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HERLIFE MAGAZINE MARCH 2016 BEAUTY ALL-NATURAL SKIN CARE AND COSMETICS MOTHER S PERSPECTIVE MARCH 2016 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM INSTILLING A STRONG WORK ETHIC IN OUR KIDS REAL ESTATE CONDO SHOPPING ESSENTIALS ERIN MANKAMEYER OF GROOVER INTERIOR DESIGN PERSONALIZED SOLUTIONS FOR THE HOME HOME ISSUE 2016 UNDER CONTRACT IN 24 HOURS - MULTIPLE OFFERS Are you thinking of selling your home Now is the time. With interest rates still super low there are currently more buyers than listings. Let us help you make the move and keep more money in your pocket. FOR 1 995 Listing on local listing services & national Licensed Broker Agents Pro Active Marketing Evaluation of home value Showings conducted by agents LIST YOUR HOUSE Assistance with contracts Yard Sign Professional photography Lock box for showings Negotiation support THE EXPERTISE OF OUR AGENTS CAN HELP YOU SAVE MONEY TOO BUYING info NEW WORLD REALTY 7535 W. 160TH ST. OVERLAND PARK KS 66085 Licensed agents in Kansas and Missouri. On all listings there is a required buyers agent commission in addition to the 1 995. The calculations on savings were based upon the assumption of a 6% listing fee. 913-534-8686 HERLIFE FEATURES Groover Interior Design Erin Mankameyer Erin Mankameyer s pedigree in the KC-metro construction arena stretches back five generations. Armed with an interior design degree and a wealth of knowledge she is building Groover Interior Design into a design and construction business that continues her family s tradition of excellence. 42 22 26 28 50 Welcome From the publisher 84 Shades of spring Fashion Blog The Vein Doctor Proactive treatment for venous disorders Spotlight 92 Events around town Scene & Be Seen Affordable Insurance Services Providing knowledge experience and service Spotlight New World Realty Changing the way real estate is sold Spotlight 100 Apex Fun Run Leadership fitness and fundraising that matters Spotlight 52 Ask the Expert Locks & Pulls Simple updates for a fresh home facelift 114 116 120 Jenny Matthews Just Sayin 56 66 Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar Cravings Megan & Richard Tie the Knot KC Building Supply A great place to update your home d cor Spotlight Bra Couture KC cares for local cancer survivors after sunset Helping Hands 122 74 18 Celtic Ranch Trendsetter Calendar of events In the City HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE DEPARTMENTS 48 72 38 Health Spring and summer bugs 48 Beauty All-natural skin care and cosmetics 54 Culinary The nutrition of ancient grains 62 Recipes Baked shrimp with tomatoes and feta Southwestern frittata 64 Wine Do wine scores matter 70 Book Club Still Alice By Lisa Genova 72 Mother s Perspective Instilling a strong work ethic in our kids 82 Green Living Principles to guide your home s green viability 88 Fine Things Tile and stone trends 94 Working Women Landing a cyber job as tech evolves 96 Finance Budgeting for baby 88 96 98 Real Estate Condo shopping essentials 104 Home Remodeling your home sweet home 108 Pets Your wish their command highly trainable dog breeds 110 Travel Small town charm for family vacations 124 Star Journeys March horoscopes 20 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 110 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 21 HERLIFE WELCOME The Organizer Yes this is me in my closet. My closet has always been a reflection of my personality organized and a little OCD. Call me crazy but I love to organize colorize and purge whether it be a room a closet or a small drawer in my kitchen. I have always been like this. This issue was one that I really enjoyed watching come together. Don t get me wrong I love watching them all come together. There is just something about looking at homes designers work and remodeling and home improvement ads that motivates me to stay busy around my house. Any free time that I get to myself I conquer another project of organizing or rearranging. I think my kids have occupied every bedroom in both the homes we have lived in. I am a busy body and typically don t turn on the TV unless I m sick and watching HGTV home makeover marathons. It s the sense of accomplishment and I m more relaxed when there is organization. My house isn t decorated like the Taj Mahal but I feel like I have held my own in keeping it updated. The artwork and d cor are not something everyone notices but they sure notice our walk-in pantry our color-coded closets and the labeled bins in the cabinets. Many of my family and friends have recommended that I start my own company helping people organize their homes or offices but I always feared that would make me lose motivation in my own home. When my family is busy and I do have some spare time which is very rare my sister or my Bestie (yes you know who you are B.F.F.T.T.E.) get to reap the benefits because I will help them organize a closet or pantry. I had the privilege of seeing Erin Mankameyer s work during the cover shoot. I am in awe of her work and hope to one day to be able to decorate a house as well as I can organize one Until then I m sorry Trey but you will have to live with me moving things around and reorganizing. I have to laugh at how many times he has to ask where something got moved. I hope this issue brings you lots of inspiration and motivation to get a jumpstart on your spring cleaning and home projects. No I don t have the time to organize your closet Cherish it Tammy Crystal McDonald HERLIFEMagazine instagram herlifemagkc twitter herlifemagkc pinterest herlifemagazine 22 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Staff & Contacts Publisher Editor Office Manager Art Director Advertising Art Director Advertising Tammy Crystal McDonald Marilyn Isaminger Kathy Carreira Janet Crouch Elana Bell Michelle Carder michelle (816) 516-9888 Gretchen Hayes gretchen (913) 787-4812 Contributing Authors Chandra Blackwell Jennifer Bulmash Melody Bussey Lisa Taranto Butler Aharon Butler Payne Lisa Chism Patty Cook Hope E. Ferguson Stephanie Fox Marilyn Isaminger Carrie Rowlands Johnson Melissa Haines Lavin Laura Leiva Jenny Matthews Cindy McDermott Linda R. Price Tina V. Savas Allison Turnberg Paul Bonnicson Photography Sander Cha Lisa Chism Phillip Flores Photography Golden Lantern Photography John Hensley Jukeboxx Photography Heather Morrow Lauren Frisch Pusateri Overland Park KS Phone (913) 402-6994 Fax (866) 827-6851 Subscriptions are available for 20 (for 12 issues). Please go to or mail a check made out to HERLIFE Magazine to the above address. Sources for all articles can be found online at Contributing Photographers Contact Information Subscriptions Sources 2016 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 KLP Enterprises 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. 24 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE FASHION BLOG Shades of spring by jennifer bulmash Color Spring 2016 s light shades are a welcomed departure from wintry hues. Like May flowers pastel tones and earthy neutrals pop up on frames seen on celebrities and runways alike. Picture plastic frames in muted pinks and cloudy blues chill greens and mellow taupe. And before summer s bright sun takes over spring s trends embrace a light airy look with translucent materials and gradient lenses that fade from dark to almost clear. This can be a particularly flattering look if you re concerned about trying a frame that s larger than usual because faded lenses appear less stark against your skin than darker solid lenses. It s an optical illusion that makes dramatic fashion-forward styles a bit more wearable. Shades sunnies specs...regardless of what you call em odds are that if you ve owned a pair of sunglasses at some point in your life you ve realized their ability to completely transform an ensemble. Throw on a pair of oversized face-hiding dark frames and you re instantly incognito. Add simple wayfarers to jeans and a T-shirt and you ve got a low-maintenance cool vibe. While the fashion history books show that some classic sunglass styles will always have staying power the shades of this spring break from tradition with fresh twists on traditional styles. Familiar plastic frames look new again with soft bohemian colors and gradient lenses. Time-tested styles such as aviators and clubmasters are updated with unexpected texture combinations and subtle shape tweaks. This spring whether you re jet-setting to some tropical locale or strolling around town here are the shades you need to sport to stay on trend. Prada Triangle Logo Available in 4 colors 255 26 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM D D Tom Ford Lily Available in 4 colors 390 Fit Dior Technos Available in 3 colors 540 Years of sales in the Accessories department have led to more than just an album full of sunglass selfies. Here are a few tips for finding the best pair of shades to fit your face 1. Determine the shape of your face (there are tons of charts online) and then choose a frame that s the opposite of that shape. For example if your jawline is rounded pick a more angular pair where the bottoms of the lenses are flat. If you ve got a square or pointed jaw you can try the softer rounded shapes. 2. For a proportional fit look for a pair of glasses where the outside lines follow the outer lines of your face. If you re wearing the sunnies and you can still see the majority of your temples they re probably too small. Likewise if your frames extend too far outside your cheekbones you ll look like a bug. No one wants that. 3. Avoid frames that rest directly on your cheeks. These create make-up lines and skin indentations. Try talking while wearing the glasses. If they stay Prada Cinema Available in 2 colors 285 Style In contrast to the softer color palette other spring 2016 shades feel innovative and cool with the tweaking of classic styles and interesting new construction. Mixes of plastic metal and other materials continue to appear in fashion magazines and blogs. You might see plastic frames featuring a metal bridge or traditionally metal frames made instead with wooden rims. This juxtaposition of textures is an eye-catching way to make a comfortable style appear refreshed and trendy. The combination of retro and modern shapes is also extremely popular. For example rounded sunglasses have come back into style while aviators never left so a mix of the two styles is an obvious next step. When shopping for sunnies we tend to stick with shapes that have worked in the past and this season s twists are a great way to update to something more fashion-forward without leaving your comfort zone. Look for familiar styles with modern detailing such as unexpected hardware accents a matte finish or rims that feature both plastic and metal. D D D put you re in good shape. If they move you should consider another pair perhaps with nosepieces that can be adjusted to fit your face. 4. If you re not sure how you feel about a pair s size and shape either look in a full-length mirror or take a selfie. The mirror provides a different perspective on the glasses proportions and the photo lets you see yourself as others see you. Both tricks sound obvious but they definitely help. 5. Frames can usually be adjusted in one way or another. Nosepieces can lift a frame off your cheeks and arms can be molded so the glasses fit better. Take care of your sunglasses (use your case and DON T wear your frames like a headband on top of your head) but if they need adjusting or tightening take them to an optical shop or sunglass counter. They can typically help solve minor fit problems. HLM Jennifer Bulmash Jennifer Bulmash is a freelance writer from Kansas City. In her 10 years at Nordstrom she has been involved in all aspects of the business from sales to communications to management. After graduating from KU with degrees in English and Journalism she taught English at a Chinese university and her works describing her experiences abroad have been published in print and online. She aspires to write the next great American novel to fund and fuel her designer sunglass addiction. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 27 HERLIFE SCENE AND BE SEEN Reverse Medical Spa Tenth Anniversary R everse Medical Spa celebrated their tenth year in business by inviting their clients to an open house on November 10. All invited were the loyal clientele that made this milestone tenth year in business possible. Attendees received VIP swag bags enjoyed refreshments appetizers and desserts. They also witnessed Reverse s largest raffle giveaways yet. More than 8 800 in services and products were given away that night. The event was supported by Galderma Allergan Vivier Skin Care Elta MD and Dean &DeLuca. Visit Reverse Medical Spa on Facebook Twitter and Instagram as well as online at for more information. HLM p h o to s p rov i d e d by sa n d e r c h a 28 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE SCENE AND BE SEEN Mirabile M.D. New Year Wellness Open House M irabile M.D. Beauty Health & Wellness hosted their annual New Year Wellness Open House on Thursday January 28. Guests enjoyed exclusive discounts giveaways chair massages and delicious food. Mirabile M.D. staff and wellness experts from the KC area shared tips and services to help guests improve their skin lose weight regulate hormones and enhance their overall health and vitality. The team collected household and personal care items for SafeHome which benefits local domestic abuse survivors. Mirabile M.D. combines MedCosmetic medical spa Medi-Weightloss gynecology and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for men and women. Under the ownership of James Mirabile MD they are a one-stop shop for total wellness. Mirabile M.D. is located at I-435 and Roe in Overland Park. Visit online at HLM pho t o s provided by sande r c ha 30 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE SCENE AND BE SEEN H KC Remodel Garden Show ome inspiration was at an all-time high at this year s KC Remodel Garden Show at American Royal Thousands of homeowners came to find the latest in d cor and trends new products helpful advice and inspiration for renovations and landscape projects. The event featured the stars of HGTV s Rocky Mountain Reno Ryan and Trista Sutter a Vintage Marketplace pub sheds beautiful gardens and Extreme Pet Houses benefitting KC Pet Project. At the home show there are thousands of products decorating construction and remodeling ideas for you to gather and compare. Don t miss the Johnson County Home Remodeling Show coming in October HLM pho t o s p rovided by britaney wehr meis t er 32 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE SCENE AND BE SEEN Kendra Scott Hosts The Healing Chair Benefit F riends and supporters of The Healing Chair recently gathered for shopping at the Kendra Scott store on the Country Club Plaza to raise funds to support their cause. The Healing Chair is a non-profit that provides reclining lift chairs to help support the healing and recovery of local breast cancer patients who have undergone mastectomy surgery. If you d like to make a donation or learn more you can find them on Facebook at The Healing ChairKansas City. HLM p h o to s p rov i d e d by j a n e tte sl u sh e r 34 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE SCENE AND BE SEEN Eating Disorder Center of Kansas City Marks First Anniversary O n January 29 the Eating Disorder Center of Kansas City hosted a celebratory event marking their one-year anniversary of being open to patients. Local providers helped the staff of EDC-KC celebrate their successful first year of empowerment-based treatment. The Eating Disorder Center of Kansas City provides treatment for all types of eating disorders treating men and women age 18 and older. More can be found on their website at kansas-city. HLM p h o to s p rov i d e d by sa n d e r c h a 36 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 37 HERLIFE HEALTH Spring and summer bugs We re rapidly approaching the beginning of the Lyme disease season. But it s not the only disease spread by insects. a sesame seed but baby ticks called nymphs are almost invisible. Since their bite is usually painless many people never notice they ve by ste phanie fox been bitten. One symptom can be a tell-tale red bulls-eye rash appearing from three days to a month after the bite. Other symptoms include joint pain chills and fever and fatigue. If Lyme disease goes undiagnosed more serious Lyme disease It took only two decades from when it was first reported in 1975 for Lyme disease to become the most common insect-transmitted disease in the country. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control say that while only 30 000 cases are diagnosed each year there may be as many as 300 000 actual cases of the disease. Lyme disease is spread by the deer tick an arachnid common to the American Northeast Midwest and the Great Lakes states and is caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. These ticks are about the size of 38 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Rocky Mountain spotted fever Cases of RMSF have been diagnosed since 1920 but since 2001 the number of cases has been rising. The cause is the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsia and it s spread primarily by the American dog tick with 60 percent of cases symptoms can appear weeks to years after the tick bite and include severe headaches arthritis joint swelling and in rare cases heart and central nervous system damage. Fatalities are uncommon. Lyme can be treated with antibiotics. The risk of getting Lyme disease is greatly reduced if the tick is removed within 36 hours. G Globalization has fueled a trend of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases and it can be easy to forget that six- and eight-legged creepy crawlies still spread disease. found in North Carolina Oklahoma Arkansas Tennessee and Missouri. Most cases are reported from April though October. Early symptoms include fever headache abdominal and muscle pain vomiting and sometimes a red rash. If it s not treated quickly RMSF can cause serious damage to kidneys lungs heart and the brain and can be fatal. The disease is treated with antibiotics. Ticks live in tall grass and low bushes at the edges of forests but they can be found in lawns and gardens as well. If you are walking through areas that might be tick infested avoid wearing shorts and sandals and use insect repellent that contains DEET or permethrin. Check for ticks and remove them using tweezers grasping the tick where the head enters the skin. Pull firmly outward and clean the bite with rubbing alcohol. Don t forget to check clothing kids and pets. Zika virus threatens global spread In May 2015 the first case of Zika virus was reported in Brazil more than one million cases have been reported to date in Brazil and the number of cases reported in the United States continues to climb. Zika is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and possibly by the Aedes albopictus. Symptoms of infection are a mild fever and a skin rash along with conjunctivitis and muscle or joint pain. According to the World Health Organization the virus has been associated with a steep increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly a rare condition that is associated with smaller-than-normal head size and incomplete brain development to mothers who were infected while pregnant. The CDC has advised pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant to delay their travel to nearly two dozen countries where Zika virus is present and if they do travel to talk with their health care provider and take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. These include frequent application of insect repellent wearing clothes that cover as much of the body as possible and avoiding exposure during times when Aedes mosquitoes are active. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 39 West Nile virus West Nile was first reported in Queens New York in 1999. Within ten years it had spread across the country. Disease-carrying mosquitoes are found in the lower 48 states and the District of Columbia. West Nile is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. In 80 percent of people there are no symptoms. In the other 20 percent the first symptoms include body aches fever and vomiting. Serious cases can lead to inflammation of the brain causing disorientation convulsions and paralysis. West Nile is easy to diagnose with a blood test and is treated by managing the symptoms. To avoid West Nile disease use insect repellents containing DEET wear long sleeves and pants from dusk to dawn eliminate standing water around your home and support your local mosquito control programs. Chagas disease Once considered an exotic illness Chagas is starting to take hold across the country. This disease is caused by a protozoan parasite and is transmitted by kissing bugs or triatomine bugs. The bugs bite a sleeping person who then scratches the bug s feces into their bite wound. Early symptoms include fever body aches eyelid swelling nausea and swollen glands. Many people initially have no symptoms but left untreated Chagas can cause serious cardiac and digestive system complications including sudden heart failure decades later. It is treated with anti-parasitics and by managing the symptoms. HLM 40 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 41 HERLIFE INSPIRATIONS photography Heather Morrow hair Jamie Lingner and Nicole Brancato of BluSky Salon Suites makeup Auni Johnson of Salon One19 wardrobe Nordstrom Oak Park 42 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM ERIN MANKAMEYER HER DETAIL IN DESIGN MAKES HOMEOWNERS HAPPY written by cindy mcdermott photographs by heather morrow W hen it comes to construction projects most toolboxes on interior design and decorating firm servicing Overland Park Shawnee Olathe Leawood and surrounding areas. Armed with her degree from KU in interior design 32-year-old Erin has set about building Groover Interior Design into a business going above and beyond a typical design firm. What sets us apart is that we re not focused on picking out paint colors and a sofa. I start with the architect and my clients to create their dream home stated the Overland Park native and Blue Valley High School grad. Then I ll work with the plumbers the electricians the HVAC team and other skilled craftspeople at the construction site so that the finished product isn t just beautiful but personalized and functional for each client. Erin takes on the sometimes overwhelming burden for busy clients who are building their own home from the ground up or undertaking a major remodeling project. She applies her extensive knowledge of interior design and construction and couples them into a well-thought-out plan. She and Brenda work with many notable builders in the KC metro. In fact Erin HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 43 the jobsite would include hammers drills nails measuring tapes and more. But one KC-metro businesswoman s toolbox contains product samples cabinet choices plumbing fixtures and much more. While her skill set is different from that of the craftsperson s on a project the value she brings is just as critical. I love everything about construction and as an interior designer it s not common to have such a distinct focus on construction said Erin Mankameyer Groover Interior Design. When it comes to my work I foresee problems and develop solutions. I m focused on making the lives of homeowners easier and also making the final project they live in beautiful. I can help address issues and design problems before the client ever moves in. MUCH MORE THAN SURFACES Erin owns Groover Interior Design along with her mother Brenda who was a faux painter for more than 30 years in the KC metro for many builders. Their business is a full-service notes that high-end contractors prefer that clients have a designer such as Groover Interior Design to help drive the process. to any project is highly prized. Erin s skill set allows her to anticipate issues and address them before they even occur. This results in fewer headaches for everyone involved especially the homeowners. Because she s thinking so far ahead Erin saves money for her clients by greatly reducing change orders which can lead to huge costs and expanding construction schedules. It may take me four to eight hours to lay out the electrical switches and lighting locations for a home. I m using my experience and knowledge to ensure that everything is well thought out and works for the homeowner she commented. I ll save my clients in the beginning with great planning so we avoid change order fees the time it takes to rip out mistakes and the redo. Not only do I save them money but I protect them from a lot of grief and disappointment. CLIENT-CENTERED APPROACH I start with the client to understand their thoughts and get their ideas on what they want their home to be. Throughout the project I m working closely with the architect and the builder ensuring that the needs of the client are being met Erin stated. For instance in a construction project I would select every plumbing fixture and appliance with the client giving final approval. Then after the sheetrock work is finished I would spec the trim. Then I would design all of the cabinets including the style size paint stain hardware and so on. After that comes finishes such as granite or solid surface and then on to the floors and wall finishes. Groover Interior Design will complete the project all the way down to furnishing every room in your house. Given that she is well known and respected by many local contractors the value Erin brings 44 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM No matter if you re looking to remodel or build an entire house start with a style and stay with it Erin stated. And remember that just because you love something doesn t necessarily mean it will work. STRONG FOUNDATION AND CREDENTIALS It s hard to imagine that someone as young as Erin can hold such a wealth of knowledge and interior photographs by paul bonnicson photography experience with interior design and construction. But she s been hard at work for many years building on a summer internship and helping her mother in her faux painting business while she was in high school. During that time contractors came to know her and her strong work ethic. As soon as I graduated from KU I started my own company and worked out of my home she remarked. Helping my mom in her business gave me a great list of contacts when I graduated. They already knew me and my work. Erin s pedigree in this line of work actually goes back decades in the Kansas City construction industry. My mom was a fourth-generation painter and now my brother has now taken over her business Erin added. My family s background in construction goes back five generations on various worksites throughout this community. Many of the finest homes in Kansas City have been touched by my family. I m really proud of that and I want to keep that tradition going. Groover Interior Design also furnishes new and existing homes with unique pieces to com- plement style and living space. There s a storefront at 15041 Nall Avenue Overland Park filled with the latest styles in home furnishings and everything on the floor is for sale to the general public. Groover Interior Design is also a retail showroom. You don t have to hire us to buy or special order any of our pieces she shared. I will say that 90 percent of our sales are special order. But the showroom means that our clients can see our selections and try them out before we special order for them. Erin owns Groover Interior Design along with her mother Brenda who was a faux painter for more than 30 years in the KC metro for many builders. SOLID ADVICE While many of us may have smaller projects that don t require the services of Groover Interior Design Erin does offer some advice for the budding interior designer. Before you start know what you want in a style and then research for ideas advised Erin. The biggest dilemma you ll probably face is narrowing down a style and sticking to it. There s so much out there and it can be overwhelming if you don t know how you want it to end up. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 45 Much of that same guidance applies to Erin s clients too. No matter if you re looking to remodel or build an entire house start with a style and stay with it she stated. And remember that just because you love something doesn t necessarily mean it will work. That s where I come in to help the homeowner chose from the many exciting and beautiful products that are available. Then I ll tie them together in a cohesive look for your home. Also I m aware of so many more products that a client has never seen before. I have a feeling that they ll love it even though they haven t been introduced to it before. the plans are drawn up to the day the homeowner walks into a new home or remodel that s staged and finished. Groover Interior Design is unlike any other interior design company in this area. Many times designers will come in and design the way they want it and walk away. But we are client based she remarked. I want to know what you want and then work so that you have it. I want it so personalized that you can t help but love it. For me it must work for my client and every job is unique and personal. Besides no one wants to walk into their neighbor s house and see the same style and product. When you re searching for someone to help you through the intricate process of remodeling or building a new home call upon Erin and Brenda at Groover Interior Design. While you shouldn t have to worry about hammers or drills nails or measuring tapes just make sure that Groover Interior Design is in your tool box. HLM Visit the website at or call 913-689-0844. I start with the client to understand their thoughts and get their ideas on what they want their home to be. Throughout the project I m working closely with the architect and the builder ensuring that the needs of the client are being met Erin stated. MAKING IT PERSONAL This mother-daughter business has much to offer homeowners in our community. Erin and Brenda are focused on offering a one-of-a-kind service that takes the worry off the shoulders of their clients. Erin describes it as holding a client s hand from start to finish sometimes blossoming from a business relationship to one more like family. She prides herself on offering a critical business service from the beginning when 46 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 47 HERLIFE BEAUTY ing ploy It depends who you ask. Leslie Baumann director of cosmetic dermatology at the University of Miami suggests looking for certain ingredients in skin care products that treat your specific concerns if you are interested in changing out your cosmetics or skin care routine for more natural options. Plant extracts oils and herbs are all useful for any number of skin conditions for example Argan oil which is derived from a Moroccan tree fruit is rich in vitamin E and helps treat a number of skin conditions such as wrinkles eczema and dry skin. Other nourishing oils ideal for dry skin fine lines and wrinkles are derived from olive oil and avocados. Antioxidants found in plants such as resveratrol and coffee berry work to protect the skin against free radical damage caused by UV exposure or pollutants. Don t want to give your skincare or makeup routine a complete overhaul You can take small All-natural skin care and cosmetics As a global community we are consistently becoming more aware and knowledgeable about the ingredients we consume products we use around our home and even steps to reduce our footprint on the environment so why shouldn t we take all the steps we can in using natural skin care products and cosmetics steps in the direction of more natural products. Many aestheticians dermatologists and specialty stores offer a substantial selection of high-end brands and products that treat a number of skin conditions and provide anti-aging solutions. When you want to head in the direction of all-natural products but want to do it slowly there are many ways in which you can create a greener beauty routine. Keep it simple Countless products on store shelves promise to provide miracle results. Choose high-qual- by l au r a leiva T here s a movement going on especially when it comes to eating foods and being more aware of ingredient lists and count- ity products and keep your routine simple your skin usually only needs a cleanser toner moisturizer and a sunscreen to keep it looking healthy and radiant. In some cases there is not much difference between eye creams facial creams and wrinkle creams they all work in the same manner so choose a quality product that suits your skin type and needs. One facial moisturizer less additives that we can t pronounce. The same can be said for those who are becoming more conscious about choosing all-natural skin care products and cosmetics. Is the hype behind natural products truly important or is it a market- 48 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Choose organic formulas PLANT EXTRACTS oils and herbs are all useful for any number of skin conditions for example Argan oil which is derived from a Moroccan tree fruit is rich in vitamin E and helps treat a number of skin conditions such as wrinkles eczema and dry skin. that is oil free and contains an ample dose of vitamins and antioxidants is the Malin Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer. Your local dermatologist or aesthetician can likely suggest products and treatments as well. She will know your skin and what it needs to look its best and can respond to your desire for more natural products. Limit the fragrance One irritant found in skin care products and cosmetics is fragrance. Artificial fragrance can create an allergic reaction or skin condition for a good number of people usually because an artificial fragrance can contain dozens of chemicals to create the scent. To limit the possibility of a negative skin reaction look at labels and choose products that are fragrance free. More brands are turning to fragrance-free options such as the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream which is now offered in a fragrance-free formula. Organic products are better for our bodies and environment as the ingredients are grown without the use of harmful pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. For many it s important to apply products to the skin that don t contain any of these additives In order to see if a product is organic you can easily look for the USDA organic seal on any given product. Juice Beauty is one skin care and cosmetic line that contains a number of options with the seal including moisturizer serums lip care hand and body and more. High-end ingredients don t always have to be in expensive products either. Some retailers are constantly adding new cosmetic and skin care lines that coincide with the public s demand and interest in more natural and organic products for the face and body. When you want to go back to basics you can t go wrong with choosing J.R. Watkins products which still incorporate the all-natural and apothecary extracts long used in natural skin care. In addition to anti-aging lotions body butters and hydrating oils there are numerous body products including the Lemon Cream Sugar and Shea Body Scrub. Burt s Bees also uses simple and effective ingredients to provide the ultimate in hydration and sun protection. Are you ready to switch out some of your skin care and cosmetics for more natural options You re not alone step into Sephora or Bloomingdales and you will find numerous lines with a wide range of organic and natural products. And your skin will thank you HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 49 HERLIFE SPOTLIGHT new world REALTY Changing the way real estate is sold by c indy m c d er m o tt p h o to gra p h s by l a u re n f ri sc h p u sa te ri E ach year tens of thousands of homes are purchased in the Kansas City The agency brings more than 30 years of experience in selling and buying real estate in the Kansas City area. We are not just a broker we re also business owners who know that there are better ways to buy and sell a home remarked Tera. You should have options when selling and buying your home and we can offer you an opportunity to save thousands of dollars while receiving all the support marketing and promotion that are provided through traditional real estate companies. When you list with New World Realty your home will become a part of the Multiple Listing Service for Kansas City which is used by all real estate companies. Your home will also be placed on the real estate search engines that everyone uses when they hunt for homes. You will be given access to all the standard documentation and resources required for the home selling process promised Tera. You will also be provided with a New World Realty yard sign and lock box for buyers agents to use when showing your home. metro area. Most were sold the same way that homes have been sold for decades with Realtors brokers and real estate agencies consuming a sizable chunk of the homeowner s equity. Beginning in 2014 a different way to sell or buy a new home came onto the forefront with New World Realty a real estate agency offering low flat-rate fees to sell your home leaving you with more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket. In 2015 alone New World Realty saved Kansas City homeowners over 500 000 in traditional real estate commission. Innovative approach to selling your home For most home buyers gone are the days of needing a listing agent to find your home based on a set of requirements noted New World Realty Broker Tera Jensen. Most people take advantage of the many online listing sites to search for homes and then simply provide that information to the agent to show them the home. The buyers are actually doing a sizable portion of the work so why pay traditional real estate commissions when you re doing the searching New World Realty is a real estate broker with a better way to sell and buy homes putting control in your hands and saving you thousands of dollars. 50 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Experience is their asset When you list your home with New World Realty you will have a full team behind you to assist in the sales process. Our agents are extremely experienced and I m in my 17th year of real estate remarked Tera. We ve How New World Realty has reinvented the way real estate transactions occur TOTAL SAVINGS 21 255 This home sold for 775 000 Conventional 6% Realtor s commission 46 500 New World Realty s commission 25 245 Listing your home with New World Realty is simple. The up-front listing charge is 495 and you ll pay a fee of 1 500 plus a buyer s agent commission when your home sells. If you want more marketing services such as flyers open houses and brochure booklets they can be included for an additional charge. A traditional real estate transaction can cost the seller a massive six percent of the final price of the home. For instance if you used a traditional real estate company and sold your home for 300 000 you could pay up to 18 000 in real estate commissions. By using New World Realty you could save over 7 000 stated Tera. To see the savings you could experience when selling your home visit the New World Realty website and use our interactive tool to figure those amounts. completed more transactions in the past two years than many others have done in a decade. They have the backing from this company to meet the needs of agents and their clients. The flat fee service at New World Realty includes a professional photographer that will come to your home and capture its best features. Taking full advantage of MLS listing capabilities the maximum 25 photos allowed will be posted to promote your home. six percent in commissions. However we represent clients the same as what I did at other real estate agencies where I have worked in the past noted Tera. Basically all buyers are finding houses online and telling their agents what they want to see. They see homes online just as quickly as the agents. Open houses and printed materials really are a thing of the past because you can get everything you need online. New World Realty strives to make selling and buying a home an easy and efficient process by using technology and new ways of thinking. Sell your current home or find the home of your dreams while saving thousands of dollars by using the services of New World Realty. HLM Visit call 913-534-8686 or email sales HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 51 Services for the clients But while New World Realty is saving you thousands of dollars Tera emphasizes you should not think of this business as a discount brokerage service. We re a flat-fee real estate broker but some homeowners incorrectly assume we re not doing as much for them as a real estate agency making HERLIFE ASK THE EXPERT Locks & Pulls Simple updates for a fresh home facelift Q. My house is 20 years old. What can I do to make it look better A. One of the best anti-aging processes a home can undergo is the replacement of antiquated hardware. It is relatively inexpensive to complete and by changing out the visuals (cabinet knobs and pulls door hardware and hinges) you can refresh the entire home or any particular living space. Most Realtors will advise updating to maximize the sales price. If that will eventually help the sale of your home why not do it now and fully enjoy the facelift today Q. I want to update my hardware with current styles and finishes. What information do I need to know before I begin the process A. If you re replacing existing hardware particularly on the front door the existing holes or door prep dimensions are needed to find a suitable replacement. Actual dimensions are best but pictures of existing hardware and door hinges are always helpful. When replacing cabinet hardware the center to center dimension of a cabinet pull is a must. Because of the numerous sizes and styles of cabinet hinges bring one with you to make sure the match is correct. In regard to finishes the most popular today are oil-rubbed bronze satin or brushed nickel polished nickel and satin brass. Ultimately each individual has their own style and taste and should follow that to conclusion to make their home comfortable and a place they want to be. HLM Locks and Pulls opened its doors 30 years ago as a supplier of door and miscellaneous hardware to area contractors. Today with more than 1 500 selections of cabinet hardware and 40 options for door hardware in stock as well as two locations to cover the metro area they have become the largest decorative hardware distributor in a multi-state area. The clientele consists of builders designers and remodelers as well as the general public. Hours are 8 00 a.m. to 6 00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 00 a.m. to 4 00 p.m. Saturday at the Overland Park location and 9 00 a.m. to 6 00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 00 a.m. to 4 00 p.m. Saturday in North Kansas City. John Hensley owner of Locks and Pulls 52 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE CULINARY grams per serving. It is also a source of manganese niacin iron and vitamin B6. Quinoa is a popular new ancient grain. Grown in South America quinoa provides complete protein it contains all nine essential amino acids and is gluten and cholesterol free. Said to promote a healthy immune system quinoa provides 8 grams of protein per serving fiber riboflavin thiamin and niacin. It also delivers 20 percent of the daily requirements for iron and phosphorus together with 9 percent of potassium and 2 percent of calcium. Barley is an ancient grain most familiar to Americans as an ingredient in soups and stews. With origins in Ethiopia and Southwest Asia barley is thought to enhance immune properties as well as improve metabolism. This grain is high in fiber B vitamins iron copper manganese and selenium. It s also low in calories and has less starch than pasta or rice. When you re cooking with barley you ll find it absorbs a lot of liquid so pay attention to cooking directions. Barley should be rinsed well before cooking and it requires at least three cups of liquid for every cup of barley. Polenta is an Italian grain made from ground corn. Polenta can be used in the same way as corn meal boiled baked fried or grilled. This grain delivers more protein than a large egg at by pat t y cook about eight grams per serving and is high in vihe convenience of quick-cooking grains such as oats and rice means they ll always have a place in the pantry. Howtamins A and C. Polenta made from whole-grain corn is also rich in minerals such as iron thiamin zinc phosphorus and magnesium. Farro is also known as an Italian grain but it was used in bread baking in ancient Egypt. This dense grain is also known as Emmer wheat. It s high in fiber and protein as well as niacin magnesium and zinc. It can be cooked as a side dish and used in soups and salads. Spelt is a grain similar to farro in many ways. It dates back to medieval times and although it is a member of the wheat family people with wheat intolerance issues are sometimes able to tolerate spelt. This is another grain that is high in fiber protein magnesium zinc and iron. It can be used as a side dish in pasta and as a substitute for wheat flour in most recipes. Kamut is a grain that dates back to ancient Egypt and Asia. Kamut is about two or three times the size of common wheat and has more protein The nutrition of ancient grains One of my favorite winter breakfasts as a child was oatmeal. It still is I ve evolved from using prepackaged instant oats the ones you can zap in a microwave in just 30 seconds to steel-cut Irish oats that require a good half hour of slow simmering on the stove. T ever whole grains have had a place in pantries since ancient times. These grains must sometimes be soaked much like beans and often take longer to cook. They also deliver more nutrition than their quick-cooking cousins. Let s explore eight grains that have been a source of nutrition for hundreds or even thousands of years with a look at how each one stacks up in nutritional value. Bulgur wheat is the main component of tabbouleh an Arabic dish that dates back about 4 000 years. It s the perfect blend of grains greens and healthy fats that is considered part of a healthy diet. This savory summer salad blends bulgur with olive oil lemon juice herbs spices and vegetables then it s chilled to let the flavors meld. Bulgur is high in fiber at about 18 54 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM QUINOA IS A POPULAR new ancient grain. Grown in South America quinoa provides complete protein it contains all nine essential amino acids and is gluten and cholesterol free. and amino acids than common wheat. It is also high in essential fatty acids the kind that help reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL). In addition to being an excellent complex carbohydrate kamut is a good source of thiamin niacin folate riboflavin vitamin B6 vitamin E phosphorus magnesium and zinc. This is a grain that is best when soaked in water before cooking much like dried beans. Moving from one of the largest grains to one of the smallest we have teff the seed of an Ethiopian grass. Ethiopian restaurants use teff to make injera bread the spongy flatbread that accompanies stews. Uncooked teff can replace grains and seeds in baking. It can also be used to thicken soups and stews. This nutritious grain is made up mostly of bran and germ and is practically gluten free. Teff is high in protein and fiber and delivers nutrients including calcium thiamin and iron. If any of these grains are new to you look for them at grocery or specialty food stores. Try something new and enjoy meals with more diverse carbohydrates. These foods will deliver quality nutrition that home cooks have served up for thousands of years. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 55 HERLIFE CRAVINGS 56 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM FISH HOUSE & OYSTER BAR jax locally driven. OPULENCE IN SEAFOOD s t or y an d p h o to s p rov i d e d by l i sa c h i sm W hen you arrive at Jax Fish House west of the Plaza you may be slightly confused. Looking like a normal Kansas City restaurant from Another source of pride for Jax is that they boast one of the few top female chefs in the city. Chef Theresia Ota customizes the Kansas City menu. Born and raised in Hawaii Theresia loves cooking for people as an expression of creativity highlighting her personal culinary style which is seasonally and Whether you re dining for dinner or brunch an abundance of choices awaits. Starters on both menus include fried calamari gumbo and fresh shucked oysters served on ice. The bar is also a highlight at Jax and includes fun choices like an adult strawberry lemonade made with strawberry-infused vodka or a Bloody Mary adorned with a fresh shrimp garnishment at brunch. the exterior it is anything but that. From the abundance of fresh seafood displayed on ice inside the front door to the beautiful aquariums with vibrant fish dancing around the sensory experience for your eyes is as enjoyable as the one for your palate. Jax has the sophistication and menu of a fine dining experience but is also family friendly especially for weekend brunch. Tables are draped with white drawing paper and crayons are provided for adults who like to doodle and kids who like to draw. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar originated in Colorado and the Kansas City location is its first foray out of that state. KC s locale has been open for 18 months. It can be difficult to find fresh seafood in the landlocked Midwest but Jax has fresh choices flown in daily. Not only that but they are concerned about where and how the seafood is sourced. Their motto is Seafood is delicious...let s make it last forever. At Jax they partner with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch The Blue Ocean Institute Sea to Table and Fish Choice among others to share important news in the ever-changing world within our oceans. Jax Fish House is very proud to be one of the few landlocked restaurants in the United States to be certified by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. BRUNCH Weekend brunch is served both Saturday and Sunday. Right around the corner from the popular Hotel Sorella Jax is a popular choice for couples enjoying a staycation on the Plaza. With its opening at 10 30 you have time to sleep in before enjoying a hearty brunch. Items of note include the Omelet Oscar with fresh crab and colorful arugula served with grits or crispy potatoes. An entire section of the brunch menu is dedicated to Bennies and whether you choose a traditional eggs Benedict with ham or a more adventurous choice like the Lobster Benny the brioche foundation is a welcome change from the standard English muffin. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 57 I could write an entire story about the grits at Jax. These are truly the best grits I have ever had anywhere. Chef Theresia has perfected the consistency to such a creamy goodness that you may forget you re eating grits They are a great accompaniment to the New Orleans-inspired brunch and many of the items such as Shrimp and Grits are served with collard greens. You can also get them as a side item which I highly recommend. I can t imagine visiting Jax and not enjoying some seafood but if someone in your party doesn t want it they can get traditional brunch offerings such as biscuits and gravy or fried eggs with sausage and bacon. Kids and big kids at heart will also enjoy the Hazelnut Pain Perdu which is like a French toast with caramelized bananas and mascarpone cheese. Made with thick and airy brioche and fresh maple syrup it is like dessert. end of the spectrum are items such as the catfish po boy sandwich. There is something for everyone. Pastry Chef Kelly Conwell makes her Another source of pride for Jax is that they boast one of the few top female chefs in the city. Chef Theresia Ota customizes the Kansas City menu. Born and raised in Hawaii Theresia loves cooking for people as an expression of creativity highlighting her personal culinary style which is seasonally and locally driven. mark on the menu with lovely seasonal sweets and baked goods. Kelly s Cinnamon Roll on the brunch menu is as large as a small head. Beignets and seasonal preserves are also offered on the weekend. On the dinner menu it s her special touches to desserts that make them stand out. Fresh hazelnuts smoked pecans and house made ice cream with unique flavors are her trademark. The ambiance at Jax is sophisticated but not pretentious. Booth and table seating is available and a large bar is a key feature and a great place to enjoy Happy Hour from 4 00 to 6 00 p.m. daily and all evening on Mondays. I haven t been this excited about a new Kansas City restaurant in some time. I can t wait to go back to Jax make sure you put it on your list to visit soon. HLM DINNER Even out-of-town guests from the coast will be impressed with the offerings at Jax. A whole section of the dinner menu lists items chilled and served on ice. Peel-and-eat shrimp snow crab and lobster with drawn butter oysters and mussels are all offered singularly or together in larger sampler platters. Those not worried about a budget can also try caviar and roe. At the opposite At Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar dinner is served daily at 4 00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday NOLA Brunch are from 10 30 a.m. to 2 30 p.m. Jax is located at 4814 Roanoke Parkway Kansas City Missouri phone 816-437-7940 or visit for more information. Lisa Chism is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in food and restaurant work. She also handles marketing PR and social media for a number of clients through her company Creative Communications She teaches fitness classes part-time and enjoys activities with her busy family in suburban Kansas City. 58 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE FOODIES Celebrating fine food and drink HERLIFE is proud to share with you some of our favorite local eateries Whether you crave something sweet or savory we guarantee you ll find something to please your palate. HLM Paulo and Bill 16501 Midland Drive Shawnee KS 913.962.9900 Established in 1996 Paulo and Bill Restaurant offers a comfortable friendly atmosphere a festive bar and most important a made-from-scratch menu. There s something for everyone on our menu handcut steaks fresh seafood salads wood-fired pizzas and our own uniquely flavored Italian dishes. We offer reservations and catering services. We hope to serve you soon Ya Ya s Euro Bistro 7021 West 135th Street Overland Park Kansas 66223 (913) 345-1111 Ya Ya s is an award winning restaurant with an eclectic menu that is inspired by a combination of American French Italian and Greek cuisines. The restaurant is named after co-founder Paul Khoury s grandmother who as the wife of an ambassador traveled in many countries throughout Europe gathering ideas for her own special recipes. The Grille at Park Place 5270 W 116th Pl Leawood KS 66211 (913) 766-0920 The Grille at Park Place is a contemporary American dining experience. The neighborhood feel and traditional menu favorites makes The Grille at Park Place a true lunch and dinner destination. Be sure and check out The Rooftop at The Grille with lounge seating and a retractable roof to enjoy your evening over a Rooftop menu and drinks. Sullivan s Steakhouse 4501 W. 119th Street Leawood KS 913.345.0800 Every Thursday and Sunday Sullivan s is the place to be for a swingin good time. Enjoy live music and great happy hour features. All night we feature 7 signature cocktails select wines and bar entrees. Come join the party in our lounge and patio Mama Resch s A Gluten-Free Bakery 12635 Metcalf Avenue Overland Park KS 913.213.5355 Mama Resch s is a gluten-free and allergen friendly bakery. We bake from scratch daily and specialize in hand-crafted small batch breads and gourmet sweets and treats. Our products are free from gluten dairy corn soy peanuts and tree nuts. No artificial colors or preservatives. Welcome to the gluten free revolution Crazy Good Eats 16695 W. 151st Street Olathe KS 913.905.2744 The sweet aroma of barbecue fills the air at the corner of 151st Street and Mur-Len in Olathe as Crazy Good Eats BBQ smokes its signature burnt ends ribs and more. Known for its award-winning barbecue on the circuit and in the restaurant this family-friendly restaurant also is wowing its catering clients with elegant sophisticated menus and hands-on consulting. 60 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE RECIPES Baked shrimp with tomatoes and feta Serves 4 Prep time 10 minutes Cook time 30 minutes ingredients 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 1 small sweet onion finely diced 3 garlic cloves minced 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons white wine teaspoon dried oregano teaspoon ground black pepper cup frozen sweet peas defrosted 1 can (14 ounce) diced tomatoes drained 1 pounds large shrimp peeled and deveined cup (about 2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese chopped fresh parsley French baguette sliced directions Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat a 3-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add in onion and saut for 2-3 minutes until soft and translucent. Add in garlic cook for another 30 seconds while stirring. Add in lemon juice wine oregano pepper peas and tomatoes bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in shrimp. Transfer mixture to the baking dish. Sprinkle the feta cheese evenly over the top. Bake for 10 minutes or until shrimp are done and cheese has melted. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately with bread if desired. HLM recipes and p hot ogr ap hy by b elly 62 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Southwestern frittata Serves 4 Prep time 10 minutes Cook time 15 minutes ingredients 8 large eggs teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 small sweet onion finely diced 1 jalape o pepper diced 1 zucchini thinly sliced cup corn kernels Coarse salt directions Heat broiler. In a large bowl whisk eggs with 1 2 teaspoon salt. Set aside. In a medium nonstick ovenproof skillet heat oil over medium. Add onion and jalape o cook stirring until tender and translucent about 3 minutes. Add zucchini and corn cook until tender about 5-7 minutes. Pour eggs into skillet with the vegetables. Cook until sides just begin to set about 2-3 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven broil until just set in the middle lightly golden and puffed on top 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven careful handle will be hot Turn out onto a cutting board and cut into triangles. Serve hot warm or cold for breakfast lunch or dinner HLM recipes and p hot ogr ap hy by b elly HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 63 HERLIFE WINE Do wine scores matter If your regular 10 Tuesday night wine scored 98 points in the wine ratings would it taste better Let s examine that question. numerical rating system encouraged wine producers to strive for the best score instead of the best wine. Higher-scoring wine may sell more in by me l i ssa haines lavin volume thus increasing the bottom line as a asting notes and descriptions of wine have existed from the beginning of winemaking history. When the vintage is selected result of marketing the coveted higher score. Before the numerical rating systems consumers might have relied on publications such as Consumer Reports with reviews and ratings based on objective sets of classifications. But now that communication marketing and business move at the speed of light it s critical that wine producers strive for market share edging out competition. Rating systems come in all shapes sizes and formats. But how can the judges tell a 95 from a 75 Just as we experienced a grading system of A through F in elementary school with set criteria for each grade wine judges and critics have guidelines and specific criteria when they embark on a wine tasting. The venue may determine more specific criteria but regardless of the credentials wine critics possess three basic guidelines are in place each time. T bottled and available for sale or distribution the winemaker creates tasting notes as a guide to the buyer denoting the varietal blend vineyard location alcohol percentage nuances in oak fruit and complexity. Food pairing suggestions may even be included. These notes will always be helpful to wine enthusiasts regardless of the rating or score of the particular wine. It became a little controversial when the rating systems evolved to a numerical scoring system that purists believe removed the individuality from the wine ratings creating an open road to globalizing wine rather than supporting the nuances of individual locality style and terroir. What s the big deal Critics would argue that the introduction and implementation of the 64 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Look The judges use clear stemware on white linen tablecloths to better frame the color and appearance of the wine being judged. All white wines are not the same colo and actually will have a golden green or tan hue whereas red wines can range from pink to deep purple or brown. This visual helps determine age. Smell As the glass is swirled the wine s aroma and body are opened up for the nose to take in the first impressions and display how much sugar may be in the wine as it clings to the glass. Even after only a moment the trained nose can pick up where the vineyard may be located and what nuances are specific to the type of wine. Taste Most critics look for balance in the wine with several sips in succession swirling the wine in the mouth and noting acid sweetness alcohol specific flavors to the wine and overall flavor compared to mouth feel. Did it linger on the palate or disappear after a flat entrance onto the tongue You ll find wines rated from participation in international wine competitions state fair wine competitions wine publications and retailer suggestions and even rated by the wine team at your local market. In each case the wine that receives a favorable rating will be promoted accordingly. With so many rating scales to choose from how do consumers make sense of it all 100 point scale Achieving 95 to 100 qualifies the wine as classic great wine and this is the most common rating scale seen today on super- market shelves in tasting notes and on wine lists. The 100-point scale derived from Robert Parker s The Wine Advocate is similar to the educational grading system and is a much-sought-after recognition by many wine producers. For many of us even the low score of 75 would be a drinkable wine and would not stop me from buying or sharing a bottle of wine that resonated with me. 20 point scale With 20 being truly exceptional and 12 being faulty this system was developed in 1959 for academic wine evaluation based on traditionally technical qualities such as color aroma flavor and balance. Dr. Maynard Amerine of UC Davis Viticulture remains a highly respected authority in this area and Jancis Robinson is a current proponent of this system. 5 point scale With 5 Stars indicating superlative this scale is sometimes viewed as too simple and unaccommodating to wines complexities. This rating system usually appears as stars or asterisks and has been very user friendly since its 1980 introduction in many wine guides notably John and Erica Platter s first South African wine guidebook. You are by far the best wine judge for your palate with the unique food and life pairings you enjoy. Develop your own rating system In truth some folks happily use the beauty and design of the label to decide their wine purchase that s a story for another day Enjoy your St. Patrick s Day celebrations with all things delicious including wine HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 65 HERLIFE SPOTLIGHT KC Building Supply A GREAT PLACE TO UPDATE YOUR HOME D COR by c i n dy m c d e r m o tt p h o to gra p h s by l a u re n f ri sc h p us a t e r i O ne of the most inexpensive and easiest projects to update your home s interior is adding fresh hardware. New pulls hinges door sets latches and more can be installed in just a few days for your kitchen bath and many other areas in your home. At KC Building Supply southwest corner of 75th Street and I-35 experienced staff can guide you through this updating project. Hardware products at KC Building Supply range from bath accessories and door levers to mail boxes and cabinet pulls. Selections include entry-level pieces for the budget conscious up to the most discriminating buyer. Styles range from traditional to avant-garde contemporary. Depth of Choice for Homeowners We offer a broad assortment of products across the style spectrum noted Jay Waldenmeyer owner KC Building Supply. Within that we feature door hardware house numbers towel bars cabinet hardware and more for the kitchen and bath. In fact we offer everything related to hardware products for the home. The selection is phenomenal at KC Building Supply and so is its business history. The facility has served KC-metro general contractors retail consumers Working with the team at KC Building Supply is easy to do and you ll find that updating your home s hardware is one of the simple things that most any owner can complete. and remodeling contractors for 26 years. The commercial and residential business features a 4 000-square-foot showroom and 115 000-square-foot warehouse both are filled with the latest building products. Within those spaces KC Building Supply offers a huge selection topped off with a friendly helpful staff. Their experience and knowledge enable KC Building Supply to stand out from the rest of the competition. We have the motto of people product and performance. That s what we re built on remarked Jay. In terms of people this goes back to a knowledgeable team. Our staff has been helping people for 10 20 and 30 years or more. Our product awareness and the ability to direct the consumer are significant. At KC Building Supply you re in a place where people are very knowledgeable. Customer-Friendly Staff and Showroom The broad range of products at KC Building Supply allows you to pick from entry-level offerings to premium designer products and those in between. You ll find quality brands and welcoming price points. Jay says the staff can assist 66 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 67 D 68 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM The broad range of products at KC Building Supply allows you to pick from entry-level offerings to premium designer products and those in between. You ll find quality brands and welcoming price points. nearly everyone as long as their expectations are in alignment with their budget. We have good people who know the trends in the marketplace he noted. We ll get your cabinet layout color code things for you and offer suggestions that you might consider. Customers can meet with staff or their own interior designer in private consultation rooms at KC Building Supply to discuss selections. Samples can be checked out to match with existing pieces in the room you re updating. We have a kids room too to keep the little ones occupied while Mom and Dad shop laughed Jay. Quick and Easy Updates Working with the team at KC Building Supply is easy to do and you ll find that updating your home s hardware is one of the simple things that most any owner can complete. Jay adds that replacing hinges and cabinet hardware is a great do-it-yourself project adding a much-needed facelift to what you already have in your home. Basic tools are all that s needed and with the costs you save on labor you might consider investing in higher-end hardware. Once you re finished the look will be so impressive for your home promised Jay. Final costs are dependent on the product you select but I d estimate you d be in the dollar plus range for hinges and door knobs run from ten dollars to much more. But basic is very affordable. It s not that expensive to upgrade with the hardware we offer at KC Building Supply. Measure Twice and Plan Ahead Jay estimates that the average project to change all the hardware in a house takes about a weekend to complete. But he does recommend good solid planning beforehand to ensure the job goes smoothly. Depending on the hardware you select you may need to place an order and that time frame must be taken into consideration. He also affirms that measurements are extremely important. Many things are universal in homes but Jay cautions that higher-end houses may be different. In those cases accurate measuring must be completed by the homeowner. The great service at KC Building Supply doesn t end when the order is completed. It s our job to perform not only in providing a wide selection but getting the product to you offered Jay. Many of our products can be delivered to your door at no charge. Our trucks are out in town all day and we ll get your selection to you without hassle. If you re looking for a great way to update your home d cor consider changing out your hardware with the fantastic selection at KC Building Supply. This weekend project is one you can easily tackle resulting in fashionable value for your home. HLM Visit the showroom at 7600 Wedd Overland Park Kansas or call 913962-5227. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 69 HERLIFE BOOK CLUB T he novel starts as Alice begins to notice small memory lapses that she attributes to her approaching menopause. She struggles in si- lence with these lapses until one day she is taking her morning jog and doesn t remember how to get home. On most days she jogs with her husband and they do the route together but recently he has been working on a research project that makes it difficult for them to jog together. So when she comes to an intersection one she has been to every day for the last 25 years Alice is paralyzed with the horrifying realization that she doesn t know how to get home. She doesn t know if she should turn left or turn right. Alice is frozen with fright. Finally as quickly as it had left her the landscape snapped back into shape and she automatically knew she should turn left. Alice decides to see her doctor for a few tests and a pill to make it better. As the novel progresses the lapses in memory become more frequent. The diagnosis from her gyn is not good. The doctor sends Alice to a neurologist for more tests. Alice fears a brain tumor. As the doctor gives her the standard tests Alice mentally scoffs at them secure in her knowledge of how they work and how mentally adept she is at sailing through them with ease. Her field is cognitive psychology and she has served as a negative control for many of the tests before. She is shocked when she is unable to recall the simple three things the doctor told her at the beginning of his examination indicating recent memory Still Alice By Lisa Genova Still Alice is a novel written by Lisa Genova about the way Alzheimer s disease destroys the minds of its victims. Alice is a distinguished Harvard professor of cognitive psychology invested in research and speaking engagements. She has one child Lydia and a husband John an equally distinguished researcher at Harvard. revi ew by linda r. price 70 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM THERE ARE MANY poignant scenes showing how Alzheimer s affects its victims. In one Alice cannot find her copy of Moby Dick. It finally appears in the microwave when she starts to make popcorn. impairment. As the doctor continues his analysis of the tests he tells Alice that she has early onset Alzheimer s and she is devastated. The novel is a moving portrayal of how Alzheimer s slowly destroys a brilliant mind and how patients try to overcome their memory lapses. There are many poignant scenes showing how Alzheimer s affects its victims. In one Alice cannot find her copy of Moby Dick. It finally appears in the microwave when she starts to make popcorn. She gets up in the morning and checks her to-do list. One day she returns home and begins to organize the kitchen cabinets when her neighbor walks in. Lauren tells her that this is not her kitchen. With all these difficulties Alice continues her teaching schedule and knows that she is still doing excellent work. Her students love her and she is still a highly rated professor. Or is she The novel also delves into how her husband must cope with Alice s disease as he tries to keep his research and career on track. John gives up a summer speaking tour. He has to take the dangerous step of leaving Alice alone in the house while he goes to his lab at odd hours to check on his experiments. As a scientist he is very invested in the analytical analysis of Alice s disease but he is unable to cope with the daily emotions and details involved in caring for a brilliant woman losing her mind. The novel has garnered high praise for its accurate portray of Alzheimer s disease. Julianne Moore won an Oscar in 2015 for her role in Still Alice. The National Alzheimer s Association has endorsed Still Alice for its accurate portrayal of how Alzheimer s affects its victims. The novel includes much of the research and trials being conducted around 2008 and it carefully explains the scientific details of the disease and its treatments. Yet the novel progresses and one is drawn into the story as well as having questions answered about the disease. A 2015 estimate claims 5.3 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer s disease and almost two-thirds of these are women. Predictions are that the number will continue to increase as our population ages unless a cure is discovered. Normally we don t see them. Silver alerts may be all we notice about patients with the disease. We may see someone who acts a little odd at times but often we can pass this off without thinking too much about it unless and until Alzheimer s comes crashing into our lives. Then we realize how devastating Alzheimer s can be. Lisa Genova has a PhD from Harvard in neuroscience. Since writing Still Alice she has become a full-time author and professional speaker. Her latest novel is Inside the O Briens a novel about an Irish Catholic family whose patriarch Joe is diagnosed with Huntington s disease. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 71 HERLIFE MOTHER S PERSPECTIVE children are just born with the desire to see themselves work hard and do well. We want our offspring to be prosperous but unless they are just lucky they probably won t get very far with their looks and a ho-hum drive to succeed. But why not give them a great base for future success both personally and for a future career by instilling a strong work ethic now Where do we start Lead by example Let s face it. Kids have a lot of growing up to do Our model of behavior couldn t be more important especially when it comes to taking pride in our own accomplishments. Everything we do our kids see and soak in from how we approach deadlines (on time or tardy) to the way we talk about our work (positively or negatively). By showing pride in our own accomplishments chances are very good that our daughter will too. If she has seen you working toward significant goals with a generally good spirit then that is what she knows. Chances are she will grow into a fairly wellrounded individual who understands the rewards of hard work because you showed her what it s all about. Instilling a strong work ethic in our kids The dreaded Ugh Mom echoes throughout the house on a busy Wednesday night. Why do I have to empty the dishwasher I just did it six days ago. Sound familiar Most kids prefer to have their cake and eat it too. Why should they have to clean the dishes when they are finished Routine We all know it can be easier just to take out the trash ourselves. We don t have to ask someone to do it remind them repeatedly to get it done and show them what to do when the garbage bag leaks. But practice makes better and in the end showing your kids how work can be done on a routine basis is key to getting them to stay on track. With younger children the time commitment is even more in depth. Showing them how to do a chore a few times and then working alongside them to make sure they understand may be time consuming but the habit is formed by the repetition. Just when you think your three-year-old has no idea how to clean up her toys she ends up surprising you by putting them all away and in almost the right place Valuable work For kids to appreciate the work they are doing they need to find it valuable. Knowing how to by l i sa taranto butler C onflict about chores comes up with almost every family but when we are putting food on the table each day hustling kids from one activity to another and doing our best to provide for them why does it seem that our often unappreciative kids can t find the time or motivation to simply take out the garbage You could argue that work ethic (or at least some of it) is instilled in kids no matter what the parent teaches or promotes. Perhaps some 72 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM FOR KIDS TO APPRECIATE the work they are doing they need to find it valuable. Knowing how to take care of ourselves and do it well provides us with self-esteem. take care of ourselves and do it well provides us with self-esteem. Children who are not required to perform daily tasks or who are regularly excused from completing their chores may not gain that sense of value. Kids don t have to win the spelling bee or score a touchdown just to feel good about themselves. They gain great levels of confidence by doing even the not-so-great stuff such as making their bed or de-cluttering their closet. The imbedded pride comes in accomplishing everyday tasks on a regular basis. Clear directions and direct consequences Along the same lines as habit giving clear instructions is important for a child to know not only when his job is finished correctly but also how he should get to that point. And just as directions are important so are the repercussions when the work is not complete. If work is missed then children need to know what the consequences will be for not doing it. For example if the cat s litter box isn t cleaned something must happen. If mom has to clean the litter box then she won t have time to drive a certain someone to a friend s house. Kids are apt to remember that the next time kitty needs a cleanup. Hallelujah Yes we can praise our children We ve sacrificed with time and effort and while it may be easy to focus on the need to constantly point out improvement areas dwelling on what they do right will get them further in the long run. Encouragement and confirmation go a long way. Although it is often difficult aim to praise 90 percent more than you point out mistakes and missteps. The good jobs and attaboys not only inspire kids to continue working hard but make us as parents feel better too. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 73 HERLIFE TRENDSETTER the Celtic ranch The Celtic Ranch is a lifestyle inspired by the spirit of their cultural and spiritual ancestors the Celts. Passion about Celtic heritage a unique and eclectic take on life and a rustic take on the finer things in life all lead to a carefully curated collection of treasures that are new each season. Find your inner Celt at The Celtic Ranch. 74 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM photographs Heather Morrow models Zelda Calderon and Kolbe Murray of Exposure Inc. hair Jay Jay Lambing of Oliver s Hair Salon makeup Lora Devine HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 75 76 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 77 78 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 79 80 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE GREEN LIVING Energy efficiency There are countless ways to improve your home s energy efficiency through its architecture. Green roofs or roofs covered in grass plants and other vegetation are quickly becoming popular options. Roofs happen to be one of the most overlooked parts of buildings they re out of sight out of mind but because of the ample sunlight they receive they re the perfect spot for vegetation. The environmental benefits to green roofs are endless they absorb CO2 through the photosynthesis of the plants filter the air by binding dust particles absorb pollutants from rainwater reduce noise by providing insulation and provide habitats for birds and other wildlife to name a few. If drastically improving your impact on the environment isn t reason enough to make the change the economic benefits of green roofs are substantial. They reduce heating and cooling needs thus reducing your energy bill giving up to 25 percent savings for typical two- to three-story buildings in the summer according to the American Society of Landscape Architects. They also protect your home from damage from the elements such as UV rays wind Principles to guide your home s green viability As the world takes measures to prevent further damage to the environment sustainability has become increasingly important. Almost every industry is being affected automotive agricultural technology there are opportunities for improvement everywhere and architecture is no different. and extreme temperatures. They can even improve your property value If you re not quite ready to overhaul the roof over your head there are smaller steps you can take toward improving the environment and your home s energy usage. Tree siting or strategically planting trees around the home to add shade where the sun often hits is a great way to keep your home insulated in a natural way. You can also add solar panels to your roof or areas of your property that get plenty of sunlight. There are many tax incentives and financial benefits to installing solar panels. Some states will even allow you to sell energy back to the power grid Water conservation We all love a lush green lawn but it s not always possible to achieve in harsh climates. Before you decide to turn on the sprinklers consider landscaping techniques that can help you collect water to use for this purpose and avoid using drinkable water for landscaping. Leverage the natural systems around your home to by a l l i son tur nberg M any new commercial buildings are taking steps to go green and this translates to residential buildings as well. Homeowners can apply the same principles businesses do when it comes to using architecture in smart ways such as reducing energy consumption conserving water and using green building materials. Depending on how many changes you re willing to make to your home you can apply any or all of these principles to create a living space that gives back to the environment. 82 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS to green roofs maximize your water use. If you re looking to make a drastic change in your landscaping a bioswale which is essentially a vegetated ditch that removes sand and silt from runoff can dramatically reduce water flowing into centralized storm water management systems and therefore limit the energy consumed by centralized water utilities pumping and recycling water according to the ASLA and are a natural way to filter storm water to reduce pollutants and improve water quality. If you re looking to make smaller changes rainwater gardens and water recycling are relatively easy to do and provide alternative solutions to reducing your water consumption. Rainwater gardens use native plants to collect and filter rainwater while water recycling takes used water from kitchen sinks washing machines and the like and reuses it to hydrate landscaping. Low-waste materials One of the best places to start on the path to sustainable architecture is in the very materials that make up your home. Think about it new and non-recyclable home building materials create waste and consume resources when they are made and distributed and when they are disposed of they can t be reused. Waste materials create waste landscapes landfills massive incinerator systems and multi-square-mile floating plastic garbage islands in the world s oceans the ASLA states. Look for materials that are permeable recyclable and or non-toxic. Permeable materials can replace driveways and sidewalks which often pass contaminants into rainwater through the chemicals in concrete and tar. Wood is a commonly used recyclable material but take care to research the source before buying. Wood that comes from responsibly managed forests is the best way to ensure your impact on the environment is small. You can also use recycled building construction waste from demolished buildings. That way you re not using more resources to produce more materials. It s easy to find ways to go green inside your home but many people overlook the infrastructure of their home and the landscape surrounding it. Depending on how drastic a change you re looking for you may need to partner with an architectural firm that specializes in sustainability or simply spend a weekend on some DIY sustainable projects. HLM are endless they absorb CO2 through the photosynthesis of the plants filter the air by binding dust particles absorb pollutants from rainwater reduce noise by providing insulation and provide habitats for birds and other wildlife to name a few. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 83 HERLIFE SPOTLIGHT Laura Schulte RDMS RVT Samantha Henson RDCS RDMS Kathy Sharp Office manager NRCMA OM Dr. Tim Raveill Emily Lewis Marketing Director and Amanda Wilkins FNP-C VEIN DOCTOR OFFERS PROACTIVE TREATMENT FOR VENOUS DISORDERS by c indy m c d er m o tt p h o to gra p h s by l a u re n f ri sc h p u sa te ri 84 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM THE That s what many patients say after they ve visited The Vein Doctor located on the campus of Liberty Hospital in Liberty Missouri. Alarmed by stories about painful procedures from long ago many have foregone treatment for their agonizing varicose vein issues. But you don t have to suffer through treatment or symptoms any longer because exceptional improvements have been made. The Vein Doctor offers the most advanced techniques to treat painful venous disease and varicose veins with cosmetic improvement for spider veins as well. WHAT ARE VARICOSE AND SPIDER VEINS Venous disorders are suffered by about 80 million Americans and some groups are more prone to have vein issues. Heredity is a main reason for vein disorders. Other factors include people who spend a lot of time on their feet such as nurses hairstylists teachers and factory workers as well as someone who has experienced a sudden weight gain or loss such as women who are pregnant. Varicose veins many times bluish in color protrude from the skin and frequently have a winding or worm-like appearance. They can cause throbbing pain and extreme discomfort which can lead to serious problems if not corrected. Varicose veins can also indicate you re at higher risk for other circulatory system disorders. On the other end of the spectrum are spider veins. They re small red or purple sun bursts or lines on the surface of the skin appearing on the legs or ankles and may itch. While they are not necessarily a health risk they can be a cosmetic issue. When treated with sclerotherapy the long-term results are effective. However many times spider veins can be found with varicose veins so having them examined should be considered. D Dr. Tim Raveill EXPERIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY We have ten years of history at The Vein Doctor said Emily McMahill marketing director The Vein Doctor. Our state-of-the-art laser machines mean quick and effective treatment options. You re in and out with positive results right away. At The Vein Doctor Dr. Joe Caresio and Dr. Tim Raveill offer more than 20 years of combined experience in helping women and men achieve better vein health. They offer their patients the most innovative treatments available by performing endovenous laser surgery and microphlebectomies to treat varicose veins. Their extensive medical experience with the vascular system ultrasound and catheter-based therapies coupled with their board certifications as interventional radiologists means The Vein Doctor offers the highest level of expertise for treating vein disease. Our doctors are experienced interventional radiologists and bring a significant amount of skill and talent to you added Emily. They are dedicated to providing the best care to each patient in a safe friendly and confidential setting. QUICK TREATMENT AND RESULTS At The Vein Doctor procedures are minimally invasive so you shouldn t be frightened to come in noted Emily. Treatments normally run 45 minutes to an hour and are performed in our office. Your down time is minimal. I had the endovenous laser surgery on my right leg Tuesday afternoon and went to work the next day. My leg was a little sore but it was nothing that ibuprofen couldn t take care of. The heaviness D Dr. Joe Caresio HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 85 D Our doctors are experienced interventional radiologists and bring a significant amount of skill and talent to you added Emily McMahill marketing director The Vein Doctor. They are dedicated to providing the best care to each patient in a safe friendly and confidential setting. concerns prevent you from addressing your vein issues. On your first visit to The Vein Doctor a highly trained board certified vascular technologist will perform a complimentary vein screening using ultrasound to reveal whether there s an underlying venous disease. Next you ll receive a clinical assessment to determine if your issue is a cosmetic issue or if it s a vein disease and if so the severity of the disease. By listening to you and your concerns the staff will work with you to develop a plan that s designed to meet that I had every day was noticeably absent the day after my survey. I wish I had found The Vein Doctor earlier stated Mary Sue a mother of two. your expectations and deliver solid results. To enable even more patients to experience good vein health The Vein Doctor has expanded its services and staff. Additional appointments are now available to fit your schedule. To help you with payment for this treatment the staff will contact your insurance company to determine how much of your vein management process will be covered. The Vein Doctor participates with Medicare and nearly all insurance companies. To ease your burden the staff will make all the necessary contacts to determine your level of coverage. When it comes to your varicose or spider vein issues do it sooner rather than later. Don t let fear prevent you from addressing your vein issues. The Vein Doctor will ensure you receive excellent care that s delivered safely and comfortably with little down time. HLM For more information visit The Vein Doctor at 2529 Glenn Hendren Drive Suite G60 Liberty Missouri or call 816-792-1188 or go online at Be sure to follow them on Facebook and on Twitter TheVeinDr. NO REASON TO DELAY TREATMENT Given that you don t have to fear pain with your treatment you also shouldn t let financial 86 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 87 HERLIFE FINE THINGS according to Crossville manufactured with a revolutionary process that creates a flat panel that can be trimmed with exceptional accuracy. At Cersaie 2015 in Bologna Italy standout looks included brick shapes from micro to macro with interpretations of old brick walls and brick with mortar spills to painted brick and mortar. Chevron and herringbone patterns across all scales were represented and several manufacturers presented ceramic tiles with three-dimensional folds wavy ridges and wavy ridges that fitted together create a seamless sculpted surface. Imola Ceramica s Kuni full-body porcelain stoneware captures the look of wood complete with knots and ridges in the large-format 24 by 70 tiles as well as smaller planks in colors ranging from almond to dark brown grey and white. These are not quite as slim with the thinnest at 5mm yet the press technology that creates fullbody porcelain yields a tile with low porosity a water absorption rate of less than .1 percent. These tiles exhibit superior wear resistance the surface color extends all the way through the tile body so that if a tile is chipped the damage is minimal. High Definition Porcelain technology or HDP uses high-speed printers to give realism to the surface decoration of tiles. Three-dimensional by ma r i lyn is aminger printing techniques add veining and metallics as well as textures and graphics in subtle patterns. Printers up to 1 000 dpi create glaze patterns replicating wood and stone patterns that are indistinguishable from the natural materials and ultimately more durable. American manufacturer Florida Tile reproduces the sophisticated look of Vermont slate with its Cliffside line. EarthstoneHDP features four earthy tones reminiscent of a hand-hewn stone block. Tides interprets limestone and travertine with veining that adds color and interest. All are manufactured in the USA with 40 percent post-industrial recycled content. Tile and stone trends It s spring time to visit the home and garden shows and homebuilders showcases to collect ideas for your new home or upcoming remodeling project. The trends in tile and stone for the coming year are exciting and in some areas a radical departure from what you may think A s designers and architects transition commercial looks into home design a trend that has developed in Europe is sparking a new look throughout the home. Large format tiles and thin porcelain tiles ranging in size from 39 by 39 square to 39 by 120 give a sleek look to walls floors and countertops in a dizzying array of colors and patterns that simulate concrete marble and granite. For example the Laminam thin porcelain tiles at 3mm in thickness (or rather thin-ness ) are the largest and thinnest porcelain panels in production 88 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING techniques add veining and metallics as well as textures and graphics in subtle patterns. Printers up to 1 000 dpi create glaze patterns replicating wood and stone patterns that are indistinguishable from the natural materials and ultimately more durable. As we discuss the trends and newest products for our walls and floors it s necessary to mention a key and new component of consumer home safety new standards of slip resistance for floor tile. The coefficient of friction or COF describes the force required for one surface to begin sliding over another. For most of us that means how quickly a shoe sole will slip on a wet surface. A new measurement the DCOF AcuTest is now a world-wide standard and will be used by a tile manufacturer in its specifications. As a consumer you should look for a minimum threshold of 0.42 DCOF dynamic coefficient of friction. This means that floor tile that may be walked on when wet should have a DCOF value of .42 or higher. Ask your designer or supply house about this specification intended to reduce the risk of slips and falls in home installations. Would you like to have an upscale installation of tile or stone in which the grout becomes almost invisible because it matches your paint color HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 89 exactly Creating a huge buzz in both the design and tile worlds is the introduction of AnyColorTM grout in the PermaColor Select line by American manufacturer LATICRETE. This revolutionary system creates an almost endless spectrum of grout colors for the homeowner. Select a paint color from either the Benjamin Moore or Sherwin-Williams paint palette provide the paint number to your distributor and the custom grout color will be project ready in two weeks. Antimicrobial coatings aren t new but they re becoming a trend as they are being incorporated in the tiles themselves. Microban an international leader of built-in antimicrobial technology has partnered with American manufacturers Daltile and American Olean among others to infuse Microban s antimicrobial coating into the tile glaze during the manufacturing process. Thus it becomes a permanent part of the glaze working continuously for long-lasting antimicrobial protection that keeps the tile surface clean longer. As you plan vision boards draw up blueprints and hire a contractor keep a couple of things in mind. Carefully review the spec sheets of the products you choose for durability and DCOF. Plus new technology and new materials require new skills in installation. 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Young people who would like to join the boom need skills in STEM (science technology engineering and math) but an article in The New York Times claims that good people skills are still paramount. In How the Modern Workplace Has Become More Like Preschool Harvard professor of education and economics David Deming claims that preschool classrooms look a lot like the modern work world with children moving amongst designated areas for play art and learning the most prized skills are sharing and negotiating with others which is a skill set in demand in the tech-driven workplace. So what are some of those in-demand tech jobs IT officer Every workplace has an IT office responsible for ensuring your organization s website operates flawlessly and your email lands in the inbox of your intended recipient. When new software is introduced the office will generally arrange training for staff. They re also the ones to call when the network crashes. Their jobs are indispensable because the modern workplace often slows to a standstill without access to the Internet. Software developer by h o pe e. ferguson Landing a cyber job as tech evolves Facebook the most popular social media site worldwide boasts 1.5 billion daily active users. Yet it wasn t so long ago that you needed a college ID to sign up. Forty-one percent of American households are cell phone only and the desktop PC has been replaced by a mobile revolution of smart phones and tablets and laptops. W According to Business Insider industries such as automotive retail finance and accounting are all particularly hot areas for IT pros and programmers. The software developer is responsible for all aspects of new software from coding to design. Examples of such software are antivirus systems which are essential for all networked computers. According to US News & World Report software designers fall into two camps application developers who design computer software and databases and systems-focused developers who build operating systems such as Linux or iOS. The Department of Labor projects there will be nearly 140 000 positions created before 2022. Storage architect As more of our data is stored electronically especially in the cloud there is need for people who can design and maintain storage structures. e ve become accustomed to reading and watching current events online we book restaurants theater tickets ho- tels and car service with mobile apps. Online shopping including popular auction and lifestyle sites and traditional retailers was competitive with brickand-mortar stores during the Black Friday weekend for the first time last year. Yes technology has changed just about every aspect of life from dating to working to how we spend our leisure hours. Behind all of this change though are innovators and information technology workers who operate largely behind the curtain creating infrastructures designing software overseeing IT developing websites and ensuring e-commerce traffic moves smoothly. And the work pays well with many of the most common tech jobs commanding six-figure salaries. Currently tech innovators are predominantly young 94 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Internet security YOUNG PEOPLE WHO would like to join the boom need skills in STEM (science technology engineering and math) but an article in The New York Times claims that good people skills are still paramount. App designer Every tech-savvy high-school and college kid dreams of inventing the next indispensable app. Today there s an app for everything from banking to dating to finding a ride. Apple and other technology giants have huge app stores adding new ones all the time. Corporate network designer People who conceptualize build maintain and secure computer networks are in high demand today especially in light of the threat of viruses and hackers. E-commerce designers These experts provide the backstory to the beautiful e-commerce websites run by brick-and-mortar businesses and online-only sites alike. These designers ensure the shopping experience is hassle free from saving items in electronic shopping carts to securing payment information. This sector is growing in importance globally in light of threats from viruses hackers and spies. The job of chief security officer is also growing in demand and prestige according to Business Insider. E-Commerce entrepreneur Forbes Magazine predicts e-commerce will soon top 1 trillion a year so it can be an inviting career for an enterprising entrepreneur. If you like I am are an avid devourer of lifestyle sites such as One Kings Lane and Houzz this job may seem glamourous but it takes grit and hard work. You first need a product a presentation and a means of marketing before hearing the cha-ching. Khuram Dhanani whom Forbes describes as one of the most driven e-commerce entrepreneurs began as a teen by simply taking photos of the jewelry his family designed writing a description and selling on Yahoo auctions. Website developer Now here s an opportunity for the combo tech nerd and creative artist. The website developer creates the look and feel as well as navigability of the websites we love to peruse. If a six-figure salary and bonuses working as a team and using your STEM skills sound good to you these and many other tech jobs appearing every day it seems may be your tech ticket to career security. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 95 HERLIFE FINANCE mitigate these financial impacts. After all it s worth every penny as the rewards of parenthood are indeed priceless. Insurance First and foremost secure health insurance coverage that makes sense for your family. The HealthCare Marketplace could be a good place to start if your modified adjusted gross income (refer to your last year s tax return to get a good idea of this number) is around 79 000 or below for 2016. If you are covered through your workplace take a good look at your coverage. If you have options to switch to another plan look for a plan that covers more out-of-pocket expenses for pregnancy and delivery. It usually makes more sense to pay more in premiums to get more coverage. Debt Next pay down as much debt as you can before your baby arrives. It will be much harder to attempt once your baby is born. You don t have to pay off everything but making a dent in your debt will alleviate stress you don t need down the road. It s awfully tempting to buy every cute little outfit you see while you are pregnant but try to resist buying more than your fast-growing baby can wear. Most seasoned moms know this after having their first baby because the baby will outgrow them in a few weeks. Instead ask relatives or friends for those barely used clothes after their babies grew out of them. They are likely to be as good as new. And keep in mind newborns and first year babies don t need a lot of shoes or toys or stuffed animals. You are better off buying and stocking up on diapers bottles and toiletries when they are on sale. Better yet shop at your local small businesses that cater to new moms and babies. You ll find exceptional selection and creativity and you ll likely find heirlooms that you can save for your later children. Income Make more money if you can. Find a betterpaying job or moonlight before your baby arrives. Maybe you can set up a home-based business to generate extra income. After your baby comes it will not be easy to add a side job to your busy day. If you are working and planning to take Budgeting for baby If you re planning to have a baby you need to do more than buy maternity clothes and decorate your nursery. You will need to get your financial house in order. by ti n a v. s avas O ther than buying a home raising a child is the most expensive endeavor of your life. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture a typical family will spend more than 165 000 raising one child to the age of 18. That s not counting fertility treatments adoption expenses schools extra-curricular activities or college. Before your baby even arrives they estimate that you ll spend between 7 000 and 11 000 for prenatal care labor and delivery. Then firstyear expenses such as baby furniture clothes diapers doctor s visits and day care will cost another 8 000 to 10 000. All of this is to say that by the time your cherub reaches its first birthday you ve amassed nearly 20 000 in expenses. Knowing these statistics before going into their pregnancy might give many women pause But take heart there are steps you can take to 96 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM maternity leave you will need to notify your manager a few months before you deliver so someone can be trained to fill in for you. If your company is like most you won t be offered a generous leave but you should be able to take a 12-week unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Just remember if it s unpaid this is more income to make up in the short term. Child care Consider child care before your baby arrives. Decide who will care for the child. If you are looking at child care outside of your home do your homework. Every parent wants good child care but it s not cheap. Some moms decide working isn t for them after they deliver and they want to remain home to raise their child. It s easy to do the math on this one. Sometimes it is indeed cheaper for the parent with the lower earning power to stay home instead of going back to work. Housing Quite a few new parents decide to get a larger apartment or house before or during their pregnancy. Since babies don t require a lot of space in their first year you can delay this expense thereby saving yourself thousands of dollars for a few years at least. In the end however if you are waiting for the perfect time the perfect job the perfect amount of savings and the perfect home to raise a baby you may never be ready With a bit of preparation and thoughtfulness you can and will enjoy the priceless gift of a baby. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 97 HERLIFE REAL ESTATE The first step is to qualify for a loan which requires excellent credit and steady income. Some buyers may be required to make as much as a 25 percent down payment lenders prefer lower loan-to-value or LTV ratios on condo loans. For example if the buyer makes a 25 percent down payment the LTV would be 75 percent. In addition the condo association must qualify for the mortgage to be approved and the buyer has no control over these factors. For example Fannie Mae requires that more than 50 percent of the units be owner occupied no one investor can own more than 10 percent of the units 30 percent or fewer of the units secure FHA loans and 15 percent or fewer of the owners may be late on monthly dues. All lenders will look for signs of good financial health for the condo association and will verify the presence of adequate insurance and budget reserves pending litigation and future assessments. Conventional financing or up-front cash purchase may be the simplest road to take for the upscale condo purchaser. Experts advise working with a Realtor who is knowledgeable about the area s condo market lenders and by ma r i lyn is aminger their requirements. iving in a vertical ownership community can be very different from occupying a single-family residence or apartment. And Investigate the neighborhood Visit the area at times around the clock if possible and ask the same questions you would if you were purchasing a single-family home or moving into an apartment. Will earlymorning garbage pickup disturb your sleep Is traffic noise a detriment Is the street one Financing Stricter standards enacted due to the economic and credit crises of the last decade have made it more difficult to obtain a mortgage on a condominium unit. Plus loan costs may be higher than for other types of real estate. Some lenders even make a point of rejecting condo loans completely due to previous high losses from that real estate sector. 98 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM that s used for the marathon in your city and will the crowds that gather be a source of entertainment or aggravation for you If you re downsizing from a detached dwelling will the lack of privacy cramp your lifestyle or create a more sociable space for you Various websites can provide data on security concerns some are neighborhoodscout. com and Condo shopping essentials If you ve ever rented a condominium during a vacation you ve experienced living briefly in a high-rise home with common areas from pools to parking lots to exercise facilities. But could you be truly happy with this as your full-time home sweet home L preparing to make that commitment from financial considerations to lifestyle factors should involve due diligence and serious thought from the buyer who s making the investment. AFTER YOU VE NARROWED your search to a specific condominium unit looking further into the property itself can save headaches when you approach the time for closing. The local police precinct can also provide detailed information about the location you re considering. Talk with some of your potential neighbors to learn if they have specific concerns as well. Additional due diligence After you ve narrowed your search to a specific condominium unit looking further into the property itself can save headaches when you approach the time for closing. Pull the tax records for the unit. Your local county s tax assessor s website most likely has this information readily available. The tax record will indicate if the current owner is delinquent on their taxes which can create a problem for the purchaser. You ll be able to see a trend in the property valuation and determine when the property was last appraised you can use this information to predict if you might have a future increase or decrease in property tax. Look for past litigation through the county Recorder of Deeds or probate office website search by the property identification number the condo Young professionals and retirees alike consider condo communities ideal for their lifestyles. If you re thinking about making one your home ask yourself the following questions. What amenities are attractive to you What do you expect from the homeowners association Are you willing to pay for these services Are any additional assessments on the horizon Does the property have adequate reserve funds If your life circumstances change is your home more or less marketable Will you need additional storage or parking space in the future Are you a good fit for the community s lifestyle and can you comply with its rules from pets to visitors association name and the name of the current owner. If your offer to purchase is accepted the title company will do a similar search and the condo association will be required to notify you of current or pending litigation. Determine if the building or unit has had building permits and violations issued. This could indicate that the structure of your unit has been changed. Make sure that any changes were inspected after completion and that the building and unit comply with building codes. As always looking ahead before leaping into an investment in a home will reap the greatest rewards for you in the long run HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 99 HERLIFE SPOTLIGHT APEX FUN RUN L EA DER S H I P F I T NE S S A N D FU N DRAI SI N G T H AT MAT T E R wr it t en by c indy mc d er m o tt p h o to gra p h s by l a u re n f ri sc h p u sa te ri 100 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM all about leadership fitness and fundraising that makes a difference. We re focused on building leaders one kid at a time. Apex Fun Run was founded in 2011 by a teacher in Arizona who was frustrated by the fact she was spending her own money for classroom supplies. She also understood that another way was needed to help students the schools and parents. Our founder realized that teachers have so much going on and resources are strapped. She wanted to give schools the ability to fundraise but in a powerful way Sarah remarked. Each year the company puts together a fresh leadership team and curriculum with the purpose to Sarah Powell Kansas City area director Apex Fun Run reach kids we re not just a fundraising program. FOCUS ON LEADERSHIP The Apex Fun Run program lasts about two weeks. Three to four representatives or Athletes as they re called take eight days spending six to eight minutes every day teaching each classroom about a leadership theme. This year students will focus on the DREAM Team. Every day the Athletes will review the meaning of each letter D-Dive in Rresourceful E-elevating others A-attitude check and M-make a difference. On the last day the program culminates in a fun run in which students have solicited pledges for every lap. Each child runs 26 to 36 laps on a track that s 1 16 of mile long revealed Sarah. They ll come out by grade do some stretching with the Athletes and then run. Along the way they might go through inflatable tunnels around flags or other fun things. If they want to they can run more. An amazing kid at Sunflower Elementary With Apex Fun Run all students are embraced and taught they have value. It s an incredible program that can bring in money D for our schools take the burden off the parents and teachers APEX team members (left to right) Kick-Off Coulter Bring it Brandon Swaggin Suli Tornado Tom and 9-year old Yahoo Yohan lessen the need to ask the community for dollars and share leadershi p lessons with kids. R aising money seems to be as much a part of our students curriculum as reading riting and rithmetic. As gov- for the students. Apex Fun Run is composed of pro and collegiate athletes who promote fitness and leadership to elementary school students and help them raise money. It s built on the premise that Every Child Can Change Their School Their Community and The World in a Profound Way. Dante ran 82 laps even though the fundraising component of the race is capped at 36. What a rock star When a child runs their laps a DJ calls out their name and asks them to elevate another classmate by helping them to finish. While it may seem that this is an outdoor event that could be limited by uncooperative weather Sarah says there s no bad time for a fun run. Fun Runs can occur outside for about six months in Kansas City but the program can be tailored for gyms. Over the last year Sarah and her team have brought the Apex Fun Run to the DeSoto Raymore-Peculiar Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley school districts. Later this year the program will also be serving Olathe and Lee s Summit. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 101 ernmental cuts force schools to look for ways to plug budget holes children and parents are finding that the three Rs have now morphed into four. Far too often kids carry home another request for selling products that you don t need but feel you re compelled to purchase and peddle to your neighbors friends and relatives. Sarah Powell Kansas City area director Apex Fun Run is out to change that with a fascinating way of raising funds for schools. It takes the burden off the educators PTO As and parents while building leadership skills CHANGE FOR THE GOOD Our two-week program teaches valuable character lessons and culminates in a large fun run event. Typically we raise about 75 percent more for schools than traditional product sales and over 50 percent more than schools raise with their own run noted Sarah. Apex Fun Run is TURNING FUNDRAISING ON ITS EAR Not only does the Apex Fun Run provide a great leadership learning opportunity for kids it s incredibly successful as a fund raiser. For many schools multiple solicitations for donations have now been boiled down to just one ask for funding easing the burden for everyone. You can raise far more money with Apex than with any other fundraiser Sarah stated. In other programs only 25 to 30 percent of the money raised actually stays with the school the rest goes to the company running the program. Also easing the burden for parents and the educators is that the Apex Fun Run process is highly automated which saves time and effort for all stakeholders. It also allows students to electronically solicit donations from friends and family across the nation. The Apex Fun Run is very flexible and can be modeled to meet the needs of smaller schools and parochial schools. In addition ten percent of the funds each school raises goes back to that school s teacher budget to use for supplies or field trips. With Apex Fun Run all students are embraced and taught they have value. It s an incredible program that can bring in money for our schools take the burden off the parents and teachers lessen the need to ask the community for dollars and share leadership lessons with kids. It s a fantastic way to get the focus back on the three Rs. HLM Interested email SarahP call 913.788.1150 or visit for more information. 102 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 103 HERLIFE HOME Remodeling your home sweet home Starting a home remodeling project is exhilarating Picking the project paint and perhaps even plumbing can put a little spring in your step especially when you know you have a new kitchen to look forward to or a finished basement on the horizon. Licenses and certifications Having the proper licenses doesn t guarantee great work but it does demonstrate professionalism adherence to local laws and codes and suggests commitment on the part of the by l i sa taranto butler contractor. Look for contractors with certifications or memberships with recognized industry groups such as the National Association of the Remodeling Industry the National Kitchen & Bath Association or the NAHB Remodeling Council. These affiliations are a good sign that the business is legitimate and dedicated to success. Do you gel Even if you found a remodeler whom your best friend s sister s cousin totally loves you F or most folks the home they own and live in is their largest and most important investment so big remodeling projects typi- cally require the guidance of a reliable contractor. Choosing the right person for the job can make the difference between a successful home renovation and a complete disaster. By taking the time to research before the work begins your chances of having a great home sweet home story are much greater. 104 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM may not get the same good vibes. Many times your gut can be the final decision maker when it comes to choosing someone who will be making important changes to your home. Remember that this person and other affiliated employees will be going in and out of your home almost daily. Choose someone you have researched but also someone you feel comfortable with around your family and household. Timing is everything You and your family may be ready to start your home remodeling project now but the contractor you are considering won t be ready to start for another six weeks. Timing is crucial when it comes to choosing a contractor. If you are trying to finish your guest bathroom for a summertime visit from your in-laws then you need to let your contractor know your timeline. Also just like other businesses contractors have busy seasons so there are times when they must turn away work and times of the year when they can t find enough. Aim to schedule your project for the less busy times. Check references The best way to investigate a possible contractor is to see what work they have done in the past. Ask questions of previous customers. What was the quality of the work Would you hire this contractor again Was the contractor easy to work with Did they show up on time In some cases it may be easier or more thorough to go to the customer s home to take a look at the completed job. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 105 THE BEST WAY to investigate a possible contractor is to see what work they have done in the past. Ask questions of previous customers. What was the quality of the work Would you hire this contractor again The bid process Estimates are very important when it comes to remodeling. A written estimate should feature the work to be completed what materials will be used the labor that will be required the length of time the project will take and any other costs. Obtaining multiple estimates is a good idea and getting at least three estimates from three reliable contractors is best. An estimate may evolve into a bid which may increase your chances of getting a better price. Once you agree to a bid and you and your contractor sign it the bid becomes a contract. Of course you shouldn t choose a contractor based on the cheapest bid. Variables are abundant when it comes to remodeling such as type and quality of materials the quality of workmanship and the amount of time needed to complete the job. Be wary of bids lacking details. For instance one bid may not include the necessary materials and parts needed to replace outdated plumbing in an older home. Make sure the bid is thorough and ask questions up front. Contractor concerns Not all contractors are created equal but there are some tell-tale signs of someone you don t want to do business with. Here are some of the most recognizable. Door-to-door sales pitches are typically not a good sign. Just because a company is doing work down the street (which may or may not be true) doesn t mean they are passing on great service and pricing to you. Stick to people who come with good referrals. Nix contractors who can t provide license or insurance information as well as those who aren t members of recognized trade associations. High-pressure sales people tend to be just that high pressure and not enough substance. Choose someone who is assertive but listens to your needs and wants. Deep discounts usually mean lower quality workmanship materials or both. The best recommendation for choosing a contractor might very well be to go with your gut. You re not just hiring a professional you re inviting a person (and their team) into your home to complete a project from start to finish. The top home remodelers make you feel glad you chose them in the end. HLM 106 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 107 HERLIFE PETS the particular traits of certain breeds and matching them with your particular desires and training style you just might be able to make that leash-free run through the squirrel gauntlet come true. Here are a few dog breeds that have stellar reputations for trainability. Border collie Born to Herd livestock Idea of a good time Agility training Energy Level Fitness instructor (high) Smarts Nobel Prize in physics Emotional Intelligence Affectionate The border collie pops up on list after list of the smartest dog breeds almost always at the very top. What makes this dog highly trainable are of course those wicked smarts but be prepared to devote some time and energy to keep this whiz kid from getting bored. Because they were originally bred as herding dogs border collies come with energy to match their intelligence and keeping them engaged on both fronts is the key to a well-trained dog. Poodle Born to Retrieve game from water Idea of a good time Walking running swimming Energy Level Jogging buddy (medium) Smarts Double PhD by c ha n dra blackwell Emotional Intelligence Proud Although poodles are more often associated with aesthetics than intelligence the standard poodle possesses the latter in spades. Another chart-topper among the smartest dog breeds the poodle couples smarts with an air of distinction and pride that will be the key motivator in this dog s training. Your poodle companion will want to reflect well on you and vice versa. German shepherd Born to Herd sheep Idea of a good time Modern-day schutzhund training Energy Level Jogging buddy Smarts PhD Emotional Intelligence Loyal courageous Your wish their command highly trainable dog breeds For dog lovers it s the ideal tableau a cozy fireside your faithful companion lying contentedly at your feet while you read a book. Or perhaps you envision walking your perfectly heeled dog past a thousand flighty squirrels and scurrying rabbits without a leash. Y ou may see yourself as someone who can bring your dog to join you for brunch at an outdoor caf without fear of a snout or paw in your lox plate. At any rate those of us who have dogs know that we want dogs that will be well behaved and respond to key commands. But there are a number of factors that come into play in achieving dog companionship nirvana. The most important and perhaps the most overlooked is the choice of breed. Many people choose a dog based on looks on size or on fate ( When I saw her I knew she was the one. ). And while there s nothing wrong with that understanding the behavioral characteristics of specific breeds can be a good place to start in your search for a new four-legged friend. By knowing 108 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM ORIGINALLY BRED IN Germany at the end of the 19th century to protect a reviled tax collector the Doberman has over the years become known for its strength speed intelligence loyalty and when necessary ferocity. There s a reason German shepherds often end up with careers in the military and on police forces their combination of smarts courage and loyalty gives them the ideal temperament for the duty to protect and serve. Once you ve gained the love of a German shepherd its loyalty to you will be a key motivator in this dog s training pleasing you will be crucial to this canine companion. German shepherds come ready to work though so be sure to seek out shared activities that will challenge your furry friend both mentally and physically. Golden retriever Born to Retrieve hunting game Idea of a good time Walking fetching swimming as long as it s on the daily list Energy Level Jogging buddy Smarts Master s degree Emotional Intelligence Devoted friendly The golden retriever s intelligence and suitability for training often get buried under its iconic Everydog image. In reality though this pooch is anything but ordinary. Originally bred for its ability to retrieve hunting game without damaging the prize this dog s smarts are instinctive appeal to those make training fun and versatile and you ve got one great dog. Doberman pinscher Born to Protect Idea of a good time Running fetching anything to keep up that muscular physique Energy Level Fitness instructor Smarts Bachelor s degree Emotional Intelligence Alert loyal Of all the dogs on the smart dog list the Doberman has perhaps the most fascinating history. Originally bred in Germany at the end of the 19th century to protect a reviled tax collector the Doberman has over the years become known for its strength speed intelligence loyalty and when necessary ferocity. With the proper training this dog s alert nature will make for a well-behaved eager-to-learn companion. While every dog has traits that make it a fun lovable and well-behaved pet knowing the temperament of a particular breed can help you decide which dog would make the best companion for you. Whether it s a highenergy nuclear physicist or a cuddly pal who knows how to work the room at a party you re bound to find a good match that can be trained to be a great friend. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 109 HERLIFE TRAVEL of America. It s also known as the Gateway to the Poconos and is nearly halfway between Philadelphia and New York City. In addition to an eclectic walkable downtown complete with interesting dining and shopping options Jim Thorpe boasts such activities as whitewater rafting mountain biking paintball and hiking. There are many quaint comfortable bed and breakfasts to choose from that allow visitors to experience the small-town atmosphere. Be sure to check out the Asa Packer Mansion now a museum and Harry Packer Mansion a bed and breakfast. The pair sits side by side on a hill overlooking the downtown. Fun trivia Asa Packer founded the Lehigh Valley Railroad which is a big draw to railroad fanatics. Green Lake Wisconsin. As its name implies this resort community is built around Green Lake known to be crystal clear wide open crowd free and accessible. Who doesn t long for a bit of down time Sit by the lake and enjoy a book while Dad takes the kids fishing. After dinner pull out a board game and roll the dice on family bonding. As with any lake-centered community a multitude of water-related activities are all options here. Throughout the summer fishing swimming sunbathing and golfing are abundant. During the winter ice fishing skiing snowshoeing snowmobiling and ice skating are all on the agenda. Rent a hotel bunk in cabin pitch a tent cozy up in a bed and breakfast or rent a private house. You know no matter where you stay traffic and noise won t be a concern. Corning New York by c a r r i e row lands johnson Small town charm for family vacations There s a certain charm that sits in the air and resonates through the vibe of a small town. John Mellencamp felt so deeply about Seymour Indiana where he grew up that he wrote an entire song about it including the line Yeah I can be myself here in this small town and people let me be just what I want to be... T A charming walkable downtown complete hat sense of community self-identity and solace lure people to build lives in small towns and make them ideal destinations with a variety of clever shops and tasty dining options from pub-type casual to an upscale steak house greet you when you step into Corning s Gaffer District. A small park built between two buildings along Market Street overlooks the Chemung River and provides breathing room and a sweet spot to enjoy lunch or coffee outdoors. Enjoy a morning run along the river and soak in this small city s sense of community. for family vacations. Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania Picturesque scenery a mountainous location and colorfully painted architecture contribute to this borough s nickname The Switzerland 110 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Since the town s home to Corning Incorporated you may want to schedule a tour through the Corning Museum of Glass. The city s other major cultural attraction is the Rockwell Museum home of the native Rockwell family s collection of art. Take advantage of the close proximity to the Finger Lake region by engaging in any number of lake-related activities or better yet driving through beautiful New York wine country. Dozens of local vineyards and wineries line the finger lakes offering generous tastings and breathtaking scenery. There are plenty of hotels houses of all sizes for rent and historic bed and breakfasts to lay your head. Flagstaff Arizona Although Flagstaff is a small town the notoriety of its main drag and breadth of activities available along it are anything but small. The neon signs along the famed Route 66 will steer you through Flagstaff s charming downtown area where you will discover cute locally owned shops retro diners eclectic coffee shops kitschy Americana and even a night life. While visiting this historic railroad town wander through the Museum of Northern Arizona marvel at Riordan Mansion State Park which is actually two arts and craft-style houses built to mirror each other and tour the Lowell Observatory which houses the telescope an astronomer HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 111 FROM FLAGSTAFF follow Route 66 through any number of other worthy attractions and towns such as the famed La Posada Hotel in Winslow and of course the Grand Canyon National Park which offers an entire vacation all its own. used to discover Pluto in 1930. Make this a nighttime stop and peer into the stars. The family with a more vast breadth of interests will find peace here as outdoor activities are as plentiful as those offered downtown. Flagstaff s mountains and space offer plenty of room to roam and just about any open-air activity you can imagine from hiking mountain biking and disk golf to camping boating and rock climbing. Elite runners often take long- or short-term residency here for altitude training. During the winter skiing and snowboarding are popular. From Flagstaff follow Route 66 through any number of other worthy attractions and towns such as the famed La Posada Hotel in Winslow and of course the Grand Canyon National Park which offers an entire vacation all its own. No matter where you unpack your suitcase a small town will offer your family the opportunity to store the electronic devices and discover the marvels our great country has to offer while rediscovering each other. HLM 112 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 113 HERLIFE JUST SAYIN Just sayin W Mix 93.3 personality Jenny Matthews e as moms need to stick together. We need to support each other and help each other. We need to stop judging and comparing ourselves to one another. We just do. When I first became a mom I felt like I entered some secret world that I never knew existed. I was a part of a club. A mom club. A lot of what I encountered was amazing and so much appreciated because I knew nothing about taking care of a newborn. Other moms helped me They gave me tips. They didn t laugh at me when I told them I had no idea what Aquaphor was or that I stocked my baby girl s nursery with about a million items that I now know were totally unnecessary and a tad over the top. Then there were other moms who nit-picked my choice of baby wipes (even going so far as to bring me the brand they felt was more appropriate). Moms who made me feel like I was a horrible person for going back to work and not opting to stay at home. Then there s breastfeeding. I wanted to do it. I have no idea why but for an infertile girl I was like Bessy the cow. I was good at it and I produced a lot. It worked for me. I felt blessed. There are some women who aren t as fortunate. There are some that just don t want to do it there are some that try and just can t get it down. Whatever the reason it s a personal choice and not one that should be judged. We are all different that s the beautiful thing about this world we live in. And it s the beautiful thing about mom world. What works for one simply may not work for another. And that is okay I started this article by saying we as moms need to stick together. We do. We truly do. Let s help each other because it DOES take a village Let s build each other up and have more compassion and less judgment for one another. We re all doing the best we can. HLM Jenny Matthews is Mix 93.3 s radio darling She is the host of The Jenny Matthews Show and has been happily married for 10 years to caller number 9 (... ask her about that sometime ) 114 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM photography by phillip flores photography HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 115 HERLIFE TIE THE KNOT 116 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Megan Richard wr it t en by mar ily n is am inger p h o to gra p hy by m i c key m i l l e r j u ke b o x x p h o to gra p hy of Kansas and a master s degree at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Megan is now an individual and family therapist at Gillis in Kansas City Missouri. Richard Alspaugh 29 was born in Chandler Arizona and moved to Overland Park Kansas at the age of 7. Richard attended the University of Kansas to earn his bachelor s degree in English with a minor in business. He walked on to the Jayhawk football team as a defensive end. Richard is now a regional sales manager with Victaulic. Megan and Richard have just moved into their new home in Lenexa Kansas. Megan and Richard remember the date they met April 13 2013. He was in Lawrence visiting for the spring scrimmage football game. Megan was living in Lawrence spending the day celebrating football. That evening M & egan (Hicks) Alspaugh 24 was born and raised in Olathe Kansas. She earned a bachelor s degree in social work at the University they went out on the town with their friends and the two groups met at Tonic. After a few compliments and a Grey Goose cocktail Megan and Rich hit it off. They exchanged numbers and Megan played hard to get over the next couple of weeks. Their first date was at Blue Moose Richard asked Megan to be his girlfriend during the Pub Crawl for Cancer on June 1 2013. At the Lenexa BBQ June 27 2013 they confessed their love for each other. Over the next year their relationship blossomed. Richard planned his proposal well. On July 31 2014 he took Megan to dinner at Classic Cup before the Justin Timberlake concert. The concert tickets were birthday gifts to each other as they share birthdays on March 14. After being served by a very nervous waiter who knew the whole plan Richard got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Megan was shocked as Richard had appeared so calm and relaxed throughout the evening. With a grand smile she said Yes Secret HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 117 Businesses that shared in the love bridal gown Belle Vogue Bridal bridesmaids gowns Nordstrom groom s suit tux & groomsmen suits tuxes Pinstripes hair styling Kelsey Puckett Dash Salon & Day Spa photography Mickey Miller Jukeboxx Photography florist Ashley Hotka Good Earth Floral Design Studio dj Dan Wynkoop Wynkoop Entertainment caterer Brancato s Catering cake 3 Women and an Oven venue 28 Event Space jeweler Helzberg Diamonds photos were taken and a surprise limo pulled up to take them to the concert. The blissful couple tied the knot on November 14 2015. Megan s Maid of Honor was Emily Manning bridesmaids were her sister Lauren Hicks and Kelsey Heenan Sami Leitner and Colleen Young. Megan s younger sister Tatum served as flower girl. Richard s Best Man was his brother Patrick Alspaugh groomsmen were Grey Otey Drew Eanes Sam Evans and Kyle Kidwell. Serving as ushers were Garrett Schwede and Zach Miller. 118 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Rich and I did not see each other from the end of our rehearsal dinner until our first look moment right before the ceremony shares Megan. For our first dance we took private lessons from Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Lenexa. Our dance was a rumba taught to us by Amy. We enjoyed the lessons and have great photos of our first dance. Megan and Richard honeymooned on St. John U.S. Virgin Islands a tropical and intimate location where they explored the many beaches national park and took excursions to the British Virgin Islands. HLM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 119 HERLIFE HELPING HANDS Bra Couture KC Cares for Local Cancer Survivors wr i t t e n by aharon butler p ay ne pho t o gr aphy by golden la nt er n p hot ogr ap hy Center. BCKC raises funds that help uninsured and under-insured cancer patients. Services BCKC supports at Missy s Boutique housed in the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion at KU include cancer supplies medication transportation for treatment and lymphedema garments. Bra Couture KC has raised more than 750 000 in the past five years. Besides our launch partner KU BCKC now provides funding for similar services at Truman Medical Center Shawnee Mission Medical Center North Kansas City Hospital and Cancer Action. Bra Couture KC has assisted more than 3 300 uninsured cancer patients across these organizations and has purchased key lymphedema measuring equipment for the KU Cancer Center. Additionally every other month Bra Couture KC and Surviving the Odds transports women from underserved communities to Diagnostic Imaging for early detection screening. To date BCKC and STO have served more than 150 women through these screening parties. As federal funding and other major grants programs are reduced for uninsured and underinsured cancer patients Bra Couture KC wants to provide these much-needed funds by raising and ensuring that all funds raised by BCKC stay right here in Kansas City to care for our own. HLM A ngela Millsap of Orrick Missouri found a lump in her breast last August. Her battle against triple-negative breast cancer began immediately and when Bra Couture KC caught up with her a few months ago she was one week away from her final chemotherapy treatment. There s a light at the end of the tunnel now she said. The light that day included a stop in the Bra Couture KC (formerly Art Bra KC) Appearance Center housed in the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Center at Truman Medical Center where Millsap was fitted for a prosthetic and a new wig. It hasn t been easy for the former hair dresser who will never forget taking her first shower after surgery. Not that hair and breasts define us as women but they really kind of do Millsap said. You feel like half of who you were and Bra Couture KC allowed me to have all the pieces to put back together. To help put the pieces back together for individuals such as Millsap Sharon Butler Payne founded Bra Couture KC six years ago in partnership with The University of Kansas Cancer D Sharon Butler Payne Founder and Michelle Lockman Sponsorship Director Bra Couture KC s annual event is an extraordinary and fun auction showcasing eclectic work-of-art bras. The bras are modeled by breast cancer survivors escorted by local sports celebrities and VIPs to celebrate their triumph over cancer. The 2016 event is scheduled for April 1 at the Signature Hangar at the Downtown Airport. The VIP Experience begins at 6 15 p.m. general admission opens at 7 00 p.m. and the runway show starts at 8 00 p.m. Find details and purchase tickets at 120 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE CALENDAR March 2 Greater KC Auto Show on St. Patrick s Day when we will be painting Keep Calm Shamrock On and enjoying complimentary Sparkling Shamrock champagne cocktails. Make your reservations for this event at briarcliff or call 816-492-3772. DATE March 2 through 6 TIME Vary LOCATION Bartle Hall DETAILS It s the one time each year you can get behind the wheel of more than 500 new vehicles all in one place. Bring the family and enjoy a free drop-off Kids Zone beer gardens and food trucks. Visit 18 Kansas City Home Show DATE March 18 through 20 TIME Vary LOCATION Bartle Hall DETAILS A Kansas City tradition for 68 years the Home Show showcases new opportunities and choices for homeowners to get a jump on spring home and garden projects. Headlining this year will be Chip and Joanna Gaines stars of HGTV s Fixer Upper. Tickets available online or at the door. Free for 12 years and under 12 pre-purchase online and 15 at the door. 9 Pamper Yourself DATES March 9 TIMES 6 00 - 7 30pm LOCATION North KC Hospital Skyview Room 12th Floor DETAILS Learn new ways to calm your mind body and spirit with restorative yoga essential oils self-massage and meditation by Vivian and Lynn from Gardens of Delight. Wear loose clothing for yoga practice and arrive makeup free so you re ready for a refreshing facial. FREE. Space is limited. To register visit 19 Walleye University DATE March 19 TIME 9 00am - 4 00pm LOCATION SCHEELS Training Room 6503 W 135th Street Overland Park DETAILS At Walleye University you ll discover fish-catching patterns cuttingedge techniques how to better understand your marine electronics and find out what s new in walleye gear. Bring your questions for the panel discussion led by Johnnie and a SCHEELS Expert. Seminar fee is 50 and every participant will receive a 20 SCHEELS gift card. All ages are welcome to register call SCHEELS at 913-897-3030 or visit in-store. 10 Bariatric Seminars DATE March 10 and March 31 TIME 6 00pm LOCATION North KC Hospital 1st Floor Pavilio DETAILS Keenan Berghoff MD who has performed more than 500 bariatric procedures helps determine if bariatric surgery is right for you. Free but space is limited. To register go online at class. 12 St. Paddy s Irish Whiskey Tasting 26 Easter Egg 5K Run DATES March 12 TIMES 3 00 - 4 30pm LOCATION Upstairs at the Celtic Ranch 404 Main Street Weston MO DETAILS Get your St. Patrick on Savor five premium and top shelf Irish whiskeys. History distillation and proper tasting techniques discussed. Seating is limited 25 per person. Attendees get 10 percent off purchases and a 5 gift card. Register at irishwhiskey or call 816-640-2881. DATE March 26 TIME 8 00am LOCATION Southcreek Office Park 132nd and Metcalf Overland Park DETAILS This fun family event features a beautiful course that you are sure to enjoy a visit from the Easter bunny great event shirts post race food and drink unique finishers medals for all participants plus overall and age group awards. In addition to the 5K there s the Lil Bunny Fun Run for kids eight years old and younger A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Marillac. Visit for details. 17 St. Paddy s Day Painting Party DATE March 17 TIME 7 00 - 9 00pm LOCATION Pinot s Palette Briarcliff Village DETAILS Top of the mornin to ya There s no better way to celebrate St. Paddy s day than with a good ol glass of green brew Reserve your seat All calendar event submissions must be received by April 5 for the May issue and adhere to our guidelines. E-mail admin for guidelines or to submit entries. 122 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 31 CCFA Crohn s & Colitis Buy Back Dinner Night DATE March 31 TIME 5 00 - 8 00pm LOCATION Cactus Grill 11849 Roe Blvd. Leawood DETAILS Crohn s and Colitis Foundation of America s Take Steps for Crohn s and Colitis kicks off tonight Everyone is welcome have your meal at Cactus Grill and 10 percent of your food and non-alcoholic drinks purchased will go to the CCFA. Guests must bring in a flyer to participate in the donation. To receive a flyer contact Pam at 646-457-8865 or pglickman HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 123 HERLIFE HOROSCOPE Gemini MAY 21-JUNE 20 The Air is still the dominant element this month and as this is your ruling sign health and intellect will be supercharged with energy. Neptune your career planet moves into your house of career making this month a super powerful career month. Avoid social frustrations and bickering as this will set you back this month. Try to maintain a level head and adapt to the situations instead of trying to steer. Cancer JUNE 21-JULY 23 Watch for health risks in February. Take this time to lay off toxic foods and help your body detox from the waste that you put into it. Especially take the time to strengthen your heart thighs and liver this month. Leo JULY 24-AUG. 22 March will be a strong romance month as most of your planets will be in the west quadrant. Social graces will blossom this month. With businessrelated things work to make compromises as they will be beneficial. Emotional harmony will be your main goal this month but try to keep an eye on the career aspect of life also. Star journeys March is the month of new possibilities. That being said many signs should keep a level head this month and not let themselves become so wrapped up in possibilities that they let their other responsibilities go. In fact most signs will have to work harder than usual to maintain balance in both work and home lives. All signs would do well to pay attention to health matters and do the right thing. HLM by me l ody buss ey Virgo AUG. 23-SEPT. 22 The need for approval from your peers will be growing ever stronger this month. After the 19th your house of Love will be most powerful. With this new power it is important to mend any broken relationships with friends family or loved ones. The confidence issues have been because of Mercury but as it shifts out of alignment your state of mind will also start to shift. Libra SEPT. 23-OCT. 22 This month will give you the feeling of blissful carelessness and many would do wise to relax and go with this feeling. Many will judge you because of this new demeanor but fret not because happiness leads to wealth. Social geniuses are mobile this month and you will find it easier to learn things. Scorpio OCT. 23-NOV. 21 With most of the ruling planets resting below the horizon the home and family houses remain full and so your tie to your family will remain strong this month. Learn to pace yourself and the rewards will be endless. Jupiter will have entered retrograde in February which for the average Scorpio means that financial obligations need to be looked over carefully. Pisces FEB. 19-MAR. 20 Like last month your career will be eating way at social areas of your life. Happiness will be found at the balancing of your work and family life. Overall health needs to be addressed this month. Career is still very strong this month and will try to take over your social calendar. It is important to find a balance in this time. Sagittarius NOV. 22-DEC. 21 As last month it is important to live your life how you want it and shape it to your will. This month it is important to protect and grow your funds. February is also a good time to gain social support from family and loved ones for your future plans. Aries MAR. 21-APR. 19 Focus heavily on your career this month seeing as Mercury is moving forward through your house of career. Keep your head down and get lost in your work and you ll see the obstacles in life washed away. Later in the month the planets will shift to your eastern hemisphere which grants increased independence. Capricorn DEC. 22-JAN. 19 Your first house of self still has a full house which means it is still time to take hold of the reins of life. Take the month and make yourself happy because in doing so it will raise the spirts of others around you. Your happiness will be contagious. Taurus APR. 20-MAY 20 Health is going to come into play a lot this month. That being said you will only need to be extremely careful with it until the 19th. Overworking yourself is the main risk. Just because your sign is the bull ox is no reason to work like one. This is a period in which doing good for others will also benefit you. 124 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Aquarius JAN. 20-FEB. 18 This month personal independence is strong and others will notice this. Use this new-found confidence to shape yourself and your world as you see fit. Good health also visits you this month as well as social intellect. Students will learn faster with this energy this month. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 125