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HEALTH Secure swimming your best bet to splashing safely SILVER LININGS The basics of advanced health care directives BEAUTY Swimwear trends that flatter your figure HEATHER PANELLA HOME & GARDEN ISSUE 2016 LOVING FAMILY LOVING LIFE OF OAK FARM VINEYARDS HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 9 10 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 11 staff & contacts Publisher and Editor-In-Chief Kimberly Mullen kimberly herlifemagazine.com 209-224-8810 For advertising information please call 209-224-8810 Kelly Moore kelly herlifemagazine.com 209-200-1229 Marilyn Isaminger Janet Crouch janet herlifemagazine.com Elana Bell elana herlifemagazine.com bellyfull.net Ann E. Butenas Lisa Taranto Butler Patty Cook S.E. Filomeo Rebecca Flansburg Merritt Rethlake Dr. Nathan A. Kludt Carrie Rowlands Johnson Melissa Haines Lavin Laura Leiva Heather Marchetti Kimberly Mullen Linda R. Price John Sandbach Catie Watson and Kathy Wooton bellyfull.net S.E. 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It is available in selected specialty stores doctor and dental offices medical spas hair and nail salons tanning salons public libraries and numerous other high traffic locations. Please call for a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas articles and feedback. 12 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 13 HERLIFE FEATURES 34 18 Welcome Heather Panella of Oak Farm Vineyards Heather Panella s love of the earth was instilled in her during her earliest years and undergirds all she does as general manager of Oak Farm Vineyards. But migraines and an unexpected medical diagnosis threatened to derail her life just as its course was falling into place for her. 48 50 52 84 Spotlight From the publisher Doors Plus of Lodi 28 Community Spotlight Enhancing the quality of life at the end of life Garden Following the sunflower Trendsetter 30 Spotlight Inside the home of Mark & Melissa Massa Dameron Hospital 104 years of care and innovation Scene And Be Seen 32 Cosmetic Surgery Dr. Kludt Valley Garden Fair Luncheon & Fashion Show 42 Spotlight Classic Design Floor to Ceiling Effortless Home Improvement 88 In the Valley Calendar of events 14 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE DEPARTMENTS 22 Health Secure swimming your best bet to splashing safely 22 46 26 Silver Linings The basics of advanced health care directives 38 Real Estate Prepare your home for summer 44 Real Estate 101 Ready to list your home Put these tasks first 46 Home Welcoming your baby 58 Wine DIY wine storage creativity 62 Beauty Swimwear trends that flatter your figure 64 Green Living Organic food for your skin 68 Mother s Perspective Tips for teens to find summer jobs 70 Fine Things High-tech sports anyone 72 Travel Dino-mite Discovering dinosaurs with your kids 74 Finance Don t be a scam victim 76 Culinary Beginning the day just right 68 76 38 78 Recipes Homemade creamy poppyseed dressing Spinach salad with poppyseed dressing 80 Book Club All the Stars in the Heavens By Adriana Trigiana 86 Star Journeys June horoscopes 16 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE WELCOME Sun s out school s out photo by dee yates The summer sun is shining bright Jackson has finished the first grade and as the daylight lingers into the late evening Bryan and I struggle to keep a routine as our son argues about his bedtime. But Mom it s not even dark yet Summer is coming and with the change of the season changes to our family life are coming with it. My stepson Eryck arrived in late May for our annual summer visit. I love having him in the house hearing his voice and laughter feeding a teenage boy and watching him with Jackson and Kenzie warms my heart. Jackson loves his big brother and the time they spend together during the summer months is priceless. Over the years we have developed summer traditions trips to San Francisco and Santa Cruz waterslides 4th of July with my parents and my favorite cake from Rick s Dessert Diner in Midtown Sacramento. Another change for the Mullen-Smith family we are expecting another little girl who will arrive in October We are excited to share the news as we prepare for our family to grow by one more baby girl. One more baby and one more summer pregnant in the summer sun. June brings the first days of summer and our annual Home & Garden Issue here at HERLIFE Magazine. I am excited to share our cover editorial with Heather Panella of Oak Farm Vineyards and I extend a special thank you to Heather and Julie Nicole Photography for your time and talents. Cherish it K i m b e r l y Mu l l e n facebook.com Herlife of Central Valley instagram herlifemagazine twitter HERlifeCali 18 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 19 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 21 HERLIFE HEALTH ability not their age so look for swim instructors that are trained as swim instructors. Just because someone is a lifeguard doesn t mean they will be good at teaching someone else how to swim. For adults it s never too late to take swim lessons. Whether you never learned how to swim haven t been around the water for some time or just want to gain more confidence in the water swimming lessons can save your life or someone else s. Look for classes specifically for adults that are tailored to your current water skills. Ditch the distractions When it comes to children swimming safely there s no substitution for parental supervision. Practice CEO Constant Eyes On. That means no cell phone or taking your eyes from them to converse with a friend not even for a second. Drowning is quiet and quick. And never assume someone else is watching your child. You are the only person responsible for their safety. Moreover don t rely on equipment to keep your children above water. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that inflatable toys rafts noodles and water wings should never be used as lifesaving devices for children even if a lifeguard is on duty. Your home pool Having a home pool or spa in your backyard increases the likelihood of outdoor emergencies whether it s with your own family or someone else s. Most water deaths and injuries involve children ages one to two and occur in residential settings. Alarmingly most accidental drownings of young children occur in home pools most of those victims were reported being seen inside the The lessons When it comes to water the most beneficial thing you can do to keep you and your family safe is to take swim lessons. Look for classes that start water acclimation early as it is never too soon to get children used to the water. Make sure the instructors are in the water with the students with a small instructor-to-student ratio such as four to six kids to one teacher. Swim lessons should teach survival skills FIRST then strokes. All children should be able to float on their backs and call for help. Progression in your child s swim lessons should be based on their 22 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Sources redcross.org and poolsafely.gov. For more information contact the Training Support Center at 1-800-RED-CROSS. home less than five minutes before while in the care of at least one parent. It takes only inches of water for a small child to drown and although most drownings occur in the summer months water safety is something everyone should be concerned about all year long. By taking extra precautions around all bodies of water we can keep ourselves and everyone around us safe and enjoying the summer sun. HLM Secure swimming your best bet to splashing safely Summer and swimming swimming and summer the most popular activity in the warmer months is hitting the beach pool or lake. Kids of all ages are splashing diving belly busting and soaking up summertime for all it s worth. B ut with warmer weather come scary statistics and alarmingly many of us think we are much better swimmers than we actually are. In a 2014 survey conducted by the American Red Cross 80 percent of Americans said they could swim but only 56 percent of those swimmers can perform all five basic skills that could save their life in the water. These water competency skills are the ability to do the following 1. Step or jump into water over your head and return to surface 2. Float or tread water for one minute 3. Turn around in a full circle and find an exit 4. Swim 25 yards to the exit 5. Exit from the water. If you re in a pool you must be able to exit without using the ladder. The survey found that more than half of all Americans can t swim or can t complete these basic swimming skills. Approximately ten people die each day from drowning 20 percent of these deaths are children age 14 or younger. In addition for every child who dies from drowning another five receive emergency department care for l i sa t a r anto butler nonfatal submersion injuries. 24 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE SILVER LININGS spect to end-of-life care and you can also adjust this document as your own life changes whether through new information acquired or because of a change in your health. Decisions that might arise for which an advanced directive would be beneficial include CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) ventilator use tube feeding or intravenous fluids and comfort care. When doctors believe a cure is no longer possible and that you are dying decisions need to be made about the type of emergency treatments employed to keep you alive. An advanced care directive acts as a game plan of sorts predicated on your wishes. Before initiating an advanced health care directive it is advised you communicate with your health care professional about your current health conditions and how those might affect your health in the future. For example if you have high blood pressure what decisions would your family have to make should you sustain a stroke in the future When you are considering any medical treatment in an emergency situation it s important to bring your personal values into play as you prepare your directive. Would you rather live for as many days as possible or would you prefer to get the most of the days you have left If an illness leaves you in a permanent coma or on a ventilator is that how you want to live out the rest of your life If your heart stops you may want doctors to perform CPR or use a ventilator for a short time for breathing issues but what if CPR was required because you had a stroke that paralyzed by a n n e. butenas you or left you mentally impaired How would that change your wishes for treatment Obviously the decisions you make about your advanced health care directive will change over time. What you want at age 40 can change significantly by the time you are 70. A directive allows you to modify it over time as your situation changes. The two main parts of an advanced health care directive are the living will and the durable power of attorney for health care. The living will tells doctors how you want to be treated if you are dying or permanently unconscious and cannot make these decisions for yourself. In a living will you can specify what treatments you do and do not want. The basics of advanced health care directives When they re thinking about advanced health care directives people often associate this concept with old age. However a medical crisis can occur at any age and if you re too ill or too injured to make your own health care decisions wouldn t it offer you peace of mind to know that you had instructions for such matters fully in place H ealth care planning involves understanding the kinds of decisions that might need to be made if you are physically unable to do so considering those decisions ahead of time and letting others know of your decisions and wishes with respect to your health care. Such decisions and desires are often translated into a document called an advanced directive a legal document that goes into effect only if you are incapacitated and not able to speak for yourself whether as a result of illness or severe injury no matter what your age. This document lets others know the type of medical treatment you want under such conditions. Through this document you can express how you want to be treated with re- 26 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM A durable power of attorney is a legal document that names someone to make medical decisions for you. This person is referred to as a proxy and should be familiar with your wishes and values. When choosing a proxy consider individuals you know who share your values and views about life and medical decisions. This could be a family member friend or even your attorney. If you choose not to name a proxy it s important to have a very detailed living will. Make sure you obtain the consent of the proxy before naming that person to ensure that he she is comfortable with this responsibility. Once you are ready to put your documents into place you can either speak with an attorney to make them official or contact your local Area Agency on Aging and they can help you find the correct forms to use. Rules and regulations may vary from state to state with respect to how these documents are processed. What happens if you don t have an advanced health care directive In some cases the state in which you reside will assign someone to make medical decisions on your behalf. This could be your spouse parents or any adult children you might have. An advanced health care directive can only be used if you are in danger of dying and need specific emergency or special measures to sustain you at a time when you are unable to express your wishes. The document speaks for you at a time when you cannot. HLM Sources nia.nih.gov n4a.org and eldercare.gov. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 27 HERLIFE COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT QUALITY OF ENHANCING THE LIFE LIFE by h e a th e r m a rc h e tti END OF AT THE I n our great-grandparents time birth and death were commonplace occurrences in the family home and were accepted as natural events. and the natural process of dying was returned to the home. Hospice has experienced extraordinary growth since then and there are now more than 3 100 hospices serving approximately 700 000 terminally ill patients each year in every state of the union and the District of Columbia. Bringing death out into the open and making sickness and loss a time of sharing and remembrance is difficult. And while the hospice experience may not be for everyone those who choose hospice find the specialness of caring for a loved one and the richness of sharing memories of youth trials and joys a rewarding experience never to be forgotten. Dame Cicely Saunders founder of the first modern hospice in London in 1968 summed up the hospice philosophy best when she told her patients You matter to the last moment of your life and we will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully but to live until you die. The day may come when it seems nothing can be done for an ailing loved one. In terms of cure that may be true. In terms of care it is far from true. That may be the day to call on hospice. Most people do not want to die alone in sterile impersonal surroundings hooked up by tubes to machines and cut off from their families and everything that is familiar. Nor do they want to die in pain. They would prefer if possible to spend their last days at home alert and free from pain among the people and things they love. Hospice is dedicated to making that possible. With time and the advance of medicine birth and death were transplanted to a new and often strange and intimidating environment the modern hospital where family members were merely guests and control rested with unknown health professionals. While acknowledging the many benefits of modern medicine a group of healthcare workers clergy and other thoughtful people began wondering in the 1970s whether these advances by depriving the natural dying process of its family ties hadn t also robbed it of its dignity. Out of their concerns hospice care was born in the United States 28 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Hospice treats the whole person and the family not the disease. An interdisciplinary team consisting of physicians nurses certified home health aides medical social workers chaplains and specially trained volunteers work together to meet the medical emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family. Patients are encouraged to make their own decisions about how they want to live their lives to the fullest and to participate in their own care at a time when they feel vulnerable and afraid. Hospice is available to adults and children with any type of life-limiting condition including cancer cardiac respiratory renal and neurological diseases. Patients may be referred to hospice by anyone family concerned friend or health care professional. Optimal Hospice does not bill families for the services that they provide. The cost of hospice care is covered by Medicare Medi-Cal and most private insurance plans. Even patients without insurance can receive comprehensive hospice care through the financial support provided by Optimal Hospice Foundation which raises money to ensure that anyone who wants hospice can have it. Optimal Hospice recognizes the healthcare professionals and dedicated volunteers who make hospice care available regardless of race religion color national origin disability age sex or ability to pay. If you would like more information about Optimal Hospice Care services please contact us in Stockton (209) 670-8000 or at our Modesto location (209) 338-3000. Some patients get better and are discharged from hospice. Patients that show improvement in their condition can be discharged from hospice and return to aggressive treatment or go on about their daily lives. If a discharged patient should later need to return to hospice care they may do so at any time. DID YOU KNOW Hospice is not just for cancer patients. Hospice care is available to anyone diagnosed with an incurable progressive disease such as congestive heart failure chronic lung disease end stage Alzheimer s or other life-limiting illnesses. Hospice isn t just for the elderly. Hospice provides care for patients of all ages from newborn infants to seniors. Most hospices do not bill families for hospice services. If a patient is uninsured or exhausts hospice insurance benefits most hospices provide care regardless of the patient s ability to pay. Hospice is not just for the patient. Hospice care is designed to support all family members for the duration of the illness and offers bereavement support for at least 13 months after the patient s death. Hospice care is not limited to only six months of care. Even though the admission criteria for hospice requires a prognosis of six months or less patients may receive hospice care for more than six months if the patient s disease continues to progress. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 29 HERLIFE SPOTLIGHT DAMERON H O S P I TA L 104 Y EA RS OF CAR E AN D I N N OVAT I O N wr it t en by r eb ec c a flans b ur g p h o to gra p h s p rov i d e d by d a m e ro n h o sp i ta l a n d av i n ge r T he story of Dameron Hospital of Stockton has been one of communities medicine taking its commitment to top-quality medical care to the next level. Dameron Hospital has seen many advancements in medicine during its first century but the level of progress we ve made these past few years is unprecedented President and CEO Lorraine P Auerbach shared. The message we want . to share is that Dameron Hospital is going to be agile and focus on what we do best because we want to serve our community for another 100 years. We have a team of exceptional physicians nurses and staff that are all committed to our continued success in the near and far future. INNOVATIVE TREATMENT FOR PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE With an eye on offering technologies that patients need the hospital added the FDA-cleared minimally-invasive surgical Ocelot and Pantheris catheter system. Dameron is the first hospital in the Sacramento San Joaquin and Stanislaus county areas to offer this new treatment for patients facing peripheral artery disease or PAD. Peripheral artery disease is caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries that carry blood flow to the legs and feet and symptoms of PAD include painful cramping or susceptibility to infections excellence and compassion and one that is more than 100 years in the making. After passing the century mark in 2012 Dameron Hospital has been reinventing itself laying the groundwork for a new era of revitalization and some exciting new chapters that are beginning to unfold. FOCUS SERVING THE COMMUNITY As a fully accredited 200 bed non-profit community hospital Dameron is a trusted healthcare provider in the Central Valley region that is 30 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM or wounds in the legs or feet. In severe cases patients may face amputation of the limb which is the worst-case scenario associated with PAD. Under the guidance of Dr. Daren Primack a veteran cardiologist and medical director of Dameron Hospital s peripheral vascular program Dameron uses the Ocelot system to help restore blood flow in completely blocked arteries in patients legs. The Ocelot catheter allows physicians to see inside the artery during a procedure by incorporating an imaging fiber on the tip of the catheter that acts like a small camera. The Ocelot catheter now provides physicians with realtime high-definition video grade images of the inside of an artery during treatment. partially blocked or fully blocked we now have the means to help patients and get them on the road to recovery and better health. These two state-of-the-art medical technologies are just two more ways Dameron is enhancing their treatment capabilities with a goal of bringing better outcomes to patients. LIFE-SAVING NEW VISION In the past we have had to rely on X-ray images of blockages that revealed the artery and blockage in silhouette only Dr. Primack observed. The Ocelot helps us see what we are doing during an unblocking procedure because we are now working with a perspective from the inside of the artery. Using the Ocelot catheter system is like driving through a tunnel with your headlights on as opposed to trying to navigate that same tunnel with no headlights. As of March 2016 a new component to the PAD treatment process was added. The Pantheris catheter is a plaque-shaving device with an imaging camera attached so surgeons can shave only the blockage not the healthy artery. This minimally invasive procedure enables physicians to efficiently clear out the blockage and restore normal blood flow. There are two parts of this technology the Ocelot and the Pantheris Dr. Primack clarified. One part of this amazing new medical advancement helps us get through the blockage while the other helps us clean up the blockage less traumatically and with a lower chance of it recurring. So whether an artery is DRIVEN TO CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT Dameron Hospital remains uncompromising in its approach with a commitment to continually raising the standard of care in this community. Their focus also remains on bringing premier healthcare procedures to patients instead of having patients feel that they need to travel elsewhere to receive advanced medical services. We are strategically targeting our services for patients so that they don t feel like they have to leave the community to receive the specialized care they need Auerbach added. We know that being able to get a high level of care and excellent quality without having to be far from home is very reassuring for people. We also know how important it is for patients to have their family and support network around them as a part of their healing process. These are the reasons that are driving this hospital to continually explore better ways to reDameron Hospital is located at 525 West Acacia Street Stockton California. Visit dameronhospital.org to learn more. store health and improve lives. While change is never easy we re learning to embrace it because the residents of this community deserve to be treated with the very best that medicine has to offer and we intend to bring it to them. HLM There are two parts of this technology the Ocelot and the Pantheris Dr. Primack clarified. These two state-of-the-art medical technologies are just two more ways Dameron is enhancing their treatment capabilities with a goal of bringing better outcomes to patients. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 31 HERLIFE COSMETIC SURGERY Body Sculpting Q. I keep hearing more about the popularity of the Brazilian Butt Lift. I like the idea of having a smaller waist but I don t want a larger backside. Is that possible A.Your question reflects what I hear often from my patients the majority of whom want to narrow their waist and enhance their curves without necessarily enlarging their buttocks. In my experience it is the minority of patients who actually want the very large backside seen amongst some celebrity TV stars. Body image trends are constantly changing and there are extremes to every trend. The newest concepts in body sculpting involve the redistribution of fatty tissue by removing it from areas of excess and transposing it to deficient areas. For example we can take excess areas such as the muffin top and the lateral thigh and place that fat into the under-projected buttocks areas. This creates the idealized hourglass shape of the lower back while framing the buttocks from hipbone to the upper lateral thigh and provides volume enhancement to the buttock region which also provides a lifting effect. The results can be quite impressive with limited down time. What is judged to be attractive in women s body contours changes just like fashion trends in clothing and makeup. The buttock area has reached new levels of interest thanks to the influx of the Latin culture from South America and pop culture s fixation on the shapely Kardashians. Surgeons on the cutting edge of buttock enhancement choose to use fat grafting instead of buttock implants to avoid some very difficult complications. The procedure is commonly known as a Brazilian Butt Lift or 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 the more impressive benefit includes reshaping of the waist hips and thighs for more pronounced curves. Gluteal enhancement is not just about making the buttock bigger but rather about accentuating enhancing and adding contour to this area. The goal in reshaping the buttock is redistributing the fat from an area in which its presence is unattractive to a location in which it creates a more desirable curvaceous buttock. Brazilian Butt Lifts produce natural-looking results because the buttocks are enhanced with your own fat. Of course you need to find a plastic surgeon with experience in large volume fat grafting. Careful techniques of fat harvesting fat isolation and reinjection are required to maximize the fat grafting take. The fat is collected via liposuction of the hips abdomen or any other problem areas within the body which provides enhanced contour of those areas as well. Once the fat has been collected it s separated and processed before being injected into the buttocks. After being injected approximately 70 percent of the fat will survive and provide enhancement of the backside. 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 the BBL has become so popular. Dr. Nathan A. Kludt Board Certified Plastic Surgeon UC Davis Trained Q. I see many advertisements for procedures or lasers that melt away your fat tighten your skin and enhance your figure. Do these actually work A. As a general rule of thumb minimally invasive procedures provide minimal results. There are numerous different treatments that claim to melt away fat and tighten skin usually by applying some form of heat laser or freezing to the tissues. At best some of these treatment can provide minimal improvement and often require multiple treatments over a period of time. In the end the cost of these treatments can often end up being more than the cost of a surgery that would actually be able to provide a predictable long-lasting result. The numerous available treatments perceived lower costs and the lessinvasive nature of these procedures are often very appealing to many prospective patients. I would urge anyone who is considering a minimally invasive procedure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to review all options available and what results can be expected. Many of these minimally invasive procedures are performed by a variety of providers and not all of them have the same expertise or rigorous training. It may not be surgery but whenever you are considering having something done to your body there is still a lot at stake. Before you undergo any procedure do your homework and make sure you re putting yourself in the hands of only the most qualified and highly trained expert available. HLM 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. 32 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE INSPIRATIONS HEATHER PANELLA I m surrounded by good written by rebecca flansburg photographs by julie nicole photography hair by breanna deemer of texture salon of lodi makeup by katie c wardrobe by kelli gai of stella boutique WHETHER SHE S DESIGNING A HOME LANDSCAPE OR NURTURING THE ALMOND CROP ON HER FAMILY S RANCH Central Valley resident Heather Panella has a love of the land foremost in her life. A former landscape design professional this savvy businesswoman currently spends her busy days cultivating and guiding the operations at the Oak Farm Vineyards in Lodi. Heather s special connection to the earth began during her childhood. Being outside and working with plants and soil has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember she noted. My family including my mom and grandparents possessed a love of working in the yard and tending to gardens. During my school years I was also part of agriculture-based organizations like FFA during the summer months I would do yard work for people to earn money. This fondness of the outdoors and working with the ground stayed with me into adulthood. A desire to find a career that enabled her to continue her passion inspired Heather to enroll at Modesto Junior College and work toward an associate of science degree in ornamental horticulture. As part of her studies she was required to take a landscape design course from that moment on she was hooked. I loved having the opportunity to create beautiful landscapes with the free flow of plants and trees. I achieved my degree in ornamental horticulture but I majored in landscape architecture. I really felt that I had found my true calling Soon after graduation she began working for Green Thumb Landscape owners Dave and Pam Kisst. There she immersed herself in the world of landscape design for custom homes under the tutelage of the Kissts. Yearning to know more and wanting to become more familiar with the design industry Heather made the switch to working for Polhemus Enterprises and owner Ron Polhemus. There she was introduced to the commercial landscape design world which allowed her to work on landscape designs for subdivisions parks and sports complexes. After a seven-year stint with Polhemus Enterprises she made the decision go out on her own and Terrain Designs was born. After being in landscape design for years and working for other people I used the funds from a side job and took a leap of faith in 2009 Heather revealed. I used that money to buy my own computer a CADD program and a used plotter so I could start my own landscape design business that I called Terrain Designs. Dave and Ron had been excellent mentors and I felt that I had a lot to offer my 34 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM WHEN I LOOK BACK ON MY LIFE I am so blessed to have so many mentors in my life. No matter what stage of life I was in there was always someone kind and wise who guided me along the way. From my parents and grandparents who instilled a love of the earth that helped to guide my career path to the doctors who shepherded me back to well during my health crisis there have always been advocates in my life who have helped me. Dan and I both agree that we are very blessed with good family good health and good fortune. No matter what challenges life may throw my way I always remember that I am truly surrounded by good. -- Heather Panella HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 35 future clients. Unfortunately when I started this business it was during the armpit of the recession so I spent my first three years in business traveling to the Bay Area to find work. I successfully ran Terrain Designs for close to seven years and the company grew every year. It was hard work but it was work that I loved. Unexpectedly something very special happened. In 2013 Heather had the opportunity to create landscape plans for Oak Farm Vineyards of Lodi. She instantly fell in love with the property and all of its grand old oak trees. It was a turning point in her life in several ways. Once I had finished helping the family with their landscape designs I spent the next three years helping the winery by doing various jobs and working wherever they needed help in my spare time she recalled. It was at that time that I met Dan Panella the man I would marry in 2015. Now Dan and I along with the Panella family run the winery and that has become my primary focus in my career. The love of landscape design will always be with me but right now my passions and energies are directed toward being general manager of this amazing winery called Oak Farm Vineyards. Life at Oak Farm keeps Heather busy along with being a wife and mom to nine-year-old Lily seven-year-old Nolan seven-year-old Jake and five-year-old Ella. This blended family cherishes their time together while being a part of the growth and success of their family business. But just as her new life and career path were beginning to unfold Heather revealed that life threw her a curve ball in the form of a serious health situation. About six months after my son Nolan was born in 2009 I started getting debilitating migraines she recalled. They only hit me about two or three times a year but they were excruciating and I would even find myself at the point of losing my balance. Apparently I had been born with a condition called a venous angioma malformation in my brain but I didn t realize it until these migraines started appearing and doctors did 36 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Loving family loving life Heather Panella s love of the earth was instilled in her during her earliest years and undergirds all she does as general manager of Oak Farm Vineyards. But migraines and an unexpected medical diagnosis threatened to derail her life just as its course was falling into place for her. a CT scan. Venous angiomas are a radial arrangement of veins usually draining into one slightly enlarged main or central vein. It s like varicose vein in your brain. Some people with these malformations may experience seizures bleeding in the brain hemorrhage or other neurological symptoms but the doctors in Sacramento didn t feel that the venous angioma was causing my pain. I was repeatedly told that I was simply having a bad migraine attack. It was incredibly frustrating. After years of seeking treatment for her migraines with no improvement Heather decided it was time to seek a second opinion. As fate would have it the evening of that decision she had yet another debilitating migraine attack and decided to head to the emergency room. It was at the ER a different ER than she had used in the past a physician alerted her to the fact that a larger medical issue was looming. He told me that he didn t think I was having migraines but that I was actually experiencing something more serious Heather remembered. It was this ER doctor who told me that I needed to get to UCSF s neurosurgery department that specialized in malformations. The next day Heather sought a referral from her primary care doctor and three days later she was in the care of the expert medical team at UCSF Department of Neurosurgery. She underwent yet another battery of tests and the results left her in shock and anger. After all these years of treatment what I didn t know was that the venous angioma had formed something called a cavernous malformation she revealed. Cavernous malformations are rare but the doctors informed me that the malformation was causing my pain. Everytime I experienced a migraine it was a brain bleed from the cavernous malformation. The fact that I listened to my gut instinct and sought out a second opinion and also a new ER to visit basically saved me from having a stroke or a brain hemorrhage. The team of doctors at UCSF undoubtedly saved my life and to this day I am a huge advocate of getting second opinions when it comes to medical issues. The brain surgery that followed was successful although it took a few weeks for Heather s peripheral vision and balance to return. To this day the venous angioma is still intact inside her brain and part of the cavernous malformation is as well. But since her neurosurgical procedure in late 2013 Heather is happy to report that she will be migraine free for three years on August 2 2016. When I look back on my life I am so blessed to have so many mentors in my life Heather concluded. No matter what stage of life I was in there was always someone kind and wise who guided me along the way. From my mother and grandparents who instilled a love of the earth that helped to guide my career path to the doctors who shepherded me back to well during my health crisis there have always been advocates in my life who have helped me. Dan and I both agree that we are very blessed with good family good health and good fortune. No matter what challenges life may throw my way I always remember that I am truly surrounded by good. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 37 HERLIFE REAL ESTATE plants can also help filter the air. Consider placing English ivy or a Spider plant (great for filtration) near a window in your home. In the kitchen have a list of cocktail ingredients or grill recipes on hand. Find either a fun way to display them or just have them close by so you re always ready to create something tasty when guests stop by or just for yourself. It ll save tons of time having a few go-to concoctions instead of resorting to Pinterest or Mom s recipe book when you re in a quick bind. A stocked fridge and fresh produce are always great and even better in the summer. If you re feeling extra motivated this summer you could start your own vegetable garden if you re a first-time grower keep carrots green beans lettuce cucumbers spinach and tomatoes in mind they re some of the simplest to grow. Tending a vegetable garden is a great family activity and will also help you save some extra money over the summer Prepare your home for summer We re ready to welcome summer with sun-kissed open arms and what better place to start than in the home The season begs for your house to open itself up to warm fresh weather entertaining quick fixes and more. that you can use toward other summer-friendly activities such as an excursion to your favorite day trip destination. Give your bedroom and guest rooms a welcoming refresh. Strip off the flannel and extra bed blankets and keep them tucked in a nearby closet. White or neutral sheets and bedding always makes a space feel guest-ready and luxurious. Pop these sheets in the dryer with a fabric softener (or air dry for an even fresher feel) to create a fluffy oasis. You can also opt for lightweight materials (think linen) in warmer months. You won t need the additional heat Accentuate a breezy bedroom with throw pillows think pops of color or textures and patterns that might feel out of place during winter months. Also don t forget about the bedroom closet. This is the perfect time to not only substitute summer clothes for winter ones but to also do a check-in to see what you actually wore over the past few months. It s a simple two-for-one organizational project. Living rooms are another great place to add extra color whether with accent pillows fun small accents or table lamps with personality. Just a few quick refreshes can make an entire room feel different. Often a gathering space for a party or hangout living rooms may get a bit warm so by me r r itt rethlake W e can get so wrapped up in where to start prepping we don t know what should be at the top of the list for this sweet season. Here are a few tips we ve organized by room to help you break free from your winter routine. Open up the windows and let the fresh air in Depending on where you live the evening and night air can still be chilly so opt for a fresh air stream instead of running to the thermostat right away for air conditioning. It s a good idea to check screens beforehand replace or repair any damaged screens so you re set to let summer indoors. Screens are susceptible to damage in harsher climates so give them an extra check if you ve been through a tough or wet winter. Take a power washer to your windows to get the extra winter grit out. And an extra tip if you re letting fresh air flow through your home house- 38 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM make sure you ve dusted off your ceiling fan. Set fan blades to revolve counterclockwise this forces the hotter air near the ceiling to mix with cooler lower air leveling out the room temperature. Another way to infuse a cooler mix into what once was warm is by adding modern accents to your fireplace. If you have a traditional wood fireplace it s easy to substitute out the old logs or ashes with fresh greenery decorative taper candles or your favorite potted flowers. Though it may be a daunting task nothing feels more summer ready than a de-cluttered garage. Creating overhead storage plus labeling and tossing away anything you don t use anymore will help make way for an organized space. Group like things together and try your best to put each item back where you found it. Don t ruin a perfectly good summer day trying to find all the items to make it happen. The beauty of summertime is that it adds another room to your home. Whether you enjoy the outdoors from a balcony patio backyard or deck you can find great solutions for dining and entertaining al fresco. Plastic or weather-friendly plates glassware and utensils are perfect for casual entertaining but you can make outdoor dining even more special with real dinnerware and decorating with candles and string lighting. Creating a serene outdoor setting will help make way for summer memories. HLM Sources hgtv.com myhomeideas.com and pinterest.com. 40 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 41 HERLIFE SPOTLIGHT Classic Floor to Ceiling Exemplifies Effortless Home Improvement wri t t e n by rebecca flansb ur g p hot ogr ap hs by julie ni c o l e p h o to gra p hy Design For some people updating their home with creative looks and styles is a process that comes naturally. But for many others professional assistance and guidance when remodeling whether it s for a kitchen bathroom flooring window coverings or any other project are truly appreciated and needed. Remodel Effortlessly Those who fit the latter description can achieve the dazzling remodeling or new construction results they desire by trusting the knowledgeable experts at Classic Design Floor to Ceiling of Lodi. Known as the Central Valley s premier destination for Effortless Home Improvement the Classic Design location is 6 000 square feet of innovation in home improvement paradise. The store boasts a beautiful interior design showroom filled with interior finish products such as cabinets countertops ceramic tile hardware all types of flooring plumbing fixtures lighting window coverings wallpaper and even a selection of Made in the USA products. The vast offering of products is complemented by their professional design project management and installation services. Owner Tiffany Gomes and her staff of 15 also work hard to stay on top of trends in design and home improvement in order to be able to suggest and 42 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM supply new and stylish options to those who walk through their doors. feels great on your feet it works to maintain the carpet s appearance even after 60 000 steps. Tiffany shared that another new flooring advancement that is rapidly rising in popularity is Luxury Vinyl Tile. LVT offers customers unique patterns in vinyl flooring that adds depth and realism while also providing excellent durability. This new vinyl flooring has a high-performance wear layer and offers the option of a less permanent floor than wood or ceramic tile. Not only does this LVT look amazing it decreases the hollow sound that homeowners notice with regular laminate flooring she noted. LVT is also incredibly resilient water resistant and some of it can be cut with a box cutter as opposed to needing a saw. You have to see and feel these luxury vinyl floors to appreciate the difference and we have a large selection of this product on display in our showroom. But our gorgeous showroom is just the beginning of what we offer. We re more than just a pretty place. Newest Technologies for the Home There are so many new technologies available these days especially with carpet and flooring Tiffany noted. There have been so many amazing advances in durability and stain-resistance in flooring and carpet along with stylish new designs and colors. One popular new option is a carpet called SmartStrand Silk Forever Clean by Mohawk. There is a video on our website that shows this carpet being trampled on at a Tough Mudder competition in Las Vegas. Even after being run on by more than 10 000 muddy competitors the carpet still came clean and was easily restored to its original beauty. This style of carpet is also incredibly soft to the touch. To achieve its luxurious feel SmartStrand Silk packs 700 silk-like fibers into just one strand of yarn. This not only Focus on Buying Locally Classic Design s dedication to excellence in all areas is evident in the numerous awards and recognitions they have garnered. Tiffany revealed that her business has won more than 50 Best of Awards and most recently received the prestigious Business of the Year Award from the Lodi Chamber of Commerce. I was also awarded the Small Business Advocate of the Year award in 2015 by the California Chamber of Commerce she added. This award means a lot to me it is acknowledgement of the work that I do in giving back to the Lodi community by spreading the word on the importance of buying local. It s so important for any community to support their small and independently owned business. These businesses are the lifeblood of our city. As part of her Buy Local initiative Tiffany is active in the 3 50 Project a non-profit organization that encourages people to keep their dollars local. She also supports a new app called Save Local Now (SLN) that helps residents save money and access deals from their favorite local businesses. But at the end of the day it s her de- sire to provide only the best results and the best customer service that sets her company apart from the competition. Laser Focus on Service This business ten-year anniversary will be coming up in November Tiffany observed. Since day one this company has never wavered in our focus to provide operational excellence along with superior product knowledge and design skills via some of the most talented craftsmen in the field. All of that combined with our determination to give our customers the best shopping experience possible will ensure that Classic Design Floor to Ceiling will continue to garner awards while supporting our local economy for many years to come. HLM To learn more about Classic Design Floor to Ceiling visit them at classicdesignftc.com the Save Local Now app can be downloaded on iTunes. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 43 D Tiffany Gomes Owner of Classic Design Floor to Ceiling HERLIFE REAL ESTATE 101 vary on average from 11 000 to 50 000 depending on what you decide to do. Some of the more current updates that you can expect to see are granite or quartz countertops convectionstyle microwave ovens warming drawers touch drawers and painted cabinets. The room should be light and airy with an open feeling that will spread warmth to all who enter. Sometimes it s the kitchen alone that sells the home. Sitting right next to your kitchen is your family room which may need a makeover as well. Design it to your personal taste and comfort always. Include recessed lighting a new flat screen 70-inch TV built-in speakers with surround sound and four-inch baseboard. Splash on a little color on the walls and there you go. Remodeling your family room can return up to 77 to 91 percent of the initial cost. Considering a bathroom remodel The bathroom is the place where you get ready to take on Ready to list your home Put these tasks first by k at hy wooton the world every day. This may be the part of your home that needs a little love. There are many ways to renovate your old-style bathroom into a spa getaway. Choose fixtures that will reflect your style and your dreams by changing fixtures out or adding LED lighting. Paint tired cabinets to give them a new fresh look. Retile your shower or add a jetted tub. The average master bathroom remodel will cost anywhere from 10 500 to 20 000. Are you thinking of remodeling only the guest bathroom Expect to spend anywhere from 7 000 to 9 000. With many sites available to cruise through on the Internet you may decide to do this all by yourself and save some money as well. Pinterest is a fantastic start to get ideas for your renovation. Or you may want to try the new free app provided by Homestyler Interior Design to test what color paint you would like on your walls. With Homestyler you simply take a picture of the room you want to paint pick the color you like and voil you can visualize what your room looks like. Magic Plan will help you create indoor maps based on your photos. Lastly my favorite app is iHandy Carpenter. Can t find your tools They re all in this little app a plumb bob surface level bubble level bar protractor and a ruler. It can t get any better than that. S ummer has arrived and you may be contemplating listing your home. A first priority is how to increase the resale value of your residence. As you look around your home choosing the areas that will increase your listing potential by bringing in more potential buyers may be a difficult decision. Not everything that you want to do will increase the value potential. So where do you begin Statistics show that the top five interior renovations are in this order kitchen guest or other bathroom living family room master bedroom and guest other bedroom. The kitchen is the heart of every home. This was especially true in my home where I grew up with a large Italian family conversations about school work and our daily lives just flowed through. With every home I visit in my real estate business we always start in the kitchen. A kitchen remodel will not only improve your home s functionality it may be a key selling point if you choose to sell. The costs can 44 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Improving energy efficiency is another way to improve your home and bring value to your sale. When was the last time you checked the insulation in your home It might be time to add a bit more insulation in the attic. You ll be surprised how much you will save on energy costs. Or think about adding an attic fan these are still very popular and save on those blistering hot Central Valley days we have coming soon. What about more light in a dark area Try adding a skylight tube to those dark areas of your home. You will never need to turn on a light again. Having old appliances can be a drain on electricity as well check the rating by ENERGY STAR . The new LED lighting can also help with adding bright lights to your home as well as saving pennies on the dollar. Some cities will give you a rebate for all these improvements through the Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade program. Check your local city s rebate program it s worth the effort and time. Renovating your home before you list it will improve the style and function of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers. If you re thinking about selling your home and have questions call your local Realtor. We are there to help you get the most from your biggest investment the home you live in. Home projects have always been fun and adventurous for me to do in my own home. Have some fun with it You will not only improve the value of your home but enjoy the creativity and changes it will bring to your everyday life. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 45 HERLIFE HOME newborn to sleep. A bassinet or cradle which is smaller and more portable than a crib is a good choice if you want your baby to sleep near your bed in the first few days or weeks. Another advantage of a bassinet or cradle especially for mothers recovering from childbirth is that it s easier to get to your baby because the sides are lower than a crib s. Many parents also feel that a small bassinet or cradle is cozier for a newborn baby. Bassinets and cradles aren t stable enough for babies who are old enough to turn over or sit up so you ll need to switch to a crib after a few weeks. This is why some parents begin with a crib in the first place. A crib can be used for several years until your baby is a toddler and ready for a regular bed so it s worth investing in a sturdy model that meets all the current governmental safety standards. Getting a secondhand crib from a friend or relative is a great way to pass along an heirloom but make sure it is no older than ten years to ensure that it meets current safety standards and is in good repair. For the most current safety guidelines for cribs visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission s Crib Information Center. Changing table A changing table is a nursery necessity for some parents while others get along fine without it. Consider that you ll be changing hundreds of diapers for your baby and hundreds more if you have additional children. A changing table can make the job a bit easier and save some of the by c a t i e w ats on stress on your back. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that changing tables have a guardrail at least two inches tall on all four sides of the changing surface. The table should have sturdy legs and not feel unstable when wiggled. The best changing tables have shelves or baskets for storage so you can centralize all your changing supplies along with some clean outfits. Nursery storage You ll find that your tiny baby requires several Bassinet cradle or crib The most important piece of furniture for the nursery is a bed. The type of bed you choose should be based on where you want your 46 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM changes of clothing per day and that means you need lots of storage space for clothing. You also may need to store clothes in larger sizes that your baby won t be wearing for many months. The key Welcoming your baby Setting up your baby s nursery can be an exciting part of the parenting experience and there are plenty of fun and beautiful options for creating the perfect space for your baby. Just remember that what you and your baby need is a comfortable uncluttered room where everything you need is quickly accessible. T he list of basic furnishings for a nursery isn t extensive. Your baby needs somewhere to sleep you need somewhere to store your baby s clothes toys and accessories and you need a place to change your baby. It sounds simple enough but there are a myriad of choices to consider as well as safety guidelines. A baby is defenseless so the nursery must be one of the safest rooms in the house. Here are a few tips to help you get started. to nursery storage is to sort and label size or season and to store everything so you can find it when you need it. The average bedroom closet or dresser is not well suited for storing baby clothes and accessories. Fortunately there are all kinds of boxes baskets and organizers available to help create the perfect nursery storage system. Look for ideas at ContainerStore.com HGTV.com Houzz.com and Pinterest. Babies are really good at generating laundry so make room in your nursery for a laundry hamper or basket. Place it near the changing table along with some type of diaper disposal system. If you have room you may want to include a rocker overstuffed chair or daybed to add a touch of luxe and elegance. This will give you a comfortable place for feeding your baby cuddling and reading bedtime stories. Making it personal Once you ve covered the nursery basics you can add some creativity to make the space personal and special for your family. Give nursery furniture a unique touch with a new coat of paint. Hang framed photos and colorful art on the walls to give your baby something to look at or paint a custom mural on the wall. Use enlarged photos of family or your travels or pages taken from classic picture books. Babies don t need many toys (those will come later) but you can hang a colorful mobile over the crib to entertain your baby. HLM Sources aap.org cpsc.gov pregnancy.org parenting.com babble.com and HGTV.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 47 HERLIFE SPOTLIGHT DOORS PLUS OF LODI wr it t en by re b e c c a f l a n sb u rg p h o to gra p h s by d e e ya te s THE PLUS IN O pening and closing the doors in our homes is something we all do so frequently that we take the act for granted. are details that can be used to reflect the homeowner s taste and style while simultaneously defining the look and feel of the home. But doors are in fact the gateway into the home and the first thing visitors see when entering an abode or a business. Yet doors are just one component in the vast array of home improvement options that can make a house feel more like a home. TACTILE AND VISUAL CHOICES We represent more than 40 manufacturers within this business including Simpson Thermal-Tru and Emtek shared Doors Plus team member Jason Meyers. The customers who come to us for new construction home design or home improvement assistance will find a vast selection of what they need to finish their project. Our showroom is filled with samples of doors windows hinges doorknobs and other important building and design items that shoppers can see and touch. We also have a digital portfolio on a TV that showcases all of our completed projects and designs to help those who need a visual example or a little extra help with inspiration. If a customer needs a little assistance before and after they buy we offer home visit consultations and installation options. All of these services and products are available to our commercial clients as well. LONGEVITY AND DEPTH Doors Plus is a local and family-owned business that has supplied commercial and residential doors windows hardware and more to the Central Valley region for over 30 years. Even though the business name may imply that their main focus is doors in reality doors are a small part of a very large offering. Those who visit this growing business on North Main Street will quickly discover the many pluses of Doors Plus. These differentiating pluses include a wide variety of design options from quality crown molding accessories false beams and columns to windows hardware and of course doors. All Our staff works very hard to stay on top of the latest trends in design and building essentials. We are always on the lookout for new and innovative products that can improve the offerings we already have while also providing the interesting new choices that homeowners contractors or designers are looking for. 48 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM MAKING SELECTION EASY Doors Plus additionally offers an extensive selection of patio interior and custom entry doors that come in numerous styles and materials including a variety of wood species metal glass and ornamental iron. The look of the selected doors can then be easily coordinated with new windows by matching features such as arches grid patterns and custom jambs. The same applies for the wide variety of finishes available with the hardware needed for these new purchases. But for those shoppers who aren t quite sure what they need or like the Doors Plus staff is always on hand to help customers in making the choices that are right for their creative flair and budget. Doors Plus owner Nick Meyers has more than 40 years of experience in the construction and home improvement industry and many other team members have years of experience in double digits as well. Our customers are really from A to Z Jason confirmed. Our customers include everyone from architects and designers to contractors and homeowners. First-time homebuyers also make up a segment of our customer base and we enjoy helping those new homeowners customize their homes. Our staff works very hard to stay on top of the latest trends in design and building essentials. We are always on the lookout for new and innovative products that can improve the offerings we already have while also providing the interesting new choices that homeowners contractors or designers are looking for. PLUS OPTIONS Windows allow homeowners to enhance the look and feel of their home and are an excellent way to increase a home s energy efficiency since old windows can be one of the biggest sources of air leaks and energy loss. Doors Plus offers high-quality windows from companies such as Anderson Marvin and Jeld-Wen while providing affordable vinyl replacement windows as well. No matter what shape style or price point shoppers are looking for they will always be able to rely on guidance from Doors Plus staff to help them make educated and savvy choices. Whether you are a contractor or a DIY-er we can help Jason noted. Our number one goal is that our customer leaves satisfied and informed thanks to the guidance and knowledge of our staff. We know we can provide a level of customer care and expertise rarely found at today s big box stores. This business prides itself on being a reputable company with a commitment to getting the job done but doing so in a way that earns our customer s trust. Whether you are fixing up your house or building your dream home Doors Plus is the one-stop shop for your home improvement needs. Customer satisfaction means everything to us and no project is too big or too small for us to be able to help. HLM To learn more about how Doors Plus of Lodi can help with your commercial or residential needs visit them on the web at doorspluslodi.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 49 HERLIFE GARDEN ments may be triggered in anticipation of dawn. It has been noted that immature flower buds will indeed track the sun from east to west and in the morning will again be facing the sunrise. But what about those big open blooms whose faces always seem to be transfixed on the eastern horizon waiting patiently as if the sun had not already reached its zenith and beyond Age and maturity play a part here since as the bud matures and blooms the once-supple stem thickens and stiffens becoming unyielding and fixed to the east. So it stands to reason that if Apollo had just been patient with the besotted young sea nymph she would have eventually lost interest as she aged. From a respective distance a sunflower bloom may look like one big flower but upon closer inspection one might be amazed to find that the head of Helianthus annuus of the Asteraceae family is made of many tiny flowers. The large showy petals or ray flowers which fringe the face are actually sterile while only the inside florets can become seeds. Each floret or disk flower has five tiny petals fused together plus five stamens fused around a pistil with antennaelike stigmas. In other words each disk flower is a complete flower in its own. Approach the head or disk more closely and you will find the pappus a highly modified calyx that is in essence a funnel of sepals. Each tiny floret on the head of a plant in the Asteraceae family has a pappus to aid in seed distribution. No doubt you have seen the little parachute-like apparatuses on the dandelion as they are dispersed by the slightest breeze over your lawn and garden. For the urban or backyard gardener desiring to become better acquainted with these regal beings there are only a few important things to know before adding sunflowers to the landscape or garden. Naturally the space any plant needs is relative to the size of that particular variety. If you want big sunflowers such as the Mammoths or California Greystripe you will need plenty of room for them to spread their large branches and leaves as well as foot room for the larger root system needed to support those massive bodies and heads. To keep your blooms happy they will need at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day. Like most short-lived annuals which need and use a lot of energy in order to produce in one season Following the Sunflower Tidbits from an educator writer gardener and chefette-- promoting less waste more taste. W hat do you think of when you see a sunflower Most people admit to feelings of happiness joy and hope all the emotions that are said to have inspired the famous Sunflowers paintings by Van Gogh. At the time of the paintings the artist was filled with wonder at the bright colors of the landscape and these feelings made their way into his painting. Some say the sunflower is a symbol of loyalty since day after day it follows the sun. In Greek mythology a water nymph was so in love wri t t e n by s .e. filomeo with Apollo that she would watch him hopefully as he moved across the sky. However the sun god became so annoyed by her constancy that he turned her into a sunflower. Helen Keller said Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It s what the sunflowers do. But do these vibrant majestic beauties actually follow the sun as lore and common assumption suggest One can only believe this to be true when admiring a field of black-eyed Susans or a neat row of giant Mammoth sunflowers all facing the same direction. Some scientists will tell you that although it would appear true it is a common misconception that the flower heads of the cultivated sunflower Helianthus annuus actually track the sun. Yet science does admit there is some truth to this notion after all. The concept of heliotropism refers to the plant s response to the daily cycle of the sun. This is not to be confused with phototropism which is a plant s growth response to light in general. It is believed that an innate circadian clock may contribute to the activation of tracking movements. These movements may continue if the light cycle is interrupted such as during the night or on cloudy days or the tracking move- 50 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM sunflowers have voracious appetites and will need deep pre-soil prep with composted manure or other organic matter followed by regular additions of a balanced organic fertilizer. For vigorous growth and to avoid slow or spotty germination the seeds should be sown directly into the soil after danger of frost or when the soil temp reaches at least 55 to 60 degrees F. Your plants should be watered regularly as sunflowers do not respond well to undue stress. Protect them from inclement weather and winds by staking or tying. Be attentive to their simple needs and they will reward you with an array of gorgeous blooms and a harvest of healthy tasty seeds. Some 20 years ago sunflowers found themselves trending as gardeners once again became enamored of their royal beauty and sunny disposition. It appeared for most gardeners that despite limited space plant size was not an issue. The golds yellows and pastels were popular but the doubles and pom poms were frowned upon. There seemed to be something about sunflowers just looking like sunflowers as gardeners sought not only their cheerful colors but the appeal of those sunny stoic faces. We are not unlike the great Van Gogh and other artists who have found solace and joy in nature but instead of displaying our feelings on canvas we adorn our gardens. And whether or not those golden sunflowers are actually equipped with solar tracking we ourselves instinctively know that if we keep our faces to the sunshine we will never see the shadows. HLM For daily garden goodness join me on Facebook Pinterest Instagram Tumblr and Twitter. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 51 HERLIFE TRENDSETTER Mark & Melissa 52 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM INSIDE THE HOME OF MASSA HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM p h o to gra p h s by de e ya t e s 53 54 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 55 56 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 57 HERLIFE WINE Sidelined Wines that contain cork enclosures benefit from lying on their sides but why Oxygen is both good and bad for wine. Placing the bottles on their sides keeps the cork moist and does not let oxygen in since it can adversely affect the taste and body of wine. Too much oxygen can degrade the wine too quickly making it oxidized and undrinkable. Storage for aging Not all wines are produced to age over long periods of time. Some blends are meant to be consumed and enjoyed inside of 18 months from purchase. Other wines perhaps of a more singular varietal may be designed to lay down in a perfect environment for 18 months to 18 years. These wines are bottled with safekeeping in mind often with highest quality natural cork enclosures underneath tight capsules or even wax to ensure the most protective measures. But even with safeguards there is still no guarantee the wine will age well but it s better to be safe than sorry. Temperature and light These are the most common culprits that contribute to turned wine. Natural light from windows contributes more heat than you may think. Is your wine rack next to the refrigerator or dryer A great deal of heat circulates around the floor spaces of your home and can adversely affect the wines you just purchased and heat can deteriorate your wine before you get the chance to enjoy it. Don t be too quick to move these bottles to the fridge though rather move them to a central place in your home to equalize by me l i ssa haines lavin temperature and settle down a bit before placing them in their cooler resting place. Wines also prefer to be stored in stable temperatures rather than volatile environments with varying extreme temperatures. For this reason many wine clubs do not ship during warmer summer months without additional substantive temperature controls to maintain proper quality control. For the same reason it s not a good idea to keep cases of wine in the garage with warm engines machinery fumes windows and doors which all affect the ability to maintain a consistent temperature especially during the summer. DIY wine storage creativity Wine racks wine chillers wine thermometers wine cellars where do you begin W ine storage can be as complicated or easy as you wish Even if you don t have the luxury of space to create the perfect wine cellar you can create a safe space for your liquid gems so that they remain in tip-top pouring shape ready to enjoy. Wines like to be cool calm and collected. Whether you have a six-bottle metal wine rack on the floor or a larger 520-bottle walk-in wall storage unit there are a few guidelines that will ensure the best possible outcome when you reach for that 2009 merlot you fell in love with. 58 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Wine s sensitivity Protecting your wine investment can be compared to using sunscreen. Have you noticed that wine bottles are not the same shape size or even color You can add thickness and weight to that list as well. The thinner and lighter the bottle the more heat and light will affect your wine. Conversely because the weight of the glass can be nearly half the total weight of a bottle of wine higher-quality wines are often produced in heavier darker-colored glass bottles for optimal quality protection and presentation. Organizing your storage If you purchase wines by the case you may have wondered When did I get this one and what is it When you get home open the case and take a quick picture of the label. This picture will timestamp the wine for you and you can begin to add your wines to smartphone applications and other wine inventory tools designed to help rotate your wines and keep track of what needs to be enjoyed sooner rather than later. Additionally you can print out the picture and tape it to the box. You can also document how you enjoyed your winetasting experience with a wine journal entry describing how you met and discovered a new winemaker s creation. HLM Sources tomsguide.com vinography.com and wine.com. 60 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE BEAUTY swimsuit and bore no shame reflex when it came to strutting her stuff by the water s edge. No she was not a 36-24-36 fashion model but she knew how to dress her body to deliver the message that she too could rock a swimsuit with the best of them. She would advise me A swimsuit should be like a great speech long enough to cover the subject but short enough to keep it interesting. So if you don t have a grandma who will tell you what to wear then let me offer a few helpful tips that will encourage and hopefully inspire you to show off that poolside body of yours no matter what your shape. After all the best swimsuit is the one swimsuit that gives you the complete freedom to just be yourself. While there are hundreds of different styles and trends from which you can choose to provide the most flattering look for yourself we ll narrow it down to a few basic tips to keep it simple. For the most part there are four main body types athletic straight pear and curvy. Athletic women tend to have broad shoulders narrow hips and muscular legs. Women with straight bodies have few curves accompanied by waist and hip measurements that are proportionately similar. Pear-shaped-women tend to be a bit wider on the bottom than on the top and curvy gals boast those envious hourglass figures. Athletic women can easily rock swimwear that focuses on a feminine appeal and details. You can show off your toned lower half with a tapered-back bottom and embellishments at the hip. Padding gathering or a girlie print will help to by an n e. butenas soften the chest area. Boy-cut briefs and shapef you want the confidence to wear a swimsuit that flatters your figure it helps to understand certain trends and styles that will cater less tanks are not your friends. Don t fret if you have a straight figure. You have two options both of which are awesome. You can fake some curves with the right stuff or you can delight in the fact that you have nothing to hide and actually get away with a skimpy style. You are the one who can successfully pull of that itty-bitty string bikini. Ruffles gathering or padding are great ways to enhance your upper body and your hindquarters while still appearing classy without oozing too much sex appeal. Pear-shaped girls can easily camouflage Swimwear trends that flatter your figure I confess. I have never been one who enjoys wearing swimsuits. I suppose it speaks to my lack of body confidence I run daily but I have never found a swimsuit that flatters my figure. So whenever I go poolside I typically opt for my standard pair of running shorts and a cute T-shirt offering the weak explanation I really don t like to swim. Then I look at all of the other bathing beauties and silently wonder Why them and not me I to and easily enhance your unique shape. Let s face it few of us have been given a model s body but we can all acquire the confidence that goes with wearing something relatively revealing out in public if we simply learn what styles complement our figures. My late grandmother who lived to 108 was the queen of bathing attire and loved to get in the pool even in her 100s. She appreciated a pretty 62 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM those troublesome spots by concealing hips and thighs with full-coverage briefs hipsters or boy shorts. Keep the lower portion subdued by avoiding anything with a pattern or print that screams Look at me To keep the focus off the lower half of your body and draw eyes upward consider a swimsuit top with molded cups halter straps or cleavage detailing. A curvy gal will look best in a solid or small print that doesn t distort her proportions. A halter-style or underwire top will easily support the chest and if you don t want to appear to be an exhibitionist resist the urge to wear anything with a shifty string top or bottom. The suit you choose should complement your curves while simultaneously keeping everything in place. All in all many women share two common areas of exasperation when it comes to wearing a swimsuit a larger-than-desired posterior and an upper body that could stand a bit more oomph and recognition. That problem is easily addressed with a simple swimsuit bottom in a solid color paired with a top that has molded cups for extra lift and volume. And well if you are anything like me (and I feel your pain ) you can always take advantage of the gorgeous swimsuit cover-up that will match your new suit add showy shades and a great hat and show off your glam HLM Sources fitnessmagazine.com and womenshealthmag.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 63 HERLIFE GREEN LIVING Organic food for your skin Creamy coconut refreshing cucumber stimulating lemon nutrientrich avocado we feel good about putting these foods into our body because they re nutritious and beneficial. alcohol isopropyl (SD-40) and polyethylene glycol. Most of these compounds are easily absorbed by the skin but not so easily eliminated by the body. The toxins that remain can eventuby c a r r ie row lands johnson ally damage your body. Additionally they can easily cause sensitivities and irritations clog your pores and produce acne. So what s the difference between natural and organic products Natural ingredients are at least partially derived from natural sources with no synthetic compounds. Organic ingredients should contain only plant-sourced ingredients that are cultivated without the use of synthetic chemicals irradiation or pesticides. However given the lack of regulations it is always a question as to whether or not these products actually are made according to the claims about their formulations. If a product is labeled organic it should mean that it has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural biological and mechanical practices that not only take into account the preservation of the environment but that also avoid the use of synthetic fertilizers sewage sludge irradiation and genetic engineer- N ow think about how delicious our skin would feel if we used these same products in our skin care products free of harsh chemicals synthetics pesticides and preservatives sulfates plastics parabens silicone mineral oil petroleum and petrochemical-derivatives. Organic skincare products are becoming more and more popular with some claiming to be so pure they re practically edible. When we know that our skin is our largest organ it makes sense to be just as careful with what we put on our bodies as what we put in them. While the Food and Drug Administration regulates the manufacture of food and drugs the standards for skin care are far lower than food standards allowing some very harmful chemicals to be used. Some harmful ingredients added to skin care products include mercury dioxane nitrosamines DEA cyclomethicone ammonium laureth sulfate 64 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 65 ing. Organic skincare products are made from ingredients grown without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. Legally a product must be certified by the USDA and bear a logo indicating such. This means the product has been grown and processed under a very strict code of cleanliness with no pesticides or fertilizers and absolutely no genetically modified organisms. Ingredients such as emollients humectants emulsifiers surfactants and preservatives can be found in all skincare products whether organic or not. However organic products will not use a synthetic version of these ingredients. Your best bet is to read the label. If you see words such as synthetic petroleum parabens sulfates mineral oil or any of the other ingredients listed above steer clear. There are a number of organic skin care lines on the market many of which go above and beyond expectations and boast food-grade ingredients. One of the most popular is Juice Beauty of which actress Gwyneth Paltrow is creative director. Juice Beauty promises to start with an organic botanical juice base and then add powerful skin care ingredients such as Vitamin C and fruit stem cells vegetable hyaluronic acids which feed your skin instead of using petroleum derivatives as many traditional skincare companies do. The company also promises that products are formulated without parabens petroleum pesticides propylene butylene glycols phthalates sulfates PEGs TEA DEA GMO silicones gluten artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. In fact on Jimmy Fallon s Tonight Show Gwyneth Paltrow was seen dipping a French fry in one Juice Beauty Goop product and eating it. Intelligent Nutrients is another line of organic products with foodgrade ingredients. Intelligent Nutrients is a certified organic health and beauty company founded by Horst Rechelbacher the man who founded Aveda and later sold it to Estee Lauder. Products by Intelligent Nutrients are free of sulfates plastics parabens silicone mineral oil petrochemical derivatives and synthetics. They utilize plant stem cells cultivated without soil in what they call the purest lab conditions saying this revolutionary process releases the life force of the plant in its most pure form. Osmia is an organic skincare line that specializes in luxurious face products made with botanical extracts in combination with moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide and scented with organic and wild harvest essential oils. Their best-selling soap is made with Black Australian clay Dead Sea mud organic almond avocado and castor bean oils. Coconut milk helps make the beautiful white lather. The bottom line is this shop for products with a Certified Organic or USDA Organic seal and check your labels. You don t necessarily want to eat the products you put on your skin but you should at the very least not be afraid to do so. After all what s going on your skin will eventually end up in your body anyway HLM Sources globalhealingcenter.com paulaschoice.com harpersbazaar.com skincare.allwomenstalk.com jaydancin.com juicebeauty.com osmiaorganics. com and intelligentnutrients.com. 66 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM L DI LIVING HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 67 HERLIFE MOTHER S PERSPECTIVE sitting but now there are also Internet business opportunities such as freelance writing and web design that can apply to young workers as well. Here are a few suggestions on money-making ideas that will teach your teen responsibility while also lining their pockets with some extra dough Arts and crafts tend to be popular since consumers are looking for items that are natural original and simply have more meaning than a store-bought item. Handmade jewelry items made from wood hand-sewn bags or purses homemade greeting cards and even kid-designed clothing are some possibilities. Your young crafter can then sell their wares at garage sales craft shows and even on Etsy with adult guidance. If your teen has a flair for cooking creating homemade food items such as cakes cookies sauces or pickles to offer for sale is also a great option. Again these items can be sold at festivals and farmers markets but your teen will need to know the local regulations on preparing food for sale. Strong backs and a willingness to do hard work is another way for teens to monetize their summer. The demand for lawn care leaf removal and basic yard cleanup is never ending and by r e becca flans burg can become a re-occurring gig. These services can also stretch into year-round work opportunities. Once your teen gets a reputation for being reliable and doing good work they may find their services in high demand. Babysitting is another time-honored teen job that is always needed and is not gender specific. Parents know the value of a trusted babysitter and teens who delve into this money-making opportunity may find that they have years of employment with some families. It s no secret that many teens know far more about computers and technology than folks twice their age. Computer help is another lucrative area for teens since so many people have computers these days yet don t know how to maintain or fix them. There is a segment of the population that would pay a teen to update software set up websites and even create logos for their personal use hobbies or small businesses. Tips for teens on discovering that great summer job It s another gorgeous summer day. You glance at your watch and note that it s almost noon. For some this means that lunchtime is not far off but for parents of a teen it also means their offspring is likely just rolling out of bed. R est assured you re not the only parent in the world who is left wondering why your teen is just so darn tired and whether you are doing the right thing by allowing them to sleep away the precious months of summer. Some people argue that the summer months are just that the lazy days of summer. But other parents know that if their child is old enough and able they could in fact be working a summer job and reaping the rewards of doing so. Having pocket money is not the only benefit for the 14- to 18-year-old crowd who opt to work instead of snooze their days away. Working a job is a great way for teens to get a taste of the real world where people manage the responsibilities that go along with earning their own income. Luckily the modern world offers teens more money-making opportunities than ever before. There are still the old-fashioned and completely acceptable jobs such as mowing lawns and baby- 68 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM For those who are looking for a more social experience when it comes to earning money there are many brick-and-mortar companies in retail or fast food areas that offer working experiences to workers as young as 16. Parents and teens alike need to keep in mind that different retail or restaurant jobs have different age requirements. A 16- or 17-year-old may be eligible to work as a stocker or sales associate but not as a server or cashier. If your teen is still on the fence about how they want to earn a few extra dollars this summer it may be helpful to ask the key question of why. The why of finding a summer job may be as simple as earning money but perhaps there can some long-term benefits woven in as well. A teen toying with the idea of becoming a veterinarian may do well working a summer job at a dog rescue or pet store. Working in a library for instance might be great for someone interested in a career in publishing writing or even history. If possible try to help your teen find a job that aligns with a career aspiration or a personal goal in their near future. It can be challenging for teens to find the right summer job but it is also a chance for your budding entrepreneur or part-time worker to discover an honest assessment of their abilities interests and strengths when it comes to employment. Teens will find that those summer months will fly by but what they learn during those months will last them a lifetime. HLM Sources snagajob.com and the experience of the writer. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 69 HERLIFE FINE THINGS Riding a unicycle looks like fun but learning how to balance on one wheel keeps most people from trying. That problem has been solved in part by the self-balancing unicycle or SBU an electric unicycle that you steer by leaning your body in the direction you want to go. SBUs are equipped with internal accelerometers and gyros that help with balance although according to reviews on CNET. com and The Telegraph these new unicycles still require several hours of training. SBUs are available in two main flavors with or without a seat. They are currently marketing on it is a lot easier than a balance board thanks to gyroscopic stabilization. You control movement with your feet shifting your weight to your front foot propels it forward while shifting to your back foot reverses or brakes. Skateboarders who try the Onewheel are surprised by the difference the inflated wheel makes allowing them to go off road and ride over any reasonably solid surface. Unlike a traditional skateboard Onewheel comes with a smartphone app that allows you to customize your ride by adjusting how the device s sensors and gyros interact. Of course all these high-tech features add up to a higher price tag than your average skateboard. The Onewheel sells for about 1 600 at a few retailers and online. Another piece of low-tech sports equipment with a high-tech makeover is the surfboard. In the by c a t i e w ats on past the only way to surf in flat water was with a boat and tow rope. Now a Spanish company named Onean wants to change flat-water surfing with its electric surfboard. According to Onean an electric surfboard provides a new sense of freedom since you are no longer dependent on tides and weather conditions. The board is powered by a built-in motor that you control with a handheld remote. Like a traditional surfboard the direction the board travels is controlled with your feet. Onean is taking preorders for two models of electric surfboards. The Carver which is shaped like a traditional surfboard can reach speeds up to 25 mph allowing serious surfers to make cuts and turns. The Manta has a more rectangular shape and is designed for relaxed cruising at speeds up to 5 mph. The Carver runs for 20 minutes on a single charge while the Manta goes for 2 hours. Both models have a preorder price of about 4 000. Sources CNET.com DigitalTrends.com wsj. com Onean.com FocusDesign.com telegraph. co.uk and OneWheel.com. by several companies including AirWheel Ninebot and Focus Designs which was featured on a 2012 episode of Shark Tank. SBU prices range from about 400 for the seatless AirWheel Q3 to 1 800 for the Focus Design SBU. The growing interest among consumers in high-tech sports equipment was recently seen with the hoverboard a self-balancing electric skateboard named for a levitating skateboard depicted in the Back to the Future film franchise. In the fall of 2015 the market was flooded with unknown hoverboard brands imported from China and the media was soon reporting on safety concerns related to exploding motors and batteries. Investigations by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission followed and some retailers including Amazon.com and Target were forced to temporarily halt sales of the devices. The positive outcome for the hoverboard situation could be tighter safety regulations for devices that are manufactured overseas. If you re thinking about investing in any type of high-tech equipment it pays to shop from official dealers and other reputable retailers that you know and trust. Stick with products that you can learn about online and avoid great-sounding deals at mall kiosks or on random websites. You want to be able to find the retailer in case problems arise. More importantly you re putting your safety in the hands of the manufacturer of an electric skateboard surfboard or unicycle so it pays to learn as much as possible before you buy. And remember these devices can move fast and deliver some power so practice safely HLM High-tech sports anyone Every few years a new piece of sports equipment captures the world s attention. Low-tech innovations of the past such as the hula hoop and Frisbee have given way to today s high-end high-tech inventions that put a new twist on a familiar piece of equipment. O ver the past few years engineers have come up with smaller and more powerful electric motors with longer-lasting batteries. This means that all types of sports equipment have the potential to become motorized. Performance tracking devices such as the Fitbit may come to mind when you think of tech and sports but technology is also being used to create new sports challenges by transforming familiar pieces of equipment with motorized power. Take for example the Onewheel a popular demo item at this year s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Onewheel consists of a skateboard platform that has been split in the middle where a single motorized tire has been inserted. It looks like a balance board but standing 70 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 71 HERLIFE TRAVEL high school child you will find everything you need at your local library. If hands-on or in-person viewing is more your family s style every state has some type of resource available for the dinosaur lovers. Natural history museums usually have wonderful exhibits on the topic and are a treasure trove of facts and education. If the museum is at a distance from your home why not make an adventure out of a day trip to the museum or integrate it with your family vacations plans With some creative planning and input from the kids you could turn the adventure into a memorable dinosaur weekend with food movies and even Dino-mite Discovering dinosaurs with your kids There is much ado about dinosaurs and the fascination with these prehistoric beasts seems to be alive and well among all of the generations. What is it that makes us so interested in these giant creatures by r e becca flansburg traveling music with a dinosaur theme. If delving into the world of the creatures of the Triassic Jurassic Cretaceous and Mesozoic Eras is on your family s bucket list start by finding out what resources are offered in your area. For example California residents will be delighted to know that there are several options available in different areas. Los Angeles has the Dino Encounters and Dino Lab at the Natural History Museum and it also houses the world s only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series of skeletons ranging from baby through young adult. The Page Museum located at the LaBrea Tar Pits is also a fascinating desti- I s it the fact they roamed the earth more than 65 million years ago Is it because they have cool names like Deinonychus Maiasaura and who have built careers around the study of dinosaurs folks who build replicas and those who make movies. Dinosaurs are a part of our culture in many ways as once again there seems to be a surging interest in the beasts. Discovering dinosaurs with your children can be an exciting adventure as well as a valuable educational experience. With many resources available via museums books games and especially the Internet studying about these magnificent creatures can be as general or as extensive and in depth as you and your kids would like to make it. If they are studying about dinosaurs in school you can get on board with extracurricular opportunities. Trips to the library to look at books on the subject are a great way to get out of the house and spend some quality time together. The advantage of the library is that you will be able to find resources for all ages. So whether you are looking for a picture book to read to your preschooler or something more academic for your middle school or even nation. San Diego has the exciting exhibit Fossil Mysteries at the San Diego Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. boasts one of the largest dinosaur displays in the country. The educational value of studying dinosaurs is rich. Dinosaurs evoke the visions of mysterious places of long ago. Grandparents may even remember scenes from movies back in the days when their generation explored the fascination of dinosaurs through movies cheaply made with special effects that would bring peals of laughter from kids today. Dinosaurs appeared in literary works such as Jules Verne s Journey to the Center of the Earth and even the classic children s tale Danny and the Dinosaur. Science geology anthropology biology literature and more are fields that can be explored through the study of dinosaurs. HLM Sources education.com icr.org inyocounty. us ucmp.berkeley.edu and wikipedia.org. Iguanodon Is it because some had frightful reputations like Tyrannosaurus rex a fierce tyrannosaur that dominated the Cretaceous period Or it is simply because their bones and fossils give us all a glimpse of an era that existed before humans even inhabited the earth Fossils have been found at numerous excavation sites and the finds are on display in museums throughout the world. Many are still being discovered one such notable find was the discovery of the world-famous fossil known as Sue. Sue is the largest best-preserved and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found and she is 42 feet long from snout to tail Sue was discovered in 1990 by a group of workers from the Black Hills Institute who were searching for fossils in western South Dakota. Sue is named after the paleontologist who made the find Sue Hendrickson. Like Hendrickson there are people 72 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 73 HERLIFE FINANCE Gifts and prizes You receive a letter or phone call saying that you ve won a sweepstakes or giveaway but in order to receive it you must send money to cover the delivery or processing of the prize. There are also plenty of scams that are not so common but can come up even in day-to-day life. Computer virus or security threat A technician calls you saying there is a security threat or virus on your computer and you can fix it by paying a fee and allowing them to work at removing the virus remotely. Government grant A letter or caller states you are eligible for a government grant but you must send money through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer to cover the delivery or processing fee. Advance fee loan A security deposit or processing fee must be paid in order to obtain an advance loan a scam most often found through websites. Credit card A caller claims to be from a financial institution or card issuer and states you are eligible for a lower interest rate but in order to receive it you must provide the credit card number and security code for verification purposes. Working from home Advertisements promise exceptional pay and benefits for posting advertisements or stuffing envelopes. Identity could be stolen with information provided through employby l a u r a leiva ment forms and potentially stolen goods could be he Better Business Bureau publishes an annual list highlighting the year s top ten scams and many of them are the same used in the scam work projects. Money orders checks You receive a money order or check that exceeds the amount owed but you re asked to deposit the check and wire back the difference. These checks and money orders are fake which means they will bounce after deposit. Lottery winnings A caller or advertisement claims you have won a large amount of money from an international lottery but you must pay fees and taxes up front before obtaining the winnings. It s important to know when something is or could be a scam. There are many steps you can take to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of scamming or phishing (when a business or company is falsely represented in order to gain access to your private information or accounts). Oftentimes scams use the same tactics and Don t be a scam victim Every day there are countless ways in which scammers or criminals go out looking for their next victim whether that means stealing money through tax or debt scams or enticing someone to give out personal information in order to redeem a prize or sweepstakes winning. T year after year According to the 2015 report tax scams made up 24 percent of the total reported scams with debt collections working from home opportunities and advanced fee loans rounding out the list. Here s a little more about what these popular scams entail starting with the most common Debt collection Someone calls you claiming you have an unpaid debt even going so far as to threaten you with jail time or wage garnishments if the debt is not paid immediately on the phone. Taxes A caller claims to be with the Internal Revenue Service and states you owe back taxes. The caller also threatens arrest if the debt is not paid through wire transfer or prepaid debit cards. 74 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM techniques such as claiming you need to take action to receive the good or service or you must provide personal or financial information. Scammers also go to great lengths to use legitimate-sounding titles websites and even hacked emails to make themselves sound and look like the individuals or businesses they are pretending to be in order to gain your trust. Scammers are often successful because they play on emotions. In many situations you re required to make a decision on the spot due to threats or promises. Scammers take advantage of your emotions and encourage you to throw rational thought out the window While it is not always possible to know if it is in fact a scammer there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk. Never react quickly. Give yourself a chance to research the company or organization. In many situations scammers are offering goods services or winnings that are illegal and you could find out with a simple Internet search. Don t give out information to people you don t know. Refrain from giving out personal or financial information over the phone or Internet this leads to identify theft. Avoid clicking links from unknown text messages or emails. Only correspond with people you know and trust. Each day countless people become the victims of a scam don t be one of them Always take your time to research the facts before falling for unsolicited messages or advice. HLM Sources bbb.org ikeepsafe.org moneytalksnews.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 75 HERLIFE CULINARY options with the introduction of Pop-Tarts in the mid-1960s. The 1970s brought with it the innovative breakfast sandwich when the Egg McMuffin became part of McDonald s breakfast menu. Since 1950 different schools of thought have evolved about eating breakfast. One is what I refer to as breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It s interesting to note that companies such as Kellogg often funded studies supporting this theory. The opposing argument states don t watch the clock to decide when to eat just eat when you re hungry. How you feel about breakfast is probably determined by your habits growing up which may in turn be determined by your age. Baby boomers breakfasted on sugary cereals toaster pastries and fast-food breakfast sandwiches. In the years since people in this age bracket received a personalized letter inviting them to join AARP With age comes wisdom . including learning to make choices to maintain a healthy diet healthy choices that include whole fruit whole grains and lean meat. What a coincidence This is the same healthy diet that pediatricians recommend for kids with one exception kids require more healthy fats to support their rapid growth. Young children have a high demand for nutrients and healthy fats to support body and brain function. Teenagers do too but they are more likely to stay up late and sleep in which may mean sacrificing time to eat breakfast. If you or by pat t y cook your kids are strapped for time in the morning there are still quick and easy breakfast choices. To learn more about those choices we can take Let s start with the youngest among us. a clue from the newest generation heading off on their own the Millennials. Cereal sales have been down the last few years. Cold cereal with milk beloved by baby boomers is just not working as a breakfast choice for Millennials according to a recent study by the marketing firm Mintel. One reason cited is kid-friendly that cereal is a deal-killer. What s the problem Cereal involves a lot of work. First you pour cereal in a bowl then the milk and when you re finished the bowl and spoon must be washed. Those lazy Millennials They want to get a trophy for showing up but don t want to fix breakfast. Right Well maybe not. Does it make sense that after seeing generations of people thriving on cereals with Beginning the day just right When it comes to eating the first meal of the day breakfast seems to be a love-it-or-leave-it meal. For some people breakfast (meaning breaking the fast of a night s sleep) really is the most important meal of the day. For others it is unnecessary. I s there a right or wrong opinion Good question. Babies develop the skill of picking up small bits of food at about four months. There is one breakfast food shaped like a tiny doughnut that seems perfectly designed for this task CheeriosTM. This is a popular choice as it is multigrain low in fat sodium and sugar and is gluten free. Today pediatricians support breakfast menus that offer a variety of healthy ingredients such as whole grains fruit nuts yogurt and protein. But the grandparents of the youngest among us grew up in a different world. Who among the baby boomers can forget childhood breakfasts spent gazing at Tony the Tiger on a box of Frosted Flakes Cereal was joined by other 76 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM brand names such as Sugar Smacks we should disdain a generation that dislikes cereal Breakfast cereal is a processed food that is not cheap and it is often higher in calories and sugar than other foods. Does this mean that Millennials won t buy processed foods No not at all. At the same time cereal sales have dropped sales of snack foods have increased. The most popular snacks that Millennials prefer are healthy tasty high in protein and most important they are portable. Remember that Millennials grew up after 2002 and were bombarded with information about obesity in America. This has informed their decisions about food which is why the most popular snacks are organic and contain superfoods. These choices include snacks such as Greek yogurt nuts and organic protein such as bison jerky. Millennials value food integrity and organic ingredients but they also value the convenience of processed foods as long as those foods are high in flavor and nutritional value. So who wins the breakfast wars The answer is that we all do. If you like breakfast great If you don t that s fine too. Studies show that kids who have breakfast perform better academically but adults who skip breakfast are just as healthy as those who don t. The important thing is how you eat throughout the day. As it turns out breakfast is just another meal. HLM Sources bakeryandsnacks.com millennialmarketing.com ncbi.nlm.nih. gov theatlantic.com thekitchn.com and vox.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 77 HERLIFE RECIPES Spinach salad with poppyseed dressing This spinach salad is topped with strawberries mushrooms avocado almonds and the best homemade creamy poppyseed dressing. Fresh colorful and ready in 15 minutes Serves 4 Prep Time 15 minutes ingredients 10 ounces baby spinach 1 cup sliced strawberries 1 cup thinly sliced cremini (or button) mushrooms large ripe avocado cubed cup sliced almonds 2 scallions diced Homemade creamy poppyseed dressing directions recipes and p hot ogr ap hy by b elly full.net In a large bowl combine all the ingredients except the dressing. Toss well making sure not all the goodies fall to the bottom. Serve in individual bowls and drizzle the dressing on top to taste. Pass more at the table if desired. See the recipe at the right for the homemade poppyseed dressing. HLM 78 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Homemade creamy poppyseed dressing This creamy homemade poppyseed salad dressing is the perfect sweet and tangy flavor combination and comes together in just 5 minutes Makes 1 cups Prep Time 5 minutes ingredients cups mayonnaise cup half and half cup sugar cup apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons poppy seeds teaspoon dry mustard pinch of salt directions recipes a nd p hot ogr ap hy by b elly full.net In medium bowl whisk all the ingredients together until thoroughly combined and smooth. Transfer to a clean jar and keep in the refrigerator until you re ready to use. Shake well before using. Use over the spinach salad recipe in this issue or over fruit. Notes Milk may be substituted for the half and half but it won t be as creamy. White wine vinegar can be substituted for the apple cider vinegar. This dressing will keep refrigerated for up to a week. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 79 HERLIFE BOOK CLUB A driana Trigiani s All the Stars in the Heavens is a romantic novel about the Golden Age of Hollywood. The novel focuses on into Hollywood films. He became a close friend of Tracy Gable and Young. He was helped by Gable and Young and enjoyed their friendship throughout his life. One of the most interesting characters in the novel is the woman whom Trigiani invents as personal secretary to Young Alda Ducci. Ducci is a former nun released by the Mother Superior of her convent who feels that Ducci is unsuitable to be a nun working with young unwed mothers. She is sent to be Young s secretary. As she learns about film and movie stars Ducci becomes an indispensable part of Young s life. Ducci answers Young s mail packs her suitcase and consoles her. Over the years the two women become close friends While on location on Mount Baker with Young Ducci meets the man who will become her husband and lifelong companion Luca Chetta a set painter for the production. His realistic backdrops were used to liven up the scenes since few films of the era were filmed on location. The relationship between Ducci and Chetta is as complex as that of Young and Gable. Nevertheless they fall deeply in love and get married during the filming of the movie with Gable and Young as their witnesses. Throughout the novel Trigiani explores her themes What is love What is family The Young family is portrayed as a closely knit family unit. Gladys Belzer Loretta s mother is a single mother trying to raise her four daughters and establish her interior design business. Not only did Belzer create an interior design business that was popular in Hollywood she also became the owner of considerable properties as a safeguard against the fickleness of Hollywood. The oldest daughters help with expenses by appearing in films. Loretta Young had appeared in more than 50 films before she met Tracy and Gable. Trigiani explores the life of the single mom the couple on the verge of divorce the couple who wants children and can t have them and the starlet looking for true love. All of the stories are tragic and most have no resolution. The way Trigiani deals with each aspect of love makes the novel interesting and worth reading. HLM the life and career of Loretta Young and begins when Loretta was a young starlet in the early 1930s. She met Spencer Tracy and in her efforts to not break up his marriage Loretta renounced love. Tracy was married and had children so Gretchen Loretta s real name refused to break up his marriage or marry him and claimed theirs was a platonic affair. Few believed her but then fans prefer salacious gossip to the facts. The main thrust of the novel is Young s affair with Clark Gable. They met on the set of The Call of the Wild filmed on Mount Baker in the North Cascades of Washington. During the seven weeks of filming in the isolated northwest Gable and Young carried on a love affair that resulted in the birth of her first daughter Judith. Shortly before her death and after the death of Gable Young claimed that Gable had date raped her. In the movie world of the 30s the big studios kept their stars under strict contracts. Starlets such as Loretta Young didn t dare subject themselves or their costars to the possibility of scandal. Young s pregnancy was hidden from the public and from Gable because of the strict Hays Code and morals clause in her contract. The popularity of the stars and the profits of the studio were closely guarded. Loretta wanted to protect Gable because of his prominence in the film industry. Not even Young s closest friends knew the truth of her pregnancy and she kept the secret for most of her life despite the strenuous efforts of Hollywood reporters at the time to discover the facts and publish the story. There s no way for the reader to know whether Young s version is true or whether the truth was she had an All the Stars in the Heavens By Adriana Trigiana Adriana Trigiana is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Shoemaker s Wife the Big Stone Gap series the Valentine series the Viola series for young adults and the bestselling memoir Don t Sing at the Table. Trigiani wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap based on her debut novel and filmed entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. r evi ew by linda r. price affair with Gable. Throughout the novel Trigiani asks What is the price of keeping secrets There s no one answer each reader must decide for herself. It seems that the only justification is to keep harm from coming to another person. David Niven is another Hollywood star mentioned in the novel. During the time in which the novel is set he was trying to break 80 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 82 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 83 HERLIFE SCENE AND BE SEEN Valley Garden Fair Luncheon and Fashion Show T he Children s Home Auxiliary held its annual Valley Garden Fair in early May. The afternoon luncheon and fashion show featured some of the valley s favorite boutiques including Flair Boutique Spectator and Theadora. Guests enjoyed shop- ping the local market which hosted Alexandra s Home & Garden AZ Floral Lovely Girl Mobile Boutique and many more. This event raises funds for the Children s Home. The facility creates a home-like atmosphere for children including field trips picnics holiday parties graduation prom night sports equipment and more. For more information on the Children s Home of Stockton please call (209) 466-0853. HLM ph o t o s p rovided by her life s t aff 84 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE HOROSCOPE Virgo AUG. 23-SEPT. 22 If things seem awkward or just aren t going smoothly you might need more lubricant. This comes in the form of being more sweet and diplomatic with others and through seeing what it is they need and then giving it to them. If you do this you ll find that with very little effort put forth your road becomes a lot easier and you get where you re going with a minimum of stress Libra SEPT. 23-OCT. 22 You experience some vibrant enthusiasm now and what you need to do is feed it properly by engaging in definite actions that will give it a channel through which to flow. If life is offering you things make something out of them. This is not a good time to hesitate or to wait strike while the iron is hot and pick the fruit when it s ripe. Be sensitive to the needs of the moment. Scorpio OCT. 23-NOV. 21 There are boundaries that you may need to let down as a means of forming new connections with others and allowing new information in. On the other hand there are boundaries that you may need to strengthen to shut out unwanted involvements. Your mind is very busy now and may be jumping from thing to thing. Don t let it divert you from the tasks you need to perform. Sagittarius NOV. 22-DEC. 21 Star journeys June is a time when we re casting off old stuff and it s a great time for throwing things away. This is especially true of old ideas and attitudes. There are changes that all of us would like to make but maybe we ve veered off course. Now is the time to get back to them and to continue with the process of becoming who we really want to be. HLM by j o h n s andbach Life can be fraught with a lot of twists and turns now. The path may not be straight and you may find yourself at times having to back out from some blind alleys. However do not stop. You must keep going even though it s frustrating at times. Big plans may have to wait for a time but little plans that are doable can go quite well and can lead you eventually to realizing the greater ones. Capricorn DEC. 22-JAN. 19 Putting things together now can really work for you and as you do this don t be afraid to include lots of things. Be like a cook who can make a marvelous meal just from leftovers. Stay with what s going on in the moment rather than allowing your awareness to roam too far afield. There will be lots of chances to use your creativity in highly successful and rewarding ways. Aquarius JAN. 20-FEB. 18 What you re looking for may be looking for you so this month there s a great potential for finding things even things you weren t aware you were looking for. You may get more than you bargained for which is good but you may have the dilemma of having to decide what to do with it. This won t be a usual month for you. The unusual is trying to recruit you for some most interesting involvements. Gemini MAY 21-JUNE 20 Don t think you have to finish everything. Some things are best abandoned. You don t have to tie up a bunch of loose ends if you ve lost interest in the project. Remember all of life is one big experiment. It s your laboratory and you get to decide what sort of experiments you re going to run. Allow yourself to think big-- you can always scale things down later if you need to. Pisces FEB. 19-MAR. 20 You can greatly enhance your prosperity this month on all sorts of levels. The best thing you can do now is to realize the value of what you have and to cultivate and take care of it. You need to divide your attention between a number of different things and to decide just how much attention you re going to give to each one of them. If you do this successfully the results can be highly productive. Cancer JUNE 21-JULY 23 Let things fall where they may. If you ve been trying too hard to control something maybe it s time to withdraw your support and see how it does on its own. This is a good month for renewing and developing your ability to be cozy so seek out situations that allow you to be casual and be yourself. A more basic approach to life can allow you to relax more and get in touch with natural uncomplicated reality. Aries MAR. 21-APR. 19 Happiness can be elusive but highly worth pursuing. Rather than waiting for something to be happy about find the happiness right there in front of you and engage it. Little beautiful things can powerfully magnify the enjoyment of life now. Sometimes a little play is just what is needed to give you that extra fuel you need to solve problems. Leo JULY 24-AUG. 22 Listen very closely to what is going on. You may think you re hearing other people but if you slow down and read between the lines you will find out a lot more that s really going to help you. Making light of things can truly make them light and can help you keep ahead of the game and float above difficulties that otherwise you might sink into with unfortunate results. Taurus APR. 20-MAY 20 This is a month of discovery for you. And what you re discovering is something old that you ve always had rather than something new. Adopt a cosmic attitude toward life for such an attitude frees you and gives you room to really breathe and be free. Nothing is so important that it s worth giving up your enjoyment of life. When you enlarge your outlook seemingly big problems start to look small. 86 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 87 HERLIFE CALENDAR June Lodi Crushers Baseball Begins DATE Opening Night June 3 TIME 7 05pm LOCATION Tony Zupo Field DETAILS A summer collegiate baseball team the Lodi Crushers will start play in June 2016 as a member of the Great West League and will be joined in the league with teams from Sacramento Marysville Chico Medford and Portland. The Crushers will be providing a professional minor league-like atmosphere for top college players seeking professional baseball careers while providing affordable family entertainment and enriching the quality of life in our community. The Crushers are the home town team of Lodi and are preparing a full schedule of special events including fireworks and giveaways for our inaugural season. Visit lodicrushers.com for the promotional event calendar and game schedule to pick a night at the park. Lincoln Center LIVE Wine Stroll DATE June 17 TIME 6 00pm - 9 00pm LOCATION Corner of Pacific Avenue and Benjamin Holt Stockton DETAILS Enjoy wines from more than 20 local wineries light hors d oeuvres and live music from local bands and musicians including Riley Jane Lover s Riff Joey & the Chucks and Arlyn Andersen. Wine tasting tickets are 17 in advance at jlsjc.org or 20 at the event. Proceeds benefit Haven of Peace through Junior League of San Joaquin County. Guests will have a ball strolling from shop to shop tasting wine and enjoying music For more information on Lincoln Center LIVE events please visit lincolncentershops.com. Beers Bands and Rides DATES June 18 and 19 TIME 11 00 am doors open LOCATION Stockton Ballpark DETAILS Join Signature for Life and three cast members from Count s Kustoms for the second annual charity event a two-day car show and concert. Proceeds from the show will be donated back to local charities such as Mary Graham Children s Shelter the Children s Museum of Stockton and more There will be activities for kids of all ages great food and fun for everyone plus you can help support our great community For event information please contact Hunter Chambers at signatureforlife.org gmail.com or (209) 451-2204. Disney in Concert Tale as Old as Time DATES June 3 and 4 TIMES June 3 8 00pm June 4 2 00pm LOCATION Gallo Center for the Arts 1000 I Street Modesto DETAILS Experience the magic of Disney with the excitement of live music. Watch scenes from your favorite Disney movies with vocalists and the Modesto Symphony performing live. Kids and adults alike will love sharing these musical memories from movies such as Frozen Beauty and the Beast The Lion King Aladdin and many more This musical celebration is certain to remind the young and young at heart that through the magical storytelling of Disney wishes can be made on stars hope is eternal and love conquers all. For tickets please visit galloarts.org or call the box office (209) 338-2100. Van Ruiten Winery s 5th Annual Rib Cook Off DATES June 11 TIMES 11 00 am - 4 00 pm LOCATION Van Ruiten Winery 340 W Highway 12 Lodi DETAILS Come join us for our fifth annual BBQ Rib Cook Off competition. Indulge yourself with the delicious ribs and barbeque favorites from 25 teams while sipping on your favorite glass of Van Ruiten wine or our refreshing wine slushies For more information please visit vrwinery.com. SAVE THE DATE 4th of July Barbecue at University Plaza Waterfront Hotel DATE July 4 TIME 5 00 pm doors open LOCATION University Plaza Waterfront Hotel 110 W Fremont Street Stockton DETAILS Join the fun and stay for the fireworks Live music featuring the 209 All Stars and buffet for the family. Reservations required please call (209) 944-1140. All calendar event submissions must be received by July 1st for the August issue and adhere to our guidelines. E-mail kimberly herlifemagazine.com for guidelines or to submit entries. 88 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 92 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM