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Home & Garden Issue 2015 Summer garden The Zucchini are Coming Sharon Filomeo Baker Home Educator Gardener and Writer Kick Off Your Summer Tapas &wine Window Replacement 101 D A D S D AY J 2 1 UN E 2 0 BARBECUE LUNCH BUFFET IN THE GARDEN BALLROOM LI VE MU SI C FR OM TH E BO X MU SI C FA MI LY Celebrate Father s Day in casual dad style. Bring the whole family Featuring award-winning cusine and live music. Indoor and Outdoor Seating. Seating Times 11am to 2pm (every 15 minutes) 50 Adults 17 Children 5-12 years 5 under 5 years 1 5 R E S TA U R A N T AT W I N E & R O S E S FAT H E R S D AY AT T O W N E H O U S E R E S TA U R A N T Featuring our full seasonal menu. Restaurant Hours 8am-2 30pm for Brunch Dinner after 5pm R E S E R VAT I O N S 2 0 9 . 3 7 1 . 6 1 6 0 O R town ehouseres winerose.com W I N E & R O S E S 2 5 0 5 W. 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We welcome your ideas articles and feedback. 8 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 9 10 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 11 HERLIFE CONTENTS features 24 16 82 34 86 14 16 Welcome From the Publisher Health Fast and Fit 10 Minute Exercise Programs That You Can Do Anywhere Beauty The Tattoo Inked Artistry Mother s Perspective Is Your Child a Bully Cosmetic Surgery Plastic Surgery Questions Inspirations Sharon Filomeo Baker Spotlight Doors Plus Home Protecting Your Home From Burglars HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 36 Real Estate Drones A Bird s Eye View for Real Estate Professionals In HER Kitchen With Debra & Glen Kelley Green Living Aquaponics A Revolution in Sustainable Farming Garden The Zucchini Are Coming Spotlight Design Galleria Cravings Lakewood Meats Culinary Global Spices Recipes Honey Chicken and Fruit Salad Caprese Corn Salad 58 60 64 Behind The Menu DeVega Brothers Behind The Bar Towne House Restaurant Wine Tapas and Wine Kick Off Your Summer Foodies Fine Things Ten Classic Investments The Capsule Wardrobe Spotlight University Plaza Waterfront Hotel She Said Yes Colleen And Christian Tie The Knot Lauren and Duane Simonich 82 Working Women Technology That Works Gadgets to Enhance Your Performance Finance Hack Me Not Tips for Preventing Personal Data Breaches Travel A Deep Dive Into the Best U.S. Aquariums Pets Go Fish Book Club The Drowning Spool Scene And Be Seen Challenge Failure 2015 Horoscopes Calendar 38 42 84 18 20 22 24 32 34 86 44 46 50 54 56 66 68 88 90 92 94 96 70 74 76 12 HERLIFE WELCOME in the garden When I was growing up my father always grew vegetables in his garden. He has a large area of side yard behind a white gate where the pool equipment hides and the vegetables thrive. As long as I can remember he has been growing tomatoes bell peppers zucchini summer squash onions and cucumbers. Along the way corn string beans potatoes and even pumpkins would make a debut in his lineup. Most evenings in the summer any time the phone rang for Dad or one of my siblings was looking for Dad the response was always the same He s in the garden. I didn t realize it as a child but now as an adult I understand that his garden was his refuge his serene escape from his thriving family practice board meetings and often times the chaos of our own household. In the early years as a novice gardener he once rototilled the entire garden that was filled with nettles and threw the debris into his compost pile. He later spread the compost back into the soil in the garden and to his surprise grew more weeds that year than vegetables. He spent five years on his hands and knees carefully pulling weeds in an effort to rid his utopian environment of this vile weed. These days he is closer to expert status as he grows different varieties of heirloom tomatoes including Mullen Mortgage Lifters. This year in June as we get ready to celebrate Father s Day we are celebrating everything Home and Garden at HERLIFE Magazine as we release our 2015 Home & Garden Issue. On the cover Sharon Filomeo Baker shares her passion for gardening writing and promoting less waste and more taste in her straight-forward recipes. Sharon was introduced to me by photographer and dear friend Dee Yates. These two outspoken women bounded into my office one afternoon with a basket overflowing with goodies from Sharon s garden and kitchen. Sharon went on to make me a delicious lunch right at my desk and every time she reached into her basket my eyes would widen in excitement as I couldn t wait to see what she had next. From that moment on I had a friend- a friend who spoils me rotten with fresh veggies greens and zucchini bread. It is with great honor and pride that I share Sharon s passion with our readers. Thank you Sharon for inspiring me to try new things in my kitchen to never give up and to be brave enough to step outside my comfort zone. To my two favorite gardeners Happy Summer Thank you for giving my family and me the gift of fresh fruits and vegetables. May Jackson never know what to do with a can opener p h o to by stu d i o m o h s o h Special thanks to Dee Yates Studios Kimber ly M ullen and Jennifer Stearns for making this photo shoot a success facebook Herlife of Central Valley twitter HERlifeCali 14 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 15 HERLIFE HEALTH fast and fit 10 minute exercise programs that you can do anywhere by l i sa ta ra n to b u tl e r W hen it comes to exercise most Americans come up short. Lack of time is probably our most overused excuse and instead of looking at all the options for getting our sweat on some folks give up on exercise altogether. Try This Stand with your feet just wider than hip width apart and hold your suitcase or bag to your chest. Push your hips back and lower your body into squat. Stand up and move the suitcase to your right side wrapping your right arm around it in a headlock. Complete another squat and return to the bear-hug position. Repeat again this time switching the suitcase to your left side and using your left arm as a headlock. Continue alternating for ten minutes. 10 Minute HIIT High Intensity Interval Training is a way to exercise that alternates periods of short very intense exercise with less-intense recovery periods. It works because it is fast efficient boosts metabolism and fits well into a ten-minute workout. Just make sure you are doing the exercises properly and don t overdo it. Listen to your body. Try This Do 40 seconds of a strenuous exercise such as jumping jacks. Rest for 20 seconds. Repeat this four more times. Choose another exercise such as sit-ups and perform the same scenario. That s ten minutes of HIIT Choose exercises that you can perform but that still challenge you for best results. Walk This Way Whether you re taking a power walk at work or taking the kids out in a stroller use intervals to pack a punch in your sneakers. For one minute walk at a fairly easy pace. The next minute walk (or jog) as fast and hard as you can. Recover at an easy-paced minute. Repeat this pattern for a total of ten minutes it s a more effective way to train (and burn calories) than exercising at one intensity level. Core in a Crunch Use 10 minutes to sculpt your midsection. This one is easy. Complete one exercise every 60 seconds to strengthen your abs. Try These Regular crunches bicycles elbow planks low-arm planks leg lowers pushups crunch pulses oblique or side-to-side crunches. Time goes by belly-ripping fast. Use the internet to find core exercises right for you. Ten Quick Tips to Taking 10 1. Jump Rope On average jumping rope burns about 11 calories per minute. If you crank up the intensity of your jumps you can burn in the neighborhood of 20 calories per minute. But research shows that improved health and a reduction in the risk of chronic disease can be achieved in as few as three ten-minute bouts of exercise per day. Ideally we should be aiming for 150 minutes of total exercise per week but when we re short on time a condensed workout is still beneficial and will do wonders for our body and mind. The Suitcase Workout Business travel vacations and weekend trips can be a great time to exercise not to mention an easy way to keep weight in check while we re away from our normal routine. If hotel gyms bore you then why not use the perfect muscle builder stowed neatly in your trunk or overhead bin 16 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 2. Use resistance bands. They are small lightweight and can be used just about anywhere for strength training using your own body as resistance. Plus you can pack them in a purse or bag. 3. Pack your running shoes in your bag or car. While waiting for the kids at soccer practice get your calorie burning on with ten minutes of intervals 4. Grab a buddy. Partnering up with a friend or loved one will help you work out longer than you imagined 5. Explore your surroundings. Hike bike or find a trail to follow at your latest location. Ask the locals or the concierge for challenging suggestions. 6. Keep some hand-held weights handy. Strap them on for extra intensity while you are cleaning the house. 7. Use your WiFi and search results for mini-workout routines online. All types of short exercise videos will appear. Pick your favorites and get to it 8. App it out Download a few apps with ten-minute bursts of exercise. It s like having your own personal trainer. 9. Drop and do a downward dog. Ten minutes of yoga will have you stretching strengthening and relaxing. 10. Send the kids out for ice cream and get under the covers with your honey. Depending on how energetic you are making love can burn up to 75 calories every 10 minutes. When it comes down to it there is no excuse for lack of exercise. If you try really try you can fit a workout into your schedule no matter where you are or how busy your day becomes. Start building bouts of ten-minute exercises into your daily routine and begin feeling better right away. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 17 HERLIFE BEAUTY the tattoo inked artistry by m a ri l y n i sa m i n ge r class Europeans and royalty to embark upon adventurous travel to acquire a tattoo. King George V of England traveled to Japan when it was reopened to the world in 1854 to acquire tattoos. The tattoo became an indicator of status the bearer had the wealth and time to travel around the world or hire an artist to apply a tattoo. When inventor Samuel O Reilly patented the first electric rotary tattoo machine in 1891 the traditional tools became a thing of the past in the West. At the same time the tattoo underwent what anthropologist Marge DeMello calls an Americanization stating Tattooing was modified by early U.S. tattooists to fit a local sensibility emphasizing patriotism rather than dictated is always a personal one. The earliest archaeological records of tattoos were Egyptian found on several female mummies dating to 2000 BCE. Yet the discovery of the frozen Iceman in 1991 pushed back the dating of tattoo culture to around 5200 BCE. The tattooed areas of his body on X-ray examination revealed bone degeneration archaeologists speculate that his markings made by charcoal rubbed into small cuts may have been applied to alleviate joint pain and had a therapeutic purpose. The ancient Romans banned tattoos except as brands for criminals and the condemned believing in the purity of the human body. Yet over time battling fierce Britons who wore their body markings as badges of honor the Romans began to respect their opponents and adopt the practice. For thousands of years indigenous peoples around the world marked their bodies with 18 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM W exoticism. Martin Hildebrandt the first recoge humans have adorned our bodies for thousands of years and the permanent record of the tattoo whether elaborate plain or culturally skin-stitched tattoos. This painful form of body art was not just the latest fashion it was a visual language that exposed an individual s desires and fears as well as ancient cultural values and ancestral ties that were written on the body notes Lars Krutak a chronicler of the history and art of tattoo culture. Many patterns were believed to have had magical power and purpose to induce fertility or to offer protection from unseen illnesses caused by evil spirits. Captain James Cook the famed explorer landed in Tahiti in 1769 finding the Pacific Island culture in which the word tatau gave rise to the word tattoo. Tatau means to tap the mark into the body island practitioners used a razoredged shell attached to the end of a stick. Cook returned to England with two tattooed Tahitians Omai and Tupia who were displayed as objects at pubs museums and fairs. Europeans became fascinated with the exotic while simultaneously viewing the markings which distinguished primitive from civilized as a hallmark of inferiority. Paradoxically the exposure to the exotic became a lure for uppernized tattoo artist in the United States set up shop in New York City in 1846 and tattooed soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. He also used his daughter Nora as a canvas she was covered in ink with a reported 365 designs and began to exhibit herself in 1882 touring with Barnum & Bailey Circus. As an act tattoos require a willing abandonment of certain social conventions regarding the body and forever place that person into a different category than someone who is not tattooed. As a physical space the tattoo runs contrary to certain cultural assumptions about what constitutes a normal body writes Gabriel Garcia-Merritt in her 2014 ethnography Inked Lives Tattoo Identity and Power. Garcia-Merritt notes that based on geographic and cultural context the act of getting a tattoo may be a rite of passage or create an identification of the wearer with a trait design or quality associated with the tattoo. The memorial tattoo she specifies is intended to serve as a reminder of a loved person or even a pet this is one of the most common classes of tattoos and one most respected by the wearer. It conveys a part Tatau means to tap the mark into the body island practitioners used a razor-edged shell attached to the end of a stick. of the life history and for some can serve in the grieving and closure process. First generation tattoo artists according to Garcia-Merritt were born in the time span from 1900 to the 1950s and viewed tattooing as a trade. The second generation of tattoo artists was born after 1965 many have artistic training or higher education and view tattooing as a professional art. In addition the artist and client due to the sustained nature of their interaction in completing the tattoo process develop a trusting relationship that permits the goals of both to be realized. Thus the tattoo is a procedure a negotiation and a text that lives upon the skin of the client and in the name of the artist that executed it she writes. Today tattoos are as varied and complex as the individuals who get them and as their reasons commemorative oppositional artistic expressionistic. Jimmy Buffett may sing It s a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling but body ink is here to stay. HLM Sources designboom.com lib.dr.iastate.edu nationalgeographic. com Smithsonianmag.com thecivilwarparlor.tumblr.com thehumanmarvels.com and vanishingtattoo.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 19 HERLIFE MOTHER S PERSPECTIVE is your child a bully parent. Defensive mechanisms go up and parents prepare for war. We all want to defend our child but sometimes our child is wrong and it s up to each parent to figure out what went wrong and try to fix the problem. One of these cases is when the child is accused of bullying. How can you tell if your child is a bully Sadly bullying is a learned behavior. Too often children pick up this behavior from our behavior as parents. When we exclude people from our social circle gossip about friends or acquaintances or hurt other people we are engaging in bullying behaviors that our children can copy. According to Joel Haber PhD author of Bullyproof Your Child for Life some signs to watch for are refusing to play with certain children or being intolerant of children who are different (Does your child reject handicapped children or children of a different race or culture ) continuing negative beWhat to do As parents it is our responsibility to nip bullying in the bud. When you see your child bullying another child step in and stop the behavior. Talk to your child pointing out the negative behaviors and offer other suggestions. If the antisocial behaviors don t stop professional counseling may be necessary. Whatever you do don t ignore bullying and hope it will go away by itself. It won t. Childhood bullies turn into adult bullies. Bullying behaviors O by l i n d a r. p ri c e haviors after you have told her him to stop (Does your child continue to push siblings and make them fall down Are your children continually fighting over toys ) being excessively concerned with popularity (Does your son worry about being the best in sports Is your daughter worried about the latest fashions hairdos and getting her nails done just right Are the kids constantly begging for the latest smart phone or mobile device ) frequently teasing or taunting other children or harming animals (Do your children mercilessly taunt each other about perceived flaws school events or behaviors Do the kids hurt the cat or dog and then deny it ) or constantly playing aggressive videogames. can become hazing in college sexual harassment in the work place and aggression in other areas of life. These are all faces of the same thing according to Mike Donlin a program consultant with the Seattle Public Schools. While any one of these behaviors is a warning sign by themselves they may simply be indicative of a passing phase and of little concern. Does the child want to be popular but doesn t know what to do Suggest alternatives that could work. Ask him or her to invite another child or two to spend an afternoon working on a homework project hanging out or watching a movie under your observant supervision. Gradually widen the child s circle of friends and maybe just maybe a few activities like this will change your child into a cool kid. It s also important to find out what happened from your child s viewpoint. Ask her or him to explain what happened and explain alternatives. Do not allow the child to evade responsibility for her or his actions. Children should learn that they need to make amends for actions that have harmed others. When possible have your child apologize to the other person involved. In the case of cyberbullying contact everyone who received the harmful ne of a parent s most difficult days is when someone from your child s school calls and says Please come in. We need to talk. Those words strike fear into the heart of every 20 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM materials and make a correction including paying for a Web scrubber to remove the materials. Learning to empathize with others is an important social skill. By encouraging the child to see the incident from the victim s point of view the child can realize how miserable a victim feels when bullied. Ben Leichtling PhD author of Parenting Bully-Proof Kids and How to Stop Bullies in Their Tracks says that parents should acknowledge that their child may not know how to cope with their desires or undesirable behaviors. Tell the child that what she or he is feeling is normal and understandable but maybe the child is not going about the problem in the best way. Brainstorm more acceptable ways to solve the problem. Be proactive Parents can do more they can become proactive against bullying. Bullying isn t just a concern in the United States. It s worldwide. It s a behavior that has been part of society for years possibly forever but that doesn t mean that it is an acceptable behavior. The 2015 Blue Shirt Day is on October 5 organized as a part of STOMP Out BullyingTM a global movement that teaches effective solutions for how to respond to all forms of bullying as well as educating kids and teens in school and online. Let your kids know you are serious about stopping bullying. Be proactive and join. Visit the website at stompoutbullying.org and help make the world a better place. HLM Sources care.com parentmap.com and pbs.org. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 21 HERLIFE COSMETIC SURGERY NATHAN A. KLUDT MD UC Davis Trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery plastic surgery questions Q. Many of the women in my family have developed fullness under the chin which makes me think it runs in my family. I first noticed it in my 20s and it has gotten worse with age. I am now in my 30s and my double chin makes me look tired and old so I tend to wear scarves and high necklines to hide it. I am self-conscious when taking pictures from the side view because I feel it draws attention to my double chin. Are there any options other than surgery A. The aging process often adversely affects the appearance of this area with the accumulation of fat and laxity of the skin and neck muscles. Traditionally contouring of the fatty areas under the chin has been achieved through surgical techniques. There are three main areas to address when discussing submental fullness (i.e. double chin) 1) excess fat 2) laxity of skin and 3) laxity of the neck muscles. These can all be addressed surgically providing predictably good results. In order to address the excess fat alone liposuction can be performed with a small incision and minimal recovery time. If there is significant laxity of the skin and muscle then a more invasive procedure such as a neck lift is more appropriate. However younger patients such as yourself are increasingly interested in non-surgical options available to lessen the signs of facial aging. Minimally invasive treatments such as Botox Juv derm and Voluma have revolutionized the treatment of facial wrinkles but there has yet to be any treatments for the double chin...until now. The FDA recently approved an injectable drug to treat fat under the jawline the first non-surgical option of its kind. It is made of a naturally-occurring body acid that is injected into the fatty tissue under the chin and works to destroy fat cells. In clinical studies more than two-thirds of patients reported an improvement in the amount of fat in the area under the chin. It will likely become available in the latter part of 2015. As always it is important to be evaluated by an appropriately trained physician before considering any minimally invasive or surgical options. Minimally invasive procedures often provide subtle results with less down time but are not always equivalent to results attainable with surgical techniques. Q. My eyes seem heavy and my friends have started telling me I look tired but I feel fine. What can I do A. That is a very common question I hear from patients who are nearing Q. I ve been considering liposuction to improve the contour of my waistline and I would also like to have a larger behind. I have heard that the fat from liposuction can be injected to enhance my butt. Is that true A. There has been considerable attention recently in the media and pop culture regarding buttock enhancement. In fact according to the recent statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons buttock enhancement was one of the fastest growing procedures in the past year. The procedure is commonly known as a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) which uses a person s own fat to naturally augment and shape the buttocks. While the BBL is known for increasing the size of the buttocks one of its lesserknown benefits includes reshaping for more pronounced curves. Whether you re looking for a bigger behind or a better shape here s what you need to know about the BBL. Brazilian Butt Lifts produce natural-looking results because the buttocks are enhanced with your own fat. The fat is collected via liposuction of the hips abdomen or any other problem areas within the body. Once the fat has been collected it s separated and processed before being injected into the buttocks. After being injected approximately 60 percent of the fat will survive and provide enhancement of the backside. In order to optimize the survival of the fat patients are not able to sit or lie on their buttocks for approximately 2 weeks. As with other liposuction procedures it also requires the need to wear a compression garment after surgery. Because the BBL uses your own fatty tissue the results can be permanent. The ability to enhance the look of your buttocks while improving the contour of your trouble spots is one of the primary reasons why the BBL has become so popular. HLM the time for eyelid rejuvenation. Eyelid surgery will freshen up the eye area making you appear more rested alert and youthful. The procedure can be done on just the upper eyelids or both the upper and lower eyelids. Many patients have the upper eyelids procedure done under minimal anesthesia allowing them to recuperate faster and get back to work within one to two weeks. The lower eyelid area is something that needs more medical attention to correctly diagnose the problem sometimes it is too much fat too much skin or perhaps not enough of either. For this reason it is imperative to have a consultation with a plastic surgeon well skilled in these areas. If you have questions or would like to hear about a certain topic relating to cosmetic surgery or skin care please email your questions to Kimberly herlifemagazine.com 22 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM SHARON FILOMEO BAKER wri t t en by rebecca flans b ur g ph o t ography by dee yates s t ud ios h a i r & makeup by jennifer s t ear ns of p er fec t b alanc e d ay sp a sho t on location at baker b r ot her s r anc h HERLIFE INSPIRATIONS LET S GET GROWING Sharon Filomeo Baker also known as S.E. Filomeo is a woman of many skills. As an avid gardener cook teacher writer mom and wife this Central Valley local is at her happiest when puttering in her gardens and cooking up fabulous dishes for summertime gatherings. Her summers are blessed with friends and family gatherings or barbecuing poolside. Winter months are spent in what she calls semi-hibernation experimenting with recipes reading anything and everything or writing articles and manuscripts to keep her inner writer content. Sharon was encouraged by a family friend to write a cookbook due to her talents of throwing together vegetables from her garden and items in her pantry to create amazing meals at the drop of a hat. The more she thought about it the more excited she became about compiling her mess of chicken-scratch recipes quirky cooking tips and serendipitous gardening experience all together in a book to share with the world. She would call it Crap in the Cupboard pulling from her knack to create recipes with ingredients on hand and fueling her passion for sharing the importance and value of growing our own food and eliminating waste. But after outlining her format and even taking a few workshops for inspiration she found to her dismay that the world would never see her book if she stayed in self-induced anonymity. Over and over again she heard the words If you have any hopes of publishing a book you must establish yourself on social media. For Sharon this would be a major undertaking as she had never 24 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM My reason for beginning this endeavor is to promote the idea that we need to live more sustainably. From a high school teacher s point of view I believe we have a responsibility to teach our children the importance of using our resources wisely. It s about efficiency and common sense and I believe it starts at home in our own backyards and kitchens. It s about growing our own and eliminating waste. I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I set a meal on the table where everything except the salt and pepper is genuinely the fruit of my labor. even been on Facebook and had no idea what a Twitter was. She viewed Pinterest as a DIY is positive that her old school methods resonate with Old World cultures. Born and raised in the heart of California agriculture Sharon is an Italian farmer s daughter turned extra virgin olive oil grower who believes much of her current popularity stems from her Mediterranean roots. I think my readership likes the way I do things because it s closer to what they have always done but with a little California twist Sharon offered. My reason for beginning this endeavor is to promote the idea that we need to live more sustainably. From a high school teacher s point of view I believe we have a responsibility to teach our children the importance of using our resources wisely. It s about efficiency and common sense and I believe it starts at home in our own backyards and kitchens. It s about growing our own and eliminating waste. I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I set a meal on the table where everything except the salt and pepper is genuinely the fruit of my labor. The writing seed had been planted many years prior by her high school English teacher who encouraged and affirmed that she could indeed write a book and become a published author. The gentle nudge from a friend was all it took to bring that notion of a book back to life. Sharon admitted that the more she thought about it the more excited she became about compiling her cache of chicken-scratch recipes and quirky cooking tips and pairing them with all of her serendipitous gardening experience into a book to share with the world. Determined she set to work creating her upcoming book Crap in the Cupboard. I really hope to encourage others to discover the delights of growing their own food and eating sustainably Sharon informed. In the process I also hope to initiate others to make a little bit of a differHERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 25 Black Hole into which one was sucked and left wandering mindlessly hash-tagging for the best ever kale and chia detox smoothie. Stepping outside her comfort zone of garden soil and chicken manure she asked her close family friend Dee Yates for guidance. A professional photographer with social media savoir faire Dee was more than happy to help catapult Sharon out of her reclusive bubble and onto the Google search pages as an educator writer gardener and chefette. In just a few short months her mantra of Less Waste More Taste and brilliantly colored photos gained her a following of thousands on Facebook and landed her several freelance writing opportunities for magazines plus a travel website. Granted her fan base is vastly European but Sharon believes there is a very good reason for this. She HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 26 Don t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone to make your dreams a reality. Don t hesitate to take advantage of your opportunities they are placed before you for a reason. And most of all have faith. Don t get frustrated and remember to laugh at yourself once in a while. ence or at least feel good about their efforts. I m certainly not going to advocate going obscene green by throwing out the Raid and bypassing the Doritos at the supermarket. I m not above using a can of spray to keep those creepy-crawlers in check and I do have an occasional weakness for a big bag of spicy jalape o chips. But common sense says there has to be a happy medium and like anything else every little bit helps. Sharon added that she s also not trying to instruct others how to grow a backyard garden and points out there are plenty of how-to books out there already. I just want people to realize that it s not only possible but sustainable and rewarding. My mom who spent nearly 50 years on their country farm growing and preserving fruits and vegetables recently moved into town. Once she did she dug up her back yard for tomatoes and planted a small forest of fruit trees. Planting and cultivating can grow on you and gets into your blood. It s such a healthy way of life. Sharon s growing endeavors expand far beyond her beloved backyard garden boxes as well. Her family also manages acres of olive trees shimmering in the Central Valley sunshine that she and her husband grow for the Corto Olive Company. We re so excited to be on the cutting edge of such a great movement in California. The oil being produced here now only needs to be tasted to appreciate the difference. Personally I use it in everything Cakes and breads bake up so much fluffier and we love the earthy pungent flavor it lends. I firmly believe that growing olive oil is just one more thing that keeps my agrarian roots grounded and is a big part of my love of growing things. For those who offer up the I don t have time to garden objection Sharon had this to say People need to be honest with themselves as to how much time they are spending in front of the TV and computer or pursuing other frivolous pastimes. Just consider gardening a healthy alternative and cheaper and more satisfying than the gym the health benefits have been well-researched and documented. For gardening newbies I suggest growing tomatoes and herbs. There are so many useful varieties and many can be grown year-round. The key with gardening and growing is to never give up. If something didn t grow last year try it again this year. Growing your own food not only lends to sustainability it is such an empowering feeling. Sharon provides encouraging advice for women who want to follow their own dreams. Don t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone to make your dreams a reality. Don t hesitate to take advantage of your opportunities they are placed before you for a reason. And most of all have faith. Don t get frustrated and remember to laugh at yourself once in a while. HLM S.E. Filomeo is a contributing author for HERLIFE Magazine of Central Valley and The Dirt on Organic Gardening. She also writes for the Tahiti Nui Insider travel website. For daily garden goodness and tidbits from her as yet unpublished book join her on Facebook and her Tumblr page facebook.com sefilomeo and sefilomeo.tumblr.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 27 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 29 HOME & GARDEN ISSUE 30 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM lemonade by s. e . f il o m e o Simply Fresh What you will need 1 cup sugar 1 2 cup hot water 1 cup fresh lemon juice 2 quarts cold water 1 lemon mint Mix 1 cup cane sugar with 1 2 cup boiling water until sugar is completely dissolved. Cool to room temperature and stir into 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about 4-6 lemons). Add to 2 quarts cold water and pour over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint if desired. Who doesn t remember attempting to make a million dollars in a summer selling homemade lemonade at a charming little DIY stand out front of the house Lemonade stands are not only iconic of American entrepreneurial youth but bring to mind everything that embodies summertime fun refreshment and entertaining. There are probably as many variations for lemonade in the world as there are lemons including pink lemonade made with berries as well as honeyed minted and chia-seeded. But there is just something about plain lemonade made with old-fashioned pure cane sugar lemons water and ice that will quench your thirst and bring your guests back for another fresh sip. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 31 HERLIFE SPOTLIGHT window replacement 101 by k i m b e r l y m u l l e n When we think about home security images of alarm systems surveillance cameras gated entries and maybe even the family dog come to mind. We don t think twice about locking the doors on our way out of the house and closing the garage door before bedtime. The fear and worry of theft keeps us programmed to protect our homes families and belongings. Would you believe we are all living with a thief in our homes Maybe not in a traditional sense but your windows might be the biggest thief in your home a thief of energy costs that is. The glass in your windows is the biggest thief of energy in the home. More energy is transferred in and out of the home through windows than any other source often leaving homeowners with staggering energy bills cold drafts in the winter and hot spots in the summer stated Lance 32 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Sheffield of Doors Plus in Lodi. He went on to explain that when energy is transferred through old inefficient windows the fluctuation in temperature causes your cooling and heating system to go on and off throughout the day fighting to maintain a constant temperature which leads to higher energy costs for the homeowner. We turned to the experts for more information regarding window replacement and we found Lance Sheffield who has been in the business of windows since 1989 and working at Doors Plus for the last 11 years. We asked Lance to share with our readers some basic information regarding window replacement from signs to look for types of frames available and benefits to the homeowner. Lance outlined the following Signs Not all signs of window failure are visible. If you are experiencing climbing costs in your energy bills drafty rooms and a constant running of your heating and cooling system it might be time to investigate how old your windows are and what materials they are made of. Some visible signs are the following Dual-paned windows If you currently have dual-paned windows and you can see fogging between the panes that is a dead giveaway that the seal has broken and the window is failing. Single-paned windows In single-paned windows you won t see fogging but condensation will appear on the glass. Materials Our window expert went on to explain how quickly the technology in windows is evolving. Along with stricter building codes in California enforcing more efficiency among window manufactur- Doors Plus ers the materials used in today s windows can save a homeowner hundreds of dollars per year in addition to the possibility of qualifying for a tax credit if using ENERGY STAR -approved replacement windows. Here are some examples of materials used Vinyl The benefits of vinyl windows include energy efficiency price easy maintenance and easy installation. Vinyl has superior insulating capabilities and therefore it is not a good conductor of energy. Easy installation and growing popularity have helped keep costs of vinyl windows competitive making them the most cost-effective selection when replacing windows. Wood Some advantages of wood frames include the warmth of the solid wood grains they are paintable and have excellent insulating capabilities. Wood is also a strong building material easy to work with and complements many forms of architecture. However it is important to understand that wood frames require frequent maintenance regular sealing painting or staining is needed to prolong the life and performance of the frame and can add additional costs for the homeowner. Aluminum You may think window replacement is an issue only homeowners of older homes need to think about it. You may even be surprised to learn that the aluminum frames used in newer homes were popular inexpensive options for home builders but left many homeowners disappointed with high energy costs and poor performance. The problem with aluminum is that it doesn t hold heat in well because of its high thermal conductance making aluminum not the best choice for colder climates. Benefits The top three benefits of window replacement include Energy efficiency Replacing older non-performing windows can save a homeowner hundreds of dollars per year in some cases up to 25 percent savings and may qualify the homeowner for a tax credit when using approved ENERGY STAR products. Sound Noise reduction Especially when switching from single- to double-paned windows homeowners experience a surprising decrease in outside noise into the home. Street noise is greatly reduced and our customers are often surprised by the quiet environment their replacement windows can create stated Lance. ROI The return on investment for window replacement is reported to be in the top five of returns on investment of all home improvement projects with a range of ROI near 90 percent in many cases. While window replacement may not be as exciting and fun as other home remodeling projects it is important for homeowners not to ignore what could be the biggest thief in your home. Robbing you of energy and increasing your heating and cooling expense underperforming and failing windows should be at the top of your priority list when dealing with home improvements. Doors Plus has been installing new windows in the Central Valley for years. Owner Nick Meyers has 45 years of experience in the building industry. Located in Lodi their knowledgeable staff can help answer your questions and guide you through the window replacement process with ease and a level of customer service that exceeds expectations. HLM For more information please visit Doors Plus in Lodi at 314 N. Main Street or call (209) 369-5866. Sources thewindowreplacementadvisor.com and andersenwindows.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 33 HERLIFE HOME protecting your home from burglars by ste p h a n i e f o x T he FBI estimates that in the U.S. there are 5 400 residential burglaries every day with an average loss of 1 600 a total of 15.7 billion a year. Is your home at risk While you may not be able to make your home 100 percent break-in proof there are things you can do to keep it from being an easy target for crooks. Here are six Talk with a local police community service officer about becoming one of the 30 million people who belong to Neighborhood Crime Watch programs. Then get to know your neighbors and watch out for each other. Don t advertise Burglars look for houses where no one is home. More break-ins happen during regular work hours than during the dead of night. But you can discourage unwelcome intruders by making it seem that there s someone home even when nobody is there. Purchase an inexpensive light timer ( 5 to 40) then set it to switch lights (and maybe a radio or television) on about 30 to 45 minutes before it gets dark. If you are leaving for an extended vacation cancel your mail delivery and newspaper and ask a neighbor to remove any advertising flyers left at your door. Have someone keep the grass mowed and walks shoveled. Park your car in the garage so it doesn t sit on the street in the same place for days. Thieves know that when lights are on for 24 hours a day the house is probably empty so set your light timer to switch off at bedtime. And don t post On my way to Paris or Family night at the bowling alley on social media Burglars use social media too. ways you can make your home more secure. Get a four-legged alarm. You don t need a guard dog. Burglars aren t afraid of the bite they re afraid of the bark. Even the world s most friendly dog can be the best deterrent against break-ins. Size doesn t matter large dogs can be intimidating and small dogs bark sooner and longer than bigger dogs. Even it you can t have a dog put a beware of the dog sign on your front door and leave a dog food bowl or a leash where they can be seen. Or buy an electronic dog a motion sensor that triggers a recorded sound of an irate barking canine. Burglars won t take a chance finding out if the bark is real. Discourage window shopping Burglars case homes looking for valuable items and the easiest way inside without being seen. Do your tall shrubs provide cover for break-ins Are valuables easy to see through ground floor windows Trim bushes so they grow no higher than windowsills and burglars can t hide there. Close curtains and blinds when you re gone so that strangers can t spot easy-to-steal and -fence valuables. In many cities local law enforcement will inspect your home and recommend things you (and your neighbors) can do to make your home safer. Light up the night Burglars like to work under the cover of darkness. Outside lighting is an economical way to keep burglars off your property. Keep yards and entranceways brightly lighted using a motion-sensitive lighting system. The best lighting is shielded and neighbor-friendly and does not create areas of deep shadows where burglars can hide. Install exterior lights out of reach so housebreakers can t unscrew the light bulbs. 34 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Get Alarmed An electronic home security system is a good way to discourage intruders. Even simple systems will help. Better yet are professionally installed and monitored networks. Look for surveillance systems with real-time internet surveillance and recording. Some systems include web-connected cameras that will record any burglar who might enter your home. Your home insurance agent can recommend a system that s right for you. Many burglars know how to disable alarms if they know the type they re dealing with so put a sign in your yard indicating your home has an alarm system without showing the brand name. Lock it up Install quality locks on all doors windows garages and sheds and then use them. Don t rely on knob locks install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. For fire safety make sure yours can be opened from the inside if you have keyed deadbolts adjacent to a glass door panel make sure the key is available when you are home. Burglars know that simply popping sliding doors off their frames can be an easy way inside. Get a dowel or steel bar and use it to block the door from opening. Secure windows by slipping a nail into window frames so they can t be easily opened from the outside. Keep doors locked when you re home as well home invasions can occur when you re outdoors or in a separate wing of the house. By securing your home and possessions you re also safeguarding the health of your family and your own peace of mind. HLM Sources bankrate.com howstuffworks.com and jcsd.org. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 35 HERLIFE REAL ESTATE drones a bird s eye view for real estate professionals by m e l a n i e c o rb e l l i n i were hoping to see a drone wrapped under the tree this year. The presence of drones is becoming almost ubiquitous particularly on social media. While everyone seems to be having fun with their drones the potential for commercial use of drones seems to be getting ready to take off. In particular real estate agents are seeking the commercial use of drones for photography to increase sales. Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) appeal to real estate agencies as a means to use photography for marketing purposes and we can see why. The use of drones allows for a unique and compelling way to immerse buyers or tenants that other traditional means of media may not be able to accomplish. Who wouldn t want to check out a luxurious mansion from a bird s eye view Aerial photos and videos of homes listed for sale are becoming more common as real estate agents and hobbyists rally to legitimize the use of drones to market house listings. But can someone using drones for commercial reasons really call themselves a hobbyist While some real estate agents claim that as long as they are not charging money for their drone footage they are engaging in recreation and therefore qualify as a hobbyist the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not seem to agree stating that A Realtor using a model aircraft to photograph 36 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM R emember the days when receiving a new laptop for Christmas was exciting You may not think times have changed so much that state-of-the-art Macbooks are no longer satisfying gifts. However with the noticeable rise of consumer drones everyone from college students to retired businesswomen seeking a new hobby a property that he is trying to sell and using the photos in the property s real estate listing is not engaged in a hobby or recreation. The FAA has been adamant that drone use for commercial purposes is only legal on a case-by-case basis. Yet things may be looking up for real estate agents using drones as the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 requires that the FAA implement clear-cut regulations allowing the commercial use of UVAs no later than September 30 2015. Further the FAA predicts that by 2020 more than 30 000 small drones will be used for a variety of business purposes. Real estate drone enthusiasts may not have to wait that long. Since January 2015 drone operating agents are (literally) touching down on their goals as the FAA has been issuing exceptions for real estate-related drone use as long as users have a private pilot s license. There are many strict rules and regulations involved in acquiring this specific type of license and the process is expensive and time consuming. There are currently four real estate commercial drone approvals to date and the number is expected to keep increasing. The licensed operators have stated that the process of acquiring a license to fly a small unmanned remote-controlled aircraft is just as extensive and demanding as the process of becoming licensed to fly an actual plane due to the FAA s safety concerns for bystanders on the ground and the fear that drones could appeal to terrorists as weapons. Nevertheless the National Association of Realtors includes this statement on their website Given the current FAA prohibition the National Association of REALTORS recommends that its members not use this technology for any purpose related to selling property. The association has joined Know Before You Fly a campaign founded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International the Academy of Model Aeronautics and the Small UAV Coalition in partnership with the FAA to educate prospective users about the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems. In consideration of safety concerns the introduction of Ares Drones software may also be making life a little easier for those wanting to fly drones for real estate purposes. Founded in September 2014 by Ben Brautigam Sherwyn Saul and Justin Miller Ares Drones has created the FlySafe app that prohibits drones from entering no-fly zones and stops elevation of the devices short of the 400-foot height ceiling imposed by regulators. Designated no-fly zones are marked in red circles on its map and any flight plan that attempts to pass through a zone is rejected. Only when a flight plan is approved will the drone be able to fly along a path without any manual interference. Ares software caters to the safety concerns of the FAA and offers a solution to the controversy surrounding the logistics of drone use. The goal of Ares is not to cut hobbyist-controlled flights out but to market the technology to real estate and insurance companies. Miller states The way the FAA has traditionally worked is that you plan your flight before you fly...with drones we don t have that right now...we want to build that back in. While the commercial use of drones has certainly proven to be controversial it does beg the question is the sky literally the limit HLM Sources aresdrones.com realtor.org inman.com techcrunch.com cronkitenewsonline.com natlawreview.com and post-gazette.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 37 HERLIFE IN HER KITCHEN In The Kitchen with Debra & Glen Kelley Q. What do you love most about your kitchen design A. I finally have all the light counter space and storage that I ve always wanted. Also I adore the quiet closing of the cabinet doors. Q. What is your favorite organizational feature in your kitchen A. My favorite feature is the small appliance garage. Q. Who did you work with in designing your kitchen A. Classic Design in Lodi. 38 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Q. What did you like most about working with Classic Design A. Classic Design did all the drafting and cabinet configuration that was necessary to solve my storage lighting and counter space problems. Q. What does your family like most about new kitchen A. We love the fabulous sink Q. What is your favorite meal to cook with your family A. Cooking everything has become a pleasure since the remodel. p h o to gra p hy by d e e ya t e s s t u di o s k i tc h e n d e si g n a n d c o n str u c ti o n by c l a ssi c d e si g n f l o o r to ce i l i n g o f l o di Q. Where did you look for design ideas for your kitchen A. I mostly had ideas of my desired kitchen from seeing photos in magazines. I also used the Houzz.com web page for ideas. Lofings Lighting in Sacramento has a wonderful page online for beautiful light fixtures. Q. What was the most challenging part of designing your kitchen A. Getting as much cabinetry and counter area in the existing space as possible. Q. What do your friends love most about your kitchen Q. What advice would you give someone looking to design or remodel their home kitchen A. The best advice I can give about a kitchen remodel is to be prepared to rough it out. I got a hot plate and we made the best of it. A. We are incredibly pleased with the harmony of stone metal and wood. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 39 40 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 41 HERLIFE GREEN LIVING a revolution in sustainable farming by m a r y l i n i sa m i n ge r aquaponics and high-quality protein are the ultimate in locally sourced and sustainable agriculture. Aquaponics the melding of aquaculture the raising of small aquatic life in water tanks and hydroponics the growing of plants in water and without soil is considered the ultimate recycled eco-friendly way to grow food. Today s systems use space-efficient closed recirculating systems that combine fish tanks and plant troughs fish waste provides fertilizer for the plants while the plants clean the water for fish. In a balanced aquaponics garden the symbiotic relationship among plants bacteria and fish creates an environment in which all three thrive. 42 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM I magine being able to step into your back yard or for city dwellers onto your deck and harvest fish greens and vegetables for your dinner in just a few minutes. For the forwardthinking proponents of aquaponics fresh food The concept of hydroponics can be traced back to ancient Chinese and Thai rice paddies and Egyptian farming practices along the Nile River. The early Aztecs in central Mexico devised an ingenious system to float islands called chinampas in which plants were set in material dredged from the lake and canal bottoms and were irrigated by the water of Lake Tenochtitlan. The organic nature of hydroponics lends itself to both commercial and home use. Depending on the climate a system can be set up indoors or outside. A basement spare room or garage can house a system as small as a 20- to50-gallon aquarium or a more extensive greenhouse can house an exterior operation that will provide a larger yield. The and Plant Chicago a incubator vertical resides farm in a business facility Bubbly Dynamics LLC purchased the building in 2010 and set about to fulfill its mission of providing a model for ecologically responsible and sustainable urban industrial development. The Plant uses the term vertical gardening to refer to farming in multiple stories of a building and farming from floor to ceiling in a room resulting in more layers of crops planted per square acre than could be planted on a single flat farming surface. Tilapia is the fish of choice here it s a fresh-water fish that thrives in a crowded tank grows quickly to a uniform size and can be harvested in about ten months. An equally symbiotic relationship exists among the educational non-profit FoodChain the restaurant Smithtown Seafood and microbrewery West Sixth Brewing in Lexington Kentucky. With assistance from Kentucky State University and 93 000-square-foot former pork processing University of Kentucky FoodChain is focused on education about indoor agricultural food production. Students and researchers from both universities contributed expertise on aquaculture aquaponics systems and sustainable agriculture. Also on tap for the project is developing a way to convert the spent grain from West Sixth Brewing into fish food. FoodChain provides tilapia lettuce herbs and microgreens to Smithtown Seafood demonstrating according to FoodChain s executive director Becca Self that alternative farming methods such as aquaponics are a viable supplement to traditional farming. Dible Diversified Agriculture of Milroy Pennsylvania began as a family homestead on two acres Denise and Jeff Dible wanted to raise healthy naturally grown food for their family and they were led to aquaponics by the desire to extend the growing season for their central Pennsylvania location. After much research they installed a raft growing system designed by Nelson & Pade in half of their 728-square-foot greenhouse. The farm consists of four 110-gallon fish tanks two clarifying tanks two reactor tanks a de-gassing tank and five raft tanks for the plants interconnected with PVC pipe. Although Denise notes that there have been challenges including finding methods of keeping the tilapia in the correct water temperature loss of electricity at crucial times and dealing with insect pests she says that their system produces up to 100 plants per day including basil Swiss chard endive and other leafy greens plus hundreds of fish and they regularly take their excess production to farmers markets. A novice aquaponics enthusiast interested in getting her feet wet so to speak and producing sustainable fresh greens and proteins for the family can invest in a minimal system for around 3 000 more complex systems with higher yields require a larger investment. Nelson & Pade s Fantastically Fun Fresh Food Factory can annually produce 110 lbs. of fish and 900 to 1 440 heads of lettuce other leafy crops or a variety of vegetables such as tomatoes beans cucumbers and more with a single space-saving 110-gallon fish tank and two 15-square-foot plant grow beds. It also makes an ideal classroom aquaponics system to educate future farmers scientists and environmentalists. As climate change water shortages and population growth continue the science of aquaponics presents a sustainable alternative to traditional farming. It s fun educational and can be done in your own home why not try it HLM WHY AQUAPONICS High yields of mercury-free fish without creating water pollution Crop variety includes romaine Bibb lettuce kale Swiss chard watercress spinach chives strawberries tomatoes peppers yellow squash beets carrots and more No soil-borne diseases since no soil is used No pesticides or herbicides mean healthier food Indoor or greenhouse-based systems provide food year-round Supports economic development in food deserts locally and globally Sources acresusa.com aquaponics.com aquaponics-assoc.org chevychaser.com fao.org foodchainlex.org growingpower.org plantchicago. com skyygreens.com state-journal.com and theaquaponicsgarden.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 43 HERLIFE GARDEN the zucchini are coming w ritten and p hot ogr ap hed by s .e. filom eo Summer may not officially be here until the end of June but the zucchini are and we need to stay on top of that feracious fruit before we send the neighbors hiding when they see us coming with a wheelbarrow load. Oh what to do what to do with them How about dressing up like the mailman and sticking them in people s mailboxes You can keep a basket by the front door like Halloween candy to pass out to door-to-door solicitors the UPS guy or anyone else who ventures along unaware. What is it about this summer staple that makes people guffaw and roll their eyes at its mere mention It s not the only vegetable in our gardens that grows so prolifically. What about cucumbers eggplant and tomatoes Do you ever hear anyone complaining Oh my gosh I have kohlrabi comin outta my ears And it always comes down to the big question why do we plant so much Well who only plants one zucchini I plant two. Yes only two. Under the right conditions two zucchini plants can produce up to 180 squash in one season. I believe it is the very nature of this fruit to grow exponentially overnight that makes it the butt of so many jokes. If you miss one under those giant leaves it can grow to firewood size in just a few days. It is one of the easiest plants to grow at least until the spider mites and aphids move in. If you are diligent and patient in your pest control routine you can have zucchini long after everyone else has pulled theirs up. Despite all the disrespect we know we are eating healthy. This vitapacked veggie is about 95 percent water high in fiber yet low in calories at only 17 per 100 grams. Most varieties are rich in vitamins A and C and potassium and are also high in flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as carotenes lutein and zea-xanthin which help mop up free radicals that may play a role in aging and various disease processes. Scientists have become especially aware of the benefits of this underestimated powerhouse and have been researching pumpkins and squash for cancer-fighting properties. Although we gardeners facetiously complain about our abundance of this venerable vegetable we love the multitude of recipes we can make with it. It may be only June but I have already saut ed it in extra virgin doused it with soy sauce in stir-fry and grilled it with asparagus. Sliced thin and combined with peppers it makes a fabulous frittata or quiche. And when they really start coming on strong I battle the bees to fill up my basket with the blossoms to saut in extra virgin for buttery-flavored goodness. I even purchased a vegetable spiralizer turning out amazing yard-long strings of zoodles and zasta. I felt like a kid again with a Play-Doh factory but I actually got to 44 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM cook and eat the stuff in a variety of sauces and soups. And these are just a handful of dishes on the savory side. The versatile zucchini transforms into Chameleon Veggie taking on the flavor and color of whatever it is cooked with. Last summer I experimented with mature zucchini and fruit juice and came up with a fun recipe for zucchini fruit chews. It also makes unbelievable chocolate cake brownies mock apple pie zapple crisp and is terrific tossed into pancakes and waffles. And ultimately there is my favorite way to deliciously dispose of truckloads of this incredible curcurbit my famous zucchini bread. Not only is a loaf of this unpretentious pastry a constant on my counter but I seize every opportunity to bake up a pair for the slightest of occasions. Is it your birthday I ll put candles on it. Going on a picnic I ll slice and stuff it in snack baggies. Need gluten-free Don t worry I got your bake. There are lots of good recipes online and elsewhere but after years of experimenting I believe I have the basic ingredients down for a moist not-too-sweet tasty recipe that also uses extra virgin olive oil. As the summer progresses and the squash proliferate I encourage you not to panic but instead to calmly go to my Pinterest Zucchini Board and start experimenting. You ll find lots of easy and edible ideas there as well as on my Tumblr site. As for me I am always on the lookout for new recipes too so feel free to send me a Pin. And if you see me cruising around parking lots this summer wearing a hoodie and sunglasses I am not there looking for unlocked cars. HLM For daily garden goodness join me on Facebook Pinterest Instagram Tumblr and Twitter. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 45 HERLIFE SPOTLIGHT ative interiors expertise they are determined to live that life in a balanced way that supports the multiple communities they are connected to. Valerie and Bob are co-owners of Sacramento s Design Galleria by ValentineTM a 19 000-square-foot design center located on Fair Oaks Boulevard in Sacramento. H usband and wife duo Bob Ammirato and Valerie Valentine have not only filled their lives with an impressive 60plus years of retail and cre- At the end of the day the support of our community and clients is what matters most to us. We want our customers and visitors to know that just by driving a few extra miles to Sacramento they can experience a wealth of opportunities and options to transform their home into a masterpiece they will enjoy for years. Design Galleria by Valentine proudly serves the greater Sacramento area from Fresno to Redding San Francisco to Lake Tahoe and everywhere in between with the mission to offer elegant design quality top-of-the-line furnishings and a desire to help homeowners create a wonderful home environment. Opened in 2001 Design Galleria by Valentine has continued to expand and now supports a talented team of ten designers. Valerie and I are incredibly proud of our team of designers Bob confirmed. As the largest design center in the Central Valley region we want visitors and new customers to know that a short drive to the Design Galleria by Valentine location will bring them a wealth of opportunities. Because of what we carry within our product lines paired with the amazing talent of our staff what we have is going to be something that isn t available in most outlying communities. Our unique and exclusive offerings continue to grow as we ve taken on more new lines of elegant furniture by rebec c a flans b ur g . p hot ogr ap hy by d ee ya te s stu d i o s and other d cor items. We are always looking for new products to enhance our client experience we go the extra mile to train our staff on those products and new trends on a weekly basis. Along with our new products are more than 300 lines and options on exquisite quality furnishings accessories custom window wall and floor coverings and complete interior design not found anywhere else in the valley. We like to say we can supply everything for the home except the framing As enthusiastic as this duo is about design they have another passion that is taking shape as well. De- Passion for Home Ranch and Estate Design Galleria by ValentineTM 46 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM voted horse lovers and equestrians Valerie and Bob have taken on the task of revitalizing Valerie s beloved grandparents 100-year-old horse ranch Alpine Stables. Having grown up in the Stockton and Lodi area Valerie recalls fond memories of horseback riding daily on her grandparents ranch as a child. The ranch which is still in her family is also this busy couple s sanctuary and the place where their love of horses and riding is nurtured. The weekend trips to the ranch have also led us to wonderful new opportunities for Design Galleria Bob revealed. Our presence and support of the Stockton and Lodi areas has led to our being involved with many new design projects involving ranch homes and estates. Alpine Stables has really been a passion for Valerie since it has been in her family for more than 82 years. Under her leadership the boarding stable is almost at full capacity and we have added several new corrals riding arenas a washing station and new fencing. After spending years making other people s home sanctuary dreams come true Bob and Valerie have turned their design skills and resources to their own property. We are turning the old ranch house into a hacienda that will also act as a showcase to demonstrate what quality design can do to a home and what we can do for their home. Bob added. We have spent so many years making other homes beautiful we felt it was time to re-do our almost-100-year-old ranch house for ourselves and Valerie plans to open the ranch as a weekend getaway option and as a wedding event destination in the near future. We are thrilled that we are revitalizing the stables into a working and viable business and we are proud that we are supporting these Central Valley communities at the same time. Although we are using much of Design Galleria s product lines we are also working with as many local businesses as possible. As their dream of transforming Alpine Stables continues to evolve the couple admits that they are looking forward to the future in both aspects of their life. But through it all they also have never lost sight of the continued growth and success of Design Galleria by Valentine the business that they have grown together over the last 15 years. We are wholeheartedly focused on providing ongoing training for our designers so we can continue the legacy of Design Galleria by Valentine Bob affirmed. At the end of the day the support of our community and clients is what matters most to us. We want our customers and visitors to know that just by driving a few extra miles to Sacramento they can experience a wealth of opportunities and options to transform their home into a masterpiece they will enjoy for years. HLM To learn more please visit DGBV.com. Sto re Ro o m S e t t i n g HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 47 Ra n c h D i n i n g R o o m 48 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 49 HERLIFE CRAVINGS LAKEWOOD MEATS by ad r iana b ro g ge r p h o to gra p hy by b re m eye r We re a Lodi tradition since 1971. Once a customer tries our sausage and steak they are hooked We are the best of the best. Our show-stopping food options and butcher services are second to none That s what owner Rochelle Holder has to say about her family-owned and -operated store Lakewood Meats and Sausage (LMS). LMS been serving up premium cuts of meat and sausage to loyal customers for decades and now it s time to let HERLIFE readers in on the deliciousness. This beautiful store is packed with specialty imported goods artisan sauces and cheeses organic sides and a variety of oils and desserts to make even the newest home cook conquer their fears and embrace the gourmet chef inside For this unique Cravings showcase Bre and I were treated to a summer spread of outdoor cooking that anyone can accomplish. Because LMS isn t a restaurant like our typical Cravings spots Rochelle set us up with a local chef to see the possibilities. We were indulged RIB EYE NEW YORK with exquisite cuts of meat and sausages dressed-up sides and divine appetizers that inspired me to recreate some of the dishes for my own family. And the best part dear HERLIFE reader is that you can too Chef Nicholas Guantone is making all of his recipes available for us on Rochelle s blog on their website. Nicholas Guantone is a local T-BONE 50 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM chef with a reputation for homemade recipes. The high-quality packaged condiments at LMS won him over and he s happy to share with us. This is a great way to create a special meal with a little time. Someone can get home on a busy Friday night and using these time-saving condiments still present a cooked-at-home meal that looks a little fancier. Nick offered another insider trick to boost the semi-homemade flavor Just add some fresh herbs or a little olive oil for even more brightness. Rochelle s dad owned Lakewood Meats and Sausage for 40 years. Growing up with a butcher for a father provided Rochelle a great taste for fresh healthy meats. When her dad decided to semi-retire Rochelle and her husband Anthony chose to keep the family business going. They ve stayed true to his roots and are incorporating new ideas to provide even more options. As a busy mom of six Rochelle knows that keeping your family fed while making sure they get the best ingredients into their bodies is totally possible Rochelle is proud to offer a variety of fresh natural and organic options. We invite the community to shop local support our growth enjoy our store and embrace the traditions of butchery. Our goal is to remind everyone of a more nourishing time when food was fresh and families gathered and shared their memories around the dinner table. Now to the tasting menu Cauliflower oven roasted with a little salt and pepper until it chars. Easy enough right What makes it special is the use of figs and kalamata olive oil tapenade (buy it at Lakewood) tossed with capers and finished off with a bright sprinkling of parsley. I loved the bright take on a summer pesto artichoke bruschetta flavored with fresh lemon zest mint oregano and olive oil. The sweet potato cooked on the grill in foil was great It features caramelized onions (available at the store) with sage. Do you see a pattern here You take an ingredient that most of us have around the house and then kick it up a few notches by using one of the specialty goods found at Lakewood Meats and Sausage. Back to our menu. What s a backyard feast without a few salads How about a curried Asian peanut slaw or the crowd-pleasing bean salad Delish Then there s the sausage and its endless possibilities Chef Nick showed us how to create a beautiful showcase and easy appetizer by cutting them up and placing them on a platter with a variety of condiments. My favorite Easily the pinot noir Dijon mustard and the happy apple sausage. The Butchers Daughter Sausage line includes our NEW uncured nitrite and antibiotic free Mary s organic chicken with fresh spices seasonings vegetables and fruits. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 51 Healthy eating promotes healthy living and healthy living lays the ground work for the entire family. room with a recent renovation in an effort to offer customers even more options. Rochelle said the community has been very supportive of Lakewood Meats and Sausage and she looks forward to welcoming new customers this summer We would love HERLIFE readers to stop by visit the store and say hi The steaks we sampled Creekstone Farms premium Angus beef were easily some of the best meats I have had in a while. The Porterhouse choice steak melted into tender deliciousness before I could bite. Nick served it with a salsa verde available at Lakewood. The flavors were bright and herbaceous perfect for summer Lakewood Meats and Sausage is your friendly neighborhood butcher shop and much more. The staff is happy to help you plan a great menu for your loved ones use their expertise and knowledge of everything they carry to boost your own culinary skills. They ve incorporated a Napa Valley tasting If you walk in and fall in love I warned you. To start your shopping list I asked Rochelle for her list of five can t-do-without items. Here they are Our Lakewood seasoning house-made bratwurst grass-fed butter imported (biodynamic) pasta from Puglia Italy teriyaki pepper beef jerky. Got it Okay ready set go to Lakewood Meats and Sausage HLM Lakewood Meats & Sausage is located at 316 N Ham Lane in Lodi. You can reach them at (209) 369-1122 or visit their website at lakewoodmeats. com. Find all of Chef Nick s recipes in Rochelle s blog on the website too. One of the Valley s leading proponents of all things things multimedia Brogger has worked worked as a reporter One of the Central Central Valley s leading proponents of allmultimedia Adriana Adriana Brogger has as a reporter blogger blogger producer host emcee writer and actress performer in localfor more than ten years. She teachesteaches producer host emcee writer and actress performer in local media media for more than ten years. She Multimedia Production Joaquin Joaquin Delta College and loves it Born in the the monkey monkey Adriana has a Multimedia Production at San at San Delta College and loves it Born in the year of year of the Adriana has a clever a magnetic personality. Seriously though she enjoys enjoys good spending time with her hubby and clever wit and wit and a magnetic personality. Seriously though shegood comedy comedy spending time with her hubby and four cute boys and of great food. If food. If you a local a local restaurant that would welcome a visit by 52 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM four cute boys and of course course great you know ofknow of restaurant that would welcome a visit by Adriana Adriana please contact Kimberly at Kimberly herlifemagazine.com. Mullen at Kimberly herlifemagazine.com. please contact Kimberly Mullen 52 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 53 HERLIFE CULINARY global spices by p a tty c o o k A fat cheese. s a home chef I treasure the cookbooks and hand-written recipes that I have acquired over the years handed down from parents and relatives. Browsing through them I see required just a few herbs and flavorings that languished in spice cabinets ginger soy sauce oregano fennel and caraway seeds were purchased for an occasional recipe then remained unused for months. One of the iconic examples of mid-century global cuisine was featured in the second season of the AMC series Mad Men in an episode with Betty Draper s character creating a Dinner Around The World dinner party menu from the Betty Crocker Hostess cookbook. The menu Rumaki (said to be Japanese but actually an American recipe) gazpacho soup (Spanish cuisine) leg of lamb (from Holland) and spaetzle (noodles from Germany). The foods that were featured at a special dinner party because they seemed exotic now seem commonplace. In fact moving from the 1960s era forward more than half a century home cooks now use more global spices. Just as fashion has evolved over time to become more eclectic with skirt lengths no longer dictated by that season s fashions recipes are no longer limited to using any one spice. Regional flavors can influence any dish scrambled eggs might feature dill or curry or salsa. Vegetables might be prepared with rosemary or jalape os meats might be flavored with Chinese 5 Spice in a stir fry or warm spices such as cinnamon and allspice with dried fruit and lamb in a Moroccan tagine. It would seem that global spices have had a tremendous influence on cooking in a relatively short time. But the true impact of global spices is in how the pursuit of spices influenced history. In the Middle Ages spice merchants in the Middle East and North Africa were the gateway to the spice markets of the Far East. These spices were used for much more than cooking they were also used in herbal medicines perfumes and salves in burial rituals and in a time without refrigeration they were employed to preserve food. These merchants controlled the spice market and set incredibly high prices. The next time you reach for the pepper grinder remember that the value of pepper in medieval times was so high that people commonly counted out peppercorns to pay their taxes and their rent. As the need for spices increased nations turned to the ocean hoping their ships could find a more direct route to the Far East by sea. The Spanish crown funded Christopher Columbus Portugal bankrolled Ferdinand Magellan and Vasco da Gama. England and the Netherlands also paid explorers to set sail. European countries established trade centers on Indonesian islands Asia India and beyond. This part of history was not peaceful as colonization and hostilities between nations were part of the changing balance of world power. The quest for spices was the beginning of commerce in a global economy. the occasional cooking splatter or notes in the margins. These bits of history together with ingredients that need to be adapted make me feel like a culinary anthropologist. Canned condensed soup cheese and carbohydrates that were used routinely a few decades ago require substitutes of broth and yogurt low-sodium ingredients and lowBut the biggest differences in recipes from years past are ones that were attributed to foreign cultures. Lo Mein represented Chinese food Italian cuisine meant spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna. A skillet supper of sauerkraut ground beef and rice was described as German. These recipes 54 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Global cuisine today continues to influence the global economy. Delicate herbs and spices made half a world away are now available at most grocery stores dedicated cooks visit shops devoted solely to spices. The spice and seasoning industry projects that sales will grow from 12 billion in 2012 to more than 16 billion by 2016 as people begin to cook more new and different dishes at home. What exotic spices might become considered a pantry staple in the near future We ve included two combinations that might stretch your culinary wings if you haven t used them before. As you experiment think how far home cooking has come since the days when a dash of soy sauce or a teaspoon of oregano was considered exotic flavor. HLM Sources foodproductdesign.com livescience.com mccormickscienceinstitute.com seitanbeatsyourmeat.com and thekitchn.com. RAS EL HANOUT Cardamom Clove Cinnamon Coriander Cumin Paprika Mace Nutmeg Peppercorn Turmeric GARAM MASALA Stick cinnamon Green cardamom pods Black cardamom pods Cloves Cumin seeds Coriander seeds Black peppercorns Grated fresh nutmeg Dried red chilies This spice blend originated in North Africa. It can be used as a rub in a marinade or blended with sour cream or yogurt as a sauce or the spices can be tossed with fresh hot buttered popcorn. In India these spices are toasted in a skillet. Create your proprietary blend to flavor meats soups or scrambled eggs. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 55 HERLIFE RECIPES honey chicken and fruit salad Serves 4 Prep time 20 minutes ingredients For the dressing cup honey cup mayonnaise 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons rice vinegar teaspoon sesame oil For the salad 4 cups chopped grilled (or baked) chicken 1 large apple cut into cubes 1 large peach cut into cubes 1 cup fresh blackberries cup chopped pecans directions For the dressing in a small bowl whisk all the ingredients together until combined and smooth. recipes and p hot ogr ap hy by ver y c ulinar y.c om For the salad in a large bowl gently combine chicken and fruit. Evenly distribute onto plates and drizzle with dressing. Serve and enjoy Note any unused dressing can be refrigerated up to one week. HLM 56 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM caprese corn salad Serves 4 Prep time 15 minutes ingredients 1 (8 ounce) container ciliegine (small fresh mozzarella balls) drained cup sweet corn kernels (about 1 medium ear) cup sliced green or black olives 12 cherry or grape tomatoes halved cup minced red onion cup basil chiffonade cup white golden balsamic vinegar directions Place first six ingredients in a medium bowl drizzle with the vinegar and toss well to coat. Divide among small plates and enjoy. HLM recipes and p hot ogr ap hy by ver y c ulinar y.c om HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 57 HERLIFE BEHIND THE MENU DeVegaBrothers by r eb ec c a fl a n sb u rg p h o to gra p hy by b re m eye r County area with flavor style and flair. Located in Stockton this growing business is owned by brothers Rafael and Alberto Vega. Both brothers are also accomplished chefs who take great pride in creating recipes and dishes that are not only made fresh but made from only the freshest ingredients. All Central Valley residents looking for a classy and affordable place to dine and unwind need look no further than this upscale venue located inside Stone Creek Village. Beautiful weather is on the way and our outdoor patio is a great place for our customers to come and relax owner Rafael Vega shared. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this outdoor gathering place and spend some time enjoying a good glass of wine and some desserts. We are well known for our premium drinks like the Lemon Drop Mojitos and our Chocolate Martinis and stopping by our bar and patio area is a great way to end a busy week or to celebrate a special occasion. For those who have heartier appetites De Vega Brothers offers up a full menu of tantalizing items for lunch and dinner. Continuing the tradition of authentic Italian cuisine this flourishing restaurant has been present58 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM W ith years of experience in pleasing the Central Valley s most discriminating palates De Vega Brothers Italian Cuisine brings Italian culinary arts to the San Joaquin ing only the freshest traditional Italian dishes for 15 years. These dishes include crowd-pleasers such as delicious lamb chops cioppino chicken and veal scaloppini steak and seafood as well as their gourmet pastas and sauces. Rafael shared that they are also known for their ability to offer fully catered meals with supporting staff for private dining to large groups recurring professional meetings and club luncheons. De Vega Brothers has developed a stellar reputation as the perfect place to host holiday gatherings company events and intimate dinner parties and their well-experienced staff management and owners work to create a memorable dining experience at off-site events as well. When we work with large groups that need our catering services we provide everything for the client Rafael confirmed. From staff to table linens we customize everything to the wishes of our client. We have catered everything from winery events to early morning breakfast meetings and our quality food and attentive staff remains constant wherever we are. No matter what you enjoy the De Vega Brothers experience is sure to please those looking for a simple yet elegant dining and bar experience. HLM Visit De Vega Brothers at 5757 Pacific Avenue Suite A140 in Stockton or on the web at devegabrothers.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 59 HERLIFE BEHIND THE BAR The Towne House Lounge is the perfect place to relax and enjoy live music extraordinary cuisine specialty cocktails and fine wine. The Lounge features handcrafted beer from local brewers our wine list features an extensive selection of Lodi wines from the finest wineries in the Lodi appellation and our cocktails are made with fresh seasonal ingredients and the finest spirits. Summer Strawberry Martini 60 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 61 Hawaiian Hibiscus Mojito Spicy White Peach Margarita Breakfast in Bed 62 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Moscow Mule HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 63 HERLIFE WINE kick off your summer tapas and wine by m e l i ssa h a i n e s l av i n sliced thin enough to enjoy without feeling overfull. Crackers that are savory with olive oil and herbs are also a good pairing. Cheese is one of the most important aspects of tapas and the Spanish diet as a whole. We talk about wine regions of the world and how they impact the aging and taste of wine. The same is true for cheeses of Spain. Whether consumed for breakfast dessert or tapas Spanish cheeses have specific flavors unique to each of the 23 officially classified types of cheese naturally pairing well with Spanish wines. T apas Just saying the word conjures smiles laughter and a room full of happy wine lovers with flamenco guitar strumming in the background. Tapas make a great late lunch or easy evening meal from a hosting viewpoint tapas-themed fiestas are suitable for intimate casual or professional occasions. Although tapa (top-pa) beautifully originates from Spain and means the lid it refers to the covering that is placed over your beverage to protect it from bugs or to indicate that you re returning shortly after you make that phone call. Today we generally use a napkin for this but traditionally it s a small plate that is set atop the glass. The bartenders and servers soon figured out that if they placed a small savory item on the plate the guest would continue to be thirsty and keep ordering libations. Thus tapas were born and we all benefit from flavorful and festive ambiance in our neighborhoods. fandel by all means enjoy them with tapas as their Bubbly Traditionally used to celebrate anything big or small Cava is a classic sparkling wine that can be white or ros . Only sparkling wine that is made in the French tradition can be officially labeled as Cava. Blanca flavor profiles are also well matched for the savory aromas that exude from a Mediterranean menu. Try searching tapas restaurants in your area for convenience in experiencing this cultural treat but whether you seek out a tapas restaurant or take turns at the office now you and your guests are tapas-trained and set to enjoy the music food and company you ve brought together to kick off a great summer HLM Sources Rojo If you re looking to try something new Grenache (or Garnacha) is one of the most planted varietals in the world. Originating in France it often is blended with Tempranillo yet it is lovely enough to stand on its own with lower acid levels and elevated sugars that make you think of warm summer evenings. The royal grape of Spain Tempranillo is a mild even-tempered pairing for your tapas menu providing a balance of light oak tobacco and plum flavors. One of my favorite ways to enjoy new trends with Spanish wine and food is through Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) a non-profit organization hosting workshops winemaker talks and wine tastings in various cities every year that include recipes newly released wines and wine ratings. If you have a penchant for Pinot Noir or ZinCheesefromspain.com spanishA refreshing aroma of apricot and stone fruit exudes from Albari o as a tasty white wine that is light and fresh without being sweet. winelover.com and tapasociety.org. TAPAS IN STYLE TIPS FOR HOSTING A TAPAS AND WINE PARTY Small plates (3- or 4-inch) Wine glasses (3-inch opening) Platters of cheeses Manchego Roncal Mato Zamorano Peppers and relishes spicy sweet marinated Nuts roasted and or spiced walnuts Marcona almonds Figs dried apricots sundried tomatoes Olives tapenades breads or crackers Spanish Wine Food Tapas Menus featuring tapas generally have a Spanish flair in preparation seasoning and style. Pleasing vegetarians vegans and meat lovers is easily accomplished with Mediterranean components of dried fruits nuts vegetables compotes cured meats seafood and my favorite cheeses. All these ingredients come together as a work of art on a beautiful platter. If this is sounding a bit familiar isn t this good old-fashioned hors d oeuvres appetizers nosh or small bites that we see in restaurants designed to whet the appetite while we order wine and ease into the evening That would be correct Tapas also honors a culture and lifestyle of enjoying conversation and music passing time with friends and family while enjoying delicate portions of savory items toasted breads and wine. As such tapas are unpretentious and very easy to create the various dishes can be as gourmet as you like including p t anchovies sardines langoustines and aged prosciutto. One of the best ways to enjoy tapas is with toasted bread hearty enough to support the flavor 64 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM In the middle of the table as a display pre-arrange a small plate of savory items atop a wine glass with a few ounces of wine inside. This will serve as a festive centerpiece and perfect example for your guests. The small plates will encourage guests to try new tapas arrangements on their plates. This scenario with a little coordination and balance permits guests to use one hand to talk and nibble comfortably. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 65 HERLIFE FOODIES EAT GATHER SHARE Corner Scone Bakery and Teahouse foodies Come visit our boutique bakery for some award-winning pie Featuring madefrom-scratch daily scones hand pies quiches and other unique baked goods. We also offer many delicious lunch items such as homemade soups cafe wraps savory hand pies and fresh green salads for healthy eating on the go Join us for High Tea this month on Saturday June 13th or Saturday June 27th from 3-5pm. Call to reserve 322 N. California St Lodi (209) 747-3418 cornersconebakery.com Komachi Sushi A personalized Japanese dining experience catered to you and your taste buds. Choose fresh exquisite dishes both on and off our menu. Come as a customer leave as our family. Open Mon Thurs 11am 9pm Fri Sat 11am 9 30pm and closed on Sunday 307 S Lower Sacramento Rd Suite D Lodi (209) 334-3131 www.sushikomachi.com Whirlow s De Vega Brothers Italian Cuisine DeVega Brothers CATERING Office Packs Sandwich Trays & Salad Bowls 6 Sandwiches & Small Salad 69.95 (serves 10-12) 12 Sandwiches & Large Salad 119.95 (serves 20-24) 1926 Pacific Ave Stockton (On the Miracle Mile) (209) 466-2823 whirlows.com Happy hour every day full service bar and patio dining. Semi-private banquet for all occasions. Catering for large or small events. Serving traditional Italian food Seafood Steak and Chicken. Open 7 days a week. Sun-Thur 11am- 9pm Fri and Sat. 11am -10pm. 5757 Pacific Ave A140 Stockton (209) 323-4339 devegabrothers.com The Shadows Steak House The Shadows Steak House Thai Spices Visit us for excellent drinks and some of the best steaks around and more Join us for dinner and stick around Friday and Saturday nights for our live band. Book Shadow s for your next special event or mixer too Dinner at 4pm bar opens at 3pm. 7555 Pacific Ave Ste 155 Stockton (209) 473-3200 shadowsteakhouse.com 66 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Chef Bun Khotakoon has long been captivated by the many ways to combine sweet and fiery spices to bring together flavors that mingle and enchant each other. Pair the traditional and monthly special menu items with a fabulous local wine or ice cold Thai beer to create a fascinating culinary experience. Father s day at Thai Spice. 2401 W Turner Rd. Ste. 224 Lodi (209) 369-8424 facebook.com ThaiSpicesLodi foodies La Palma Mexican Cuisine La Palma is a quaint authentic dining venue located in the heart of the Miracle Mile. La Palma specializes in superior Mexican cuisine such as Sizzling Fajitas Fish Tacos and Mole Poblano Enchiladas all of which come served with Spanish rice and your choice of black pinto or refried beans. Alongside an exquisite selection of local wines La Palma Mexican Cuisine boasts a full service tequila bar with more than 52 of the finest imported tequilas. Open every day for lunch and dinner. NOW BOOKING our new banquet facility that seats 64 comfortably. Call for further details. 2301 Pacific Avenue Stockton CA 95204 (209) 941-4179 lapalmaonthemile.com HERLIFE FOODIES Vita Dolce Two Italian-Swiss sisters have combined energies to bring to Tracy a small cafe filled with high quality cookies panini s homemade soups fresh salads and delicious coffee. Topping off any time of the day would be a delicious scoop of San Francisco s very own Mitchell s Ice Cream. Come on in and enjoy some of the sweet life of Vita Dolce. Try one of our many combinations of ice cream sandwiches...a real treat 11 East 6th St Tracy (209) 834-1234 Facebook.com VitaDolce Towne House Towne House Restaurant at Wine & Roses is a legacy to the country farm it once was and our cuisine is made for sharing. We look forward to sharing with you the innovative dishes warm traditions and gracious service that is the Towne House Restaurant. 2505 West Turner Rd Lodi (209) 371-6160 loditownehouse.com HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 67 HERLIFE FINE THINGS the capsule wardrobe by c a ti e w a tso n ten classic investments here are ten high-end basics to get you started. H ave you ever said to yourself I have nothing to wear while standing in front of a closet overflowing with clothes Quantity isn t the problem since you ve got plenty of clothes but somehow you just can t find the right outfit for a particular occasion. This is a sure sign that it s time to do some wardrobe editing and Black Dress. There s no question about the investment value of a classic little black dress. Use different accessories to keep it fresh and create different moods and you ll be wearing it for a variety of occasions for years to come. Cashmere Sweater. A classic cashmere sweater in a basic color such as navy black camel or gray is a timeless investment. Because 100 percent cashmere won t lose its shape like inexpensive knits a properly cared-for cashmere sweater can last for years or even decades. Coat or Trench Coat. Depending on where you live a coat could be a natural choice for a capsule wardrobe. The trench coat is a favorite among fashion editors and stylists due to its versatility and classic style but you can also make a statement with a stylish full-length wool coat. Blouses and Tops. Most stylists who are building an essential wardrobe include a classic white shirt made from cotton or linen. You can also make sure you re ready for both dressy and casual occasions with a couple of blouses in a luxe fabric such as silk (add interest with subtle prints or stripes) and a couple of simple knit tops. Trousers. Two pairs of well-fitting trousers one dark and one light are a must-have for any capsule wardrobe. You can expect to pay more for trousers that fit well and are made from high-quality fabric consider professional tailoring if alterations will help achieve a perfect fit. Straight Skirt. The straight skirt never seems to go out of style and is donate pieces you no longer wear. It could also be a sign that you need to invest in a capsule wardrobe. The term capsule wardrobe was first used in the 1970s by London wardrobe expert Susie Faux to describe a collection of essential clothing and accessories that can be combined into dozens of outfits. A capsule wardrobe typically includes pants skirts blouses sweaters and jackets all in coordinating colors and prints that can be worn together or mixed with trendier items to create outfits that are appropriate for any occasion. Although the capsule wardrobe concept isn t new there s a new twist today with more shoppers focusing on high-quality basics. According to Joe Zee one of the top stylists in the country and editor-in-chief at Yahoo Fashion a woman s closet should contain 70 percent staples and 30 percent trendy. By spending more on high-quality basics and less on trendy items suggests Zee you won t have to worry about finding something to wear for years to come. Unlike trendy clothing the high-quality basics in your capsule wardrobe shouldn t need to be refreshed every couple of years so you could actually save money in the long run. If you re thinking about building your own investment capsule wardrobe 68 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM appropriate for both business and social events. As with trousers it pays to shop around and find a skirt that really fits or pay for professional tailoring. Tailored Jacket or Blazer. This versatile cover-up can be combined with a dress skirt or trousers for the office or with jeans for a more casual look. Avoid trendy style details that could make your jacket look dated in a year or two. Black Heels. Look for a pair of heels that can be worn with everything from a little black dress to jeans. You ll find black heels at every price point and heel height but when you re shopping for investment heels look for timeless style a comfortable fit and high-quality materials. Sunglasses. This is one accessory that s worth the investment. A pair of designer sunglasses with a classic shape and style can add timeless glamour to an otherwise basic look. Leather Handbag. Every woman needs a go-to handbag but you can take yours to the next level by shopping for an investment bag with classic style the highest quality materials and craftsmanship and proportions that flatter your shape. If some of the items on our list sound a little too formal make substitutions that fit your lifestyle. Instead of a blazer perhaps you d get more wear out of a classic leather jacket. Or if you spend most of your time in jeans then invest in a couple of high-end pairs with a really good fit. Most important of all you need to enjoy wearing the items in your capsule wardrobe if you want to see the best return on your investment. HLM Sources abcnews.go.com and SusieFaux.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 69 HERLIFE SPOTLIGHT The Grandeur of a Luxury Hotel in the Heart of Stockton University Plaza Waterfront Hotel of Stockton by r eb ec c a flans b u rg p h o to gra p hy by b ri g g s p h o to gra p hy deep pride in their community is something The University Plaza Waterfront Hotel staff and management keeps in the forefront of their minds at all times. University Plaza Waterfront Hotel is a boutique resort-style hotel located in the heart of Downtown Stockton which is tucked alongside California s Delta Water Way. Our rooms and suites overlook the water s edge and the view is breathtaking shared Angie Guzman the hotel s director of sales and catering. But our amenities include so much more than an amazing view. We are located on Stockton s Waterfront but we are also next door to the Stockton Arena Banner Island Ballpark the Civic Auditorium and we are within walking distance of city county and state government offices. We have shuttles that take guests to evenings out and even back and forth from the Bob Hope Theatre. With the continued revitalization of Stockton s historic downtown our facility is near many of the attractions that Stockton has to offer. The University Plaza Waterfront Hotel has worked tirelessly to attract weddings social events and corporate conferences to the area as part of their mission to do their part to keep the Stockton area healthy vibrant and growing. Now in its fifth year of business University Plaza Waterfront Hotel has become a destination for those visiting the area it has been host to some of the most influential meetings and events breathtaking weddings and 70 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM I t s no secret that money spent within a local community stays in that community. Keeping dollars local has a ripple effect and that effect is visible in the form of new jobs new industry healthy tourism and an overall better life for residents and business owners. This bigger picture thinking along with a personalized special occasions. Our guests enjoy things such as free WiFi throughout the property Lodgenet In Room Movies service coffee makers featuring Starbucks coffee and so much more Angie confirmed. Each of the hotel s 221 spacious guestrooms and suites has been updated to include flat screen TVs luxury linens and pillow top beds. In addition our hotel offers fine dining in the Delta Bistro and Lounge. The restaurant and bar are not only used by our guests it is appreciated and frequented by local residents who love our Sunday brunches or stop by before and after an event to enjoy our buffet. The hotel also offers more than 10 000 square feet of spectacular function space. Our number one priority is that guests have the best experience possible when they stay here and that attention to detail keeps them coming back to stay with us again and again. University Plaza Waterfront Hotel has another unique perk in the form of the University Plaza Lofts. The Lofts were formerly slated to be condominiums but under the guidance of the hotel s new owner the once empty spaces have been transformed into luxurious yet affordable suites that allow visitors to lease a unit anywhere from 3 to 12 months. Our lofts are a huge plus to our community and are leased by everyone from corporations to college students or families looking for modern and comfortable housing Angie shared. These spaces sat empty and unfinished for many years until our new owner Patrick Willis saw the need for long-term housing for our university students and renovated them in the same quality and style of the hotel. They are very popular and just one more way we are working to support and stimulate our community. Our number one priority is that guests have the best experience possible when they stay here and that attention to detail keeps them coming back to stay with us again and again. Angie noted that the hotel continues to flourish and even more so now under the new ownership. Since his arrival in 2010 Willis guidance and unique vision has positively influenced the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel team in many ways. He is a giver advocate for community growth and an excellent leader for our team. We know that the fact that this hotel is successful and prospering has a positive ripple effect on the city of Stockton and the surrounding areas. Leisure and business travelers alike frequent this luxury hotel but University Plaza Waterfront Hotel is also known for hosting conference events and special occasions. We have developed a reputation for being an excellent place to host a wedding or special occasion Angie confirmed. We host many weddings throughout the year and the view from our picturesque waterfront courtyard is perfect for outdoor ceremonies. Many couples have their wedding outside and then have their wedding reception inside the hotel. Not only does this create a memorable venue for one of the most important events of their life but their guests tell us how much they appreciate having to park only once. We work very hard to offer the feel and quality of a luxury hotel that has a reputation for impeccable service such as someone may find in a major metropolitan area Angie affirmed. But this hotel represents and captures what Stockton is and we are committed to never losing that hometown feel for those looking for luxurious housing wedding locations or even a place to retire. HLM For more information about the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel visit them on the web at universityplazawaterfronthotel.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 71 72 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 73 HERLIFE SHE SAID YES Colleen Dougherty &Christian Chelli by m a ri l y n i sa m i n ge r p h o to gra p hy by j u l i e n i c o l e p ho t o gr a phy Date of Proposal November 27 2014 Colleen Dougherty met her handsome groom-to-be Christian Chelli through a mutual friend and together they have forged a relationship that will last a lifetime. On Thanksgiving morning November 27 2014 Christian encouraged Colleen to hike with him to the Marin Headlands in San Francisco. We watched the sunrise pop up over the Golden Gate Bridge shares Colleen. That s the moment he chose to ask me to marry him. I ll never forget it Then we were able to celebrate the day with both of our families lunch with mine and dinner with Christian s. We are truly best friends Colleen reveals. Our relationship is unique in that we are always supportive of each other and our ambition to tackle the world together Christian and Colleen have set July 24 2015 as their wedding date. We are looking forward to having my Uncle Drew as Officiant which is extremely special to both of us. It s important that we will be married in front of the most special people in our lives. HLM 74 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 75 Lauren AND Duane HERLIFE TIE THE KNOT SimonicH TIED THE KNOT APRIL 11 2015 by marilyn isaminger photography by julie nicole photography auren (Jenkins) Simonich grew up in Lodi California and completed a bachelor s degree in agricultural communications at Fresno State University. She has a passion for agriculture her family and her horses. Duane Simonich grew up in Northern and Southern California and attended community college in Oakhurst and Fresno. He now works on the family farm in Porterville California a career he feels is a very good fit for him. Lauren and Duane met at a mutual friend s party. I was thinking I had nothing in common with anyone there when two sharply dressed gentlemen walked in she shares. Duane and his brother Jerry had come from a wedding and within a few minutes we were in deep conversation. We realized we had a lot in common farming snowboarding a great sense of humor. Their friendship grew and on Easter Sunday April 20 2014 Duane proposed to Lauren at his family farm on the exact spot where he would build the home of their dreams. The blissful couple tied the knot on April 11 2015 at Viaggio Estate & Winery. Lauren s bridesmaids were Miranda Garcia Courtney Schmidt Whitney Nickerson and Mary Anne Etchason Duane s groomsmen were Ryan Kinsel Cole Jefferey Mitch Dyer and Mark Aduelo. Flower girls were Ava and Addison Simonich Issak 76 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM L Ezra and Silas Naraki and Ayden Simonich served as ring bearers. We had a wonderful stress-free day getting ready for the ceremony shares Lauren. At Viaggio the girls have a cottage with full salon wash basin to get ready in and the guys have the man cave complete with pool table and arcade hoops It was fun watching all of it come together. We had our ceremony at the base of the grand staircase which allowed all of our guests to have a front row view she continues. It was short and sweet and included a unique unity ceremony that coincided with our wedding favors. Since we are both involved in agriculture we wanted to do something to incorporate that aspect of our lives. We planted a seed paper that each of our guests received with the programs. We were busy taking photos while our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour and appetizers but our reception was the best We jumped right into our first dance which started with Tim McGraw s My Best Friend. Then we surprised everyone with an upbeat routine we taught ourselves the week before to Hey Pachuco and ended it with a flip that wowed everyone Guests enjoyed the buffet-style dinner and the cake was a Barbie cake a replica of Lauren s third birthday cake with two differences Barbie was wearing a white dress and was accompanied by Ken. During the photo memory slideshow my mom sang along with the first song Sweet Baby James which she sang as a lullaby to me when I was a child. It was very sweet Lauren reminisces. And our guests loved the cupcakes that my bridesmaid Courtney made Everyone enjoyed dancing the night away and we loved having them cel- businesses that shared in the love Bridesmaids Gowns David s Bridal Alexandra McCarty Hair Styling Photographer DJ Julie Nicole Photography Marquis Entertainment Viaggio Estate & Winery Venue and Caterer Invitations David s Bridal HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 77 ebrating with us. Lauren and Duane honeymooned during a five-day trip to Maui. We adventured all over the island they share. We did a submarine tour helicopter tour dinner cruise luau Road to Hana and had couples massages. We each took one morning and afternoon to do our own thing. He went fishing (I get sick on boats) and I went for a trail ride on horseback to get some awesome views of the island. HLM 78 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 79 L di Living 80 80 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 81 HERLIFE WORKING WOMEN technology that works gadgets to enhance your performance by a l l i so n tu r n b e rg landlines and dial-up seem like a lifetime ago. With our seemingly unquenchable thirst for a Wi-Fi connection and instant gratification one could argue that we are too attached to our technology though there s no denying the progress we ve made because of it we can do things today our ancestors couldn t even dream about. Our capabilities in almost every area of life are enhanced through technology but it s our professional lives that can really benefit. Technology truly can be a tool in the workplace and using it can improve your performance increasing productivity streamlining processes and more. Here are just a few of the most impressive and helpful tech developments that will change the way you work forever. Printing possibilities Printing has made great strides since Gutenberg s printing press of the 15th century the most recent being three-dimensional printing. Also called additive manufacturing these printers can use materials such as plastic ceramic metal and even glass powder to create 3D objects from a digital file. According to 3dprinting.com the [printing] software slices the final model into hundreds or thousands of horizontal layers. When this prepared file is uploaded in the 3D printer the printer creates the object layer by layer. The possibilities for 3D printers are endless although the most immediate applications include model-making design visualization prototyping metal casting architecture and the like. 82 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Easy on the eyes Computer eye strain is quickly becoming more prevalent as society becomes more attached to technology. Think about it most of us have work computers personal computers tablets smartphones and televisions all of which we spend quite a bit of time looking at. Peering into an abyss of high-energy visible [HEV] artificial blue light for hours can disrupt your entire system your eyes neck and back circadian rhythms serotonin levels and overall health says GUNNAR an eyewear company looking to alleviate these problems with its patented technology. According to GUNNAR nearly 70 percent of Americans suffer from some form of digital eye strain and prolonged exposure to the artificial light emitted by our gadgets can lead to headache dry eye and blurred vision. Furthermore it can also contribute to more serious vision problems such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. These doctor-recommended lenses aid the eyes to focus more naturally to reduce strain and are specially tinted to reduce the effects of the artificial blue light. Brain break Tight deadlines and packed schedules can create mountains of stress. These days the pressure to do it all makes our brains feel so fried that some days it s hard to form a sentence. The makers of Melomind have been there and their neurofeedback technology aims to help our brains relax and reset so we can get back to our packed daily routine. According to Melomind neurofeedback uses audio or visual feedback of real-time brain activity to improve its function. In other words it measures your brain s stress levels and forms a relaxing audio session tailored to the results a musical prescription for the brain. A Melomind session takes around 15 minutes easy to fit into any day and the increased productivity and attention are well worth it. W hat would you do without your laptop Your smartphone Your tablet In the grand scheme of things these tools haven t been around very long but the days of Wearable tech Our smartphones and other portable devices may be permanent fixtures in our hands or bags but soon our tech gear will be affixed to our bodies. Google Glass may not have taken off like the creators had hoped but it was a step toward making wearable technology more mainstream. The ever-anticipated Apple Watch was released in April but it s much more than just a watch. It can text track activity make phone calls send emails send sketches and tap patterns to other watch-wearers and yes tell time. Other products in the market have a similar focus the Ring is a plastic device you wear on your finger that can turn on and off lights send tweets take photos pay bills and more each action gets its own gesture that the device recognizes. The Ring is designed to sync with other devices via Bluetooth and most new products come with that capability your phone your TV or your home appliances for example. Bigger. Better. Faster. The constant forward motion of technological developments is inevitable. When society finds a way to do the impossible we follow with How can we do this better This question will always be what moves us to reach new heights. Three-dimensional printing tech that s worn like an accessory glasses to prevent digital strain brain relaxers these are just a sampling of tech developments in the market and soon to come that are quickly changing the way we work. With the help of tools like these we can work faster smarter and harder achieving more than we thought was possible. HLM Sources 3dprinting.com apple.com cnet.com gunnars.com melomind. com pastemagazine.com and psprint.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 83 HERLIFE FINANCE tips for preventing personal data breaches by d a p h n e tay l o r hack me not ers targeting large companies it s hard to stop them from getting your sensitive financial and personal information. But let s not be complacent about the issue. There are measures you can take to reduce the sting of hackers getting your personal data or from committing identity theft. We ll also provide some tips and safety measures to make your online use safer. First let s explain how credit cards work. Your card has a lot of information that can be used to verify its authenticity an expiration date a three-digit security number and your name. In addition there s a magnetic stripe that has all 84 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM R ecent data breaches at major retailers have demonstrated that no one is off limits from hackers. With most people these days shopping online with credit or debit cards and hack- that information and more. When you swipe the card your information is transmitted to a third party who then verifies with your bank that all your information is correct and the transaction is approved. Other methods verify authenticity but not every merchant uses them such as checking your signature or asking for ID. Also if you re making an online purchase you may be asked for the three-digit number on the back of the card called the card verification value or CVV. Merchants aren t allowed to store your CVV in their databases to keep it secure from hackers. They may ask you for it just to prove that you have the physical card. Unfortunately America is said to lag behind other countries in credit card security measures by using magnetic stripes to hold our security data whereas other countries use EMV chips which use a different and more secure method of encrypting data. While magnetic stripes have the same encryption method the method for EMV chips varies making them harder to hack. The United Kingdom began using the EMV method in the 2000s and saw fraud drop by 63 percent between 2004 and 2010 according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The United States is moving closer to EMV usage but isn t there yet. But there s good news. While credit card fraud is a hassle to deal with for the most part you re not liable if someone hacks you. By law you ll never be on the hook for more than 50 if a thief uses your card. You re also not liable for purchases made after you report the card lost or stolen. Finally many credit cards offer zeroliability policies that provide even better protec- tion than the law requires. There are safety measures you can take to avoid being hacked and actions you can take if you are the victim of hackers. Here are some ways to protect yourself from fraud. Don t furnish credit card information unless absolutely necessary. Create an effective firewall system in your computer. Pay with cash the surest way to prevent your credit or debit card being stolen is to avoid using plastic. Avoid debit card use especially during holiday seasons and particularly if the card s tied directly to your checking account. Sign up for text and email alerts. You can customize alerts so that you re notified of any and all transactions tied to your accounts. Use a card with a computer chip. If you have to use a credit card but you want to be safe use one that has the new EMV computer chip and shop at stores that only use this new technology. Change your online banking password on a regular basis. Don t give personal information to companies that contact you with special offers. Cover the keypad when you enter your PIN number. Leave your debit card home when you don t plan to use it throughout the day. Shred anything associated with your account as soon as you finish using it. This includes statements receipts and other items. Cancel your credit or debit card immediately if it s lost or stolen. If you re told you re in a data breach tell the company you want a NEW card immediately or close the account. Also call each of the three main credit bureaus and request that your credit be frozen. Freezing prevents access to your credit report without your approval. Order your credit reports. You get one free credit report per year take advantage of this. Ideally you should order one every four months. Be smart about passwords. Select strong passwords (combinations of numbers and letters) and change them frequently. Be wary of making online purchases on a public WiFi connection. These are easy to hack. Recent news reports even describe Wi-Fi networks set up by hackers to lure users. Make sure you sign the back of your credit card. If you don t fraud liability might be higher. When making online purchases from your computer or phone make sure the web address starts with https instead of http . HLM Use a card with a computer chip. If you have to use a credit card but you want to be safe use one that has the new EMV computer chip and shop at stores that only use this new technology. Sources bostonglobe.com cardhub.com Cleveland.com combofix.org ehow.com investopedia.com and money.usnews.com nasdaqomx.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 85 HERLIFE TRAVEL a deep dive into the best U.S. aquariums top aquariums in the U.S. from coast to coast. Starting in the center of the country Chicago boasts one of the most vibrant and well-known aquarium destinations. The city s Shedd Aquarium combines a diverse global animal collection in a stunning architectural home. Upon its construction the Shedd aimed to act as a counterpart for the two world-class institutions already in Grant Park the Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Today more than 32 000 animals call the Shedd Aquarium home as it features freshwater marine terrestrial and even some aerial creatures. So while you check out mischievous sea otters and daring dolphins other family members can see tiny monkeys and the world s rarest iguana species the Shedd opens eyes to all walks (and swimmers ) of life. Spend time at the National Aquarium which carries the legacy as the nation s first of its kind. This Baltimore-based aquarium features more than 17 000 fish birds amphibians reptiles and 86 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM I by m e r ri tt re th l a ke marine mammals in award-winning habitats. Its jaw-dropping exhibit is the Blacktip Reef a floorto-ceiling experience replicating an Indo-Pacific reef featuring more than 700 animals including a school of blacktip reef sharks. Come face to face with the animals then check out a slice of Australia and walk through the bottom of a river gorge exhibit that lets you get close to unique Australian animals such as flying foxes and freshwater crocodiles. The Tennessee Aquarium located on the scenic Chattanooga riverfront opens your eyes to both saltwater and freshwater habitats. Discover its unique water stories through exhibits in the two Aquarium buildings River Journey and Ocean Journey. This aquarium features the River Gorge Explorer a relaxed climate-controlled riverboat that lets you soak in the aquatic scenery from the observation deck while keeping an eye out for wildlife. The southeastern United States actually houses a majority of aquatic animals such as 55 percent of all freshwater fish species 60 percent of salamanders 72 percent of turtles and a whopping 90 percent of mussel species from the country the Tennessee Aquarium takes active measures to protect these species to increase a healthy wildlife population and give you the most dynamic experience as a visitor. Head south to New Orleans and experience the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The Caribbean reef comes alive in a walk-through tunnel displaying saturated colors. Get a glimpse of a different sort of life and check out penguins and Southern sea otters as they show off their entertaining charm. Touch a sting ray feed a parakeet and marvel at gigantic sharks tarpon and rays in the 400 000-gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit. Watch for sea turtles throughout the aquarium as coordinator of the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program they prepare many of them for release into the wild. Travel west and get caught up in underwater mysteries at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The aquarium is in continuous pursuit to be a center of excellence for ocean literacy and its passionate staff members play an active role in conservation and animal rehabilitation efforts. This aquarium features an interesting encounter for eight times the fun explore the realm of the giant Pacific octopus and get a slimy handshake. The Octopus Encounters include a behind-the-scenes tour and educational information about the care of the mmerse yourself in an environment unlike any other The best underwater worlds could make for a great day trip or a fun weekend getaway for you and your family. Map out your adventures with underwater worlds and explore the mind-boggling invertebrate. Experience the California coastline at the Aquarium of the Pacific southern California s largest aquarium. This destination spot houses more than 11 000 animals to represent the diverse dynamic environment of the Pacific Ocean. There s no shortage of extra activities at this marine-friendly center. The NOAA Science on a Sphere shows imagery and real-time ocean and weather data on a six-foot-diameter globe giving you yet another way to interact with ocean life. Check out more than 150 kinds of sharks at its expansive Shark Lagoon. Then cool off on the playground where children can have fun with a giant water-squirting squid sculpture and learn fun facts about the ocean s most mysterious animals (and how to avoid dangerous ones ). The best aquariums in the country know that it s not enough to simply have the aesthetics great care for animals is imperative as passionate aquatic institutes highlight the importance of healthcare along with nutrition and a healthy environment for its creatures. Be sure to check out each aquarium s website before visiting as many offer hotel packages and special information. Also consider what type of aquatic experience you want a whirlwind trip that lets you explore mysterious life forms Salt water fresh water or both Special exhibits Touch and feel Unique animals There s something for everyone in every part of the country when it comes to unveiling the mysteries of the wide open sea. HLM Sources aqua.org aquarium.org aquariumofpacific.org auduboninstitute. org sheddaquarium.org tnaqua.org travelchannel.com and uscitytraveler.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 87 HERLIFE PETS go fish by c a r ri e row l a n d s j o h n so n G deadly water. urgle gurgle gurgle. The sound of bubbling water coming clean as it recirculates through the filter is rhythmic and soothing. The soft glow emanating from inside the glass provides While there are about 28 000 different species of fish on the earth there are basically only two types of environments in which they can survive freshwater or saltwater. Here is where you make your first decision after the one you make to purchase aquatic life. Freshwater aquariums are typically lower maintenance and less expensive than saltwater fish tanks and are recommended for the beginner. They can range from the most simple bowl of water housing a goldfish or betta to an elaborate tank holding hundreds of gallons of water. Equipment needed for an average size freshwater tank includes a water filter a thermometer gravel light decorations fish net test kit water conditioner and food. Depending on the type of fish you choose you may also need a heater. Saltwater aquariums require more maintenance and are more costly to set up but allow you to house the most colorful exotic tropical fish and mimic the ocean floor. Additional equipment includes circulation pumps a refugium a hydrom- eter marine salt and substrate. The size of the tank is another decision you will need to make. Think about where it will fit the size of your budget and the variety and type of fish you are interested in. Larger tanks may cost more initially but will allow for more flexibility. As a general rule bigger is better. If you start with a smaller number of fish you can always add more later. A higher capacity tank will also allow for healthier water and fish as there is more room for the chemicals and waste to circulate. A ten-gallon tank may be cheaper but a twenty-nine-gallon tank will give you better results and more satisfaction over the long term. When deciding where to place your aquarium be sure the surface underneath is level and steady and out of the way to prevent it from being bumped into or knocked over. Do not place it in direct sunlight as too much light could lead to excessive algae buildup. Keep it away from heating vents windows and doors to avoid too much fluctuation in temperature. a natural night light illuminating the room just enough to provide a stumble-free middle-of-thenight trip to the bathroom. The oranges yellows and blues swimming through the water create a work of art just as brilliant as any masterpiece hanging on the walls. The rote task of pinching out tiny bits of food every night realizing these tiny life forms are dependent on that food to maintain life offers an elementary lesson in responsibility. The fish tank is often one of the first meanders into the world of pets for many households. Depending on what size you choose it can fit into even the smallest apartment yet it serves as an entire world a created habitat for one of nature s tiniest pets. And if you don t care for it properly your new project can become a pool of murky 88 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Be careful of overcrowding. A good rule of thumb to follow when stocking your aquarium is an inch of fish for every gallon of water. Be sure to take into consideration their adult size not how big they are when you first buy them. You will also want to allow more room for the faster-swimming and more aggressive fish. The type of fish you choose will depend first on the environment on whether your tank is filled with freshwater or saltwater and whether it is heated or not. Start with the most hearty and healthy fish and you can add more once they have acclimated. When buying your fish choose a reputable pet shop. Select only the fish that are alert are active but not skittish have clear eyes have full but not bloated stomachs have well-shaped fins are breathing naturally and steadily and appear clean and colorful and without blemishes or excess slime. Keep in mind that your fish need a habitat similar to one where they thrive in nature. Buy only the best quality plants and rocks. Live plants are preferable as they control algae improve water quality reduce stress for the fish and give your aquarium a more natural appearance. Once it s running keep your aquarium clean and maintain the equipment on a regular basis. If you go away for more than a few days arrange for someone to look in on it. Though they are small fish are like any other pet in that they need daily attention and love. Always remember their little lives are in your hands. HLM Sources drsfostersmith.com en.wikipedia.org pets.thenest.com and successfulreefkeeping.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 89 HERLIFE BOOK CLUB the drowning spool by monica ferris rev i ew by l i n d a r. p ri c e T he Drowning Spool by Monica Ferris is for readers who love genteel mysteries without dead bodies falling like rain shoot-outs at the OK Corral or family dramas where the beloved one ly discovers that the pool was used as a skinnydipping rendezvous by outside couples but how did they get into the pool area Employees insist that all five outside entrances are closed at night and only residents can enter with their electronic keys. Even so the entrance to the pool therapy room is locked with a real metal key which only four members of the staff have. Wilma Carter is a resident of Watered Silk who is in the early stages of Alzheimer s disease. She is disruptive in the pool therapy class and the punch needle class. However Betsy discovers that Wilma was a studio photographer who published a collection of her prints. The prints had almost invisible animals hidden in the scenes of lakes rivers fields and forests. Everyone seems to agree that Wilma is aware (at least sometimes) of her condition but she now spends her days enjoying the freedom she has left and causing havoc in the meantime. Wilma plays a key role in the resolution of the mystery when she requests a copy of Psyche Entering Cupid s Garden a complicated cross-stitch pattern. When Wilma dies Betsy is sure Wilma was murdered. The next big clue comes when the autopsy reveals that the dead girl Teddi was pregnant and not killed in the pool but in a bathtub with lavender bath salts. It s no secret that Teddi was seeing several men. The father is Tommy Shore who denied knowing Teddi. His aunt and uncle are certain Tommy did not murder the girl. They also ask Betsy to help solve the mystery and clear his name. Betsy discovers Terri had two other main boyfriends one of whom is married. Each has a good reason to kill her but did they Betsy can t decide until she comes up with an idea about how to force the killer to act. Ferris includes a great deal of information about different needlecrafts in her novels. She mentions many patterns readers might like to look up for their projects and even includes a dolphin pattern at the end of the book. She discusses the differences between a good needlecraft shop and the bigger more impersonal craft stores. The book won t set the mystery world on fire. Evanovich s Stephanie Plum is funnier. The mystery is rather simplistic it won t be in the running for a Pulitzer. There are too many leaps of faith asked of the reader. For example Betsy s boyfriend Connor is too perfect for words. It won t be made into a television series though who knows given the inanity of the television world What it will do is help you through a couple of long blue days when the entire world seems to conspire against you. The Drowning Spool will give you a breather until all s right with the world. It might even inspire you to pick up your needlework project once more. HLM turns out to be a monster in disguise. The Drowning Spool brings back memories of Agatha Christie s famous Miss Marple and Angela Lansbury in Murder She Wrote. It s simply a good mystery by a master craftswoman. Ferris peppers her A Needlecraft Mystery series with information about different needlecraft arts. Our protagonist Betsy Devonshire is the owner of Crewel World a needlework shop in Excelsior Minnesota. Betsy starts using the therapy pool at Watered Silk Senior Complex when her own pool is closed for repairs. As she is leaving she is invited to teach a class on punch needle to seniors at the center. She jumps at the chance to improve the bottom line of Crewel World. A few days after Betsy begins her thriceweekly aerobics classes Pam the aerobics instructor is startled to find a young woman dead in the pool. She calls 911 but knows from her training the young woman is dead. The police decide the death was an accident but no one knows how she got into the pool area at night since all the doors are locked and no access is permitted after hours. Betsy becomes involved in the mystery when a friend of hers who knows her tendency to solve mysteries asks her to help her nephew Ethan. He s a college senior who works part time at the senior center to help pay his tuition and books and he was the night guard on duty at Watered Silk when the girl died. Ethan swears he didn t let her into the facility but the police believe he did. As Betsy delves into the mystery she quick- 90 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 91 HERLIFE SCENE AND BE SEEN L 92 Challenge Failure 2015 odi s fifth annual Challenge Failure Race for Heart Failure Research 5K & 10K Walk Run took place on May 2. Event founder Robin Boriack started the event in honor of her late husband Marc Boriack. After five years the event has grown and has raised more than 157 000 for heart failure research. One hundred percent of the profits have been directly donated to NCIRE the Veterans Health Research Institute. Along with partners at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California San Francisco they provide care for veterans discover and develop effective safe and practical treatments for military injuries and diseases and deploy them worldwide train new researchers in veterans health and prepare new generations of providers to care for veterans in the years to come. For more information please visit ncire.org challengefailure. HLM ph o t o gr aphy by kris tina lewis p hot ogr ap hy HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 93 HERLIFE HOROSCOPE star journeys With summer beginning to come onto the horizon all signs are going to think more about their physical nature than any other facet of their lives. Most will adopt some healthier habits while others will change their lifestyles to better align themselves with their goals for their health and physical appearance. This is the month to listen to your body. HLM by m e l o dy b u ssey Gemini MAY 21-JUNE 20 This month is all about health and keeping a strong headwind about you. Make sure you do not overwork yourself but put just enough to keep forward momentum. Saturn will be leaving your house and Mars will take its stead. You will have mixed health and will have a rocky journey but the payoff will be good. Saturn in Cancer s house this promotes good health for you energy and vibrance will find you as will the determination to excel in work. Sagittarius NOV. 22-DEC. 21 Health should be your number one priority praise it in all that it does as it keeps you going. Your house of love is in full swing and you will find that romantic relationships will come easily to you this month. Cancer JUNE 21-JULY 23 Physical health is going to be very good this month as many of your ruling planets will be moving into your house. You will become more financially focused and this is not a bad thing. Financial health is a good worry and luckily for you Lady Luck will be with you. Control and focus clarity of mind and purpose make for a heady combination that spells success. Capricorn DEC. 22-JAN. 19 As Saturn moves through your ruling house of love your romantic and social standing will shift for the better. You will be inclined to take these paths and this month you should. Many monetary decisions are going to happen that will need your attention but do not worry. These will all play out well. Leo JULY 24-AUG. 22 Prepare for change as many planets move in and out of your house this month. Old lost opportunities become a viable option and should be explored. Your financial and love life will be affected this month. Good financial circumstances will find you but as for your love life let your partner have space and put some fun into the relationship as if it were a young kindling flame. Aquarius JAN. 20-FEB. 18 This month is all about change as almost half of the planets are in your quarter. Many old paths and leads will need to be examined and dealt with. Love is becoming stronger each passing day as is your financial life. Stay the course and happiness is bound to find you. Virgo AUG. 23-SEPT. 22 To keep your delicate health well and strong this month avoid power struggles with loved ones and others. Overwork and stress are going to be areas of concern. Love will be a struggle this month but don t let it defeat you. Weather the storm and you will be sailing on calm seas of love. Pisces FEB. 19-MAR. 20 Many obstacles will obstruct your path this month but is important to listen to your body when you need to take a break. Your health is at risk and job stress is a leading danger here. Work with what you can change and don t take on more than you can carry. Libra SEPT. 23-OCT. 22 Love and business opportunities will find you in spades this month. Now is the time to make a plan for your business and with help from Saturn in your House of Careers you will gain the confidence to see it through. This success will be a lasting endeavor so make it count. You want your love life to be solid. Aries MAR. 21-APR. 19 This month is all about inner self-actualization. You will become less and less caring about finances and this is a dangerous proposition so do not let them slip away. Romance is neither here or there due to the fact that you will be seeking spiritual happiness rather than material happiness. Taurus APR. 20-MAY 20 Big financial happenings are coming to you this month. Finances are less strained and there is no reason to be a penny pincher this month. Money has found you and you should take this time to enjoy it. Give in and indulge your generous nature. This is the time that you can afford to shower those you love with your attention time and money. Scorpio OCT. 23-NOV. 21 This month will open a lot of doors for you. Money will be flush this month but your love life will be strained. Avoid long and heated arguments with loved ones because even if you win the fight you ll lose the war. With 94 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 95 HERLIFE CALENDAR june The 2015 Lodi Farmers Market DATE Open Thursdays through September 3 TIME 5 00 - 8 30pm LOCATION Downtown Lodi School Street DETAILS Stroll down beautiful School Street in Downtown Lodi and have the opportunity to taste and purchase farm-fresh fruit vegetables baked goods crafts and food from hundreds of vendors. Enjoy a beer in the beer garden and taste local wine in this fun atmosphere of Downtown Lodi. For more information please visit lodichamber.com events farmers-market. Farm to Heart by St. Joseph s Foundation DATE June 13th TIME 6 30 - 11 00pm LOCATION Lincoln Farmhouse in Brookside March Lane and Deer Park Drive DETAILS Please join St. Joseph s Foundation under the stars for a farmto-table event benefiting St. Joseph s Heart Center. Farm to Heart will highlight San Joaquin County s local bounty featuring a hosted Farmer s Market cocktail hour a family style multi course dinner live music and auctions at the beautiful Lincoln Farmhouse in Brookside. Please visit www.StJosephsCares.org Foundation or call (209)467-6347 for more information. Theresa Caputo Live The Experience DATE June 4 TIME 7 30pm LOCATION Stockton Arena DETAILS Theresa Caputo psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show Long Island Medium will be appearing live at the Stockton Arena. Theresa will give interactive readings to audience members throughout the show and will also share personal stories about her life and her unique gifts. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com by calling 1-800-745-3000 or the Stockton Arena box office. Tickets start at 39.75 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading. Micke Grove Zoo Summer Camps DATE June 15 - 19 and June 22 - 26 TIME 9 00am - 12 00pm LOCATION Micke Grove Zoo 11793 N. Micke Grove Road Lodi DETAILS The Micke Grove Zoo is excited to announce that registration for its popular Summer Zoo Camp is open for 2015. Campers ages five to ten can sign up for week-long half-day sessions introducing them to the spectacular wonders of the natural world through up-close animal encounters hikes in Micke Grove Park and Zoo games crafts and other interactive activities. Turn up the heat on your child s love for nature animals and conservation at Micke Grove Zoo Summer Camp Please visit MGZOO.com for more information regarding summer camps and registration forms. Modesto Certified Farmers Market DATE June 4 TIME 7 00am - 1 00pm LOCATION On 16th Street between H and I Streets DETAILS The Modesto Certified Farmers Market is held every Thursday and Saturday. Fresh fruits vegetables nuts honey eggs poultry BBQ olive oil flowers soaps and sundries crafts kettle corn pastries cheeses live music demos and more For more information call (209)-605-8536 or visit modestocfm.com. San Joaquin AgFest DATE June 16 - 20 TIME Vary LOCATION San Joaquin County Fairgrounds DETAILS The San Joaquin AgFest Jr. Livestock Show and Auction replaces the San Joaquin County Fair which formerly hosted the FFA and 4-H Jr. Livestock Show and Auction. In 2013 the San Joaquin County Fair decided that they could not financially put on a fair so the parents leaders and advisors organized a non-profit organization and created AgFest. All San Joaquin County 4-H and FFA members with projects in the beef swine sheep goats dairy rabbits poultry turkeys and dog areas will compete at the show and auction. For more information and a list of daily events livestock shows please visit sanjoaquinagfest. org. Little Mermaid Jr DATE June 6 TIME 1 00pm and 7 00pm LOCATION The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts 715 Central Ave Tracy DETAILS Based on the Disney animated film this stage adaptation tells the story of mermaid Ariel who dreams of a world out of the sea. With music and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Alan Menkin this heart-warming musical performed by a youth cast includes songs Under the Sea and Part of Your World. Tickets are 18 for purchase please visit atthegrand.org or call the box office (209) 831-6TKT (6858). 96 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Cinderella the Ballet DATE June 20 TIME 2 00pm and 4 00pm LOCATION Hutchins Street Square Charlene Powers Lange Theatre Lodi DETAILS The classic fairy tale comes to life through dance and music. Don t miss this timeless fable performed by The Lodi Youth Ballet under the direction of Judy Pittman. For tickets and pricing information please visit hutchinsstreetsquare.com or loditickets.com. SAVE THE DATE 28th Annual American Cancer Society Moonlight Gala DATE August 1 TIME 5 00 - 10 00 pm LOCATION Oak Farm Vineyards Lodi DETAILS Volunteers for the American Cancer Society are putting together a unique and exciting evening at the beautiful Oak Farm Vineyards in Lodi. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner live and silent auctions and other wonderful surprises. Last year the event raised more than 100 000. Proceeds from this innovative evening will fund research patient services education prevention and early detection programs. For ticket and sponsorship information contact Katie Drebert at katie.drebert cancer.org or (209) 941-2679. All calendar event submissions must be received by May 25th for the July issue and adhere to our guidelines. E-mail kimberly herlifemagazine.com for guidelines or to submit entries. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 97 98 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 99