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HERLIFE MAGAZINE TWIN CITIES Backyard BBQ Recipes Backyard Carnivals Mommy Makeovers & Facts on Fiber JUNE 2014 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Jordana Green Twin Cities Radio Host HERLIFE CONTENTS features 22 18 32 36 40 08 12 Welcome From the Publisher Health The Facts on Fiber Intake Beauty Mommy Makeovers Culinary Slow Food Movement Wine Winery Clubs 22 26 28 30 32 34 Inspirations Jordana Green Working Women The Start-Up Story Green Living Green-Friendly Lawn Care Spotlight Devane Design Travel Study Abroad Mother s Perspective Building a Backyard Bash 36 40 Trendsetter Looks for Wedding Season Recipes Asian Tuna Kebabs and Berry Bruschetta Spotlight Minnesota Women s Care Finance Common Money Mistakes In the City June Event Calendar 16 18 20 42 44 48 6 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE WELCOME editor s note L et s all take a collective deep breath summer has finally arrived. Even if it s rainy or cool two things are certain it will not snow (right ) and with the solstice summer officially begins this month. After the longest harshest winter in years what a relief to see green and leave the house with less than four layers. I m sure this year in particular we ll greatly appreciate the fun in the sun after getting through those tough days of winter. To help kick off your summer this month we re sharing some delicious backyard barbeque recipes from Kowalski s and we shine our spotlight on an award-winning design company for all your remodeling projects. So much energy and excitement for the season and to top it off the Twin Cities are buzzing with Grand Old Day outdoor baseball and Cher in concert Just when you think the days can t get any colder the warmth and light of sum- mer comes back full of fun. And so it goes. We re consistently challenged by winters in our life both the metaphorical and the frosty. Our good health takes a hiatus relationships break down finances are in disarray or there are sudden job changes-all winters many of us have to face. However as we learn in this month s cover story from personal experience and from so many inspirational examples in our life there s lighter and brighter days beyond the dark ones. Showing my hand as a complete Game of Thrones geek as the Starks say Winter is coming. But remember summer always follows. p h o to by m o m e n t o i m a ge s L ind s ey L ee Hut c hins stay tuned... 8 Follow HERLIFE on your favorite social media site for behind-the-scenes sneak peeks special offers giveaways and more facebook.com HERLIFEMagTC instagram herlifemagtc twitter herlifemagtc pinterest herlifemagtc HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 9 staff & contacts Publisher and Editor-In-Chief Account Executive Lindsey Lee Hutchins lhutchins herlifemagazine.com 952-210-1549 Lynette McCullough lynette herlifemagazine.com 612-817-3143 Marilyn Isaminger Paige Fisher paige herlifemagazine.com Sarah Abend Ashleigh Thomson Elana Bell elana herlifemagazine.com Allison Turnberg Lisa Taranto Butler Hope Ferguson Doug Frost Stephanie Fox Marilyn Isaminger Kowalski s Market Kathleen Krueger Merritt Rethlake Tina V. 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HERLIFE Magazine is owned by LBL Publishing and is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected specialty stores doctor and dental offices medical spas hair and nail salons tanning salons public libraries and numerous other high traffic locations. Please call for a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas articles and feedback. 10 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE HEALTH where s the fiber Fiber is found in all sorts of tasty foods. Here are just a few that take the top of the list. Beans Split kidney lima and lentil--throw them in salads wraps chili and soup. Whole Grains Check the ingredient label. Whole wheat flour should be listed as the first ingredient. Brown Rice White rice doesn t cut it. Popcorn Three cups of air popped provides two grams of fiber. Nuts Almonds pecans and walnuts have more fiber than other nuts. Baked Potato with Skin Choose sweet potatoes for maximum fiber but make sure to eat the skin. Berries Raspberries rock at eight grams per cup Bran Cereal Look for cereal with five grams of fiber or more per serving. the facts on fiber intake by lis a t ar ant o b ut ler Oatmeal Steel cut rolled or just out of the package oatmeal is good and guilt free. Vegetables Make em crunchy Americans don t get enough of it and the loads of information on this popular roughage can be confusing. So to get a little more acquainted with fabulous fiber let s break down the fundamentals. The Facts Often nicknamed roughage or bulk fiber is the part of plant foods that your body 12 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM W e hear about it all the time. Along with the other nutrients our bodies need fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet. But most can t digest or absorb. Found in foods such as fruits vegetables and grains fiber carries a variety of health benefits. Fiber is heart healthy and helps reduce cholesterol blood pressure and inflammation. A high-fiber diet can reduce blood sugar levels decrease the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes and help us lose weight. There are two types of fiber soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and acts like a sponge. As it absorbs water it swells inside your intestine and produces a feeling of fullness. It also mixes with digestive enzymes made by the liver to create a gelatinous substance that moves through the digestive system taking with it waste toxins and materials your body doesn t need. Soluble fiber has many benefits including moderating blood glucose levels and lowering cholesterol. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and as it passes through the digestive tract it stays very close to its original form. It adds the bulk needed to clean out the colon and regulates bowel movements. Insoluble fiber offers many benefits to intestinal health including reducing the occurrence of hemorrhoids and constipation. Most fiber-rich foods contain both soluble and insoluble fiber so recommended intakes are based on the total grams of fiber you consume each day. How Much Fiber Should We Eat Since dietary fiber is found only in food foods rich in fiber are essential to a healthy diet. The recommended daily intake is 20 to 35 grams depending on age or 10 to 13 grams for every 1 000 calories in the diet. Women aged 50 and older should aim for 21 grams while women younger than 50 should strive for 25 grams per day. To get more fiber into your diet choose whole fruits and vegetables as juices only add extra calories. Try to eat the peels when possible and exchange white breads and pasta for whole grain options. When cooking or baking try to replace white flour with whole wheat flour. Exchange white rice for brown rice and cut down on eating meat. When you replace meat products with other proteins such as beans and nuts HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 13 your fiber intake increases while your chance of getting cancer or heart and kidney disease decreases. But don t go hog wild and load up on fiber suddenly. If you are not accustomed to a high-fiber diet increasing fiber intake slowly will minimize any gas or bloating that usually comes along with it. Can You Get Too Much Nutritionists and medical experts tell us to eat more fiber. Although it would be hard to do we could eat too much fiber. Excessive amounts can lead to discomfort of the stomach and bowels. Rarely does it lead to serious health concerns but in some cases you can get too much of a good thing. What s the Skinny on Fiber If you are looking to lose weight fiber can be your friend. Since high-fiber foods take longer to chew you take longer to eat and get the sensation of being full faster. Also high-fiber foods stay in your stomach longer absorbing water and helping you feel full longer. In addition most high-fiber foods are naturally low calorie. Although we need to feel our way through the information about fiber consumption the fact is that fiber is fantastic Eating more fiber is a sure-fire way to feel and look healthier. So grab your berries and popcorn and reap the benefits rapidly HLM experienced sales & design professional installation dawn Becker principal unique selection carpet area rugs hardwood floors cork leather stone tile caMBria wayzata Village shoppes 840 lake st e wayzata 952.476.0106 www.innovativeflooringdesign.com 14 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE BEAUTY mommy makeovers G by m e r ri tt re th l a ke But an increase in these surgeries isn t the only upward slope surgeons are seeing. Patients seeking this procedure are younger than what was the normal age for plastic surgery just 10 years ago. Instead of 50- to 60-year-old women mothers in their 30s and 40s want to reestablish their bodies now and are wasting zero time in doing so. But with young kids still running around and a seemingly perpetual to-do list who has time to undergo multiple procedures and deal with recovery time Due to the technology and techniques plastic surgeons use today for this type of makeover these surgeries are often performed all at once and allowed to be an outpatient procedure. Recovery time is dependent on the patient and the surgery but it typically takes between 10 and 14 days with visible and final results after 6 months. Facial rejuvenation is another track a mommy makeover can take and a rhytidectomy (facelift) or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) may be preferred or better suited for some patients. Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are also seeing substantial growth. ASPS statistics for 2013 show Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox Dysport ) procedures increased to about 6.3 million up 703 percent since 2000 when those procedures totaled 786 911. ASPS advises finding a board certified plastic surgeon and waiting six months to a year after your last child before undergoing these types of procedures. Outline specific post-baby goals to ensure appropriate recommendations from a surgeon. Though the 62 percent of mothers who said they would consider a mommy makeover is a significant statistic it was calculated without cost being an issue. Nothing new comes cheap which is why having non-surgical iving Mom a handmade coupon book for her birthday could be a sentiment of the past. While a colorfully crafted paper voucher for Breakfast in Bed still sounds appealing Mom might want to be clipping and cutting something other than coupons. In 2011 the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) showed that if costs were not an issue 62 percent of mothers said they would consider a mommy makeover. Mommy makeovers are trending in the plastic surgery realm. It is a series of procedures performed with the ideal of restoring a woman s body after childbirth. The surgery usually consists of breast augmentation and or breast lift abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction so it targets specific parts of the body that are most impacted during pregnancy such as breasts tummy and waistline. According to ASPS breast augmentation is up 37 percent since 2000 and remains one of the most sought-after procedures. Adominoplasty procedures sit at a 70 percent increase from 2000 and liposuction was in the top five plastic surgery procedures in 2013. So what s the cause for this trendy tightening trifecta Today women aren t afraid to acknowledge that they may need a little help beyond a healthy diet and exercise said ASPS past President Phillip Haeck MD. Often no matter the amount of time spent at the gym a woman s body cannot restore itself to its state before childbearing. Excess skin and stretch marks linger and the purpose of a mommy makeover is to help a woman feel beautiful about parts of her body she may not have control over. 16 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM alternatives is a beneficial bargain. The first baby may not be the last which is why new moms might want to use wardrobe pieces to visually reshape their bodies. The right push-up bra can give a physical lift (not to mention an emotional lift in confidence ) and control top tights and pants give shrinkage in tummy size in no time at all. At a fraction of the cost and without the safety worries of surgeries a bump up in the wardrobe could help downsize the appearance of a different lingering bump. A cosmetic makeover focuses on highlighting and contouring the features a woman already has and styles that show off her best assets. Simple and smart changes in a post-baby beauty regimen can work wonders both physically and emotionally. Take good care of skin by investing in products that are more skin-sensitive than usual as hormones can make skin react negatively to substances such as heat light or certain foods during and post-pregnancy. A new concealer is another great tool to have on hand it aids in covering up common occurrences in new moms such as dilated blood vessels or splotchy patches of skin. Bring back an early pregnancy glow and give yourself a DIY facelift with cosmetic eye brighteners. Opt for a tinted moisturizer with skin-correcting coverage as it eliminates annoyances of streaky caked-on concealers and keeps a fresh-looking face. A commitment that spans financial physical and emotional considerations is not one to be taken lightly. A woman has the opportunity to choose if and how she would like to better her body. No matter the type of makeover remember that your little bundles don t have to be the only ones filled with joy. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 17 HERLIFE CULINARY slow food movement by h o p e e . f e rg u so n F or as long as humans have lived whether we have been hunters and gatherers or resided in agricultural communities food always had a very short trip from the land to the table. With the industrial revolution and modern ways of storing and transporting foods (hello refrigeration ) the distance between our food got after eating fast food. He ended up attending culinary school and studying in Italy. He now sources his mozzarella and meat from local organic farmers and serves only foods that are in season. When fresh tomatoes are out of season he will use canned before he uses bland shipped-fromafar tomatoes picked weeks before they are eaten. The slow food movement began in Rome Italy in 1986 when slow food founder Carlo Petrini led a protest of a McDonald s opening near the Spanish Steps explained Rachel Greenberger who directs Food Sol at Babson College in Babson Park Massachusetts. Slow food has become synonymous with a return to honoring and protecting traditional old-ways recipes made the slow way with real whole ingredients from the earth and by human hands. Since the signing of the Slow Food Manifesto in Paris in 1989 the movement has grown to include chapters all across the world Greenberger continued. In the last five years with the explosion in interest and demand for organic local fair trade fair wage and humane products Slow Food International has gotten stronger. Stacy Bevan clinical assistant professor in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at Utah State University said Slow food is available to all for an affordable price yet supports the farmers who produced it. The industrialization of our food system is driving this trend she explained. The emphasis on sitting down and enjoying a homemade meal is being lost. Food preparation and cooking skills are becoming a thing of the past in many homes. Many consumers do not know where their food came and our mouths has grown longer and longer. Faced with unripe tomatoes shipped north in the winter and fruit ripened off the vine American consum- ers had grown accustomed to stringy flavorless oranges bland tomatoes and meats raised with hormones and antibiotics a situation that some believe is partially responsible for the obesity epidemic today (along with our sedentary lifestyles). Now with the slow food or farm to table movement the opposite is happening. Consumers have grown tired of flavorless food despite the fact that such food is less expensive to buy. Large factory farms that treat livestock as nothing more than a commodity are repelling more and more people especially those in the millennial and Gen X demographic many of whom have adopted a vegan vegetarian or low-animal-protein diet out of concern for their own health and for the ethical treatment of animals. Chef Nick Strawhecker who runs the award-winning Dante Pizzeria in Omaha Nebraska is part of this trend. A young classically trained chef he spent his formative years partly in Europe and was impressed by how fresh and immediate food was. He remembers going to an oyster bar with his father and being amazed that the oysters were harvested in the waters that flowed right outside the restaurant. He also began to dislike the feeling he 18 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM from the path of farm to fork or how it was prepared. Slow food focuses on restoring this forgotten knowledge empowering its adherents. Kerry Dunnington author of Planet Kitchen Table Recipes for a Sustainable Future in Food added Thanks to the exploding knowledge of how diet affects health millions of Americans are turning away from fast inexpensive and unhealthy food choices looking instead for farm fresh and home-prepared. But is slow food affordable According to Greenberger Broadly speaking fast food is cheaper because the core ingredients corn soy rice wheat are heavily federally subsidized which funds its cheapness. If there were no federal Farm Bill subsidies to mega-farms producing core crops giving them competitive advantage beyond their economies of scale then fast food would become more expensive. In fact the Farm Bill technically titled the Agricultural Act of 2014 has undergone a historic change recently as a direct result of this very movement. The bill signed by President Obama on February 7 2014 contains provisions for crop insurance for fruits veggies and organics known as nontraditional crops in the bill giving these farmers some of the same help and security as the corn and soy farmers that are traditionally subsidized. According to an article in The New York Times this is due to a historic shift in American eating habits back toward slow healthy foods which has at the same time led to a concurrent drop in childhood obesity rates the first in years. A 1974 song by Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager contains the wellknown refrain Everything old is new again. When it comes to slow food surely nothing could be truer. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 19 HERLIFE WINE winery clubs by d o u g f ro st F or some Americans wine buying is only slightly elevated above a visit to the driver s license bureau with state-run stores offering wines chosen by a faceless committee of (possibly wine loving) bureaucrats. With all due respect to state-controlled wine markets such as Pennsylvania and Alabama wine buyers by signing up for a winery s wine club. Most wineries have more diverse wines than you think. Wineries such as Ridge Vineyards Ravenswood or Runquist may be associated primarily with Zinfandel but each produces many other varieties that appear only in their tasting rooms. When you belong to their wine clubs the treasure chest opens up. Winemakers are constantly experimenting with grapes or production tactics in an endless quest to make the next great thing. Those batches are necessarily small and wineries find it easiest to sell small lots at the cellar door or to their mailing lists and wine clubs. Washington winery Gramercy Cellars is associated with Bordeaux and Rhone varieties but you can buy a tangy Picpoul or suave Tempranillo (a Spanish grape) if you re a regular in the tasting room. Famed Walla Walla winery Leonetti makes luscious Sangiovese an Italian grape but you have to be a member of the winery mailing list to get it. Of course not all states allow you to ship wines to your doorstep (I m looking at you Pennsylvania and Alabama) but many do and wineries are more often than not given preference over retail shops they can ship to states where retailers often cannot. Wineries are increasingly offering access to shoppers on the phone or the web. Instead of going through the middlemen (wholesaler broker retailer) the wineries enjoy the benefits of selling their wine at retail prices. Even better they develop a direct link to their consumers. And that s the advantage for wine lovers too. You d be surprised how valuable you are to their sales and how welcome club members are when you finally make that trek to the winery. Wineries have come to realize that direct-to-consumer sales represent a robust line of defense excitement is limited to the annual release of a well-known wine. Statecontrolled stores are by nature conservative the search for new wines is impeded though it is the thrill of discovery that makes wine fun. Thirsty wine lovers ought to be able to cruise into a well-staffed wine store engage one of the experts prowling the floor and walk out with a parcel of newly discovered vinous treasures. But those experts are usually busy with the guy with Porsche money or at least Silver Oak cash the rest of us are seeking the thrill of a new winery a new grape maybe even a new region all without spending a fortune. There are tens of thousands of wine grapes and hundreds of thousands of wines so there s more to life than what we have already tasted. It may seem like wine shelves are groaning with bottles but are you really seeing variety Just fifteen wine companies determine the wines you are offered their grasp exceeds 80 percent of all wines sold in the U.S. at present. It s a recipe for boredom unless you re willing to go directly to the thousands of other wineries and step in line. If you lack an adventurous friendly retailer (or even if you have one) you might consider a wine club. Of course wine shops offer them so too do some newspapers and magazines. They ll often group their offerings by style Cabernet Club Burgundy Club Champagne Club and such but in the pursuit of variety you can throw a counterintuitive punch at the task 20 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM against the gargantuan wine companies. With the limited number of wine companies controlling the market the wineries are able to provide true variety to consumers directly and cement their relationships with their customers. Consumer acceptance of wine clubs is sparking as well. The Wine Market Council s 2013 survey reported that half of all wine club members surveyed were very satisfied with one-third of them extremely satisfied citing discounts special tastings during visits access to special wines and personal contact with the winery staff as their reasons. We have to assume that they liked the wines too I suppose. Don t get me wrong A great retailer deserves your support. He or she should be your tour guide leading you to wines based not upon scores but upon your personal taste. That counts a great deal more than scores from some magazine critic. But if you ve fallen in love with a few wines from a particular winery why not consummate the relationship and explore all that they have to offer You may not learn a secret handshake or wear a decoder ring but you ll like being a member of the club. HLM Doug Frost is a master of wine and master sommelier who has authored several books and has been featured on national television. He is the founder and director of the national Jefferson Cup Wine Invitational and the President of the Institute of Masters of Wine North America and selects wines for United Airlines globally. HERLIFE INSPIRATIONS w ri tte n by k a t h l e e n kr u e ge r p h o to gra p hy by m i ch e l l e l o ckwo o d h a i r by ja m e s ba i l ey o f k a l l a l i l y s a l o n & s pa m a ke - u p by sa b re e n a fr a n ce s o f k a l l a l i l y s a l o n & s pa Twin Cities Radio Host S outwardly. mooth and predictable are not words that WCCO Radio host Jordana Green would use to describe her life s journey either professionally or personally. There have been young children her life is full of large and small decisions every day just as it is for the rest of us. What to have for dinner may not be as crucial as issues at stake on your voter s ballot but they re all part of life for men and women living in the Twin Cities. If the topic may be of interest to or helpful for her listeners Jordana will likely be talking about it during her two hours of air time. Jordana grew up in New Jersey which means she s carried a bit of her East Coast culture with her to the Midwest. The journey from New Jersey to Minnesota has been a gradual one with several career stepping stones in between. She started her broadcasting career in New York moved on to New Jersey then to Pennsylvania and finally to Indianapolis prior to settling in the Twin Cities. I always knew I wanted to be a news anchor said Jordana. It was an easy career choice for her. She attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University right after high school and then began her career in New York City. As with most careers in broadcast journalism advancement came with moves to new stations and new cities. Her first on-air position was at RNN in New Jersey and taught her about every aspect of what it takes to bring a news story to an audience. She did her own videography her own research her own editing and then delivered the story to the audience. She was a one-man band covering everything from courtroom trials to fires to local politics. It was hard and sometimes dangerous work. When she was provided the opportunity to take a medical reporting job in Pennsylvania she was happy for a change of pace. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 23 some rough patches along the way but there have also been some exciting adventures thrown in as well. In Jordana s mind that s a pretty average life. The Jordana Green Show airs on WCCO Radio each weekday evening from 9 00 to 11 00 p.m. In journalistic terms the show would fit in the lifestyle niche. Jordana says her show is about becoming a better person both inwardly and That means you may hear her discussing hairstyles at one point and the role of discipline in schools at another. As a working parent of three Jordana says the medical reporting job was one of her favorites. She was much more comfortable sitting in doctors offices learning about new treatments and procedures than covering crime stories in dangerous neighborhoods. Comments from viewers also demonstrated that her work was actually helping to improve people s lives giving her a sense of satisfaction that everyone would like to have from their career. She had been in Pennsylvania for about two years when she was offered the position as a cohost of a morning show in Indianapolis for Fox 59. The format and tone of the show were fun and friendly a relaxed atmosphere that she truly enjoyed for the two years she was there. Her move to the Minneapolis area came as a result of an invitation from Fox 29. They were creating their own 9 00 p.m. newscast and wanted Jordana to be a part of the team. Having the opportunity to be part of something as it was built from the ground up was a thrilling experience for Jordana. In fewer than 12 months Fox 29 became a part of the UPN Network and the nine o clock news moved to the more competitive time slot of ten o clock but Jordana continued to serve as a news anchor for the station until UPN shut down as a company five years later. Jordana had married her high school sweetheart. He had made the moves with her that her career had dictated. At this point even though Jordana had offers to be a news anchor from other parts of the country they decided to stay put in the Twin Cities. They already had two children and would eventually have one more they decided that Minnesota was where they wanted to raise their family. Without the two incomes finances were tight but they managed. Jordana took on freelance assignments when she could and also worked on the development of two different reality shows that were pitched but never got to air. Jordana admits that she enjoyed the break from the Jordana is a practicing kosher Jew. Her religion is a big part of who she is and she doesn t shy away from saying so. Religion is good Jordana insisted. It s all about being good to each other and to the world. It guides my morality. ...She has always welcomed the opportunity to share about the traditions they practice and the meanings behind them. 24 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM newsroom but after being without employment for six years the financial situation was becoming a strain on the family. She began to actively look for a new position. It was then that she was approached by meteorologist Paul Douglas about being part of a new network he was creating called Weather Nation TV. Developing weather-related programming was an entirely new area for her but she was thrilled to work with someone as respected in the industry as Paul. As an innovator of weather technology Paul made sure that everything about the new network was high tech and digitally based. This was another learning curve for Jordana but she accepted the challenge. While working hard to meet these challenges at her new job Jordana took an unexpected hit on the home front. Just four days into her new job Jordana s husband announced that he wanted a divorce. Their three kids were ages four six and eight at the time. Their finances were in disarray and she was trying to keep it together at work. Now she would have to navigate through the legal details and emotional trauma related to a divorce. At the same time she needed to adjust to operating a single-parent home. When life falls apart around you you have to just take the next step Jordana offered in reflection. You go to work you take care of the kids. At the same time she knew that how she handled the divorce and her relationship with her former husband would have long-term repercussions. I wanted to be able to look back someday and be proud of how I handled it Jordana related. I thought about that in every decision I made. It s now been three years since her divorce. Jordana and her husband have joint physical custody of their three children and have a healthy relationship that eases the strain of parenting across two households. Only ten months after joining Weather Nation Jordana was offered her own radio show with WCCO Radio. Even though she loved working at Weather Nation TV this was the chance of a lifetime that she couldn t pass up. When you get your own radio show where you can talk about the things you re passionate about interview interesting thought leaders and get paid to do it it s pretty hard to say no Jordana s work day generally runs from 3 00 p.m. to 11 00 p.m. That leaves her mornings and early afternoons free for taking care of the everyday things such as grocery shopping dental appointments for the kids and some self care. During the weeks when Jordana s children are at her home WCCO has made it possible for her to work from a studio in her home. To keep her body limber and inner spirit at peace she practices ashtanga yoga meditates and studies the Torah. Jordana is a practicing kosher Jew. Her religion is a big part of who she is and she doesn t shy away from saying so. Religion is good Jordana insisted. It s all about being good to each other and to the world. It guides my morality. Since the Jewish community in Minnesota is much smaller than where she grew up in New Jersey her family s religious observances and customs are a curiosity to many friends who have not had personal exposure to the Jewish faith. Jordana has always welcomed the opportunity to share about the traditions they practice and the meanings behind them. Each year she celebrates Hanukkah with a large party inviting friends and neighbors to fill her home and take part in the festivities. The more we know about each other the more we understand each other Jordana proffered. It takes the fear away. Every aspect of Jordana s life commitments has to do with making life better and bringing about positive changes for individuals and society. One of the organizations that she passionately supports is BestPrep which creates collaborative opportunities between business and education with programs that include financial literacy education and career skills development. Their goal is to better prepare students for life after the classroom by providing practical and experiential learning environments. It s easy to get to know Jordana. She makes herself available to the public five evenings a week from 9 00 p.m. to 11 00 p.m. What you hear on the show is genuine. If you bump into her in the grocery aisle say hello. She s Minnesota nice with a slight hint of New Jersey on the side. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 25 HERLIFE WORKING WOMEN by ti n a v. sava s the start-up story research for entrepreneurs one of the biggest problems is a lack of adequate funding for women entrepreneurs. Since women typically have lower levels of income and wealth they have fewer available financial resources that can be devoted to a new business or a growing one. But this won t deter the determined and if you are ready to take your life-long dream of owning your own business to the next level now may just be the perfect time. Why Because support for women business owners has never been greater. The growth rate of women-owned firms exceeds all other firms combined in the United States. It is common knowledge that investing in small businesses is what keeps our economy going so everyone is hopping on the bandwagon to help women would-be entrepreneurs. Let s explore a few ways you can get out there and take advantage of the plentiful funding opportunities that exist solely for women entrepreneurs. First you must define your product or idea--craft your elevator speech so that anyone understands your business in a few seconds. This helps to narrow your funding choices and streamlines the process so you don t waste your time. Keep in mind that you will need a business plan with a financial pro forma or financial projection to shine brighter than your competition. Once your package and marketing pitch is complete you will be ready to seek funding. www.opportunity.com It is highly advisable to search the internet for funding opportunities. Websites such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter are two examples of the new 26 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Share and Share Alike Venture capitalists and angel investors are like the Shark Tank folks on the hit television series but they are a bit easier to access These investors will most likely want an equity position or ownership in your company. If you don t mind that stipulation one place to look is the website Gust that connects entrepreneurs with investors. Also contact your local Small Business Administration Women s Business Center located in most U.S. cities since those centers are familiar with their community funders. Explore Springboard Enterprises where you can present your business proposal to a forum Golden Seeds which has equity investors and the Women s Technology Cluster a program that provides access to equity funding and serves as an incubator. Take It to the Bank Bank loans are another source of funding. Though bank loans are more traditional and historically more difficult for women to qualify more recent research shows there are no significant differences between women and men in terms of the likelihood of being approved for a loan. Not too long ago a woman had to have a co-signer to secure a business M any women dream of owning their own business but few of them actually take the plunge and even fewer find success. The reasons are plentiful but according to the Kauffman Foundation a nonprofit that funds and conducts popular crowdfunding concept where your idea catches the attention of investors who in turn fund you. This is where your elevator speech becomes extremely important as well as your personal passion for your idea. Crowdfunders love a good story and that includes your personal journey. Gratuitous Sourcing Grants represent the Holy Grail of funding because they are free. There are all sorts of grants for women minorities grants based on a business theme etc. but naturally they are difficult to get. It is worth your while to check out the federal grants website federalgrants.com for money that might be available to grow your business. loan. Not anymore. In addition to banks business loans offered by the Small Business Administration can be tailored for women and easier to secure than a bank loan. Again the SBA Women s Business Centers offer advice and business loan consulting for women. There may also be a program tailored for women- and minority-owned businesses within your city government frequently within the mayor s economic development office that is funded by a local bank Small and Growing Microenterprise funders typically target small businesses and entrepreneurs who anticipate fewer than 10 employees and require no more than 35 000 in start-up costs. Many initiatives have launched internationally to assist women entrepreneurs in developing countries. Here in the U.S. four programs focus on low-income women entrepreneurs The Women s Initiative (WISE) Trickle Up The Women s Business Center of the Nebraska Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) and Count Me In the first online microlender which recently launched a program with American Express and the Women s Leadership Exchange called Make Mine a Million that focuses on high growth businesses. These programs combine training education and support services with capital. Overall lenders understand that strengthening women s economic capacity is of vital importance today. Programs and funds for women entrepreneurs have steadily grown over the last ten years from microenterprise to venture capital funds from very small dollar grants to hundred million dollar investments. With the addition of crowdfunding and online contests it is easier than ever to start living your dream. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 27 HERLIFE GREEN LIVING by m a ri l y n i sa m i n ge r a John Deere to trim our pasture-sized lawn we can all pay attention to how we treat those blades and the soil underneath them. Eco-experts offer many tips to guide us in keeping our grass green in both senses of the word. Here s some of their advice. Choose What You Use If the grass growing in your yard is not suitable for the USDA zone in which you live you re already at a disadvantage. All grasses are not created equal. Some grasses prefer the shade and don t want your feet tromping on them (the fescues in particular) others thrive in cold climates while hating the heat and humidity of southerly and western climes. Good choices for cooler climates are the bluegrasses fescues and ryegrasses the zoysia varieties St. Augustine and centipede grasses grow best during the warm seasons. Make sure you investigate your grass species choice before investing your dollars not to mention your time and energy in trying to keep it green. W lawn care Compost and Mulch Green gardeners already know these terms. If you re using a gas-powered mower (see below for another option) add a mulching blade so that you can multi-task while trimming keep the blade sharp The grass clippings will be finely chopped and can be left to return to Mother Earth feeding the soil and saving the haul to the compost pile. If you prefer to compost the clippings keep the pile active by turning it so that it breaks down weed seeds that might have been collected. Adjust the height of the mower blade and keep the grass a minimum of three inches high from May until after Labor Day. Taller grass blades provide shade that keeps weed seeds from germinating in the spring and later keeps the soil from drying out in summer heat. Never cut more than one-third of the blade at one time to prevent stress to the turf. Microorganisms and Biopesticides The mission statement of Texas-based Natural Industries is For every plant problem there s a microorganism that can solve it. This company s Actinovate for Lawn and Garden contains a patented beneficial microorganism that grows on the plant s roots and leaves living off the plant s by-products and simultaneously attacking harmful disease-causing pathogens. This natural product effectively suppresses and controls a wide range of foliar and root diseases including powdery mildew and black spot. EcoSMARTTM s Lawn Insect Killer contains thyme and sesame oils and eugenol and can be used on lawns ornamentals and mulched beds. It kills and repels a long list of insects including aphids caterpillars centipedes fleas mites mosquitoes spiders and ticks. A biopesticide is a chemical made from naturally occurring elements that control the insect population instead of killing it. A pheromone pesticide disrupts the mating pattern of some insects such as moths and butterflies and affects only the targeted insects. Japanese beetles may be controlled in this way traps containing the pheromone attract and collect these invasive eaters. Milky Spore is an environmental pesticide that is ingested by lawn grubs within days bacteria grow and kill the grubs from within. Remember that weeds insects and diseases are an indication of the overall health of the turf and underlying soil. Test the soil to determine if organic amendments are needed whether fertilizers minerals mulches or compost tea. Adjust your watering schedule as appropriate hopefully using the rainwater you ve harvested through your catchment system. green-friendly orking with nature--what a goal for each of us to set in the 21st century No matter if we re urban dwellers have a little patch of grass in the burbs or use 28 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Get Rid of the Gas The good old push-reel mower is great for your yard-as-workout routine unless you re mowing the entire back 40. The great news is that now both corded and battery-powered mowers are available. It s estimated that gaspowered mowers produce about ten percent of all air pollutants created by portable gasoline machines. Plus mowers aren t held to the same EPA standards as gasoline-powered cars so emissions may be more toxic. Neuton s CE6 mower with its 36-volt rechargeable battery weighs only 69 pounds and cuts up to one-third of an acre on an overnight charge using an extra-wide 19-inch cutting swath for efficiency. Major home improvement retailers have their own brands as well they all appear to be priced comparatively to the gasoline-powered machines and in the long run they will save plenty on fuel costs. Make a Hard Choice Ultimately do you really want the maintenance that turf grass requires Consider some eco-alternatives. Ground covers such as thyme sweet alyssum lavender or pachysandra can reduce what the landscape architects call negative space or eliminate it entirely. Think about hardscaping replacing negative space with a bluestone brick paver or gravel patio is a no-water nomow option that after the initial investment will be economical in the long run. If you re up for a home improvement project the big box stores DIY sites and many books can teach you how to complete these installations. Going green with lawn care does require some thought and possibly changes in maintenance behavior yet it s inevitably a positive choice for your negative space HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 29 HERLIFE SPOTLIGHT w ri tte n by k a th l e e n k r u e ge r p h o to gra p hy by m o m e n t o i m a ge s and five years of misery. Even most of the financial settlement was eaten up with lawyer s fees and taxes. It was a time of despair rather than of celebration. That was in 2004. Today Chantal is the owner of her own successful business Devane Design. Her path to success was not one that she mapped out ahead of time it was a serendipitous chain of events that were totally unexpected. It gave her a new focus and a renewed hope for the future. It is a story that should give hope and encouragement to any woman who is walking through a difficult time in her life. Chantal s story begins in the late 1990s. She was working for a large corporation in the male-dominated home improvement industry. After unsuccessful attempts to resolve a sexual harassment issue internally Chantal decided her only recourse was to take the matter to court. This decision to insist on justice would change the course of her life in a bigger way than she could have imagined. I had no idea that something like this could consume five years of my life remarked Chantal. The amount of personal time that Chantal had to commit to the process was only a small part of the experience that devastated her life. The trial itself was a painful and humiliating experience. She received threatening phone calls and had her tires slashed. Employers would let her go or not hire her at all due to the stigma attached to her for filing a suit. Her marital relationship suffered so much under the strain that it ended in divorce. By the time the original case and the appeals process came to a close Chantal s life was in shambles. Her career and her marriage had been destroyed. Her finances were limited. She had no idea what direction to take with her life. Should she move Go back to school for a new career She decided to take the summer off to regroup and try to determine her next step. It was during that summer that the foundation for Chantal s 30 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM W hen you ve lost five years of your life to the litigation process having your claims of sexual harassment vindicated doesn t feel like much of a win. For Chantal Devane the cost had been too high her job her marriage With ten years as the owner of her own business Chantal is proud of what she has built. Devane Design is an award-winning design company. She has a group of preferred contractors and vendors in place that work hand in hand with her to deliver a complete remodel package to her clients. future began to take shape. It wasn t something she decided to go after on her own it just seemed to happen. First a neighbor asked Chantal if she could help her with some remodeling ideas she had for her home. Chantal found it therapeutic to be able to put her talents to use for someone s benefit. Chantal s mother a Realtor asked her to help her out with some of her clients who could use design advice. Then another neighbor asked Chantal to help them with the log home they were building. Instead of Chantal s having to sit down and figure out her new direction the first three stepping-stones had been laid out in front her. She had a business developing without any purposeful intent of her own. It was almost as if I were tricked into it Chantal recalled. I was just so broken down at that point it never occurred to me that I could take my talents and go do my own thing like that. Chantal began to build her business growing her clientele and establishing a strong reputation. Then the recession hit. The entire design and construction industry took a nosedive. For three years Chantal struggled to keep her business afloat. More than once she wondered if it were time to head in a new direction again. Somehow she made it through those three years and came out stronger on the other side. I took those three years that down time to really work on everything that I could professionally Chantal explained. I was going to every meeting I could every networking event every continuing education class and picking up every aspect of the business that I could do on my own. With ten years as the owner of her own business Chantal is proud of what she has built. Devane Design is an award-winning design company. She has a group of preferred contractors and vendors in place that work hand in hand with her to deliver a complete remodel package to her clients. People come to me because they are having trouble trying to figure out how to remodel their home Chantal remarked. They don t necessarily have a vision. They don t have any particular contractors in place and they need an approach that takes care of everything for them from beginning to end. Devane Design rose from the ashes of one woman s dashed dreams to become her badge of honor and respect in an industry in which women have fought hard to earn their place. HLM You can contact Chantal at Devane Design through her website DevaneDesign.com or by calling her office at 612-280-2783. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 31 HERLIFE TRAVEL study abroad semester at sea for college students by hallie s awyer faculty and an ever-changing campus. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first voyage which then was known as the University of the Seven Seas. With more than 60 000 seafaring alumni Semester at Sea partnered with the prestigious University of Virginia has offered academic credit to students from more than 1 700 universities since 1963. What makes this semester of learning so unique is the global exposure of each voyage in and out of the classroom. Like most colleges they have courses in such areas as anthropology biology art engineering communication studies drama English environmental science and history but they come with an international twist. During the fall spring and summer semesters they make multiple port stops for field labs and learning excursions. What s impressive about this learning experience is that all professors hold doctoral degrees in their fields Also 100 percent of them have international expertise in at least one of the regions the I magine sailing to 16 countries and exploring 16 cities in 108 days and earning college credit in the process It can happen with Semester at Sea . This one-of-a-kind learning opportunity incorporates global experiences world-class ship will visit. Previous floating faculty members have included professors from MIT Princeton and Columbia as well as Pulitzer and Nobel Peace Prize winners such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Over the past 50 years Semester at Sea has had five ships serve as their floating campus with the latest being in service for the last ten years. The seven-deck ship holds 836 passengers and offers a library student union media lab campus store and pool and fitness facilities. As much as this is not your typical semester of college SAS tries to offer some familiar extracurricular activities for their students such as intramural tournaments (ping pong anyone ) dance groups writing club and exercise groups. It may not be exactly like life on a traditional campus but it s an excellent opportunity to meet fellow students and get the friendships started. The planning for this type of voyage isn t as easy as loading up on Dramamine and sunscreen. Passports visas and vaccinations must be acquired with careful attention to expiration dates. Various countries have their own requirements and there may be multiple visas needed for the trip. While in port countries such as Ghana Ecuador Turkey and Vietnam students visit notable histori- Each voyage is designed to expose students to a global and comparative study of various structural and social changes through a variety of methods. Semester at Sea states its goals are to Create student insight into an increasingly complex and interdependent world Teach students to interact with other cultures and people of emerging and developing nations Create awareness of students own culture in contrast to others Offer the chance to observe world issues and understand them through first-hand experiences Teach students to think critically about challenging world issues Help students better understand the United States relationships with other countries Through service projects offer students the opportunity to learn more about themselves Help students grow as a result of living and learning in a closely knit community 32 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM cal and cultural sites as well as natural and manmade wonders or they may take part in service visits including Habitat for Humanity and Operation Hunger. For those who are past the age of undergraduate there is still a way to be a student in the program. Semester at Sea offers various programs such as enrichment voyages and their Lifetime Learner program. Enrichment voyages are accompanied by regional experts academics and artists who conduct seminars and workshops that offer in-depth exploration of the history and culture of the countries visited. Workshops have included travel photography art language study wine and cuisine. The Lifelong Learners program allows adult learners to study alongside undergraduates attend field excursions and have the chance to serve as mentors to students. Overall the biggest draw for students to sail with Semester at Sea is the intangible--the life experiences they gain in this type of study. Prior to the voyage students may have only seen the world through the eyes of a tourist but by semester s end Semester at Sea students are more likely to consider themselves travelers. Previous faculty member and author Alden Jones wrote an essay about the experience titled This is Not a Cruise which gives real-life insight to what it s like to travel with Semester at Sea. She writes about the exposure to first-generation families affected by the genocide in Cambodia and glimpsing life in Burma under the rule of a military dictator. Her essay is frank yet enticing with the takeaway that students get to see the world in all its beauty as well as its candor. This circles back to Semester at Sea s overall purpose to give their students a shift in perspective that provides a much broader and educated view of the world. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 33 HERLIFE MOTHER S PERSPECTIVE building a backyard bash by lis a t ar ant o b ut ler homemade carnival ideas for simple games Make your own fish pond with a baby pool and bath ducks from your local dollar store or carnival supply store. Place numbers on each duck that correlate to prizes. Haul that ladder out of the garage and let guests use their throwing skills. Mark each rung of the ladder with different point values. Have guests throw bean bags and keep score. Have fun emptying a case of wine then use the leftover box and bottle separator to make a ping pong ball game. Just mark each opening with a point value. Participants toss three ping pong balls and add up their scores. Guess the Gumballs is a great way to provide a game and a prize at the same time. Fill a large glass jar with gumballs and have players guess the number inside. The person with the closest guess gets to keep the gumballs. Combine tennis balls with a few plastic pails and let the tossing begin One ball in the bucket wins a small prize two balls in gets a medium prize and making all three tosses gets the grand prize. Stagger the buckets to challenge adults. Create your own games using things you have lying around such as sporting equipment toys and volleyballs. Get active and make a backyard obstacle course if temperatures are hot opt for a water balloon toss or a homemade slip and slide. A sunny afternoon freshly mown grass mild temperatures and a simple quest for fun are perfect ingredients for a backyard carnival. While such an event may seem a little daunting at first with the help of party websites social media and a few family members hosting a carnival can be easy and budget friendly. So start searching for red and white ribbon gather your bouncy balls and download some circus music. A backyard carnival will have you winning BIG TIME Planning the Party Whether you re planning a grand birthday or a fabulous family reunion much of the planning begins ahead. Depending on the size of your guest list and budget planning should start as early as possible to give yourself time to search out party decorations and supplies or make them yourself. Ask friends and family for help by keeping an eye out for carnival items at garage sales and consignment stores. Of course the weather can t be predicted but aim to choose a date when temperatures are warm but not uncomfortable. Sunset offers a break from the heat but make sure you have adequate lighting for a night-time soir e. Already-strung holiday lights are inexpensive and easy to find. Create carnival-themed invites by using online invitation programs such as Evite Paperless Post or Punchbowl.com. Make sure to get RSVPs so you know how many prizes to secure. Simple Games Creating fun and inexpensive game booths is easy using items you already own and a little elbow grease. Take inspiration from party websites and social media sites such as Pinterest where photos can be a huge help. Ask family and friends to manage a game or station. Separate games with carnival banners and ribbon. Cheap Treats Prizes can be things you already own such as freebies promotional items dollar store 34 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM toys and edible treats. Don t break the bank with overpriced stuffed animals or costly trophies. The fun is actually playing the games and as long as each participant garners a few fun goodies everyone will leave happy. Cool Concessions Choose foods that are easy to assemble and can be eaten without using utensils. Serve carnival-themed eats such as hotdogs corndogs pizza and popcorn. Make simple popcorn cones by cutting circles from colorful paper. Form into a cone shape and secure with tape or glue. Place popcorn in the cones and display in a cupcake holder or in a decorated box with precut holes. Festive Drinks and Tunes Every cheerful carnival needs a tasty themed drink. Place your beverage of choice in see- through containers with spouts for guests to pour their own or fill a colorful plastic tub with ice and canned or bottled drinks. Make your own labels for a festive feel such as Happy Birthday Hannah Music makes the world go round especially at a carnival. Find circus tunes on popular download sites or stream in an online radio station with a party or carnival theme. Add some outdoor speakers to liven the atmosphere. Start Planning Early A carnival can be just as much fun to plan as it is to enjoy. Add your unique touch by choosing a theme and favorite colors or provide an unusual activity like an easy craft or cookie decorating. Explore what you own and make it your own. Who knows your guests may end up beckoning for backyard fun again next year HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 35 HERLIFE TRENDSETTER it s wedding season from casual beachside nuptuals to a formal evening affair we ve got you (and your date ) covered. 36 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM opposite page on scott shirt pants shoes and belt from martinpatrick3 mar tinpatrick3.com on jessica dress and sandals from melly mellyonline.com necklace from flutter boutique flutterboutique.com this page on jessica dress from flutter boutique flutterboutique.com and earrings from c est chic boutique cestchicboutique.com on scott shirt pants tie and belt all from mar tinpatrick3 martinpatrick3.com HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 37 this page on jessica dress shoes and necklace from melly mellyonline.com. earrings and clutch from c est chic boutique cestchicboutique.com on scott shirt jacket pants tie belt and shoes all from mar tinpatrick3 martinpatrick3.com opposite page on scott suit tie belt and shoes by mar tinpatrick3 martinpatrick3.com on jessica dress necklace earrings and purse from melly mellyonline.com 38 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM photography by momento images models jessica manuel and scott eiden of wehmann models & talent inc. hair by angela kemp and amanda cade of cole s salon & spa make-up by haley schooley of cole s salon & spa shot on location at 514 Studios HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 39 HERLIFE RECIPES asian tuna kebabs Serves 4 ingredients 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar 2 Tablespoons ginger peeled minced 2 Tablespoons peanut oil 2 Tablespoons sesame oil 2 Tablespoons soy sauce 2 Tablespoons honey 1 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro plus extra for garnish 1 serrano chile seeded minced Ground black pepper to taste 1 lbs. ahi tuna cut into 1 cubes Nonstick vegetable oil spray 1 large red bell pepper cut into 1 squares 1 large sweet onion (such as Maui or Vidalia) cut into 1 squares 8 (10 ) metal skewers directions Whisk first eight ingredients in medium bowl season with pepper. Transfer 3 tbsp. marinade to a small bowl reserve. Add tuna to remaining marinade in medium bowl toss to coat. Refrigerate at least 30 min. Alternate tuna peppers and onions on skewers. Spray skewers lightly with vegetable oil spray. Grill directly over a grill preheated to medium-high turning frequently (about 4 min. for medium-rare). Transfer skewers to a serving platter drizzle with reserved marinade and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve immediately. HLM b ro u g h t to yo u by 40 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM mascarpone berry bruschetta Makes 30 pieces ingredients 1 loaf Take & Bake French Bread baked according to pkg. directions cut into about 30 slices Melted butter cup superfine sugar 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 8 oz. carton mascarpone Assorted berries stems removed rinsed and drained Kowalski s Pure Honey directions Lightly brush both sides of each bread slice with melted butter. In a small mixing bowl completely combine sugar and cinnamon sprinkle over both sides of each bread slice. Bake in a preheated 375 oven until crisp (10-12 min.) turning halfway through cool. Spread each bread slice with mascarpone top with berries. Drizzle lightly with honey. Good to Know Mascarpone can be found in the Imported Cheese Department. HLM b ro u g h t to yo u by HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 41 HERLIFE SPOTLIGHT MINNESOTA CARE w ritten by kathle en k r ueger WOMEN S urogynecologists in the state of Minnesota. Dr. Ashford has been a practicing OB GYN physician for 12 years. In 2012 he launched his private practice and opened Minnesota Women s Care in Maplewood Minnesota to offer his patients a more welcoming environment for their visits. Incontinence and uterine prolapse are two interconnected issues that Dr. Ashford regularly treats with exceptional success. One of the saddest things is to have a grandmother who comes to me and says I don t play with my grandkids anymore because of my bladder leakage said Dr. Ashford. Frequently Dr. Ashford will see patients with serious pelvic floor issues that could have been averted had they seen him sooner. Generally the patients have delayed the visit because they thought there was nothing that could be done or they thought what they were experiencing was normal. There are much better solutions than wearing adult diapers according to Dr. Ashford. There are treatments that stimulate the pelvic muscles and strengthen them. Implants can be inserted to control the bladder and get the leakage stopped. Sometimes Botox can be injected to stop bladder spasms. There are also surgical procedures that can be performed and medications available that will provide relief. When a situation does require surgery in the past you would have two or three doctors operating in the pelvic region where the organs are connected to each other. When you have issues D 42 photography by mom ent o im ages o I go to a urologist or to a gynecologist Bladder control issues and gynecological issues can and usually do overlap. That s why Dr. Melvin Ashford OB GYN sought out certification in both areas. He is now one of the few board-certified HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM of uterine prolapse which is when the bladder and uterus descend or drop down then you have incontinence explained Dr. Ashford. They are all joined to each other with connective tissue. So what you do to the top of the bladder impacts the vagina and what you do to the vagina impacts the rectum. Traditionally one doctor would be handling the bladder and another doctor would focus on the uterus. You had two or three doctors doing one surgery. When you combine urology with gynecology the procedure is more efficient and outcomes are better Dr. Ashford affirmed. It is a more comprehensive approach to issues that affect more than one organ. Of course Dr. Ashford deals with many other issues related to the pelvic area in his practice. He uses the most current technology and treatments available. He was one of the first physicians in Minnesota to begin using the da Vinci surgical robot to perform minimally invasive hysterectomies and treat endometriosis and uterine fibroids. The da Vinci system provides a much faster recovery because it requires much smaller incisions. Dr. Ashford feels it is important to educate his patients on the increasing range of treatments available. Recently women have discovered the benefits of vaginal rejuvenation gynecology which helps improve the sensation of intercourse. Dr. Ashford has also begun offering SottoPelle a revolutionary form of bio-identical hormone therapy being used to decrease symptoms related to menopause. SottoPelle uses a unique form of low-dose pellet therapy that lasts for three months or longer. It is the only hormone therapy that responds when the body needs more keeping hormone levels more balanced than applications that rely on pills patches or creams. When Dr. Ashford launched Minnesota Women s Care he had a specific vision in mind for his patients that s why it is called a care center and not a clinic. Appointments are not hurried or rushed. Every patient is warmly welcomed just as you would welcome a friend to your home with the offer of a beverage and comfortable seating and surroundings. Through the Uniquely Catered Pregnancy Program expectant moms are really pampered including the luxury of receiving a minimassage at each appointment. When asked what it is about Minnesota Women s Care that truly sets them apart Dr. Ashford doesn t hesitate It s the people who we have working here. Dr. Ashford says that nurses assistants and secretaries frequently stay late or come in early. They go out of their way to do things for each patient and give all patients individualized attention. Their behavior creates a culture of care that patients recognize as genuine and heartfelt. Whether your visit to Minnesota Women s Care is for a routine pelvic exam or to address concerns related to incontinence menopause or intercourse Dr. Ashford and his staff will provide you with the most up-to-date treatment available and in a personalized manner that is rare to find in many other clinic settings. HLM Minnesota Women s Care is located at 2603 White Bear Avenue North Maplewood Minnesota. You can call them at 651-600-3035 for an appointment or visit them online at mnwcare.com for more information. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 43 HERLIFE FINANCE money mistakes by ste p h a n i e f o x common H andling money should be second nature. After all we use money every day. But most people rich or poor make money mistakes that can cause problems in their stick with it. Accumulating Credit Card Debt Use credit cards carefully and never put an expense on a credit card that you don t plan to pay off immediately. Credit card debt adds up quickly and a purchase or two not paid off when the first bill arrives can add up to thousands of dollars in debt later that may take months or years to pay off. Ignoring High Interest Rates When reducing debt pay off the debt with the highest interest rate first (usually credit cards) while keeping up minimum payments for any other money owed. If you have been making regular payments you can talk to the credit card company about lowering your interest rates for the future. Forgetting Free Money If your company has a deferred compensation plan that matches a percentage of your salary you ll double your money even if the stock market doesn t rise a single point. For example a 45-year-old earning 80 000 annually who defers a mere 5 percent of their income for 20 years at an annual rate of return of 6 percent will have more than 151 000 for retirement. But if there is an employer match the amount will rise to nearly 304 000. Start saving at age 25 and this retirement fund will rise to almost 1 280 000. Then stick with it Not Identifying Money Priorities Know what s important to you and save for it. Is it a down payment on a dream home A new car Continued education or college for your kids Retirement If you know your priori- financial and personal lives. Here are eight mistakes to avoid making with your money. Not Having a Budget Write down all your monthly expenses from your rent or mortgage to your utility costs insurance payments estimated food expenses cell phones transportation tuition or student loans other loan payments monthly medical outlay and money that will go toward savings. Knowing what you can spend will help keep you from living paycheck to paycheck and having to defer needed purchases because the monthly money ran out. Have a budget and 44 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM ties you can avoid spending money without thinking and reach your financial goals. Living Above Your Means Learn to live within your income. There are ways to live the good life while spending less money. Even people with high incomes can lack the discipline to resist temptation to spend on frivolous items. If you have your sights set on something try to wait until it goes on sale buy it at a discount store or even at a high-end second-hand store. Don t worry--your friends will never know the difference. You can also cut down on expenses such as frequent dinners in upscale hip restaurants. Become a connoisseur of tiny and undiscovered ethnic restaurants or learn to cook your favorite foods. If you don t have the time to prepare meals every day cook ahead and freeze dinners for a delicious and quick inexpensive meal. Not Paying Attention to Details Check your credit report each year and be alert to credit and identity fraud. The only truly free access to your credit report is through AnnualCreditReport.com authorized by federal law. Companies with clever jingles and amusing TV commercials may charge a fee. If you find a mistake contact the card company or the credit-reporting agency about the error. To avoid identity theft look for credit card charges you don t recognize (even small ones) denials of credit for no apparent reason and other suspicious activity. Then file a report with law enforcement to help you deal with creditors who may want proof of fraud. If you HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 45 Krista Wolter Intuitive. Experienced. Real Estate Agent. bank online as millions of us do check your accounts regularly. If you don t bank online it s even more important to verify transactions and balances. Thieves will often test your vigilance with small transactions before cleaning out your account. Guessing the Future of Stocks When investing don t try to time the stock market. Buy and hold then leave the gambling to the one percent. One strategy is to put your investment money in low-fee investment funds diversify by mixing the kinds of investments in the funds you choose then dollar cost average your investment money. You spread out the risk by automatically adding the same amount of money on the same date every month. Don t worry about short-term gains and losses. Investments are for the long term in a diversified portfolio long-term investments historically make money. Missing a Tax Credit Some taxpayers can get a little-known tax break just for saving for retirement. The Saver Credit allows tax credits in addition to the taxdeferred advantages of investment plans like IRAs. There are income eligibility requirements for singles head of households and joint filers. For most eligible taxpayers the amounts might be only a couple of hundred dollars but some taxpayers can see a credit of up to a thousand dollars. HLM (612) 247-5106 KristaWolter.com 46 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 47 HERLIFE IN THE CITY june 22 Walker on the Green Artist-Designed Mini Golf DATES May 22-September 1 TIME 10 00am - 8 00pm LOCATION Walker Art Center DETAILS The sweet spot of summer lies between the Open Field and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at Walker on the Green Artist-Designed Mini Golf. With the expansion to an 18-hole course players will encounter some old favorites--roaming holes a glittering rock-and-roll soundscape a gopher hole vortex and garden gnome foosball. Even seasoned players on the artist-designed circuit will have to work to stay under par thanks to some surprising new holes including a gumball machine a chicken coop and a rendition of Marcel Duchamp s Fountain. Don t let the choice between a round of putt-putt and a wander through air-conditioned contemporary art galleries drive a wedge between you and your loved ones every ticket includes free gallery admission. For more information visit walkerart.org. 6 48th Annual Edina Art Fair DATE June 6 - 8 TIMES Vary LOCATION 50th & France Edina DETAILS The Edina Art Fair has grown from a few crafters on the corner of 50th & France to more than 300 artists displaying a diverse collection of art. The Edina Art Fair enjoys its position as the Minnesota summer s first art fair and the second-largest art fair in the state. The Fair is hosted by the 50th & France Business & Professional Association. This unique neighborhood has a reputation for bringing a lifestyle that caters to distinction--a distinction its members take pride in. For more information head to edinaartfair.com. 7 Walk Like MADD MADD 5K Dash DATE June 7 TIME 8 30am-Noon LOCATION Phalen Park DETAILS Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) presents their signature walk event WALK Like MADD. In more than 60 cities around the nation thousands of people will participate in 5K events to celebrate creating a brighter future without drunk driving and underage drinking. For more information visit support.madd.org. 1 Grand Old Day DATE June 1 TIME 8 00am - 6 00p LOCATION Grand Avenue St. Paul DETAILS Grand Old Day Saint Paul s first rite of summer is where to go when you re looking for things to do in the Twin Cities. It s the kickoff to Minnesota festivals season and is the largest one-day festival in the Midwest. Whether you re looking for the best summer parades in Minnesota outdoor music festivals some of the best fair foods Minnesota has to offer or just some good old family fun in the sun St. Paul s Grand Old Day is the place to be For more information visit grandave.com. 7 5th Annual Minneapolis Institute of Arts Gala and Summer Party DATE June 7 TIME 6 00pm-midnight LOCATION Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Target Park DETAILS Celebrate and support the mission of MIA at this Twin Cities premier arts fundraiser. Proceeds benefit the mission of the MIA to enrich the community by collecting preserving and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world s diverse cultures. Tickets for the Gala include a cocktail reception dinner and live auction followed by the Summer Party. To purchase tickets or for more information visit artsmia. org. 6 Midwest Home Luxury Home Tour DATES June 6-8 13-15 20-22 TIMES Vary LOCATION Twin Cities suburbs DETAILS This self-guided tour will give you access to unique million-dollar homes across the Twin Cities built by some of the best custom builders in the market. The homes feature gourmet kitchens master suites exquisite indoor outdoor entertaining spaces wine cellars beautiful bars luxury baths and much much more. These high-end masterpieces are filled with innovative design solutions plus you ll have the opportunity to meet some of the best names in the industry. Whether you re looking to build remodel or simply dream you ll find inspiration on this year s Luxury Home Tour. For tour locations and more information visit twincitieshometour.com. 7 Grand Marais Classic Car Show DATE June 7 TIME 11 00am-3 00pm LOCATION Harbor Park Grand Marais DETAILS Come see the coolest cars trucks and motorcycles line up in the heart of Grand Marais You don t have to own a classic car to enjoy these beautiful vehicles Viewing is free to the public so come vote for your 48 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM favorite car and enjoy the festivities. There will be live music an awards presentation and a barbecue at the American Legion in downtown Grand Marais. Enter the show and receive two tickets to the barbecue and trophy presentation with your registration and entry fee. Head to visitcookcounty. com carshow for registration and more information. 21 Bruno Mars DATE June 21 TIME 8 00pm LOCATION Xcel Energy Center DETAILS With 130 million singles sold worldwide the 18-time Grammy Award nominee and two-time winner has made music history more than once including such milestones as scoring his first five Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers faster than any male solo artist since Elvis Presley. The Superbowl XLVIII performer will be in the Twin Cities for the second time but tickets are going fast Head to xcelenergycenter.com to get them before they re gone 10 The Backstreet Boys DATE June 10 TIME 7 30pm LOCATION Xcel Energy Center DETAILS This Grammy -nominated boy band with special guest Avril Lavigne has extended their In A World Like This tour and will make a stop in the Twin Cities Get ready for a flashback to the 90s and an awesome time For tickets and other information visit xcelenergycenter.com. 21 Rock the Garden DATE June 21 - 22 TIME 3 00 - 10 00pm LOCATION Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden DETAILS Why Rock the Garden for one day when you can rock it for two The Twin Cities favorite summer concert returns with the first two-day format in the annual event s history. The weekend festival blowout reflects the hallmark eclecticism of the Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current. From indie blues to surf rock frenetic pop to post-punk hard-charging rock to hip-hop each day s lineup offers anything can happen moments that you ll be talking about for years to come For the full lineup and more information visit walkerart.org. 10 Wizard of Oz Festival DATE June 10 - 15 TIMES Varies LOCATION 2727 Highway 169 Grand Rapids MN DETAILS For the 39th consecutive year the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids will again celebrate the entertainer and her timeless film The Wizard of Oz during its week-long Wizard of Oz Festival. Formerly the Judy Garland Festival this event takes place in Grand Rapids the birthplace of Judy Garland. Visit judygarlandmuseum.com for full event details. 13 Stone Arch Bridge Festival DATE June 13 - 15 TIMES Varies LOCATION Stone Arch Bridge Minneapolis DETAILS Head down to the Mississippi River and check out the annual Stone Arch Bridge Festival This festival attracts more than 70 000 people to the Minneapolis downtown Riverfront District each year and features more than 250 visual artists 60 live bands and performances and family entertainment. To kick off the festival a concert will be held on Water Power Park Friday June 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. with arts music and family activities continuing throughout the weekend. Head to stonearchbridgefestival.com for details on the rest of the weekend 26 Twin Cities Jazz Festival DATE June 26 - 28 TIMES Varies LOCATION Mears Park Downtown St. Paul DETAILS The Twin Cities Jazz Festival holds its 16th annual event this June in downtown St. Paul. Recognized as one of the region s premier music festivals the Twin Cities Jazz Festival is a three-day festival with performances on three public stages in Mears Park as well as at dozens of local jazz clubs. The festival attracts top jazz artists to St. Paul to share the joy of jazz with thousands of people. Admission is free due to the support of many generous sponsors and supporters Visit twincitiesjazzfestival.com for schedules and other information. 14 Minnesota Pet Expo DATE June 14 TIME 10 00am-6 00pm LOCATION Minneapolis Convention Center DETAILS Grab your furry friend and head to the Pet Expo The expo offers fun and educational events for both you and your pet Check it out and you ll see agility demonstrations free nail trims discounted vaccinations microchipping and heartworm and flea preventatives live entertainment an adoption center and more Visit minnesotapetexpo.com for the full details All calendar event submissions must be received by June 5th for the July issue and adhere to our guidelines. E-mail lhutchins herlifemagazine.com for guidelines or to submit entries. Brought to you by HERLIFE Magazine and Minneapolis2night.com. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 49