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KEEPING WOMEN CONNECTED Delicious winter recipes Celebrate with champagne Holiday beauty tips Sacramento s Sweet Success Ginger Hahn Staff and ContaCtS Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Kimberly mullen kimberly (916) 476-3570 Editorial Assistant beth Dostal beth Advertising Information For aDvertising inFormation Please Call (916) 476-3570 Account Executive naKi Carter naki (916) 476-3570 Editor marilyn isaminger Art Director sarah abenD sarah herliFemagazine.Com Associate Art Directors ashleigh thomson Paige Fisher Advertising Art Director elana bell Contributing Authors heather noble PhD. rebeCCa Flansburg veryCulinary.Com hoPe Ferguson marilyn isaminger Karri grant CanDi smith Catie Watson laura leiva tamara berg g.m. PooCh PuCiloWsKi JoDi Cross linDa r. PriCe Contributing Photographers niCole zitzelberger oF blue gate PhotograPhy stuDio mohsoh veryCulinary.Com bre baszler stePhanie moe Carmen salazar PhotograPhy galen DuCey PhotograPhy To contact HERLIFE Magazine 3151 S St 127 Sacramento CA 95816 For advertising call (916) 476-3570 Fax (866) 665-4499 2013 by HERLIFE Magazine of Sacramento is operated locally by Kimstry LLC an independently owned and operated franchisee of HERLIFE Magazine LLC. To reach national headquarters call 913-402-6994. 2013 by HERLIFE Magazine. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. HERLIFE Magazine is owned by Kimstry LLC and is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected specialty stores doctor and dental offices medical spas hair and nail salons tanning salons public libraries and numerous other high traffic locations. Please call for a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas articles and feedback. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are available for 20 (for 12 issues). Please go to or mail a check made out to HERLIFE Magazine to the above address. 4 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM herlife contents GinGer HaHn Ginger hahn is teasing our taste buds in Sacramento and whipping up some delicious and irresistible confections. But she s also building a family and family-friendly workplace as she and her husband Tom develop Ginger elizabeth Chocolates from its humble beginnings. She shares her philosophy of family and work life commitment in this month s inspirations pages. 22 With a little planning and organization you can take control of your spending avoid going into debt and remove some of the stress from the holiday season. contents 6 8 10 12 14 Welcome health Cosmetic Surgery Beauty Spotlight recipes fine Things inspirations local Wine Mother s Perspective home Trendsetter Green living real estate Prime Tie the Knot Scene And Be Seen in The City 28 Stylist Karri Grant highlights her favorite winter trends. 18 20 22 26 28 30 32 Before sellers plunk down cash they should first familiarize themselves with varied fencing styles and the different price points available. 32 38 40 42 44 48 50 40 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 5 herlife welcome tHe CHriStmaS journal was born. A s a working mother of four my mom had her hands full. We were always going in different directions and keeping track of our schedules had to feel like a full-time job in itself. Organization was her key strategy when keeping our family and household running smoothly. I remember my mom always making lists she had a list for everything. I imagine that working up to December 23rd Christmas shopping for our family hosting a large family Christmas dinner and everything in between was overwhelming for her and her lists. In 1984 my mom s Christmas Journal The Christmas Journal was her way of keeping track of every gift purchased for each of us kids my dad and extended family. She balanced her budget in the Christmas Journal to the penny. She diagrammed her Christmas decorations including detailed drawings of how to hang the garland in the staircase and above the fireplace in our living room. She then made notes of what worked well after each holiday season. The Christmas Journal was my mom s playbook to a crisis-free holiday. Last year as my mom and I were cleaning in the kitchen after our Christmas dinner I sat down at the counter and saw her infamous journal. I opened it and started reading within seconds I was filled with nostalgia as I read about the year I got a Cabbage Patch Kid doll from Santa. I kept reading as I learned just how detailed and strategic her approach to the holidays was. Laughter filled the kitchen as I read about the year my mom bought my Aunt Roxanne a 60 car blanket. We laughed harder when I got to the year 1992. This was the year my mom cried in our dining room on Christmas Eve because she hated the centerpiece. My mom reminded me that I walked into the room that year and found her crying. My response as a snarky young teen was Mom you are not crying about the centerpiece you are crying about your life The Christmas Journal kept my mom on track and she always made our holidays a special time. Even though the intended purpose of the journal was her way of making lists it really made memories. As I sat with my mom reading her journal we laughed and cried into the night remembering our family holidays from the year of the bad centerpiece to some of my first Christmas celebrations as a child. Sharing that moment with my mom last year is the best gift she has ever given me. Merry Christmas Mom. I love you 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 down in tHe dumpS in tHe winter montHS b y he a t he r no b le p hd T 8 he days are shorter with less sunlight and the temperatures are colder. If you re feeling down you re not alone. The holidays are often stressful other life events might be happening that upset you or the minimal sun exposure might feel depressing. Everyone feels sad or blue at times. However experience SAD your slump is just in the winter and during the remainder of the year you likely feel fine. However if you are experiencing this winter depression you may not feel well enough to engage in all your usual life activities. Clinical depression (also known as Major Depressive Disorder) can occur at any time of the year and last two weeks or longer. Sufferers have five or more symptoms with at least one of them being depressed mood most days or a loss of enjoyment for activities that previously held your interest. Other potential symptoms include gaining or losing a substantial amount of weight sleeping more or less than usual moving more slowly or feeling unable to be still having low energy feeling guilt or worthlessness having difficulty thinking or concentrating and potentially having thoughts about death. By definition clinical depression involves distress or impairment in critical areas of daily functioning. Experiencing sadness can look similar to some degree but it sadness that comes with the winter season clinical depression and occasional feelings of blah look somewhat different and this is an important distinction when determining what will be most helpful for you to feel better. Recurrent episodes of depression in the winter which frequently last from October or November through March or April are referred to as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Common symptoms include oversleeping daytime tiredness craving carbohydrates and some weight gain. You might also experience sluggishness lack of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable and decreased sociability. Intense hopelessness and thoughts of death might also occur. If you HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM is generally less intense and lasts for a shorter period of time. An additional important distinction is that sadness does not prevent you from fulfilling roles and obligations with work relationships and other regular areas of your life. In other words it may be uncomfortable but you are able to push through. Also given a little bit of time you are naturally back to your normal self. If you re feeling sad or depressed you can definitely find relief. If your symptoms become impairing and certainly if they include any thoughts of harming yourself it is very important to seek professional help. Depression is highly treatable and research has repeatedly shown that psychotherapy or talk-therapy is effective for alleviating symptoms. Medication is also helpful to reduce symptoms especially when they are severe and longer-term. Some individuals benefit from a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Also consider whether a medical evaluation might be appropriate to look for physical health conditions like hypothyroidism and mononucleosis which can look like depression. Regardless of whether you might be experiencing sadness seasonal affective disorder or clinical depression there are steps you can take to improve your well-being. These strategies provide symptom relief but they also proactively prevent or minimize their occurrence. Referred to as therapeutic lifestyle changes these tactics can be incorporated into your daily routine to better meet your psychological needs. The first is nutrition to fuel your body and mind. Research supports a well-rounded daily intake of vitamins and minerals including Omega 3. Consulting with your medical provider on this including any use of supplements is recommended. Second stop any tendencies to ruminate. Mulling things over especially self-critical thinking is rarely productive. Third exercise at least ninety minutes per week. Aerobic activity is especially good for releasing the wonderful-feeling endorphins. If possible exercise with a friend to improve your commitment to doing it. Fourth as much as you can get some sunlight. Obtaining such light not long after awakening improves your sleep pattern while also combating any depressive symptoms. You might consider purchasing a light box. While this is especially helpful for individuals experiencing SAD in the winter people with any history of bipolar disorder or manic episodes are at an increased risk of experiencing mania from light therapy. Consult with a treating professional on this as needed. Fifth stay socially connected. However be choosy about which relationships you cultivate. Being around others who are overly critical or controlling will not help. Finally make sure you are getting restful sleep. Generally it is recommended to aim for seven to nine hours per night. Sleep fuels your brain functioning including mood and your immune system. Now is the time to boost your mental and physical health to avoid feeling down in the dumps for more information visit and HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 9 herlife cosmetic surgery j. rudy Coscia md Common queStionS reGardinG lipoSuCtion Q. I hear that liposuction is non-invasive. Is it still surgery A Your confusion is understandable since many advertisements promote liposuction as a non-invasive means of fat loss--simple easy and almost like a trip to the day spa This kind of advertising promotes inaccurate expectations and a misunderstanding of the procedure. The skin incisions required for liposuction are very small and therefore somewhat non-invasive. Liposuction is performed using narrow-diameter cannulas (blunt tip tubes with a hole at the end) through very small incisions. This minimal amount of scarring makes liposuction very attractive. However the injury within the fat layer is extensive and really is surgery. With the exception of minor touchups liposuction needs to be performed in an operating room with anesthesia. A patient needs to be carefully monitored throughout the procedure to assure comfort and safety. There are risks to any surgical procedure including liposuction and you should discuss those with your plastic surgeon. It is important that your surgeon be well trained in liposuction. Your surgeon must also have the knowledge and ability to avoid injury to vital structures beneath the fatty layer. Q. What kind of results could I expect after my liposuction A Another way to word this question would be What should my surgeon be evaluating me for and how should he counsel me about expectations of the procedure during my consultation First of all it is important to understand that liposuction is a contouring procedure and not a weight loss procedure. The best candidate for liposuction is a patient with problem areas needing contour improvement. So will a patient s waistline be significantly improved and thinner Absolutely. But will there be a significant weight loss with the procedure No. Your plastic surgeon will be evaluating your skin elasticity in addition to how much fat can be removed. Human skin has variable degrees of elasticity which is its ability to tighten after being We here at The Plastic Surgery Center encourage anyone considering cosmetic surgery to consult with a well-trained plastic surgeon. Plastic Surgeons receive extensive training in cosmetic surgery of the face and body including liposuction. Q. Will I see my results right away A Once someone has made a decision to proceed with any type of surgical procedure the next decision is always scheduling and timing. Therefore a word of caution--I wouldn t schedule a liposuction procedure on Monday and then plan on being on the boat and bikiniready by the weekend Significant swelling minimal bruising and minimal to moderate discomfort are all typical and expected following liposuction. Most swelling and bruising will have improved significantly in one to two weeks. The final result may require a few months to see the swelling totally disappear and for the skin to smooth and tighten as much as possible. stretched. This elasticity also varies by location on the body and the patient s age. It could be compared to a balloon that clearly has very good elastic properties. When the balloon is full of air the balloon s surface is smooth and tight. When some of the air is removed it can remain smooth and tight because of its elastic properties. However when a very large amount of air is removed the balloon s surface can become rippled and irregular. Similarly someone with very elastic skin would be able to tolerate more aggressive removal of fat during liposuction because the skin would have the ability to re-drape smoothly. However if too much fat is removed in someone with poorly-elastic skin the area could end up rippled and irregular like the balloon. It is very important to discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon at your initial consultation to understand if your goals can be achieved given the limitations of your skin and fatty tissue. 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 Holiday makeup and Hair tipS by l aur a l ei v a 12 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM T he glamour of the holidays is upon us and now that the outfits have been selected it s time to finish off the most important details--hair and makeup The holiday season is the Your jewelry isn t the only accessory to show off during a holiday party. Hair and makeup can often make or break an outfit As you begin to plan your final beauty details keep your holiday dress pantsuit or accessories in mind so you have an idea how your hair or makeup look will complement or contrast with the rest of your style. For some a holiday party is the essential time to create a glamorous vintage Hollywood hairstyle The timeless look of cascading waves is one that complements virtually any outfit and adds a sophisticated touch for a holiday event. When you re short on time classic waves are a beautiful way to go simply set the hair in hot rollers perfect excuse to break out of neutral color palettes and everyday hairstyles to create a chic and festive appearance. Think about a dramatic look with a deep stained lip or lush waves in your hair reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour. Whether you feel comfortable using a lip stain or you want to play up the eyes there is plenty of holiday hair and makeup inspiration to use in creating your stunning holiday look and get dressed then remove the rollers once they ve cooled and set into place with a fine mist of hairspray. For the ultimate holiday chic look sweep your hair over one shoulder and subtly secure the hair in place at the nape with small hairpins. Sparkles and jewels are a must-have for any holiday party and a hair accessory is no exception. Accent a loose or tousled updo with a jeweled barrette or hairclip the jeweled accessory will add a touch of glamour to an otherwise casual style. A jeweled headband is perfect when you want to keep the hair down and slicked back but still want to play up an otherwise simple style. When your holiday outfit is glittering and sequined choose a hairstyle that complements not overpowers your look. A stunning topknot is classic and sophisticated while also drawing attention to your accessories and outfit. Keep a bun or topknot sleek polished and youthful with a shine spray. Enhance a look with major volume to take your everyday hairstyle from the office to a night out. If you don t have much time to get ready teasing the under sections of the hair and smoothing with a paddle brush is all you need to create some eye-catching drama or use the volume to make a sophisticated ponytail in a matter of minutes. Keeping the volume at the top slick back the sides and secure the hair with a clear elastic band for a dramatic edgier style. The final touch to a holiday look is the makeup. Whether you want to go dramatic or subtle there are chic options for everyone The first step to creating a holiday look is to determine what part of the face you want to accentuate. For many a crimson red lipstick is the quintessential holiday look to wear to any event while others like to play up the eyes with metallic shadows or a smoky palette. Choose one or the other--you don t want to look overdone when you tie the hair and outfit together Wear a dramatic lipstick with a neutral eyeshadow or classic eyeliner or opt for a nude lip when creating a rich smoky eye. If you want to enhance your everyday makeup routine add a hint of shimmer to the eyes and lips to heighten the glamour factor. A gold or bronze shimmering shadow on the inner corners of the eyes brightens and warms up the face. Show off dewy luminescent skin at your event--you don t want your skin to come across as dull in any of the photos Use a moisturizer on the skin and deeply hydrate the face before applying makeup. Add a touch of shimmer to the face with a highlighting cream and apply to high points across the skin including the temples cheekbones nose Cupid s bow on the upper lip and chin. Enhance the rest of your skin with a shimmering moisturizer to add a hint of color along your collarbone arms and legs. With the stress and bustle of the holiday season it s nice to relax and glam up for a holiday event or party. Spend time thinking about your hair and makeup in the week or two leading up to the festivities never make it an afterthought because it can detract from your overall style. Use a holiday event as an excuse to try something dramatic or enhance your everyday look with a touch of shimmer or color Sources HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 13 herlife spotlight Article b y re b e c c a f l a n s b u rg p h o t o s by n i c o l e z i t z e l be rg e r o f b l u e g a t e ph o t o g r aph y Consignment Boutique S ometimes it takes a drastic turn of events to help people find their passion. That s exactly what Valerie Sanchez owner of Article Consignment Boutique a boutique containing clothing shoes jewelry and accessories for men and women in Eastern Sacramento discovered more than four years ago. The dream of having a boutique had always been on the minds of the Sanchezes but it took an unexpected layoff from husband Abe s construction management job to propel the dream to reality. While being off work Abe had the time to decide what the couple should do with their future and fashion was at the top of the list. Armed with the inside scoop from several helpful consignment store owners and a huge leap of faith Valerie and Abe launched their business Article Consignment Boutique in 2009. The Sanchezes created Article Consignment to focus on providing high-quality gently-used clothing and accessories along with excellent customer service and satisfaction. The boutique was designed to be a hybrid of two very popular shopping concepts offering the quality service and look of a high-end boutique while providing the savings of a consignment shop. Article Consignment Boutique boasts high-end fashions from Louis Vuitton Chanel Gucci and Tory Burch yet also has a wide selection of items to suit everyone from college students to retirement-age customers. One of the many reasons for the couple s success and longevity is the fact the boutique is known for its customer service and warm friendly environment. Valerie also attributes their success to the way that she and Abe work together. We ve been friends since the second grade and we ve been married for eleven years Valerie affirmed. He s what I like to call our front man. He s our creative genius behind the displays the fashion and the personal styling. Valerie shares that one of the most valuable lessons they have learned as business partners is the importance of planning. We frequently sit down together and make sure we are both on the same page about things. We don t just assume. We always work as a team and I am so grateful for that Valerie added with a smile. When it comes to the high-end merchandise their boutique offers Valerie reveals that many people have misconceptions about gently used. Potential shoppers often perceive that consignment 14 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM clothing accessories and shoes are thrift store quality. Article Consignment not only has a very selective process when consigners bring in items to sell but the items are screened for quality and relevancy as well. Many of the items that come into the boutique are brand new with the original prices tags still on them. Valerie is proud that Article Consignment welcomes local artists and designers to consign their creations at their boutique. Their local artist consigners tend to be people who want to make a career out of their chosen craft but need to test the waters with their product in a safe environment. We are huge advocates of buy local Valerie validated. Not only are we happy to help these local designers our clientele loves having these beautiful options available to them to buy as gifts. As one would expect juggling a family and business is not an easy task. The couple is committed to spending as much family time together as possible and integrating their children into the family business as well. Julianne age five and Faith age two spend most days at the boutique with their parents. We put in long days but at least we are together admitted Valerie. When asked to share her thoughts and beliefs on the elusive work life balance Valerie noted I look at my life as a series of chapters. Some chapters are more hectic than others. When I start to feel overwhelmed I try to remember that this phase is just a chapter and it will come to an end. And when things seem to be smooth sailing I try to take a moment to really enjoy what I have because I know that this too can shift into the next chapter at any moment. The Sanchezes have also chosen to put family first and made the decision to not open on Sundays. Valerie believes their clients appreciate and respect the fact that they ve drawn this line. We have found that over the years we seem to have attracted like-minded people to our lives and that includes our customers. We are so grateful for their support. As their business continues to grow allowing them to make a recent move to a new store that allowed them to double in size the Sanchezes never forget what matters most. We are proud of the uniqueness we have created with Article Consignment Boutique Valerie concluded. But it s the special connections we have made with people along the way that help us shine the most. Visit Article Consignment Boutique at 5704 Elvas Avenue Sacramento or on the web at They may be reached by phone at (916) 316-5772. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 15 herlife cravings Calivirgin Olive Oil by t a m a ra b e rg ph o t o s b y b re b a s z le r than five years. Fresh veggies fruits and spicy flair set these oils apart from every other. Producing the oils is a family affair. The Coldani family started the company as a result of Mike Coldani s California Polytechnic senior project in vineyard design. His vineyard plan played out nicely in the fertile soils along the Delta and Mike set out to see if the olive trees could turn a profit. We jumped in with both feet and planted 40 acres in Flag City said Mike co-owner of Calivirgin. Little did they realize that what they had produced would prove to be a full-time job for the entire family. His wife and Calivirgin co-owner Julie Coldani shared We all wear a bunch of hats from bottling together to marketing together. Harvesting typically begins in early November. Machines strip the olive trees of the fruits as they proceed to the milling machines. It looks kind of like guacamole and then it s turned into a paste this is where the oil is separated 16 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM O il and water don t mix but oil and vinegar make the perfect pair a combination that complements or completes any meal. At Calivirgin olive oil company this pairing fuels their success. Calivirgin is based in Lodi and has been producing award-winning olive oils and balsamic vinegars for more photo by stephanie moe There are many different uses for olive oil. Just ask Julie Coldani She shares a few tips for creative uses of olive oil with HERLIFE Magazine readers. from the solids said Mike. Once the oil is separated it needs to be bottled quickly. Every year the oil tastes a little different depending on the crop noted Julie. You can also rest assured that Calivirgin extra virgin olive oil is sealed with approval from the California Olive Oil Council (COOC) which means it s held to a certain standard of quality. The COOC seal indicates that the oil has been tasted by a qualified panel of experts a guarantee that not all oils provide. Once processed the customization can begin. Fresh lemon basil and jalapenos were the first flavors to be tested in the oil a process that the family found to be quite an experiment. Julie remembers what it was like when testing first began. You only get one shot. Depending on how many jalapenos you put in it will determine the heat of the oil. This labor for flavor has proved to be a huge hit among customers. The family currently sells eight different olive oil flavors. Lusty Lemon Guilty Garlic and Rustic Rosemary are just some of the flavors available. What better to go with olive oil than a little bit of balsamic vinegar The family also sells a line of fragrant barrel-aged balsamic. Vinegars with names like Sinful Strawberry and Citrus Burst help to complement any meal. Whatever you cook there s something for you Julie asserted and if you re stumped as to what to cook there s always inspiration available on the website. While visiting the ranch I sampled some of the family s heart-healthy recipes. The jalapeno oil over popcorn makes for a tasty snack. If you re looking for a unique appetizer for the next holiday gathering how about whipping up mockamole Just mix the Buddha s Hand Citron Olive Oil with peas and serve with tortillas. It was addictive and delightful. If you re looking for a hearty meal try angel hair pasta with jalapeno oil cilantro and peanuts. The spicy kick made this dish savory and memorable. All of the recipes can be found at If you like the oils and want to try out any new releases you could also join the club. Benefits include invitations to special events at the ranch and pick-up parties for your oils. For a really unique gift you can send an oil and vinegar gift pack. They come in a variety of sizes and flavors. Visit Calivirgin on the web at to see the full details of their delicious products. Use lemon olive oil as a makeup remover. It leaves your skin moisturized with a light fragrant smell of lemons. Shine your boots. Soothe baby s cradle cap. Moisturize hands dry skin or eczema. Remove gum from skin. Lubricate measuring spoons or cups. Rub or spray olive oil on your measuring tools for easy clean-up of sticky substances like honey grain mustards and sugar syrups. Free a stuck zipper. Use a cotton swab to apply olive oil to the teeth of a zipper then gently ease the tab down. 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 eGGnoG muffinS witH StreuSel toppinG rec ipes an d phot ograp hy b y v er y cu l i n ar y. com Makes 12 Prep time 20 minutes Cook time 20 minutes ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 eggs 1 cup eggnog 1 2 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 2 teaspoon rum extract Streusel Topping 1 3 cup all-purpose flour 1 3 cup granulated sugar 1 4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 Tablespoons very cold unsalted butter cut into cubes directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin tin with baking cups set aside. In a medium bowl combine dry ingredients. In a larger bowl whisk together eggs eggnog butter vanilla and rum extract. Add flour mixture to the egg mixture stir just until combined. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups filling each cup two-thirds full. For Streusel topping stir together ingredients in a small bowl. Using a pastry blender cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping over muffin batter in cups. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Serve warm. 18 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM raSpBerry piStaCHio tHumBprint CookieS rec ipes and ph otograp hy b y v er y cu l i n ar y. com Makes 20 Prep time 15 minutes Cook time 15 minutes Cool time 20 minutes Finish time 5 minutes ingredients 1 2 cup unsalted butter softened 1 4 cup powdered sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 8 teaspoon salt 1 2 teaspoon vanilla 1 2 cup roasted pistachio nuts finely ground 1 4 cup raspberry jam 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar directions Preheat oven to 325 F. In large bowl beat butter and powdered sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add in flour salt vanilla and pistachios and mix until combined. Shape dough into 1 -inch balls. Place on a nonstick cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Press thumb into center of each cookie but not all the way through to make an indentation. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until set but not browned. Quickly remake indentation with the end of a wooden spoon handle if necessary. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack cool for at least 20 minutes. Fill each thumbprint with about teaspoon of jam. Sprinkle the powdered sugar over the top. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 19 herlife fine things Holiday Couture b y la ura le iva T he holiday season is indeed one of the most wonderful times of the year but with all the gift shopping cooking and baking comes another issue holiday parties. Whether you ment the event so you look and feel comfortable throughout the night. Whether you want to add a bit of sparkle show a hint of lace or go daring with chic feathers cocktail dresses come in all shapes colors and with various accents. Stick to a festive color palette when shopping for a holiday outfit to keep the look elegant and sophisticated. While many women choose to wear red silver or gold don t be afraid to step outside the box and choose other jewel-toned colors such as navy blue emerald or deep shades of purple. White is another color that looks wonderful at a holiday party. White or cream lace-covered shift dresses or embroidered tulle cocktail gowns are two beautiful options for an elegant office party or after-work cocktail event. Beading sequins and embroidery add glamour to any dress and the assortment of styles offer you a selection of dresses with a subtle or dramatic amount of sparkle. Balance is the key when searching for the perfect holiday dress. While sequins or feathers are beautiful accents on many cocktail or evening dresses look for style options that provide balance between the accents and other features of the outfit. Dresses that balance out accents with simplicity will especially appeal to shoppers who want something a bit different without stepping outside of their comfort zone. A beautiful feathered-skirt dress which balances out a dropped waistline of ostrich feathers with a simple sleeveless top is the perfect example of combining a classic and contemporary style. A classic silhouette with a trendy update such as the peplum look is a fun way to arrive at any holiday party in style. The overskirt on peplum have numerous cocktail events work parties or family gatherings finding the perfect outfit for each of these festive occasions can leave you stressed out before you even step foot in a department store. Looking polished and put-together is essential for a holiday party but if your calendar is filling up with personal and professional invitations you might find you have even less time to wade through numerous cocktail dresses or elegant trousers on store racks. The classic holiday party wardrobe option is the cocktail dress. While most women have that little black dress somewhere in the closet a holiday party is the perfect excuse to wear something sophisticated and out of the ordinary Look for a cocktail dress that fits and flatters the figure an a-line silhouette is universally flattering as the gentle flare at the hemline balances out the upper body and compliments curves. Depending on the style of the holiday party there are a variety of dress options to choose from to comple- 20 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Stick to a festive color palette when shopping for a holiday outfit to keep the look elegant and sophisticated. while many women choose to wear red silver or gold don t be afraid to step outside the box and choose other jewel-toned colors such as navy blue emerald or deep shades of purple. dresses draws eyes to the waistline using beautiful tulle lace or satin fabrics for a dramatic fashionable statement. Avoid the dreaded office snafu by incorporating the idea of balance into your holiday outfit--keep the look classy by accentuating only one body part. If you want to show off the legs look for a dress with a higher neckline and cap or lace sleeves or show off beautiful shoulders in a strapless cocktail dress with a longer hemline. Cocktail dresses aren t the only option when it comes to dressing for a holiday party Sleek tuxedo pants which slim the lower body look amazing with a fitted blouse and a satin smoking or cropped jacket. Two-piece options such as a fitted skirt with flowing organza blouse are equally beautiful and often already in the closet. Combine different textures for a fashion-forward look--a fitted leather skirt with a lace or chiffon top creates an edgy twist on an otherwise classic style. One final consideration to make when planning a holiday party outfit is the outerwear. Peacoats are elegant and complement virtually any look however faux fur and fleece options are festive and provide warmth as you make your way to an office or family party. Accessories are an important part of any outfit so be sure not to make them an afterthought Add sparkle or glamour to any simple cocktail dress with a statement necklace or drop earrings. Glam up a neutral-colored dress or tuxedo with colorful bracelets necklace or earrings vibrant color options such as turquoise coral or red add a punch of color to any white cream or black outfit. Add a favorite pair of pumps and a clutch to your dress or trousers and you are ready to arrive at your holiday party in style Outfit shopping for a holiday party might be the last thing on your to-do list so select a few options when you are in a department store or boutique that will get you through the season. Keep holiday stress down by shopping ahead of time or picking separates that can be mixed and matched and accented with jewelry. Sources HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 21 herlife inspirations Three Bowls and a Dream by rebecca flansburg photos by carmen salazar photography hair by allison sickenberger of allure salon & spa makeup by toni cisneros Ginger Hahn 22 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Elizabeth Chocolates a chocolates desserts and pastries boutique in Midtown Sacramento knows first-hand the desire and tenacity that it takes to realize the dream of being an expert chocolatier. A formally trained chocolatier and pastry chef Ginger has been studying and working professionally with chocolate for more than 10 years. Her passion for food began at age 14 when she worked in the food and beverage industry and evolved as she enrolled and studied pastry at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York. After graduating at the top of her class and receiving the CIA Management Award and Angel Scholastic Award Ginger was honored to be able to work for world-renowned chocolatiers Jacques Torres MOF (Meilleur Ouvrier de France) and Daniel Budd. After graduation Ginger took a position at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago where she apprenticed under the world-famous pastry chef En-Ming Hsu a 2001 World Pastry Cup gold medalist. Under the guidance of En-Ming Ginger further refined her skills with chocolate and the pastry arts. Around 2005 Ginger was ready to return to California to be closer to family and at the age of 24 with only 2 500 and a dream Ginger opened the wholesale company Couture Chocolates by Ginger Elizabeth. I started by renting a table at a local catering company Ginger shared. I was able to cook and create from 4 00 to 9 00 a.m. using that space. Her meager start-up supplies included a case of chocolate three bowls two spatulas some packaging and some basic chocolate-making essentials. Her beginnings were small but Ginger was determined to begin building her business and to align herself as a recognizable brand. Her dedication paid off. Soon Couture Chocolates by Ginger Elizabeth was flourishing and successful. Thanks to that success Ginger and her husband Tom launched their retail store in Midtown Sacramento under the company s new name Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates in 2008. Ginger s skills as a chocolatier began to evolve and grow as well and in 2010 she was named one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America by Dessert Professional magazine. We opened the same month the recession hit Ginger noted. But we were too busy to notice. We worked very hard and never looked back. But for Ginger and Tom it s about more than just the food. The two business owners have always shared a resolve to not only produce the best chocolate possible but to also provide a healthy work environment in the process. Not only have the Hahns taken great steps to make products of extraordinary quality they have also spent the last five years striving to create an exceptional workplace for their staff. Knowing first-hand that the food and beverage industry tends to be a harsh environment for employees Ginger is committed to providing a work environment in which the employees are respected and appreciated and also an atmosphere that is conducive to longevity and loyalty. It takes a lot of people to run a successful business. Tom and I have always had the master plan to provide a positive environment for our employees Ginger reflected. You have to set high standards for your employees and hold them to it. But it s a cause-and-effect situation as well. If you treat your people well they in turn will treat customers well. Ginger adds that though customer happiness can be hard to measure as a business owner you just know it s there by the smiles and repeat customer visits. Ginger explains that her staff undergoes an intensive four-week training period in preparation for their jobs. Most of their 12 employees have been with Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates for years and their turnover rate is low. I have a wonderful staff including my two managers Alison Preston our head pastry chef who has been with the company for six years and Traci Tessier our store manager who has been with my company for almost five years. Ginger credits husband and business partner Tom for keeping their business running like a well-oiled machine. Tom oversees the business end of the operation allowing me the freedom to create HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 23 S everal things come to mind when one hears the word chocolatier. One thought involves indulging in delicious chocolate goodness and the other is just plain yum But rarely does this word reveal the hard work behind what it takes to be a respected chocolatier. Ginger Hahn of Ginger For Ginger and Tom it s about more than just the food. The two business owners have always shared a resolve to not only produce the best chocolate possible but to also provide a healthy work environment in the process. Not only have the Hahns taken great steps to make products of extraordinary quality they have also spent the last five years striving to create an exceptional workplace for their staff. 24 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Ginger stated. He is an amazing business partner friend husband and father. I couldn t do any of the things I do without him. Ginger also reveals that the fact that she and Tom share the same goals and passions is another reason they work so well together. You can never forget that during the day you are running a business and things need to be addressed and discussed just as they would in any boardroom situation. Ginger adds that as a couple they have made the commitment to always keep it professional at work and never lose sight of their dream. Ginger s ongoing dedication to providing a stellar workplace for staff caught the eye of local business committee members two years ago. She was invited to sit in on a small business roundtable discussion about workplace equality spearheaded by Congresswoman Doris Matsui. Her firm views on the subject prompted Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reach out to her and invite her to be a speaker at the When Women Succeed America Succeeds women s initiative event in October at Sacramento State University. When Women Succeed America Succeeds is a grass-roots campaign that strives to enable women to achieve greater economic security raise wages for women and their families and allow working parents to support and care for their families. It was a proud moment for me my business and my staff Ginger asserted and one that I was honored to be a part of. Even with her busy schedule Ginger is now focusing on the rapidly approaching holiday season. During this time of year Ginger and staff are exceptionally busy preparing delicious gifts and treats for their customers. Ginger shares that 30 percent of the company s sales occur during the holiday season. It s my favorite time of year but my most stressful one as well Ginger confided with a smile. Some of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolate s top sellers include the Crispy Coconut Kaffir Lime Chocolate Bars the Salty Carmel Macarons and their Palet D Or a bon bon made with 72 percent chocolate that comes from Venezuela. Even on the hectic days Ginger insists that she has no regrets and wouldn t do anything different in her journey to success. Most days she can be found making chocolates developing new recipes and sharing her passion and love for all things chocolate with her customers. The best part of my job is having an outlet Ginger advised. I just love to create educate myself and feed my obsession for the pastry arts. Ginger and Tom have recently expanded their kitchen production into a warehouse facility in West Sacramento. Within this new facility the Hahns are proud to have a nursery for infants and hope to someday include a full-service child care center there as well. With two boys of their own and a little girl on the way the Hahns are more committed than ever to a workplace that employees can appreciate and cherish. As for offering advice to other women on business Ginger confirms that owning a business is not easy but if women entrepreneurs know they will do anything to make their idea a reality their drive and belief will help them achieve it. Just know in your heart you can do it Ginger offered. Lots of barriers will come up along the way but you must persevere and move ahead. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 25 herlife local wine luCaS winery tHe journey from Vine to Bottle L b y g . m . p o o c h p uc ilo w s k i From his fruit buyer position Lucas was hired by Robert Mondavi to be the grape buyer for Woodbridge Winery a move recommended by his current boss who saw that Lucas had a passion for grapes. I was hired in 1982 and traveled all of the state buying grapes because Woodbridge was growing like a weed. I stayed there for 16 years and traveled around the world with Robert Mondavi and his family. Lucas reflects on his experience as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It was a journey a learning experience in food wine and grape growing. In 1978 Lucas decided to open his own winery putting to use all of the fruit grape and wine knowledge he d accumulated. After traveling around the world with the Mondavis I wanted to build a winery based on everything I had learned tasted and observed in Europe he remarked. It s a lifestyle. You know I didn t think much of my Zinfandel vineyard initially until I started tasting Pinots with Tim Mondavi in Europe--with food. Oh that s what wine with food is. Lucas admits that while he didn t want to look surprised in front of his wine-savvy friend he was shocked by the effect wine and food can have on each other. He has tried to keep that enthusiasm and fascination running throughout his process and ucas Winery now a booming success story and testament to hard work and dedication to quality has been cultivated and cared for from its humble roots to become what we see today. David Lucas founder and owner shares his story on the ups and downs ins and outs of starting a successful business in the wine industry. From fruit buyer to a well-loved local winery owner Lucas has seen each side of the wine business and knows how to put all of his experience and knowledge to good use. Davis Lucas started his wine career early in his college years when he learned to make beer and wine. Fresh out of the Peace Corps he started working as a fruit buyer throughout Lodi and Northern California which he did for ten years. In 1975 and 1976 Lucas made the plunge and bought his first vineyard. While working as a fruit buyer Lucas developed a great appreciation for fruits and vegetables and their distinctive flavors influenced by the areas in which they were grown. I discovered that apricots in Hollister were different from apricots in Los Banos he remembers. Asparagus is different in Tower Park than in Freeport and they are both on the Sacramento River. 26 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM they also invest their time and energy into only a few wines each season. Heather pyle co-owner winemaker and david lucas wife creates a Zinfandel and Chardonnay each year but also focuses her attention on a signature wine made available only to wine club members. this year wine club members enjoyed the lucas pinot Grigio.. products. If you ve seen Lucas wine in stores you may have noticed it tends to be a little higher-priced than the average run-of-the-mill Zin. David explains that those higher prices come from the fact that not only do they focus on keeping everything organic (meaning they even treat problem areas like spider mites on the vines organically delivering predatory mites by hand to each individual vine) from grape to bottle and their grapes and wines are certified organic they also employ a different method of thinning their grapes called versasion thinning. Lucas Winery quite literally favors quality over quantity when it comes to their grapes. Lucas elaborates We could get about six tons to the acre but we try to stay below three tons to the acre for more intense flavors so we have to drop crop to accomplish this. Versasion the time of year when the green growing grapes start to change their color to red or black is a crucial time for most wineries but even more so for Lucas Winery. The reason we do it then is because if we wait until it s near harvest time all the grapes are dark even the unripe ones. You can t tell at this point. So it s done when you can see how green or red a bunch may be. A banana you can look and know when it s green and when it s ripe but not so with red grapes Lucas explains. They also invest their time and energy into only a few wines each season. Heather Pyle co-owner winemaker and David Lucas wife creates a Zinfandel and Chardonnay each year but also focuses her attention on a signature wine made available only to wine club members. This year wine club members enjoyed the Lucas Pinot Grigio. Last year they sipped on a light-bodied yet richly flavored Barbera. Attention to detail dedication to quality and a passion for grapes are what drives this Lodi winery. David Lucas shares this bit of wine wisdom Anybody can make wine but to make wines that taste like the place they come from is really the long long journey for the winemaker. To learn more about lucas Winery find them online at or visit them at 18196 North Davis Rd lodi. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 27 herlife mother s perspective SaVVy SHoppinG for HolidayS and CeleBrationS by j o d i c ro s s T 28 he average family spends more than 800 on holiday purchases each year. Last year that added up to 579 billion in spending according to the National Retail Federation. We work hard all year but should we be spending such a big chunk of our earnings on holiday shopping The majority of Here are some tips for savvy shopping this holiday season. Shop all year. When you see something you like buy in multiples. Chances are if you like it your friends will too. In some cases buying in multiples can result in an additional bulk discount. One of the benefits of buying all year is that you avoid huge credit card bills in January. My credit cards barely register a blip in December or January. Americans rely on savings or earnings to pay for holiday shopping but nearly one-quarter charge purchases on credit cards or go into debt. With a little planning and organization you can take control of your spending avoid going into debt and remove some of the stress from the holiday season. Start with a list include family friends co-workers and hostess gifts. Create a budget to keep expenses under control. Many families draw names purchase only gifts for the children or set an agreed-upon spending limit for each person. In my family we actually share specific gift ideas which helps to avoid returns and re-gifting. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Set up a gift closet. The key to buying all year is organization. I keep a gift closet in the guest bedroom but any cupboard or shelf space will do. Twice a year take everything out log all the items including quantities on a clipboard then reassemble all the items back into the closet. By having a system you can easily find items and you won t forget what you purchased. In addition keep your annual shopping list of family and friends along with the items you gave them for up to three years. Nothing is more embarrassing than giving someone the same gift two years in a row. Restock in January. It may be little late this year to establish a gift closet but you can shop in January and get some awesome deals. Don t buy junk just because it is on sale. Be discerning and buy only something you would appreciate. Items like wrapping paper bows holiday decorations and cards are half price in January. Shop the sales. Everyone loves Black Friday. Personally you won t catch me out at 4 00 a.m. waiting for the doors to open at a big box store. For those who like the adrenaline rush you can absolutely get some good values. Some of the best discounts are on electronics video games toys and clothing. Go armed with cost comparison research and a hit list in order to avoid impulse buying. Surf on-line. Cyber Monday rivals Black Friday plus you beat the lines and get to sleep in. The deals are just as good and retailers often offer free shipping. Keep an eye out for discount codes that yield an additional percentage off at checkout. If you are into experiences or travel sign-up for Groupon Living Social and Travel Zoo. Last year I bought my husband a racing school gift certificate for half the retail price. Create a theme. This summer we vacationed in Prague and Budapest. The Czech Republic is known for beautiful crystal. I bought multiple items in both cities that will make perfect European-themed holiday gifts for family and friends. One year my theme was Nostalgic Christmas. I bundled copies of the movie it s a Wonderful life along with boxes of popcorn and candy and gave those as holiday presents. Craft personal gifts. Handmade presents can save you money if you have the time. Thrift stores are a great source for supplies such as jars baskets and antique jewelry. Baked items in nicelypackaged tins along with a recipe card make for sweet treats. Create your items based on what supplies you have on hand your skill level and the time you can dedicate to the project. Celebrate the children. The holidays are meant for kids. When buying children s gifts make sure to get something age appropriate. Ask for specific ideas to avoid buying the same toys they already have and attach a gift receipt for easy returns. Keep in mind the holidays are all about family and friends and enjoying the spirit of the season not about how much you spend on the gifts. Happy Holidays and wishing you good tidings and cheer Sources and HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 29 herlife home proteCtinG your Home wHile you re away for tHe HolidayS by c atie watson D happy. uring the holiday season many of us plan to head out of town for a vacation or to visit family and friends. Unfortunately this is the season when home break-ins increase and criminals are on the lookout be gone. Even better provide a copy of your itinerary and contact information in case of emergency. In exchange for the favor offer to watch their homes when they re away. It s also a good idea to leave a key with a trusted friend or neighbor so they can bring in your mail and newspapers water your plants and make sure everything is okay. Don t leave a key hidden outdoors since many burglars are familiar with the most common hiding places. Be careful about inadvertently tipping off criminals about your travel plans. As tempting as it may be to broadcast news about your trip on a personal blog or on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter it s best to share your plans only on a needto-know basis. You never truly know who s reading the personal information that you post online. Don t change your voicemail message and be careful about turning on email automatic replies. A little forethought will stop information about your absence from getting into the wrong hands. Besides securing your home against intruders make sure it s safe from Mother Nature. If you live in an area where pipes are subject to freezing when the temperature drops take precautions before you leave. Liberty for easy targets. If you have holiday travel plans don t forget to make sure that your home is safe and secure while you re away. Taking a few simple precautions will help ensure that all of your holiday memories are The FBI reports that nearly 400 000 burglaries occur in the U.S. in November and December. You can avoid being part of this statistic by making it look like someone is still at home while you re away. One of the best ways to give your home a lived-in look is with indoor and outdoor lighting systems that turn on and off under programmable timer control. Motionactivated outdoor lights will also help deter intruders. If piled-up snow on the driveway and sidewalks around your home will be a giveaway that you re gone arrange to have them plowed and shoveled in your absence. Protect your home from both burglars and bad weather by securing doors and windows before you leave. However security experts suggest that you don t close blinds and curtains that are usually open. Instead move your most treasured items so they re not in plain view. Jewelry electronics and other small valuables should be locked away for maximum security. Experts also recommend turning down your phone ringer and doorbell volume so that a potential burglar can t hear them go unanswered. Finally don t forget to turn off the garage door opener and lock the garage door. Your neighbors can be the best defense against burglaries and other disasters while you re away. Let them know when you re leaving and how long you ll 30 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Be careful about inadvertently tipping off criminals about your travel plans. as tempting as it may be to broadcast news about your trip on a personal blog or on social media sites like facebook and twitter it s best to share your plans only on a need-to-know basis. you never truly know who s reading the personal information that you post online. Mutual Insurance recommends insulating pipes that are located close to outside walls or in your attic or crawl space since these locations pose the greatest danger of freezing. If possible leave the heat on while you re gone and drain your water system by shutting off your home s main water valve and turning on every faucet (both hot and cold) until the water stops running. A home security system can help ease your mind about what s going on at home while you re away. Today s systems can provide 24 7 monitoring for break-ins fires and carbon monoxide leaks and automatically dispatch the appropriate emergency response personnel. The more advanced systems provide options for remotely controlling temperature and lighting. Before you install a security system weigh the pros and cons carefully. Having a security alarm system can be a hassle since you have to remember to turn it on when you leave home and off when you return. However if you don t have neighbors who will watch your house then a security system is a good investment. Check with your home insurance provider to find out if installing a system will make you eligible for a discount. If you re not ready to invest in a home security system webcams are a low-cost alternative. You can place these inexpensive cameras in key areas inside and outside your home and then use your smartphone or tablet to check in while you re away. Many of these cameras come with a night vision capability that allows them to capture images in locations with little light. You ll find a wide range of webcam options available online and at your local electronics store. A small investment in home security is money well spent if it gives you peace of mind while traveling. Sources and HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 31 herlife trendsetter Holiday Couture photography nicole zitzelberger of blue gate photography hair missy o daniel of allure salon makeup jasmine cardenas stylist karri grant location davis ranch model kristin patten handbags courtesy of finderskeepers boutique 32 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 33 jewelry courtesy of cache 34 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM clothing courtesy of unika boutique HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 35 hosiery courtesy of nordstrom rack 36 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM (Holiday) iCinG on tHe Cake b y k a rri g ra n t with a few of these guidelines. Taste twice If you enjoy having those one-of-a-kind pieces try vintage or antique. Mix a modern piece with a vintage piece to keep things fresh and trendy. Most antique pieces have been well crafted and it shows adding an element of sophistication to your style. W hy do all the most delicious holiday cakes come with icing Because it s not a cake without the sweet colorful confection on top Walking out of your closet without this season s hottest accessories makes for one tasteless cake. Start building your jewelry wardrobe metals in different lengths for a trendy rocker look. Super-Size Tiny jewelry can look dated and it doesn t make a bold statement. Larger more complicated pieces can be the centerpiece of any outfit. In most cases bigger is better unless you re very petite then stick to medium-sized pieces. Add Spice Take a jewelry-making class and create your own beautiful jewelry with broken dated and or unwanted jewelry. Everyone is going green so why not recycle what you already have Cream of the Crop Purchasing quality investment pieces is Try a new flavor Switch up your classic pearls for a multicolored strand or black pearls. Add bright colored stones and gems to your everyday pieces to bring a personal charm all your own. Mix your always a plus. When you can add a sparkling Cartier or Tiffany piece to your running around town style you will invariably create a look of classic style and polished sophistication with little to no effort. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 37 herlife green living GoinG Green for tHe HolidayS by c andi smi th W 38 hen people think of going green for the holidays the first thing that usually comes to mind is a Christmas tree or boughs of garland hanging on the fireplace. But there s a better way to go green and keep you family and friends safe and eco-friendly in the process. and cleaning up after holiday meals and parties. Running your tap continuously while preparing food or washing dishes can use more than two gallons of water each minute. Reduce your water and energy use by scraping dirty dishes instead of using water to rinse them before you put them in the dishwasher. Or fill the sink with a few gallons of soapy wash water clean your dishes put them aside and rinse them all together afterward. You can save ten gallons of water per day by taking these easy steps. During the holiday season most of us have our highest energy usage of the year. Since heat bills account for 34 percent of annual utility charges it benefits you to check your ducts annually to ensure that as much warm air as possible is flowing through your central system. Air that s lost while being transported from the furnace to the vents often accounts for 30 percent of your utility bills. Checking ductwork for leaks and sealing any leaks that you find with duct mastic will decrease the work on your furnace and keep you warmer. Check your vehicle s air filter and fluid levels your tires tread wear and inflation and the condition of your windshield wipers. If According to the Environmental Protection Agency holiday par- ties generate a lot of products such as wrapping paper and shopping bags that end up in landfills. This year take your own bags on shopping excursions and find alternatives for presenting your gifts that don t involve waste. Did you know that about 33 million live Christmas trees are purchased each year in the U.S. Unfortunately many of those trees end up in landfills. Instead contact your City Hall or community solid waste department and find out if they have a program for collecting and mulching trees. Oftentimes your city will re-use the mulch on spring landscaping which is a great way to reduce costs in your city s budget and help the planet in the process. Few people consider how much water is wasted preparing for HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM year. Before leaving for vacation adjust your thermostat to save natu- if you have a wood-burning fireplace save your ashes in a metal receptacle. mix the cold wood ashes into your compost heap to create a nutrient-rich soil supplement for your garden. your vehicle is ready for weather changes you will reduce damage which prevents road waste from broken parts. Additionally antifreeze leaking from car engines and chemical thawing agents on driveways and roads pollute surface waters and groundwater through the soil. If you have a wood-burning fireplace save your ashes in a metal receptacle. Mix the cold wood ashes into your compost heap to create a nutrient-rich soil supplement for your garden. If you haven t already done so install a programmable thermostat. When installed and used with the pre-programmed temperature settings for weekend and weekdays you can save about 100 each ral resources. You can also buy outdoor and indoor lights that operate on timers so lights don t stay on all night. Winter storms often cause power outages. Keep rechargeable batteries rather than disposable ones stored throughout your house with your flashlights. If you use disposable batteries prevent hazardous waste by buying batteries with low mercury content. A great way to recycle old newspapers is to make rolled paper logs for your fireplace. Roll newspaper sheets around a broom stick until the log is the desired size and then soak the log thoroughly in water. Dry the log overnight and use like ordinary wood. Find activities for your family and friends to engage in that don t require the use of precious resources. Turn off the television and video games and enjoy a board game or good conversation. Bundle up and go outside for a winter walk have a puddle-jumping contest or explore your neighborhood for fun outdoor holiday decorations. These are just a few ideas for doing your part this holiday season to go green. If each of us does one thing together we can make an incredible impact Source for this article is HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 39 herlife real estate findinG fenCinG to Help Sell your Home I b y h o p e e . f e rg us o n t s been said that good fences make good neighbors but do good fences also help sell a home by adding curb appeal To fence or not to fence is the question I posed to real estate expert Robert Tressler broker and owner of Heritage Manor Realty in Hebron New York. It has been proven repeatedly Tressler said. The appearance But other buyers may just be enamored says Tressler of that charming proverbial white-picket fence look. Before sellers plunk down cash at the nearest big box home improvement store they should first familiarize themselves with varied fencing styles and the different price points available. The White Picket Fence is suitable for rural and suburban properties and homes such as a Victorian house or cottage in a quaint village. The fence can be wood vinyl or a composite material and is known for its curb appeal. There are various price points for picket fencing which will also vary depending on whether you do it yourself or hire a contractor. of a home can improve the chance of a sale. First impressions are everything. People make up their minds whether to buy a home often before they even get out of the car. They may go in and be pleasantly surprised but anything you can do to improve that first impression would help and fencing would certainly do that. You want to buy fencing that is not terribly expensive lest you forfeit your investment and something that matches the home s architectural style Tressler explains. The answer to what type of fencing to install depends a great deal on what the fence s primary purpose is according to Matt Heisler owner of Heisler & Mattson Properties in Westborough Massachusetts who writes on his website that fencing is very important to safety-minded families with children and pets for example. Homeowners may also want a fence as a visual landscape enhancement as a practical border of the property or to provide a visual screen or a noise barrier he adds. 40 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM The Split-Rail Fence is a popular type of fencing seen in the country frequently surrounding pastures where people keep horses or other livestock. Tressler says these fences look best in front of a ranch or out in the country. Heisler cautioned If the fence cuts across your acreage in a way that makes the land feel smaller I d look to dismantle those sections and repair the rest as long as you re not talking a complete rebuild. This type of fencing is also not practical for ensuring the safety of pets or small children. The Panel Fence can work well for those who desire privacy or noise reduction. Made from wood vinyl or composite material linked together these fences protect a property from nosy neighbors or noisy streets. At Home Depot these fences are sold in 6- by 8-foot panels that are installed side by side. Don t buy something expensive like wraparound iron. It s very expensive and you may not get your investment back. I would suggest looking through magazines for examples or browsing a DIY improvement center and that will give you choices and ideas. Are there any don ts to consider with fencing when it comes to improving your home in preparation for putting it on the market Gates in interesting styles with small amounts of side fencing can add visual appeal without breaking the bank says Tressler. fencing is very important to safetyminded families with children and pets. Homeowners may also want a fence as a visual landscape enhancement as a practical border of the property or to provide a visual screen or a noise barrier. The Stone Fence is one of my personal favorites and it is common in the country or suburbs. If you re handy it s a DIY job but because of the labor involved most likely this is not something to be undertaken just to sell your home. If you are improving your property for sale Tressler cautioned Chain-link Fences are one type of fence addition a seller most likely will want to bypass according to both Tressler and Heisler. According to Tressler such fences are unattractive around a home and more commonly seen around prisons schools industrial sites and other places they just seem to shout keep out Heisler noted Chainlink fencing is practical to install but over time gets bent warped rusty and occasionally unsightly. Besides it does not suggest livability or luxury to most buyers. If your home already has such fencing or if you live in an area where safety is a concern Heisler suggests growing ivy or hedges around the fencing to minimize the look. Don t spend more money than is necessary said Tressler. Don t install a fence that you like but will not be able recoup your money for when you sell the home. Instead Tressler suggests you may want to forgo fencing the whole yard and just add a gate with a fencing accent to give it that needed touch of curb appeal. Then your next action will be putting a SOLD sign in the yard. Sources and HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 41 herlife prime the Hidden dangers of osteoporosis by linda r. price T 42 he statistics are in. One in two women and nearly one in four men over 50 will have a fracture related to osteoporosis during their lifetime. Furthermore about 9 million osteoporosis it s more important than ever that we work to ensure preventive measures are taken early in life to protect those with low bone mass from developing osteoporosis and breaking bones. Osteoporosis occurs when the bones are unable to create new bone as fast as the old bone is removed by the system causing bones to become weak and brittle. A fall even bending over or coughing can cause a fracture in extremely brittle bones. The most common fractures occur in the hip wrist or spine. Osteoporosis is a silent disease in men and women of all races but post-menopausal Caucasian women are at the highest risk. Bone fractures of the spine or the hip are the most devastating effect of osteoporosis resulting in disability or even death from complications after surgery. Some people have bones in their spine that simply crumble leaving them with back pain lost height and a hunched-over posture. How can you prevent osteoporosis or lessen its effect as you age Bone mass is in a constant state of renewal. At about the age of 20 bone mass peaks and as we age we produce less and less of it. We need to create more bone mass in our youth to lessen the possibility of developing osteoporosis in our later years. Amy Porter executive director and CEO of NOF stated Osteoporosis is avoidable Americans are estimated to have osteoporosis according to data released in April 2013 by the National Osteoporosis Foundation. About one-third of Americans over the age of 65 fall each year with the falls resulting in nearly 20 000 deaths and more than 2 million emergency room visits according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Frightening NOF President Robert Recker MD said With more than 48 million adults at risk for HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM for many of those at risk. By maintaining a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D doing regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises and by following medical treatments as prescribed the millions at risk for osteoporosis can protect their bones. She continued While family health history may account for a significant percentage of your risk for osteoporosis many of the bone breaks that occur each year can be avoided through better prevention and treatment practices. Everyone has certain risk factors that we can do nothing about and others that are preventable. Risks factors that we can do nothing about include race sex age family history and skeletal size. Age increases our risk factor. A family history such as a a parent or sibling developing osteoporosis that leads to fractures increases your risk. Both men and women with smaller body frames are more inclined to develop osteoporosis. Factors over which we may be able to exert control include hormone levels dietary factors steroids and other medications and lifestyle choices. Your body may produce too much or too little of certain hormones (estrogen testosterone or thyroid hormones). Your doctor will advise you about whether you need supplements or treatments to bring the offending hormone into optimal ranges. Everyone needs to eat a diet rich in calcium and remain physically active to create and later maintain bone mass. This is especially important for young girls who will lose up to 20 percent of their bone mass with the drop in estrogen associated with menopause. Vitamin D supplements may be needed to help the body absorb the calcium. Steroids and anti-seizure medications can interfere with the regeneration of bone. Some cancer treatments endometriosis treatments and aluminum-containing antacids may also interfere with bone health. Check with your doctor to see if there are alternatives or a bone-building medication that will offset the effects of these drugs. Our lifestyle choices may increase the risk of osteoporosis. Sitting is especially bad. Humans are constructed to be active. Good weightbearing exercises that help create strong bones are walking jogging or running jumping and jumping rope playing tennis soccer and racquetball stair climbing hiking dancing and weightlifting. Excessive alcohol (more than two drinks a day) can interfere with the body s ability to absorb calcium. While the mechanics are not fully understood tobacco use contributes to weak bones as well. To prevent falls women need to wear low-heeled shoes with nonslip soles as they grow older. Everyone should check their home for anything that could cause a fall. Electrical cords area rugs and slippery floors are potential hazards. Rooms need to be brightly lit. Properly installed grab bars inside and outside the shower are good safety measures. Be sure it is easy to get in and out of your bed and there are no furniture or other items you could trip over between the bed and the bathroom. Your bones will thank you. Sources and HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 43 herlife tie the knot Kristin and Robert Tied the Knot October 26 2013 b y m a rily n is a m in g e r p h o t o g r a p h y b y g a le n d u c e y p ho t o g r a phy K 44 ristin Danielle (Bailey) Lutzow is new to the Sacramento area coming from Walnut Creek where she was a bartender and early intervention specialist for children with develop- Fire Department. Kristin and Robert met at a sushi restaurant where Kristin was bartending Robert came in to eat after a training for the fire department. Robert reveals the planning and thought process that led to his proposal. On Father s Day 2013 Kristin said YES After many weeks of planning the day had finally come. I finished my shift at the firehouse and put the plan into action. I arrived at Kristin s house with flowers and a yummy breakfast in hand I know how important it is to start the day off right. While driving to the ranch that day to celebrate Father s Day I couldn t help but play the proposal scenario over and over in my head. Knowing the size of Kristin s family I knew that our personal time together would be limited. As we arrived I found a perfect opportunity mental disabilities. Robert James Lutzow was born and raised in the Sacramento area. He works as a captain and paramedic for the Contra Costa County HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 45 for Kristin and me to be alone. I suggested we take a walk by the river before we went to see the family. Kristin and I have spent some of our most special moments on the boat dock at the ranch. We ve had many conversations on that boat dock some funny some sad but the most memorable one was when I told her for the first time that I loved her. I was able to remove the ring from my pocket without dropping it into the water and all of those words I had practiced went right out the window. She said Yes Yes and YES and we both had a smile a laugh a kiss and a cry. In all our excitement we hurried to the ranch to tell Kristin s family. Before I could even get out of the truck Kristin had presented her Father s Day gift to her dad--a son-in-law The blissful couple tied the knot on Oct 26 2013. Kristin was attended by Maid of Honor Kristen Anderson and bridesmaids Abby Berry Amanda Holding Cassie Ribar Elisse Stone and Rachel VanBuskirk. Standing with Robert were Best Man Matt Beasley and groomsmen Cameron Borst Jeff Petty Mark Savko and Jamie Smart. The precious flower girls were Brookelyn Bailey Brynlan Bailey Payton Bailey and Parker Bailey. Kristin and Robert share their across-the-ocean-and-country honeymoon trip. We had a hers and his honeymoon. We first spent a week at Sandals Grande in St Lucia where we sunbathed zip lined scuba dived and enjoyed the beautiful sunsets. After St Lucia we flew to South Beach Miami where we stayed a night and then rented a car for a drive up the east coast of Florida to Savannah Georgia. We rented a condo in the heart of Savannah s historic district and enjoyed lots of sightseeing and romantic dinners. From Georgia we drove to the Great Smoky Mountains and enjoyed the fall color changes on our way to Nashville Tennessee. 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