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Please go to or mail a check made out to HERLIFE Magazine to the above address. 4 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM herlife contents edie lambert A passion for telling the truth pushes edie lambert to be the best in her field. She melds her journalistic career with dedication to educating her listeners about breast cancer early detection and treatment. in our inspirations pages you ll also learn how edie takes action not only through media coverage and fundraising but with participation in a historic grassroots study. 22 Deciding to start a family is exciting but requires much thought and consideration. Before you take the plunge into parenthood tread the shallow waters to see if the baby pool is for you. contents 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 Welcome health Cosmetic Surgery Beauty Spotlight Cravings recipes fine Things inspirations Spotlight Mother s Perspective home Trendsetter Green living real estate Prime Tie the Knot Scene And Be Seen in The City HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 5 28 Brown house on h 5379 h St Sacramento (916) 973-1693 Brownhouseonh 20 22 26 28 32 in a grocery store we quite literally have the world at our fingertips. And if we make a few smart decisions where we can that world will thank us in a very tangible way. 30 32 40 42 44 46 49 50 40 herlife welcome Pink M ild October days and cool fall nights are ahead of us as we kick off Pink October for 2013. We are celebrating breast cancer awareness month with a story of leadership and determination. While many of us know Edie Lambert as one of the KCRA 3 evening news anchors you may not know she is a vocal and dedicated advocate of breast cancer research awareness and early detection. We are honored to share Edie s message during our first Pink October issue. In addition to Edie s cover feature we have included a Community Spotlight feature on Dr. Ernie Bodai CEO of the non-profit organization dedicated to breast health awareness CureBreastCancer Inc. and creator of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp. Dr. Bodai served as Chief of Surgery at Kaiser Permanente Sacramento for fifteen years and after treating many breast cancer patients Dr. Bodai grew frustrated with the slow pace of funding for breast cancer research. He convinced Congress and the U.S. Postal Service to issue the first Breast Cancer Research Stamp which is sold at more than face value the first stamp in U.S. history to do so. Since its start in 1998 967 million stamps have been sold raising over 93 million for breast cancer research. We here at Herlife encourage you to fund the fight to find a cure by purchasing Breast Cancer Research stamps. Each year our Pink October issue will feature a woman who has a story to share about breast cancer whether she is a breast cancer survivor someone currently fighting breast cancer or someone who advocates for awareness like Edie Lambert. We would love to hear about someone you know who you think should be in our future Pink October issues. During the month of October we encourage our readers to wear pink and encourage others around you to join in an effort to raise awareness for early detection. I am committing to wear pink each Friday for the month of October. Please join me as we continue to remember the loved ones who have lost their fight to celebrate the women in our lives who have won the fight to encourage the women in our lives who are currently fighting the fight and to advocate for ourselves our mothers our grandmothers our daughters and our friends by wearing pink during the month of October. We would love to see your photos in pink. Please share them with us through social media. p h o t o b y s t ud io m o h s o h HerlifeCali HERlifE California HERlifE Magazine Sacramento Kimberly Mullen Have an inspirational woman in your life If you or someone you know has a great story that you think should be told please email us at beth Like HERLIFE Magazine on Facebook to stay current on great discounts special events and behind-the-scenes details 6 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM herlife health finding theraPy & a theraPiSt for your needS b y he a t he r no b le p hd A 8 while back a dear friend of mine called and asked for advice on finding a good therapist. She was in tears and she was unsure why and what needed to happen to help her feel better. She was definitely depressed but also she was quite dissatisfied with her marriage. Was it just her pists have such expertise. For instance while all therapists should be trained to have good listening skills and to support their clients some have additional training for treating specific concerns such as trauma or eating disorders. It never hurts to ask a therapist if he she has worked with individuals who have similar concerns. Additionally it could make a big difference if my friend wanted therapy just for her or couple s therapy that included her husband. Some therapists have training and experience to work with couples others do not. I encouraged her to be an educated consumer and ask before scheduling an appointment. Second consider how the cost of therapy will be covered. I encouraged my friend to check with her insurance on eligibility for mental health benefits. What might she have for a deductible or co-pay and are there limits on the services provided If she was not using insurance and planned to pay out-of-pocket I suggested she issue and she needed to find a way to happiness Did she need to change something in regard to her marriage It was clear she was overwhelmed and I shared with her that a therapist could be just the kind of support that would help her sort through these concerns and guide her in finding some relief. She lives a few states away from me so I couldn t be of assistance by sharing names I know as a psychologist. However I still had some ideas for her to find a good fit which is so essential for therapy to be beneficial. First if there s a particular kind of issue to address or type of therapy desired it is good to be up front in asking whether theraHERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM inquire about sliding-scale fees in which the cost is usually based upon income. While money can be an awkward conversation it is more than fair to be clear on this before initiating services. Therapists are used to getting these questions. Furthermore if cost was especially concerning I suggested she look into local universities with community clinics staffed by graduate students in training who are supervised by licensed staff. Community mental health centers are also good options. Third therapists have very different approaches for how they view the process of growth and change in their clients. This is good because people are very diverse when it comes to what is helpful. However this also means that not every therapist is a good fit for every client. For instance one therapist might explore in-depth the way my friend thinks about things including herself. This focus on cognitions would assist her in becoming more aware of what she tells herself and consequently how that impacts her feelings and behaviors. It might be determined she has detrimental self-critical thinking that could be replaced with more self-compassionate thoughts. Another therapist might instead focus on her earliest relationships. These would be viewed as formative for how she understands relationships and expects them to work. It would be explored how she attached to her parents along with how she perceived her parents relating to each other and how those early views of relationships remain influential in her marital relationship. Yet another therapist might focus on better symptom manage- ment by exploring times when she feels better and what is different then. Therapy would be a process of reconnecting her with personal strengths and resources that have been helpful in the past and that can be used again. There are countless other approaches that therapists might utilize and in reality many therapists blend multiple approaches anyway. Nevertheless I encouraged her to ask therapists how they view the change and development process that their clients undergo in therapy. I also encouraged her to pay close attention to whether the therapist s response resonated with what she personally felt might be helpful. Most importantly and consistently evidenced by research conducted on therapy it is essential that the client feels comfortable sitting and talking with the therapist. The relationship between the client and therapist is often a major vehicle for change. Only with strong rapport can trust be formed to share deeply personal information take a close look at it and courageously move forward with healing and growth. I suggested to my friend that she pay close attention to the connection she forms (or doesn t form) during her initial contacts with the therapist. My friend did find a therapist who was a good fit and provided helpful support and guidance. As her depression lightened her marriage strengthened. for more information on this topic visit and HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 9 herlife cosmetic surgery dr. lynne hackert m.d. american board of Plastic Surgery american Society of Plastic Surgeons american Society of aesthetic Plastic Surgery California Society of Plastic Surgeons breaSt reConStruCtion queStionS Q. Does everyone with breast cancer have a reconstruction When can mine be done A. Not every person (men can get breast cancer also) with breast cancer will choose to have a reconstruction of some type. Sometimes the timing of the reconstruction varies based on other treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. Some reconstructions can be started at the time the cancer is removed while other times it is better to wait until all other treatments are completed. Q. I m trying to decide between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy. How will this choice determine what happens to my breast in the future A. A lumpectomy removes only the breast tissue just at the site of the cancer while a mastectomy removes the entire breast. Often radiation is needed when a lumpectomy is performed because surrounding breast tissue is left behind. Radiation can make a large difference in future reconstruction options because the tissue will never be normal or unradiated again. Because the breast can also become distorted in shape and overall appearance in future years is unpredictable some women elect instead to have a mastectomy or to have bilateral (both breasts) mastectomies. Although some patients may need radiation after a mastectomy many times radiation is not required. It is important to discuss your specific options with your breast surgeon Q. What are my reconstructive options A. For patients who have very large breasts and have a lumpectomy for resection a breast reduction may make both breasts smaller and more aesthetically pleasing. For patients with mastectomies choices may involve either implants moving tissue from one area of your body to another (perhaps even disconnecting it from its original site and reattaching it by sewing the blood vessels to those in your chest using a microscope) or a combination of both. Not all options may suit your lifestyle or your needs so please Q. Will my reconstructed breast feel like my old breast after my mastectomy A. It is unlikely that your reconstructed breast will feel like your prior breast. After a mastectomy much of that side of your chest and perhaps your underarm will not have any feeling and that may be a permanent change. If a nipple is reconstructed it also will not have feeling. If your breast surgeon is able to keep your nipple during the mastectomy it will also likely be numb. However with time your new breast will feel more like it belongs there and you will become accustomed to its presence whether it is an implant or a flap of your own tissue. Q. I ve heard about so many implants that I don t know what type might be right for me. How do I know what is best A. Your plastic surgeon can show you examples of the two classes of breast implants saline or silicone. A newer type of silicone implant the shaped (or gummy bear ) implant is also available. Each type of implant has limitations on how it will look as part of your reconstruction but your surgeon can discuss your specific case with you at the time of your consultation. be certain to discuss your desires and concerns with your plastic surgeon. Lynne Hackert MD is an active member of the greater Sacramento plastic surgery community and a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. She is currently the Chief of Plastic Surgery for the Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the UC Davis Medical Center. Dr. Hackert is passionate about helping women with breast cancer get through a rough time in their lives and bonds with her community through her service of breast reconstruction. 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 10 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 11 herlife beauty ChooSing a handbag for your body tyPe and Career by ha l l i e sawyer P vocation. etite curvy pear-shaped tall inverted triangle hourglass and apple-shaped are all body types you have heard of but did you know they also dictate what type of handbag you should carry Turns out not everyone can rock the hobo bag. It s all about balance proportion distraction and attraction. rectangular or hourglass figures and especially good for pear-shaped women. A bag like this will fall between hip and natural waist making the shoulders look broader therefore balancing out these figure types. This bag also works for many different professional paths from publishing and marketing to photography. Along those same lines fashion experts say there are handbags to match your career as well. Your handbag can reveal your level of professionalism as well as your attention to detail. Here are some tips for choosing the right handbag for your body type as well as your Crossbody Messenger This handbag works for those who have wider shoulders than hips (called Inverted Triangle) giving the illusion of balance. This type of handbag also works for the curvy or hourglass-shaped ladies as long as the bag is proportionate. When it comes to the career since the crossbody bag has such a casual feel this one isn t a fit for the executive professional wardrobe. This works best in the occupation the name describes as a messenger. Hobo This bag is versatile fitting inverted triangles hourglass petites or those with a leaner rectangular shape. It works because it adds curve where it s needed most. Not all hobos are created equal and they can look slouchy if not chosen wisely. For a work setting look for one that has more structure (more rare but they exist ) and without a lot of detail. One that is simple and sleek with supporting structure will also function for carrying documents in style. Satchel This handbag has been around since the 17th century and for good reason. It s a flat-bottomed bag with a short strap or handle giving shape where it s needed most. This is great for 12 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM the hobo is versatile fitting inverted triangles hourglass petites or those with a leaner rectangular shape. it works because it adds curve where it s needed most. not all hobos are created equal and they can look slouchy if not chosen wisely. for a work setting look for one that has more structure (more rare but they exist ) and without a lot of detail. Tote This bag works well for those who are apple-shaped distracting the eye from the top-heaviness of this body type. It s practical as well as functional for the workplace and is great for carrying big items such as a laptop camera and notebooks. However it s best to invest in a nice leather tote for the office keeping the more casual one for the pool. Shoulder bag These can come in a variety of sizes but they all come with a long strap for looping over the shoulder. This is one of the most popular styles of handbags for good reason. They usually have multiple compartments and hit at the natural waist just above the hip. Inverted triangles rectangular athletic and hourglass are great shapes for this type of bag. Smaller in shape it s an everyday style that gives you the chance to make a great first impression at a job interview. Briefcase While this one isn t really able to mask any body type flaws or distract the eye from any less-than-desirable body parts it does say a lot about a person s level of professionalism. It s a classic handbag that lawyers have used for years to carry documents. A briefcase offers the utmost functionality and nothing says has it together better than this type of high-quality leather handbag. When shopping for the best bag for your shape keep these tips from in mind. The size of a handbag should be proportional to the person s body type. Short and petite women appear taller with small handbags and shorter with large handbags. Tall and slim women appear larger with small handbags and look best with midsize large and oversized styles. The shape of a handbag should be opposite of the person s body type Short women look taller carrying a long rectangular handbag. Slim and tall women benefit from a round handbag. The length of a handbag where the bottom hits the body emphasizes that area. Short handbags make busts appear larger so choose styles with longer straps to divert attention. Most women look good wearing handbags that hang to the mid-torso. Size and comfort are just as important when it comes to purchasing the right handbag. It s important to make sure it has enough compartments for your items and is comfortable to carry. Also a handbag is a great way to accessorize an outfit. Consider seasonal colors to spice up your wardrobe and neutral tones to avoid clashing with a busier outfit. Make sure the bag is durable for its intended use and has proper closures for your security needs such as commuting or airport travel. Finding the right handbag for your body shape and your career is not as hard as you may think. After all it may be the hardest working part of your wardrobe as you use it every day. Why not take the time to pick one that is functional yet flattering Sources HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 13 herlife spotlight Mercy Cancer Institute s Yoga for Cancer Survivors b y rebecca f l a n s b u rg ph o t o s b y c a rm e n s a la z a r D 14 uring a time in their lives that is anything but relaxing Mercy Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento cancer treatment patients are finding a reprieve from the stress and worry of their illness. Dignity Health opened the Mercy Cancer Center in are specially-trained nurses who help guide patients through the care process and act as liaisons with caregivers and physicians. Having the personal support of a nurse navigator who can explain the cancer treatment process helps take some of the mystery out of an alreadyoverwhelming process for patients experiencing cancer treatments. Determined to continue to provide services that would help cancer patients heal in mind body and spirit Dignity Health Senior Director of Oncology Services Lynn Smiley reached out to Yoga Across America in early 2012 with the idea of partnering to provide yoga classes to help their cancer patients during the recovery process. Yoga Across America a Sacramento non-profit dedicated to reaching out to communities and providing a foundation for healthy living was founded by Gina Garcia in 2009. Yoga Across America started as a free yoga program in a public park in Sacramento. Yoga in the Park was originally held at McKinley Park and allowed hundreds of participants to practice yoga every Saturday morning. Inspired and motivated by her students Gina formed Yoga Across America as a project aimed at spreading yoga and wellness educational programs to communities that might not have access to yoga. February 2012 with a goal in mind of offering a streamlined approach to care that allowed the patient to focus on treatment and recovery. Mercy Cancer Center providers consist of board-certified medical and radiation oncologists surgeons and other cancer care specialists. The Mercy Cancer Center also provides a full range of support professionals including advanced imaging technicians home health nurses nutritionists and spiritual care experts. Dignity Health s inpatient and outpatient oncology services throughout the community are known collectively as the Mercy Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento. A state-of-the-art outpatient treatment facility designed with patient comfort and convenience in mind the Mercy Cancer Center also provides options to cancer patients that they are not likely to find at other facilities. One of these unique and value-added services is the Mercy Cancer Institute s Nurse Navigator program. Nurse navigators HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM YAA also provides yoga to soldiers wounded warriors veterans and their families. Gina feels they were a natural fit for The Mercy Cancer Center s goal of creating a healing space for the patients undergoing cancer treatments. They asked if I would be interested in bringing my yoga classes and teachings to the Mercy Cancer Institute patients Gina remembered. I was very honored and said yes immediately. Shortly afterward the Yoga for Cancer Survivors classes began at the Mercy Cancer Center in East Sacramento and Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael. Classes were designed to include physical postures (asanas) slow breathing (pranayama) and meditation. Gina also created classes that focus not only on strength and balance but also on breathing exercises emphasizing the proven fact that breath triggers the part of the central nervous system that promotes rest and healing. In the beginning our classes were small. I remember teaching classes with only one or two patients attending recalled Gina. But we also knew that as patients came and experienced a yoga class for themselves and felt the benefits they would come back again. And that s exactly what happened. Led by YAA instructor Johanna Yungman class size has now grown to an average of 20 participants and classes occur several times a week. These classes are often immediately followed by access to the support of staff along with the support of other patients. Thanks to the success and proven benefits of The Mercy Cancer Institute s free yoga classes Gina expects the day will come when they outgrow their current space. These yoga classes have not only proven to help ease the symptoms and the anxiety of cancer treatment they have also provided a way for patients undergoing treatment at The Mercy Cancer Institute to find peace comfort and camaraderie amongst each other. Cancer survivors taking the classes say practicing yoga not only helps to ease the pain and nausea that occur during their treatment but it also helps to reduce their feelings of uncertainty and isolation. Mercy Cancer Institute s yoga classes have proven not only popular for patients but incredibly beneficial for the teachers as well. When you have the privilege of serving people who are literally fighting for their lives it inspires you. It s transformational in your own life as well Gina reflected. Gina shared that she receives tremendous reward from watching cancer survivors go from a state of fear to one more of peace and hope for what is possible. We want to continue to be able to bring a sense of joy and dignity to our yoga students Gina affirmed. To be able to teach people to enjoy life in the moment is a gift we all should learn. for more information about our Mercy Cancer Center and the Nurse Navigators call 1-855-MercyNav (1-855-637-2962) or visit sacramento. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 15 herlife cravings b y tam ar a be rg ph o t o s b y nic o le z it z e lb e rg e r places you can enjoy a fine meal inside a historical landmark in Old Sacramento. The large restaurant has a view for everyone to enjoy. When seated in the courtyard you can t help but gaze at the sprawling trees and art sculptures. Step inside the restaurant and you ll be amazed by the art work rustic bars and spacious ambiance. The restaurant is very well-known for its underground wine cellar boasting thousands of bottles for every occasion and one of the best collections of wine in the Central Valley. The Firehouse Restaurant is a culinary destination. Executive Chef Deneb Williams has been dreaming up and crafting dishes here W hen it comes to fine dining in Sacramento you have many options. After all we do live in America s farmto-fork capital. It s not every day though that you can have an elegant dish paired with a bit of Sacramento history. The Firehouse Restaurant is one of the few for seven years. He describes his food as nouveau continental and multicultural. I do a lot of fusion. On any menu you ll see South American Japanese Thai and North African cuisine shared Williams. This style was very apparent in the popular Frutti Di Mare a seafood lover s delight. Nigerian saltwater prawns Maine lobster tail sea scallops and heirloom tomato cipollini risotto make this dish a standout. Every bite was full of freshness flavor and flair. Chef Williams is all about embracing seasonality by using only local and fresh ingredients. Like many other fine dining restaurants you can expect the menu to change frequently. Some staples such as filet mignon and Delmonico steaks will always be available. The chef says special requests aren t a problem since everything right down to the sauces is made daily. Everything s made from scratch. A lot of the sauces are classics. We start with chicken stocks and veal stocks and then we make endless variations. Those variations are plated up to please. One of my favorite items was the salmon heirloom salad. It 16 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM was colorful seasonal light but filling a perfect lunch salad to enjoy in the courtyard. The next dish brought out was the pork belly. When it comes to presentation this was one of the prettiest dishes I enjoyed. Artistic presentation is the most important. People eat with their eyes so you want food to look attractive and you want the food to blow their minds shared Williams. That s exactly what the pork belly did. It was tender and soft on the palate. The sauce and seasoning complemented the ensemble well. It was more than just a beautiful dish it was simply a great-tasting piece of meat. Desserts at The Firehouse are classic and made to order. When s the last time you could say you ve had a chocolate souffl This decadent dessert is a staple item on the menu but remember perfection takes time. Pastry Chef Nichol Santisteven revealed We do a souffl and not every restaurant can do it right. They are temperamental dishes and customers are willing to wait 20 minutes for one of our souffl s. Dining at The Firehouse is one of the best ways to show a new friend a piece of Old Sacramento history or to celebrate a milestone in your life. The spaces in the restaurant are large enough for weddings private parties or business meetings. Special occasions are great but when you want an amazing meal this is where you come affirmed Chef Williams. At the Firehouse don t expect just a meal expect an experience. Even though the restaurant is known for fine dining you can get a great meal at a reasonable price. Lunch is the best time to get a meal to delight and even during the week there are happy hour specials. If you love oysters this is the place to be. Happy hour offers them up for only 12 a dozen. Wine Tasting Tuesdays are a great time to try new wines when you can enjoy wine tastings and education in the cellar every Tuesday from 5 30 to 6 30 p.m. for only 10. Sommeliers lead the tasting and share a different theme each week. The Firehouse will leave you with a lasting impression. Each bite each sip and every step around the restaurant will impress you. Don t think of it as just the special occasion place consider the weekly specials and great lunch deals. The firehouse Restaurant is located at 1112 Second Street in Old Sacramento between K and l Streets. Visit The firehouse Restaurant online at to preview menus hours make reservations and learn more about this historic building and elegant restaurant. Tamara is a familiar face around Sacramento. if you re awake before sunrise you can see her on KCRA Channel 3 Berg is a familiar face around Sacramento. if you re awake before sunrise you can see her on KCRA Channel 3 weekday mornings delivering your first Alert forecast. Tamara has called Northern California for over over a weekday mornings delivering your first Alert forecast. Tamara has called Northern California homehome for a year. year. When she isn t forecasting or running in races she enjoys exploring Sacramento...especially the restaurants When she isn t forecasting or running in local local races she enjoys exploring Sacramento...especially the restaurants You can on Tamara to not only project a great great forecast also sniff out a out a great restaurant Capital You can count count on Tamara to not only project a forecast but to but to also sniff great restaurant in the in the Capital City. if you have questions or comments for contact her via her via social media at KCRA Berg or check City. if you have questions or comments for Tamara Tamara contact social media at KCRA Tamara Tamara Berg orout check out her complete at for your daily your daily forecast tune into tune 3 weekday weekday mornher complete biography biography at for forecast be sure to be sure toKCRAinto KCRA 3mornings from ings from 4 30am-7am and KQCA from 4 30am-7am and KQCA from 7-9am. 7-9am. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 17 herlife recipes SauSage laSagna rollS re c ipes an d phot ograp hy b y v er y cu l i n ar y. com Makes 8 rolls Prep time 20 minutes Cooking time 25 minutes ingredients 8 lasagna noodles 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 1 pound ground pork 2 cloves garlic minced 1 cup ricotta cheese 1 egg 1 3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 3 cup grated mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons milk tablespoon Italian seasoning salt and pepper 2 cups traditional or marinara spaghetti sauce directions 1. Bring a large pot of water to boil add a pinch of salt and lasagna noodles. Cook until al dente. Drain drizzle with a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking set aside. 2. While the pasta cooks warm oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and garlic cook for about 3 minutes until no pink remains. Drain and set aside. 3. In a large bowl stir together ricotta and next five ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Add sausage and cup spaghetti sauce mix until just combined. 4. Preheat oven to 375 . Spread one cup of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a 9 13 baking dish. Spread 1 3 cup of the sausage mixture on each lasagna noodle and roll up like a jelly roll. Arrange rolls seam side down in the baking dish. Top with remaining spaghetti sauce. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 25 minutes. 18 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM halloween Pretzel rodS re c ipes an d phot ogra p hy b y v er y cu l i n ar y. com Makes 25 Prep time 30 minutes ingredients 1 package thick pretzel rods 6 ounces white baking chocolate chips 1 (2.5 ounce) container chocolate sprinkles 1 (2.5 ounce) container orange sprinkles directions 1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil. 2. In a small bowl combine the chocolate and orange sprinkles. 3. Place white chocolate in a medium microwavable bowl and melt in the microwave in 30-second intervals on low stirring in between. Repeat until melted and smooth. Transfer to a tall mug. 4. Place a pretzel rod inside the mug and twirl around coating about 2 3 of the rod and wriggle to shake off any excess chocolate. Sprinkle the chocolate and orange sprinkles (as much or as little as you like) over each rod. Lay each pretzel on the cookie sheet. 5. Place cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to set and dry completely. Store in a cool place. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 19 herlife fine things vintage jewelry what to buy and what to avoid by b re ro a c h T here s something about the word vintage that makes everything sound more authentic. For example if your jacket is vintage leather then it s probably going to be more sought-after than an everyday leather jacket. Vintage furniture is another trending item but perhaps the most desired vintage item is with. Treat it like a guy who s taking you out to a four course meal. Chanel jewelry for example has changed its design since the 1960s so if you know exactly what you want what era you want it from and which designer you will make your search much less complicated. Don t be fooled by misspelled logos or manufacturing location either. Look extremely close because you don t want to find out you got scammed by a Versace that was Made in France and not Made in Italy. Two of the top vintage jewelry websites are The Vintage Frames Company and Dope Couture. If you ve got your search narrowed then you ll have an easy time navigating around the jewelry on both of these websites. However if you want to physically see and feel the jewelry then head to a consignment that is known for its jewelry display. Ask the retailers and staff members as many questions as you can because it s worth it and that s their job. After finding your perfect piece of jewelry follow these helpful tips on maintaining its quality. First wear it with care because vintage jewelry is extremely difficult to repair. Second store it in pouches that are soft and preferably have zippers. Finally use a jewelry polishing cloth and never place it directly under running water. These few steps will definitely keep your jewelry in mint condition and when you re ready to sell the piece it will be in good enough shape to get some money in return. When it comes to finding vintage jewelry it can be a little intimidating. Just make sure you know what you want before diving in head first because the waters of vintage jewelry buying are murky and endless. Be determined that you won t get scammed and then make an effort to be critical of the details regarding the piece. Vintage jewelry is quickly becoming a lifelong gift from one person to another (think engagement ring) because it shows that they put research and effort into obtaining the piece. Vintage is trendy and rare so don t be afraid to get creative and think outside of the box especially since you know you ll be one of very few people with the piece. Your wardrobe will thank you later. jewelry. Not only does it have a history but it has already stood the test of time reassuring you that it will only get better with each passing day. For most vintage jewelry however it can quite literally be like finding the diamond in the rough--you might have to kiss a few toads before you find your Peruzzi-cut prince. A good eye and sharp mind are required when searching for vintage jewelry. One great site to find vintage jewelry is eBay where they have numerous products from which to choose. It s important to note before getting started shopping online that vintage and antique are two different things so if you re looking for the real thing then you have to learn how to spot it. Antique jewelry is typically 100 years old or older. If you see a ring online that is only 20 years old that s not necessarily antique. Vintage jewelry on the other hand was made during the retro-Modern period the 1940s and 1950s.There may be a vintage reproduction (see also knock off ) that is made to look like the authentic jewelry piece but isn t which is why it s important to know the difference. EBay has an entire vintage jewelry buying guide that details how crucial it is to look at the condition of the piece as well as familiar- ize yourself with some household vintage designers. If the piece of jewelry is older more elaborate or in excellent condition then you re probably going to be paying a higher price for it than something that s simple and only 30 years old. Be wary of chips or cracks corrosion or discoloration because those flaws cannot be repaired. Study the photographs they post online intensely. The next step is to get friendly with the names of vintage jewelry. If you prefer big costume jewelry then keep Weiss Juliana Coro and Haskell in mind when shopping online. Brush up on your history of the designs of the jewelry as well. It may sound a little extensive but think of it this way would you date a guy without doing a little background research on him Probably not so don t treat your jewelry like some guy you re grabbing coffee 20 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Sources and HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 21 herlife inspirations 22 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Edie Lambert Reporter and Educator by re b e c c a f la ns b urg p h o t o s b y b rig g s photogr a phy h a i r a n d m a k e u p by si dne y l e s h o t o n l o c a t i o n a t K CR A3 studi os along with reporting on breaking stories in the field. Edie joined KCRA in July 1995 as a reporter and morning anchor and she s now teamed up with co-anchors Gulstan Dart and Kellie DeMarco. Edie arrives at work around 2 45 p.m. and dives right into the prep work for the first newscast at 5 00 p.m. The hours preceding all newscasts are used for writing stories researching facts tightening up story lines and reworking scripts to reflect her own voice. Our producers respond to a tremendous amount of information said Edie. It s very important for me to be an extra set of eyes and ears that can check and double-check facts on upcoming stories. Holding a degree in political science Edie is especially interested in political coverage. I firmly believe that in a democracy it s the primary responsibility of the media to provide people with the solid information they need to make good political decisions shared Edie. Her passion for politics shone through during her one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama part of which aired on NBC Nightly News in December 2012. This segment is one of the many that Edie W hen many of us are glancing at the clock and looking forward to the end of the workday Edie Lambert s workday is just beginning. As a long-time TV journalist at KCRA in Sacramento Edie s busy schedule includes anchoring the 5 00 6 30 and 11 00 p.m. newscasts considers a highlight in her successful news career. I love reporting and bringing people the news affirmed Edie. I remember early on in my career when I worked for KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara California that I was honestly amazed I was getting paid to do something so exciting fulfilling and challenging. Her dedication to accurate reporting holds true with all of her newscasts even at 11 00 p.m. when most people are winding down or already in bed. I am a night owl by nature said Edie. So I am fortunate to have a burst of energy around 9 00 p.m. which keeps me going into the late hours of night. As a mom to a beautiful little girl now three Edie spends her mornings focusing on her daughter and she also makes time to run home between newscasts to read a story and put her daughter to bed. Like anything in life there s a trade-off shared Edie. I am blessed with a very supportive husband and together we ve created a schedule that works for our family. When asked what has surprised her most about her role as a mom Edie responded Since the birth of my daughter I feel like I ve discovered a seemingly infinite well of patience. I know that whatever is happening in that moment my daughter is doing the best she can. She is such a gift to our lives. Another passion and love Edie has is her dedication to breast HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 23 cancer research education and fundraising. She won a regional Emmy for a documentary on breast cancer and has been nominated for Emmy awards an additional five times. Cancer touched her family at an early age when a much-loved aunt was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in the late 70s. I knew my aunt was sick Edie revealed. But it was an era when the word breast was not used in many households or even by the media. It wasn t considered polite. Edie s aunt had the best medical treatment available at the time and valiantly fought the disease for another 18 years. Even though we were separated by many miles my aunt and I always knew we were there for each other Edie added. She continues to inspire my determination to find a cure for this disease. Amazing strides have been made since her aunt s diagnosis in the field of early detection treatment research and education of breast cancer. If we look at the mortality rates now compared to the 70s you can see how far we have come in effectively battling this disease Edie added. She also shared that the inception of the Susan G. Komen Foundation s Race for the Cure in 1983 helped it become socially acceptable to talk about breast cancer champion the cause wear pink to signify a message and rally friends. Komen Foundation was the first to create the pink ribbon branding that we all have come to know and identify with breast cancer awareness. 24 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM The Sacramento Valley Affiliate of the Komen Foundation will hold its next Race for the Cure in May 2014. I ve seen an enormous shift in consciousness and awareness in the past two decades Edie commented. It s saving lives because the education and screenings are helping women find their cancers early when they are more treatable. I also have tremendous hope that we will find a cure for breast cancer soon. Edie is occasionally asked why she puts so much time effort and emphasis on breast cancer research when there are many other life-threatening diseases. I believe that when you unlock the mystery of one cancer it has the potential to help us understand and treat a wider range of other cases and types of cancer. Edie goes on to share a recent example of how her own father battled sarcoma a softtissue cancer that only makes up around 1 percent of all cancers. The treatment for the tumor in his leg was a form of chemotherapy developed for breast cancer more proof that the discoveries in one cancer can help many other forms of the disease. In the meantime Edie is honored to continue to provide support media coverage and fundraising assistance. Her most recent project was in September as the co-chair of the Publicity Committee for the Hope Gala the 100th anniversary fundraiser gala for the American Cancer Society. To date the Hope Gala has raised more than 800 000 for the American Cancer Society. But it s not all glamour and galas. Edie is also a participant in a research program called CPS-3. The American Cancer Society s Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have no personal history of cancer to join this historic research study. The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300 000 adults from various racial and ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. CPS-3 is a grassroots effort in which local communities from across the country can support cancer research not just through fundraising efforts but also by participating actively in this historic research study. Seventeen years after first volunteering at a Race for the Cure Edie remains steadfast in her determination to help women and families touched by cancer. I cherish the emails cards and letters sent to me by women who found their own cancers because of stories and education that I was able to promote on KCRA-TV Edie offered. I am truly blessed to work for a news station that has shown a big commitment to creating awareness around a disease that affects one in every eight women. Most cases are very treatable when caught early. The best part of my job hands down is learning something new all the time and being able to communicate that information to other people. It s a privilege. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 25 herlife community spotlight Dr. Ernie Bodai s tor y a n d p h o t o s by t im h a rris breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month we introduce you to Ernie Bodai MD. Born in Budapest Hungary in 1951 he and his family lived in a bomb shelter for nearly a year before they managed to escape during the Hungarian Revolution in 1957 and come to the United States. Dr. Bodai served as Chief of Surgery Kaiser Permanente Sacramento for 15 years and is the CEO of CureBreastCancer Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing breast health awareness and education to all women and their families. We re sharing this conversation with you 26 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM A s we celebrate the coming of fall October also marks a special month for women s health known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the United States in 2009 211 731 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40 676 women died from the disease. Except for skin cancer today because he s also the man behind the well-known Breast Cancer Research Stamp and directs the Kaiser Permanente Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic in Sacramento which has been recognized nationally as a Center of Excellence. Dr. Bodai has been much more than a surgeon in the fight against breast cancer. His journey and the journey of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp (BCRS) has taken him to the halls of Congress as a one-man lobbying effort on travels throughout the world as the BCRS continues its global journey and through the treatment of prostate cancer and his own experiences as a cancer survivor. After treating thousands of patients with breast cancer Dr. Bodai became frustrated with the pace of funding for research to find a cure. In a remarkable lobbying effort he was able to persuade Congress and the U.S. Postal Service to issue the Breast Cancer Research Stamp the first stamp in U.S. history to sell at more than face value with the surplus amount donated directly to the National Institutes of Health and the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense. Since the issuance of the stamp in 1998 there have been more than 967 million Breast Cancer Research Stamps sold raising more than 93 million for lifesaving research education treatment and survivorship care. In 2011 President Obama signed S.384 which extended the sale of the BCRS for four more years. Today Dr. Bodai and CureBreastCancer Inc. continue to help the grass roots efforts of the BCRS on its global journey and sell the one billionth stamp in the United States. Dr. Bodai also played a key role in the creation of the Kaiser Permanente Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic in Sacramento. The survivorship clinic adds a new dimension in cancer treatment stated Dr. Bodai. The program is meant to educate and support women when they become cancer-free monitor post-treatment complications and help women make the transition from being a breast cancer patient to being a breast cancer survivor. Because of early detection advanced technology and early treatment breast cancer is on pace to become a chronic condition and no longer a disease that automatically ends in death affirmed Dr. Bodai. We started this clinic because there s a growing need to support educate and inform survivors about their cancer and the role their lifestyle plays in preventing recurrence. With a focus on holistic health and nutrition Dr. Bodai has found that lifestyle changes in a survivor s nutrition and physical activity can make a drastic difference in recurrence prevention. This is found to be especially true when survivorship care quickly follows a patient s primary cancer treatment. They ve just been through a very horrible journey and we think that we have a teachable moment with them where we can talk about exercise diet and how important these factors are in preventing recurrence explained Dr. Bodai. Even after being declared cancer free all survivors deal with unresolved medical issues and long-term side effects of treatment Dr. Bodai noted. Now we offer a comfortable office and exam room to sit down with these brave women and review their treatment summary discuss what changes to expect in their health explain how to lessen the chances of recurrence offer classes and support groups and just be available when they need someone to talk to on our staff. The clinic currently serves almost 400 Sacramento area women every year giving them the tools they need to help recover. Dr. Bodai a long-time breast cancer surgeon who voluntarily gave up surgery now dedicates his time to the survivorship clinic and the continued growth of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp s campaign to sell the one billionth stamp. With the holiday season approaching we can all help make a difference and support this fight against breast cancer. Soon we will be mailing cards to family and friends and can consider the Breast Cancer Research Stamp to help send our message of hope and love this holiday season. For just a few cents more you too can fund the fight to find a cure. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 27 herlife mother s perspective how to know when you re ready to Start a family F for you. b y lis a t a ra n t o b u t le r and take a thorough look at your budget. Will you need a bigger home Will you have two incomes or one Have you considered the costs of daycare or babysitting Do you have baby equipment and clothing If not where will you get it Are you breastfeeding or feeding with formula These are all factors in family finances. irst comes love then comes marriage then comes so-and-so with a baby carriage At least that s how the old playground song goes but are those sentiments true for you Do you daydream about family life or think you need a little more time on your own Does the sound of a crying infant make you want to rock-a-bye baby or buy a pair of ear plugs Deciding to start a family is exciting but requires much thought and consideration. Before you take the plunge into parenthood tread the shallow waters to see if the baby pool is Partner Harmony Unless you are starting a family on your own when it comes to having children no one plays a bigger part than your significant other. Although you may have agreed that children would someday be in the picture your partner may be on a different timeline than you. Make sure to have an open honest conversation about your family visions. Deciding to have a baby is a major life decision and if someone isn t quite ready for parenthood things can go awry. Keep the lines of communication open be honest and address any concerns that one or both of you may have. Children are full of energy and can zap you of yours so consider how much get-up-and-go you have now and multiply that by a hundred. that s about how much energy you will need when kids come into the picture. Career Conclusion Children and jobs each require time. How will raising a child affect your career or your partner s career Make sure to realistically consider how having a child will change your livelihood. Will one or both of you continue to work Is working part time an option Do you need to keep the income at or above what you are currently making Assess Your Finances From toddlers to teens kids cost cash. Carrying a baby for nine months is different than carrying all the expenses that come with having a child. Decide if your finances can handle the added demands 28 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM What about maternity or paternity leaves Is your workplace supportive of families and children s needs Having a child means sick children doctor s appointments school functions and daycare pick-up at specific times. If your job doesn t offer a flexible schedule the ability to work from home or daycare benefits you may want to reconsider your options. However if the pay is substantial then you may be able to reconsider the lack of family emphasis. Try recharging your battery by exercising daily. Studies continually show regular exercise is better than a nap for boosting energy levels. Once a baby is born it is easy to tend to his or her needs and forget your own but that isn t good for any family. The Daily Grind The day-to-day life of a parent is ever-changing. What happens one day may not be anything close to what happens the next but following a schedule is important to keeping things on track. Think of your life right now. Are you a Sally Scheduler or Willy Nilly If being able to go out a lot and sleeping late are important to you then having a family now may not be the answer. Babies and toddlers need a schedule to make sure they are eating and sleeping enough and getting adequate stimulation. Parents need a schedule to maintain cohesiveness and to keep our sanity. Time Whether it is time alone with your honey or just time for yourself kids take up a bunch of it. Babies require diapering feeding bathing and soothing in 24-hour increments. Housework organization and free time take a back seat to babies but making time for you and your partner is important so including this in your parenting plans is crucial to family success. Surprise Energy Children are full of energy and can zap you of yours so consider how much get-up-and-go you have now and multiply that by a hundred. That s about how much energy you will need when kids come into the picture. Nurturing a child takes quite a bit of effort not to mention endurance. Consider your current health status. Do you eat right exercise and generally feel good If not maybe holding off on kids and tending to your own needs may be the better option for now. Sources You can plan and prepare for having a child but when it comes right down to it everything from pregnancy and labor to life after baby is unpredictable and erratic. No one truly knows how they will feel after taking a look at that brand new face but gut instincts are usually right on the money. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 29 herlife home PreParing your garden and landSCaPe for winter b y ho p e f e rg us o n Beautiful Shade Gardens and The Ultimate Flower Gardener s Top Ten List. She likes the interplay of shape and texture using foliage as well as blooms. But as with all good things gardens come to an end this time of year creating the need to consider what we can do now to help our gardens bloom and bring us pleasure next spring and summer. Mendez and Stacey Fillion of Power Equipment Plus gave us a few tips to keep those gardens glorious next year. Late September through first frost is the time to plant bulbs. It s still too early to cut the garden back but you can start planting your tulips lilies daffodils hyacinth and crocuses. To prevent critters from devouring your hard work throw a handful of crushed gravel or chicken grit in with the bulbs and on top of your flower bed to protect it. 30 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM I n July Kerry Ann Mendez s garden was buzzing with life. There were a golden four-foot Japanese maple rose bushes yarrow spiraea and hydrangeas interspersed with sweet-smelling oriental lilies and hostas with delicate white bell-shaped blooms. Mendez is the author of two gardening books Top Ten Lists for To protect vegetable gardens Fillion suggests planting a top crop of winter wheat which will help keep weeds at bay. The top crop will also add nutrients for the plants to use during growing season. Now is also time to divide your flowers. Dig the plant out using a spade sharp knife or a garden fork. Cut the flowers apart not injuring the bulbs reset in fresh soil and compost or manure to help add nutrients to ensure a healthy bloom. You may find some baby bulbs buried in the dirt. In a few years these babies should be able to produce full-fledged flowers so let them be says Fillion who also cautions that many tulips especially the new hybrid tulips tend to only bloom for three to five years before they need to be replanted. For ailing beds the problem could be poor soil so make sure to fertilize those plants. It also could be chipmunks or bolls Mendez noted so be sure to sprinkle that gravel. Mendez also advised I always remind people to remember to water especially if we have a dry autumn. A lot of people get tired of gardening late in the season so you have plants that are very thirsty. For rhododendron holly and boxwood you may want to spray in November with an anti-transpirant like Wilt-Pruf to protect leaves over the long winter because evergreens can lose moisture from their leaves and they aren t able to replace it during the winter Mendez explained. Leave ornamental shrubs alone advised Mendez. Don t prune them let them naturally go to sleep. Even your woody flowering shrubs need a natural rest. Take time to weed your gardens especially annual and perennial beds. The more you weed in the fall the less you will have to do later. Plus it s cooler and there s less growth. Continue to mow the lawn Mendez said. To put your garden to bed you need to use the right tools. For weeding Stacy Fillion of Power Equipment Plus prefers a small hand tool or an electric cultivator which is four to six inches wide and makes light work of it. She uses a saw-tooth shovel machete or garden fork to divide her flowers the garden fork gently separates the flowers. To plant bulbs she likes the cone-shaped bulb planter. All flower beds have a moat to separate them from the lawn filled with mulch or plastic to keep the lawn from growing into the bed she explained. To edge her lawn I use an edging spade. It looks like a hoe but straight. I put it at a 45-degree angle and take out whatever is in there. Electric edgers on wheels are also an option. Now that we have a list of tasks and tools we can get to work then greet our beautiful garden next spring. Sources and HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 31 herlife trendsetter brown houSe on h 5379 h st sacramento (916) 973-1693 brownhouseonh photography dee yates hair and makeup melissa holter-boyes of artisan salon model emily stirlen location downtown sacramento 32 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 33 34 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 35 36 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 37 38 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM herlife green living going green at your groCery Store by lindsay whelchel seem daunting to some. But in a grocery store we quite literally have the world at our fingertips. And if we make a few smart decisions where we can that world will thank us in a very tangible way. We really want women to understand that the importance of the green conversation is about creating a healthy home and healthy families rather than singularly trying to solve the climate change debate said Terri Bennett founder of Do Your Part a green information initiative aimed at empowering women with tools to make their homes and lives healthier by going green. For Terri a former meteorologist the environment is directly affected by the purchases we as consumers make. The greenest thing you can do is become an educated consumer so when you re buying things you re buying products that are not only safer for the environment but are made by companies that are walking the walk and talking the talk Terri said. Labels like fair trade and organic might mean slightly higher prices but there are benefits and ways to save. Start small and work more organic items into your budget as you go along Terri explains. The Environmental Working Group a nonprofit organization has outlined the Dirty Dozen a list of produce most susceptible to pesticide absorption. These are foodie favorites such as blueberries 40 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM W e ve all been there at the grocery store faced with the task of gathering the weekly essentials. With a multitude of inner battles that range from conquering your sweet tooth to making your purchases fit into a budget the idea that we should go green might spinach and strawberries and are the items one should switch to organic with first to avoid consumption of potentially harmful chemicals Terri notes. The organization also has a Clean 15 which is a list of produce not as impacted by chemicals and therefore not as imperative in the organic debate. These are goodies like avocados and mangoes. This list can help you save to pay higher prices for the Dirty Dozen. And speaking of the organic debate the term goes beyond what ingredients are going into your body though Terri stresses to make a habit of reading the labels to make smarter decisions. Organic items have benefits deep-rooted to the farmers and communities where the food was grown. I m not bringing those chemicals into my body but more importantly the farmers who have grown those crops have not been exposed to the chemicals. The people who live around the farms have not been exposed and when it rains the chemicals used on the crops are not washing into our waterways. So organic has multiple levels of importance Terri said. Another area to consider being green with an added benefit to your budget is with household items such as cleaning supplies. What most people who go to the grocery store fail to recognize is that there are so many chemicals used in the products that are made today. There s a great misconception that if you can buy a product in the United States it must be safe and that is simply not true. Terri asserted. She advises to check for the ominous skull and crossbones graphic on an item and if present steer clear. My green cleaning kit consists of six ingredients which are vinegar baking soda hydrogen peroxide olive oil oxygenated bleach and borax. I can clean my en- tire house on those inexpensive products safely and without bringing toxic chemicals into my home Terri said. So now that you ve made a few purchasing decisions how are you going to get the basket full of stuff from the store to your home Beyond the easy answer of reusable cloth or canvas shopping bags the big question is paper or plastic According to a report from the Washington Post plastic bags take less energy to produce than paper ones and given that the production of paper bags takes an annual total of 14 million trees one might proclaim plastic the prime option. But when we learn that chemicals commonly used to produce plastic bags are classified as generating hazardous waste and the process to recycle plastic is expensive and complicated we might be at a loss as to what to choose. In this case whatever you decide re-use. Go with sustainable bags or no bags at all when you can. When you can t put those plastics and paper to use around your home as trash can liners and packing materials the report advises. Ultimately it s about making small changes that add up. We never say throw everything out and start over. There s no way you could possibly do everything to be green but we can all start doing our part creating healthier lives which in turn can lead to a healthier planet Terri affirmed. Sources HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 41 herlife real estate downSizing 101 the art of moving to a Smaller living SPaCe b y g a il s ilve rs t e in loved one kids moving out of the family home remarriage or financial reasons downsizing can be downright daunting and outright emotional. But instead of feeling overwhelmed just take a deep breath and move...forward For all you soon-to-be empty-nesters or those who are renting and need to relocate here are the top ten tips to total trimming transformation. Make a list of all the items you absolutely can t live without then stick firmly to that list. Enlist the advice of a trusted friend or family member if you absolutely can t make up your mind. They ll be sure to remind you that you don t fit into those bell-bottom jeans from high school any more. Start in your kitchen. Why No one sheds a tear over discard42 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM A house is just a place for our stuff exclaimed comedian George Carlin in his classic 1986 standup routine. No statement could ring more true especially when you re trying to downsize your home in preparation for a move. Whether due to loss of a ing one more plastic container or stained measuring cup. If you experience success downsizing in this unsentimental area you will be more motivated to move on to the rest of the house. Separate your stuff into three categories Keep Throw Away and Donate Sell. Yes it s that easy. And you can actually make a profit holding a garage sale consigning high end items or trying your hand at eBay. Also some moving companies offer clients waste disposal services and will take care of discarding hazardous chemicals and old paint. Consider giving away books video tapes and other useful stuff to a neighbor a charity or a library. De-clutter areas at least three months before the big move. If you re like the rest of us that means paper clutter in particular. Do you really need to hold onto tax returns from 18 years ago Paper is the real killer says Jennie Davidson a Toronto-based moving planner and co-owner of Wren Designs. She adds photographs to her list. Scanning your photos and saving them to your computer or to disk is a space-saving solution. Size up your new living space. Get a floor plan with measure- able pieces. de-clutter areas at least three months before the big move. if you re like the rest of us that means paper clutter in particular. do you really need to hold onto tax returns from 18 years ago ments if possible to assess if all your furniture will fit. There s free software online available for those of us who need visual help with this useful suggestion. This tip is also the perfect dose of reality for those of us (yes me) who can t part with sentimental items like my son s preschool papers and my daughter s baby clothes. Check out the storage in your new digs and believe me there s never enough storage. Which brings me to the next tip... Storage. To quote comedian George Carlin again There s a whole industry based on where to put your stuff So if you have to move in a hurry consider storing some of your larger or pricey items in a storage facility until you can decide what to do with these valu- Get help. Whether it s family or good friends don t downsize alone. Order a pizza and ask everyone to pitch in. If you don t have family nearby or you re too emotional to do the deed hire a professional organizer. Many organizers are experienced with downsizing and are sensitive to the emotional impact of the process says Karen Kingston author of Clear Your Clutter with fengShui. Get organized. Once you have sorted stored and sold your stuff make sure to label all of your boxes by room or area you may also use a numbering system for identification. That way unpacking in your smaller living space will be a cinch. Move and unpack items that you ll need right away like bathroom toiletries. Furniture first. Once you have the big bulky items in the proper place you ll be able to unpack the small stuff without delay. Be sure to arrange furniture on a floor plan first there s nothing more draining than rearranging furniture when you re already tired from the big move. Refer to tip number five and know ahead of time where each piece of furniture will be going. Then you can enjoy your pizza and even sit down in the furniture you just settled. Relax and enjoy your new living space Don t forget to send out new address cards or email and inform the post office. Host a housewarming party or invite a few friends over to celebrate your new digs. Life is a journey so share it with those you love. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 43 herlife prime walk thiS way b y lis a t a ra nt o b ut le r our weight under control and gives us added energy. But what many walkers (and would-be walkers) don t realize is that proper form speed and exertion spent walking make a huge difference in the results you see long after the laces are untied. Proper Form Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise for the body but if it has been a while since your last major walk you could risk more than a blister if you don t stride right. First think about striking the foot heel to toe. Striking the heel first allows your ankle to move through its full range of motion. So step forward landing about midway on the heel. Roll the foot forward to the ball of the foot and as you exit think about raising the heel and pushing off the big toe. Second walk as proud as a peacock Lift your chest high and relax your shoulders down away from your ears. Hold your abdominal muscles back toward your spine. Let your arms fall in a comfortable position next to your body. Don t let them flail about but bend your elbows enough that you can drive your arms back. Make sure to keep your head and hands in a neutral position. Just cup the hand. Don t make tight fist. This only adds stress to your shoulders and arms. Speed I can t tell you how many times I have witnessed walkers talk44 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM M ost of us know the health benefits of walking. Walking on a regular basis lowers our blood pressure increases our lung capacity strengthens our core muscles and lowers our risk of heart disease and other ailments. In addition when combined with a healthy diet walking helps keep ing on the cell phone. If you are talking on the phone while you are walking you should either be in the mall or in your own back yard. It isn t safe to walk and talk on the phone. You can t pay attention to your surroundings and you certainly aren t walking at a pace that will make a difference in your results. Feel free to keep the phone handy for an emergency but stay off the horn when you are walking. If you are walking and having a conversation with more than one-word answers you are walking too slowly. Exertion Along with speed exertion plays a major role in the results you see from walking. If you are new to walking for exercise graduate slowly by adding hills and longer walks to your program. Try intervals for even faster results. Walk for one minute as fast as you can and then walk another minute slow and recovering. Repeat 10 times for a 20 minute interval. Shoes and Such Good footwear is key to a winning walk. Choose shoes with proper arch support a firm heel and thick flexible soles to cushion your feet and absorb shock. Test out your possible pair by walking around the store before you buy. As far as your walking wardrobe aim for comfortable clothing and dress in layers according to the weather. If you are on foot in the evening wear reflective tape or bright colors so drivers can see you. Stick to walking on paths or sidewalks after dusk. S.M.A.R.T. goals To stay on track and stay motivated set S.M.A.R.T goals for yourself. Specific - Make sure your goal is not too general. Measureable - How many miles How much speed Attainable - A smart goal should be achievable. Realistic - Too-lofty goals cannot be attained but challenge your mind and body. Timely - A smart goal should have a time period in which it will be accomplished. Track Your Progress Try keeping a record of how many steps you take how many miles you walk and how many calories you burn. Walking phone apps are great for tracking your progress or use a pedometer to set daily step goals. Reviewing your progress will help keep you motivated and provide inspiration to stay on track. Stay Motivated As with any workout program changing the routine now and again will keep you from becoming bored or from seeing a plateau in your results. Add a new walking route or drive to a destination to take a totally different trek. Invite a friend to walk with you on a certain day of the week or try the treadmill on a rainy day. Just imagine you are walking in a favorite vacation place. Sometimes the first steps can be difficult but once you are on the path to walking regularly you will reap the benefits. If something gets in the way and you miss out on walking for a few days don t give up. Get right back on track by lacing up those shoes and stepping out toward a healthier future. get s HERLIFE d istribute complimentary copies to professional offices r throughout the greate Sacramento area. BUSINESS IVERED TO YOUR HAVE COPIES DEL TO AT T BETH DOSTAL PLEASE CONTAC AZINE.COM. AG BETH HERLIFEM 916-476-3570 OR BE WELCOMED BE HONORED BE EMBRACED BELONG. FIND OUT WHAT SENIOR LIVING WAS MEANT TO BE Welcome to comfortable elegant surroundings. Welcome to a level of service so extraordinary it has a name WESTclass. The Commons 916.683.6833 Independent Assisted Living and Memory Care Community a t E lk G r ove 9564 Sabrina Lane Elk Grove CA RCFE 347005012 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 45 herlife tie the knot Nicole Jason & Tied the Knot May 31 2013 N by mar i l y n i s am i n ger pho t og raphy by m on a l i s a ph otogr aph y icole Christine Conrad enjoys spending time with family and friends shopping and planning the next get-together or vacation. Jason Scott Conrad loves family works hard and enjoys football baseball and baseball. That s not a typographical error. His favorite phrase is Go Giants Nicole and Jason met at a San Francisco Giants baseball game when a mutual friend invited them both to the game and a casual outing developed into a path for their lives. Nicole smiles as she describes Jason s proposal. We planned a trip to South Lake Tahoe in March 2012. On our second night we had some time to kill before dinner. I asked Jason if he wanted me to open the champagne we brought and he said not yet. We had a beautiful suite and in the living room all the windows looked out to the mountains and lake the spectacular scenery was all covered in snow. He got down on one knee and proposed in front of the windows. It was intimate and just perfect. The blissful couple tied the knot on May 31 2013 at Grand Island Mansion. Nicole s Maid of Honor was her sister Terresa Beaufils and bridesmaids were Briana Gatie Laura Kester Jaimi O Brien and Alexandra Thompson. Jason s daughter Aryanna Conrad and Nicole s sister Sydney Shafer served as junior bridesmaids. Attending Jason as Best Man was his best friend Mike Archer Brady Conrad Josh Garcia Ryan Morton and Sean O Brien served as groomsmen. The wedding celebration began the evening prior to the wedding with parents and the bridal party staying in the man46 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT SHARED IN THE LOVE BRIDESmAIDS gOwNS Nordstrom HAIR STyLINg laura Kester mAkEUp Makeup by rebekah Jones pHOTOgRApHy Mona lisa Photography VIDEOgRApHER Phillip Allen films FLORIST Divine Designs Wedding flowers DJ DJ Aaron Taylor CATERER Grand island Mansion DESSERT TABLE Shannah McGrath Just Your Style VENUE Grand island Mansion LINENS Mimi and Company DECOR Simple Country Weddings and Vintage D cor wEDDINg pLANNER Aubrey White HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 47 sion. Nicole tells us One of the best parts is that I personally knew almost all my vendors. The hairstylist was a bridesmaid my makeup was done by a friend from high school and the florist has known me since I was born. The photographer was a close friend and we have been talking about my wedding for years. A bridesmaid s aunt created the desserts. Our officiant was a groomsman s dad who has known us throughout our relationship and also knew us previously but separately. So we were truly surrounded by people we love and who love us. Nicole and Jason did the first look before anyone arrived and they were able to spend some time together and enjoy the day with each other. The ceremony started at 6 00 p.m. and the reception followed in a beautiful tent that glowed lit in pink with candles flickering and beautiful flowers everywhere. The fathers and bridal party gave great speeches and even shed a few tears. Nicole remembers We danced to our favorite song sipped champagne tossed the garter and bouquet didn t smash food in each other s faces and danced the night away with guests. We didn t want it to end but as our guests lined up and lit up the sparklers we walked away knowing it was a magical night The celebration continued as the bridal party met the bridal couple in the mansion and partied the rest of the night away in comfy clothes. Nicole is deeply appreciative to her parents and of course Jason for making her dream wedding a reality. The couple honeymooned at Riu Palace in Punta Cana Dominican Republic an all-inclusive resort with white sand beaches and beautiful scenery. Jason describes their relaxing time. We went zip lining and rented a private yacht On the yacht two crew members took us snorkeling and took pictures underwater for us. They made coconut rum drinks fresh right in front of us we also went to the natural swimming pools where it was only waist deep and our crew provided snacks on floating rafts. We re ready to spend another vacation there 48 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM herlife Scene And Be Seen herlife SaCramento launCh Party p hotogr a p h y b y br i g g s ph o t o g r a ph y G com. uests celebrated the launch of HERLIFE Magazine Sacramento at Vizcaya in their beautiful Pavilion room Thursday August 22. Attendees were invited to enjoy the signature Hertini made with local Cold House Vodka snacked on appetizers and helped themselves at the mashed potato bar and enjoyed some sweet treats supplied by Icing on the Cupcake. They also popped into Briggs Photography s photo booth for some fun photos and enjoyed tunes from SJ s DJ. Kimberly Mullen the magazine s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief made a wonderful welcome and thank you speech. For more information about HERLIFE Magazine and upcoming events please visit herlifecali. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 49 herlife in the city oCtober All calendar event submissions must be received by October 1st for the November issue and adhere to our guidelines. E-mail beth for guidelines or to submit entries. 8 Care Begins with Me DATE October 8 TIME 5 00pm-9 00pm LOCATION Sheraton Grand Hotel 1230 J Street Sacramento DETAILS Come enjoy special guest speaker Glennon Doyle Melton of the Momastery blog and author of New York Times-bestselling book Carry On Warrior. Also enjoy informative Care Chats on important health topics a Marketplace Expo featuring the very latest in lifestyle fashion and beauty items a stylish swag bag full of goodies and hors d oeuvres desserts and drinks. For more information or to register to attend please visit families and seniors in the Sacramento area. For details or to purchase tickets please visit 12 1st Annual Poobunny ride DATE October 12 TIME Registration begins at 8 00am LOCATION Renegade Classics 6758 Folsom Blvd Sacramento DETAILS This ride which is open to all cyclists (and autos) was created by Dotie Dollson. who was looking for a way to memorialize her niece Adele Mott. Nicknamed Poobunny Adele lost her battle with breast cancer in 2010. Riders will be treated to a catered lunch a raffle live music by blues-rock favorite Neckbone and various vendors selling their wares. For more information or to pre-register please visit and search 1st Annual Poobunny Ride. 10 Art Mix Architecture festival launch DATE October 10 TIME 5pm-9pm LOCATION Crocker Art Museum 216 O Street Sacramento DETAILS Art Mix and the American Institute of Architects - Central Valley Chapter team up to kick off this year s Architecture Festival with an unstructured celebration of structures. Mingle with Sacramento s most innovative architects and designers while you check out live music by instrumental fusionists Keys on Plastic featuring DJ Rated R and Jonathan Bengo a PechaKucha session on architecture and agriculture architectural models by local designers film screenings presented by AIA film curator Ian Merker and SacDigiFab s interactive installation Pixel City. The Art Mix Featured Artist Tina Hovsepian will share the art of Cardborigami her innovative solution to homelessness. For more information please visit call 916-808-7000 or visit the Museum Admission Desk. 16 Breast reconstruction Awareness Day DATE October 16 TIME 6 00pm-8 00pm LOCATION Mercy Cancer Center 3301 C Street Suite 550 Sacramento DETAILS Mercy Cancer Institute is teaming up with BRA Day USA to hold a panel discussion on different breast cancer treatments and their associated reconstructive options. The panel will include members of their breast cancer clinical care team led by plastic surgeon Amy Wandel MD. A Q&A session will enable community members to ask questions of their own. Admission is free and includes samples from local restaurants beverages a tote bag filled with goodies and some tantalizing shopping opportunities. To RSVP or for more information please contact Angela Gianulias at (916) 556-3130. river City food Bank harvest for hunger DATE October 10 TIME 5 30pm-8 30pm LOCATION River City Food Bank 28th and R Street Sacramento DETAILS Join the River City Food Bank to celebrate the harvest season with an evening of excitement all for a good cause Visit a variety of food trucks enjoy beer and wine live music tours of the food bank and much more. Proceeds will go to the River City Food Bank enabling them to continue educating feeding and nourishing over 6 000 children 50 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 19 2013 Walk like MADD DATE October 19 TIME Registration begins at 7 00am LOCATION Southside Park 2115 6th Street Sacramento DETAILS Come join in on the 5K walk to support Mothers Against Drunk Driving in the Sacramento community. Everyone is encouraged to participate form a team make a pledge for a participant or even sponsor the walk. Wag like MADD is also joining this year participants are invited to bring their friendly four-legged companions to the walk as well. For more information or to register please visit 30 Wee halloween DATE October 30 TIME 10 00am-1 00pm LOCATION Crocker Art Museum 216 O Street Sacramento DETAILS Children ages five and younger and their grownups are invited to come in costume to the Crocker for this special event. Wee trick-ortreaters decorate treat bags before being gently guided in small groups through the galleries. Along the way families encounter mini-performances in the form of music stories and dance. After these interludes each child will receive a small gift for their treat bag. The stroll ends with a celebration featuring live music and yummy nibbles. Wee Halloween sold out early last year and advance registration is required. Children under 18 months are welcome to tag along for free. To learn more or purchase tickets please visit the Museum Admissions Desk go to or call (916) 808-1182. 16th Annual Art & Wine festival DATE October 19 TIME 6 00pm-9 00pm LOCATION Historic Main Street Placerville DETAILS Come enjoy over wines from over 30 Foothill wineries view the area s award-winning artists and enjoy live music at the Bell Tower by The Brad Wilson Band. The Images of Hope Project will also be featured this year. Images of Hope Project is an all-volunteer group that works to raise funds to increase cancer-related services. Be sure to check out the Painting the Town Pink Window Decorating Contest they will be promoting in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit SAVE THE DATE Save the date Safe & Super halloween A hobbit Adventure DATE October 25 26 and 27 TIME 5 00pm-9 00pm LOCATION Fairytale Town 3901 Land Park Dr Sacramento DETAILS Come visit Fairytale Town transformed into the world of The Hobbit. Bring the kids to trick-or-treat at 17 stations stick around for photo ops games and family fun of all sorts Visit the Mother Goose stage at 8 30 p.m. to participate in the costume parade or enjoy the blacklight spectacular Winnie the Witch in the Children s Theater. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit 25 1 16th Annual Sacramento Arts festival DATE November 1 2 and 3 TIME 10 00am-6 00pm LOCATION Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J Street Sacramento DETAILS Come stroll through the Sacramento Convention Center to view works from over 225 of America s best contemporary craftspeople and artists. Along with enjoying viewing pieces guests may also shop from a great selection of art including accessories functional and decorative glass photography and more. Tickets are available at the door 8 for adults 7 for seniors and children under 12 are free. For more information please visit 26 Sacramento Women s expo DATE October 26 TIME 10 00am-5 00pm LOCATION Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J Street Sacramento DETAILS Come to the Sacramento area s largest event designed by women for women. Visit booths and exhibits for a variety of services from apparel to financial institutions from health and wellness to technology companies. Also enjoy cooking demos hot topic seminars prize drawings and much more General admission is just 10. To learn more about the event please visit 2 Toast of the Town DATE November 2 TIME 4 00pm-9 00pm LOCATION Rocklin Sunset Center 2650 Sunset Blvd. Rocklin DETAILS Join in the 13th Annual Wine Tasting and Community Dinner Event. Over 25 wineries will be pouring samples and there will be a Dessert Room with treats from ten different restaurants. All proceeds from the night will go towards the Rocklin School District schools. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 51