1 – 4 pm. Bring the family and spend an awesome afternoon creating in our studios! You will learn basics of preparing glass for the fusing (melting) process as you assemble colorful bits of glass onto your own 3x 3 tile. Find out just how easy and fun it is to work with glass! This walk-in glass class is open to ages 6 and up*, and is just $10 to participate. 269552-9802. make-it-family-fusing-class-march-31/

April 1

Easter Sunday Brunch

Henderson Castle. 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. Come with your family and friends to Henderson Castle this Easter for Brunch! Join us for a traditional holiday feast surrounded by history and elegance! 7-Course Menu: $49 Children 10 and under $24.99. 269344-1827.

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Wednesday March 14 @ 10am-3pm Kalamazoo County Expo Center

April 4 Family Fun Day! Walk in Fused Glass Tiles

Glass Art Kalamazoo. 5- 8 pm. Bring the family and spend an awesome afternoon creating in our studios! You will learn basics of preparing glass for the fusing (melting) process as you assemble colorful bits of glass onto your own 3?x 3? tile. Find out just how easy and fun it is to work with glass! This walk-in glass class is open to ages 6 and up*, and is just $10 to participate. 269552-9802. walk-in-fused-glass-tiles-april-4/

April 4, 11, 18, 25 Harvey’s Comedy Show

Harvey’s on the Mall, upstairs. 9 – 11 pm. Every Wednesday night at 9 PM, Harvey’s on the Mall hosts a free open mic comedy show upstairs. The show is for mature audiences and the venue is 21 and up after 9 PM. In addition to the free comedy show from 9-11 PM, there are $3 youcall-it drink specials and food specials as well. Free. 269-760-6251. harveyscomedy

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The Princess Bride

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

by William Goldman

by Jennifer Ryan

This is a rollicking adaptation of S. Morgenstern’s classic tale of a damsel and her lover in a fantasy land with a nasty prince keeping them apart. It’s full of adventure, sword fights and (of course) love. With humorous and satirical ‘asides’ from the author, this is a timeless treasure of romance. The famous film is only the tip of the real story in these pages.

This story is set in a small village in Britain during WWII. The vicar wants to close the choir, but the ladies bond together and continue to sing, offering comfort and courage to their fellow townspeople. A story of intrigue, heartbreak and (of course) romance.

No Time to Spare by Ursula K Le Guin You may know this author from her famous fantasy novels like A Wizard of Earthsea. She now gives us a glimpse into her own reflections on life, in what amount to musings on getting older. While this may sound like just another book on aging, Ursula, who has spent a lifetime creating worlds and people beyond our imaginations, presents a view of life that will draw anyone into their own contemplations on the meaning of life.


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Same Beach, Next Year: A Novel by Dorothea Benton Frank This is the story of how two couples who chance to meet when they are young at a vacation beach on the Isle of Palms in Charleston, SC form a lifetime friendship. Each year they forge a closer relationship, sharing tragedies, family joys, and heartbreak in their lives.

The 4 Seasons of Marriage: Secrets to a Lasting Marriage by Gary Chapman This author of The 5 Love Languages has written many books about relationships and illustrates that the nature of being human is to not be alone. Marriage is a very special relationship, but just as we each change, the relationships themselves change. This title takes us through the many seasons of a marriage. This book gives couples a guide to growing into a long, loving marriage while traveling the road together.

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