HERLIFE MAGAZINE TREASURE VALLEY & How to Build A Homemade Carnival Tips for Gardening Year-Round JUNE 2014 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Virginia Treat Center Stage for Treasure Valley’s HERLIFE CONTENTS 22 06 Welcome From the Publisher 08 features 12 38 20 44 22 Health The Facts on Fiber Intake Cover Story Virginia Treat Focuses on Family and Community 28 10 Beauty Mommy Makeovers Green Living Green-Friendly Lawn Care 30 12 Spotlight Jayden DeLuca Foundation Recipes Coconut Curry Veggie Stir Fry & Easy Lemon Curd Pie 32 Fine Things Superior Sound 34 Working Women The Start-Up Story 36 Finance Common Money Mistakes 16 Culinary Slow Food Movement 18 Wine Winery Clubs 20 Mother’s Perspective Homemade Carnival: Building a Backyard Bash 38 Real Estate Buying a Lake Home 40 Home Year-Round Gardening 42 Pets Adopt Your New Feline Best Friend 44 Tie the Knot Maile & Justin 50 Star Journeys June Horoscopes HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 3 ® staff & contacts Editor-In-Chief Jody Liebetrau [email protected] (208) 371-7999 President of Business Development Greg Liebetrau [email protected] (208) 863-9704 Advertising: Taneil Groothuis (208) 954-4047 [email protected] Heather Price (208) 850-3667 [email protected] Editor Marilyn Isaminger (913) 402-6994 Creative Director Ashleigh Thomson [email protected] Advertising Art Director Elana Bell [email protected] Contributing Authors Melody Bussey, Lisa Taranto Butler, Hope E. 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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 Limitless Trilogy Group, LLC and is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected specialty stores, doctor and dental offices, medical spas, hair and nail salons, tanning salons, public libraries and numerous other high traffic locations. Please call for a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback. 4 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE WELCOME a child’s insight M uch to my dismay, it has happened—the inevitable. And, yes, I celebrated it happening. My little princess turned six. You always hear how fast it goes by when you have kids. But until you have one, you don’t “GET” it. I thought friends; then she stopped and appeared to be thinking. I asked her what she was thinking, and was not prepared for what came next. “What if I had a MOM party?” I replied, “Instead of a birthday party?” She said, “No, AS my birthday party.” I asked what she meant, and she said, “I should have had a MOM party with pictures of you up and decora- I did, but, WOW, it is even faster than I ever expected. I politely asked my tions with you on them. Then everyone could have taken photos with you. It daughter if she could please stay five forever. She said, “Mommy, I would would have been great! I love you wayyy more than I love Elsa!” She was so do that for you, but then I couldn’t eat my healthy vegetables and all the serious. I was speechless. I had no idea how to respond to her other than good-for-you food that makes me grow. Now, you wouldn’t want that, would to hug her. She was so sincere and so sweet. you?” Dang. Smart kiddo. She definitely has me there. We had an outdoor birthday party this year. It was a Frozen theme, of That is what I want to savor, not a number or an age. I love her being my little princess, but as she grows I course. It was tough to find decorations this time of year. I feel sorry for also love the conversations we have. the person who starts looking a week before. Thank goodness I started a I know these will get better each year few months in advance, and I was able to order most of it. I also happen that we learn and grow together. to have a very persistent, resourceful and helpful sister -in-law who came up with several ideas and recipes that helped make it perfect! Not to mention my talented mother who made a gorgeous and HUGE cake. We had so much fun; one of the favorite memories I am taking away from that day is 20+ five- and six-year-olds eating their cake and belting out “Let It Go” at the top of their lungs. You couldn’t even hear the actual music playing. Happy 6th Birthday, Princess! You are absolutely perfect and I love you with all of my heart and soul! Those little ones, boys and girls, know every single word. I absolutely loved it! After the party, all of our family went out to dinner. At dinner I was talking with the birthday girl and asked if she had fun at her party and what parts were her favorites. She said she liked the pictures with Elsa and her Have a story about a smart, sophisticated and talented local woman whose story should be told? E-mail [email protected]! 6 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Jo dy Li e b e tra u facebook.com/HERLIFETreasureValley Things To Love Serving the Entire Treasure Valley TOTAL LAWN & SPRINKLER CO. 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Same-day service is available! 208.629.9613 Follow Body Novelties on Facebook HERLIFE HEALTH where’s the fiber? Fiber is found in all sorts of tasty foods. Here are just a few that take the top of the list. Beans: Split, kidney, lima and lentil—throw them in salads, wraps, chili and soup. Whole Grains: Check the label’s ingredients. Whole wheat flour should be listed as the first ingredient. Brown Rice: White rice doesn’t cut it. Popcorn: Three cups of air popped provides two grams of fiber. Nuts: Almonds, pecans and walnuts have more fiber than other nuts. Baked Potato with Skin: Choose sweet potatoes for maximum fiber, but make sure to eat the skin. Berries: Raspberries rock at eight grams per cup! the facts on fiber intake by lis a t ar ant o b ut ler W as fruits, vegetables and grains, fiber carries time. Along with the other a variety of health benefits. Fiber is heart nutrients our bodies need, healthy and helps reduce cholesterol, blood fiber is an essential part pressure and inflammation. A high-fiber diet of a healthy diet. But most can reduce blood sugar levels, decrease the Americans don’t get enough of it, and the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes and loads of information on this popular roughage help us lose weight. There are two types of fiber: soluble quainted with fabulous fiber, let’s break down and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in the fundamentals. water and acts like a sponge. As it absorbs water, it swells inside your intestine and The Facts produces a feeling of fullness. It also mixes Often nicknamed roughage or bulk, with digestive enzymes made by the liver to fiber is the part of plant foods that your body create a gelatinous substance that moves can’t digest or absorb. Found in foods such through the digestive system, taking with it 8 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Oatmeal: Steel cut, rolled or just out of the package, oatmeal is good and guilt free. Vegetables: Make ‘em crunchy! e hear about it all the can be confusing. So, to get a little more ac- Bran Cereal: Look for cereal with five grams of fiber or more per serving. waste, toxins and materials your body doesn’t need. Soluble fiber has many benefits, including moderating blood glucose levels and lowering cholesterol. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water, and as it passes through and kidney disease decreases. But don’t go hog wild and load up on fiber suddenly. If you are not accustomed to a high-fiber diet, increasing fiber intake slowly will minimize any gas or bloating that usually comes along with it. the digestive tract it stays very close to its original form. It adds the bulk needed to clean out the colon and regulates bowel movements. Insoluble fiber offers many benefits to intestinal health, including reducing the occurrence of hemorrhoids and constipation. Most fiber-rich foods contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, so Can You Get Too Much? Nutritionists and medical experts tell us to eat more fiber. Although it would be hard to do, we could eat too much fiber. Excessive amounts can lead to discomfort of the stomach and bowels. Rarely does it lead recommended intakes are based on the total grams of fiber you con- to serious health concerns, but in some cases you can get “too much of sume each day. a good thing.” How Much Fiber Should We Eat? What’s the Skinny on Fiber? Since dietary fiber is found only in food, foods rich in fiber are If you are looking to lose weight, fiber can be your friend. Since essential to a healthy diet. The recommended daily intake is 20 to 35 high-fiber foods take longer to chew, you take longer to eat and get the grams, depending on age, or 10 to 13 grams for every 1,000 calories sensation of being full faster. Also, high-fiber foods stay in your stomach in the diet. Women aged 50 and older should aim for 21 grams while longer, absorbing water and helping you feel full longer. In addition, most women younger than 50 should strive for 25 grams per day. high-fiber foods are naturally low calorie. To get more fiber into your diet, choose whole fruits and veg- Although we need to feel our way through the information about fi- etables, as juices only add extra calories. Try to eat the peels when ber consumption, the fact is that fiber is fantastic! Eating more fiber is a possible and exchange white breads and pasta for whole grain options. sure-fire way to feel and look healthier. So grab your berries and popcorn When cooking or baking, try to replace white flour with whole wheat flour. and reap the benefits rapidly! HLM Exchange white rice for brown rice and cut down on eating meat. When you replace meat products with other proteins such as beans and nuts, Information for this article was found at webmd.com, myfooddiary.com, and healthyeating.sfgate.com. your fiber intake increases while your chance of getting cancer or heart HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 9 HERLIFE BEAUTY mommy makeovers by m e r ri tt re th l a ke G iving Mom a handmade coupon book for her birthday could gym, a woman’s body cannot restore itself to its state before childbear- be a sentiment of the past. While a colorfully crafted paper ing. Excess skin and stretch marks linger, and the purpose of a mommy voucher for “Breakfast in Bed” still sounds appealing, Mom makeover is to help a woman feel beautiful about parts of her body she might want to be clipping and cutting something other than may not have control over. coupons. In 2011, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® But an increase in these surgeries isn’t the only upward slope (ASPS) showed that if costs were not an issue, 62 percent of mothers said surgeons are seeing. Patients seeking this procedure are younger they would consider a “mommy makeover.” than what was the “normal age” for plastic surgery just 10 years ago. Mommy makeovers are trending in the plastic surgery realm. It is Instead of 50- to 60-year-old women, mothers in their 30s and 40s a series of procedures performed with the ideal of restoring a woman’s want to reestablish their bodies now and are wasting zero time in doing body after childbirth. The surgery usually consists of breast augmenta- so. But with young kids still running around and a seemingly perpetual tion and/or breast lift, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction, to-do list, who has time to undergo multiple procedures and deal with so it targets specific parts of the body that are most impacted during recovery time? Due to the technology and techniques plastic surgeons pregnancy such as breasts, tummy and waistline. use today for this type of makeover, these surgeries are often performed According to ASPS, breast augmentation is up 37 percent since all at once and allowed to be an outpatient procedure. Recovery time is 2000 and remains one of the most sought-after procedures. Adomino- dependent on the patient and the surgery, but it typically takes between plasty procedures sit at a 70 percent increase from 2000, and liposuc- 10 and 14 days, with visible and final results after 6 months. tion was in the top five plastic surgery procedures in 2013. So what’s the cause for this trendy tightening trifecta? “Today, women aren’t afraid to acknowledge that they may need a Facial rejuvenation is another track a mommy makeover can take, and a rhytidectomy (facelift) or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) may be preferred or better suited for some patients. Minimally invasive cos- little help beyond a healthy diet and exercise,” said ASPS past President metic procedures are also seeing substantial growth. ASPS statistics Phillip Haeck, MD. Often, no matter the amount of time spent at the for 2013 show Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox®, Dysport®) procedures 10 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM increased to about 6.3 million, up 703 percent since 2000, when those procedures totaled 786,911. ASPS advises finding a board certified plastic surgeon and waiting six months to a year after your last child before undergoing these types of procedures. Outline specific post-baby goals to ensure appropriate recommendations from a surgeon. Though the 62 percent of mothers who said they would consider a mommy makeover is a significant statistic, it was calculated without cost being an issue. Nothing new comes cheap, which is why having non-surgical alternatives is a beneficial bargain. The first baby may not be the last, which is why new moms might want to use wardrobe pieces to visually reshape their bodies. The right push-up bra can give a physical lift (not to mention an emotional lift in confidence!) and control top tights and pants give shrinkage in tummy size in no time at all. At a fraction of the cost and without the safety worries of surgeries, a bump up in the wardrobe could help downsize the appearance of a different, lingering bump. A cosmetic makeover focuses on highlighting and contouring the features a woman already has and styles that show off her best assets. Simple and smart changes in a post-baby beauty regimen can work wonders both physically and emotionally. Take good care of skin by investing in products that are more skin-sensitive than usual, as hormones can make skin react negatively to substances such as heat, light or certain The first baby may not be the last, which is why new moms might want to use wardrobe pieces to visually reshape their bodies. The right pushup bra can give a physical lift (not to mention an emotional lift in confidence!) and control top tights and pants give shrinkage in tummy size in no time at all. foods during and post-pregnancy. A new concealer is another great tool to have on hand; it aids in covering up common occurrences in new moms, such as dilated blood vessels or splotchy patches of skin. Bring back an early pregnancy glow and give yourself a DIY facelift with cosmetic eye brighteners. Opt for a tinted moisturizer with skin-correcting coverage, as it eliminates annoyances of streaky, caked-on concealers and keeps a fresh-looking face. A commitment that spans financial, physical and emotional considerations is not one to be taken lightly. A woman has the opportunity to choose if and how she would like to better her body. No matter the type of makeover, remember that your “little bundles” don’t have to be the only ones filled with joy. HLM Sources: Amommymakeover.com, Babble.com, Plasticsurgery.org, stonybrookmedicine.edu, Surgery.org, Webmd.com, Whattoexpect.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 11 HERLIFE SPOTLIGHT The Jayden DeLuca Foundation wr it t en by gail s ilver s t ein · p h o to s p rov i d e d by th e j ay d e n d e l u c a f o u n d a ti o n W hen we think of heart prob- research in this area continues to be underfund- believe that Jayden made a strong impact in the lems and cardiac arrest, most ed. That’s where the Jayden DeLuca Foundation lives of those around her. Today, the Foundation people picture adults. In real- (JDF), created in 2008 to honor Jayden Riley strives to continue that mission of changing ity, about 40,000 babies are DeLuca, entered the picture. Jayden passed people’s lives for the better, shared Executive born each year with congenital away at the tender age of two-and-a-half due to Director Angelina Mettille. heart defects, making it the most common birth defect in the country. Congenital heart defects a cardiac condition known as single ventricle. Jayden could light up a room with her “In the days after Jayden are the leading cause of birth defect-related smile and, like most toddlers, enjoyed family passed, deaths in the U.S. Sadly, of those who do time and playing with her dogs. Jayden loved we made survive, 20 percent won’t live to see their first long drives during which she could stop and a memory birthday. feed the horses through the fence. In her short page through lifetime, parents Karalie and Jeremy DeLuca the American Yet despite these startling statistics, 12 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Heart Association’s website where people could make a donation in her memory,” Karalie explained. “Within two days, we had raised $50,000! It was unreal. So we got to thinking that if we had this much impact by doing little work–just creating a memory page–think of all the things that could get done with more effort, if for no other reason but to help continue her legacy.” Both Karalie and Jeremy are big believers that everything happens for a reason, and perhaps Jayden’s journey was meant to increase awareness of this horrific, unexplained condition. Shortly thereafter the JDF was co-founded by Jayden’s parents. Established with the goal of helping other children and their families fight cardiac diseases, the JDF also aims to offer support and encouragement to all those affected by pediatric heart conditions. The foundation looks to promote awareness of cardiac diseases and to aid in further scientific and medical research of pediatric heart conditions. According to the website, more research and more time need to be devoted to helping those battling this problem. The non-profit is working closely with the St. Luke’s Children Hospital in Boise and the American Heart Association, and all money raised through the Foundation is designated to the care and research of pediatric congenital heart defects, Karalie noted. “Jayden underwent two major open heart surgeries and many clinical procedures. She needed both a heart and lung transplant because of her heart’s anatomy and the valves to the lungs not working correctly,” explained Karalie. They were in the process of finalizing details Established with the goal of helping other children and their families fight cardiac diseases, the JDF also aims to offer and encouragement to all those affected by pediatric heart conditions. The foundation looks to promote diseases and to support awareness of cardiac aid in further scientific and medical research of pediatric heart conditions. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 13 to have the transplant surgery in San Francisco when Jayden caught a cold. She passed away the next day. Jayden never got to complete her journey, but five firefighters who have never met her plan to finish that trip. Riding their bicycles from Boise to San Francisco, California, this dedicated crew of firemen will honor her memory as they raise awareness and donations for the JDF’s Cycling for Hearts Charity Ride. “Team Awesome’s members Marc Maiello, Shane Arak, Will Gigray, Greg Clark and Robert Black departed May 31 and should arrive, 900 miles later, at Stanford University Hospital on June 12. They will be stopping along the way and increasing awareness of the Foundation’s work,” remarked Angelina. The Jayden DeLuca Foundation also coordinates an annual golf tournament that last year raised more than $40,000. Last January, The JDF Masquerade Ball was a smash with its silent auction, live auction and raffle, all of which brought in another $30,000 toward this worthy cause. 14 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Partnering with St. Luke’s, the Foundation participates in Santa’s Toy Box, a program that provides toys to children and families who have to spend Christmas in the hospital. This June, there are additional fundraising opportunities to commemorate Jayden’s birthday, said Angelina. Treasure Valley’s Human Bean coffee shop is offering ten percent of their proceeds to the Foundation. U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt, with four locations in Treasure Valley, is also donating ten percent of its profits this month. “We’re working with the mayor and governor to declare Jayden’s birthday, June 5, as ‘Jayden DeLuca Day,’” stated Angelina. “The message we want to convey is that the Foundation is able to help others in her memory.” Karalie believes that so many of the research dollars tend to go to adult cardiac conditions because it is an easier fix. “Pediatric heart defects are still a mystery. You want to know why it happened, and doctors can’t give you a reason or a way to prevent it. It isn’t because you drank Coke® during your pregnancy,” said Karalie, who today is mom to daughter Ashlyn Jayde, six-and-a-half years old, and son Colson Phillip, four-and-a-half. “The necessary technology that could have saved Jayden DeLuca didn’t exist when she needed it. But that can be changed. The JDF’s hope is that soon pediatric cardiac conditions will be completely manageable or will be a thing of the past altogether,” said Angelina. HLM The Jayden DeLuca Foundation is located at 2795 S. Pajaro Way in Eagle, Idaho, and Angelina can be reached at 208-288-1210. Their informative website is jaydendelucafoundation.org. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 15 HERLIFE CULINARY slow food movement by hop e e. fer g us on F or as long as humans have lived, whether we have been farms that treat livestock as nothing more than a commodity are repel- hunters and gatherers or resided in agricultural communities, ling more and more people, especially those in the millennial and Gen food always had a very short trip from the land to the table. X demographic, many of whom have adopted a vegan, vegetarian or With the industrial revolution and modern ways of storing and low-animal-protein diet out of concern for their own health and for the transporting foods (hello, refrigeration!), the distance between ethical treatment of animals. our food and our mouths has grown longer and longer. Faced with Chef Nick Strawhecker, who runs the award-winning Dante Pizzeria unripe tomatoes shipped north in the winter and fruit ripened off the in Omaha, Nebraska, is part of this trend. A young, classically trained vine, American consumers had grown accustomed to stringy, flavorless chef, he spent his formative years partly in Europe and was impressed oranges, bland tomatoes and meats raised with hormones and antibiot- by how fresh and immediate food was. He remembers going to an oyster ics, a situation that some believe is partially responsible for the obesity bar with his father and being amazed that the oysters were harvested epidemic today (along with our sedentary lifestyles). in the waters that flowed right outside the restaurant. He also began to Now, with the “slow food,” or “farm to table” movement, the op- dislike the feeling he got after eating fast food. He ended up attending posite is happening. Consumers have grown tired of flavorless food, culinary school and studying in Italy. He now sources his mozzarella despite the fact that such food is less expensive to buy. Large factory and meat from local organic farmers, and serves only foods that are in 16 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM season. When fresh tomatoes are out of season, he will use canned Table: Recipes for a Sustainable Future in Food, added, “Thanks to the before he uses bland, shipped-from-afar tomatoes picked weeks before exploding knowledge of how diet affects health, millions of Americans they are eaten. are turning away from fast, inexpensive and unhealthy food choices, The slow food movement began in Rome, Italy, in 1986, “when slow food founder Carlo Petrini led a protest of a McDonald’s® opening looking instead for farm fresh and home-prepared.” But is slow food affordable? According to Greenberger, “Broadly near the Spanish Steps,” explained Rachel Greenberger, who directs speaking, fast food is cheaper because the core ingredients–corn, soy, Food Sol at Babson College in Babson Park, Massachusetts. Slow food rice, wheat–are heavily federally subsidized, which funds its cheapness. has become synonymous with a “return to honoring and protecting tradi- If there were no federal Farm Bill subsidies to mega-farms producing tional old-ways recipes made the ‘slow way’ with real, whole ingredients core crops, giving them competitive advantage beyond their economies from the earth and by human hands. of scale, then ‘fast food’ would become more expensive.” “Since the signing of the Slow Food Manifesto in Paris in 1989, In fact, the Farm Bill, technically titled the Agricultural Act of 2014, the movement has grown to include chapters all across the world,” has undergone a historic change recently as a direct result of this very Greenberger continued. “In the last five years, with the explosion in movement. The bill, signed by President Obama on February 7, 2014, interest and demand for organic, local, fair trade/fair wage and humane contains provisions for crop insurance for fruits, veggies and organics, products, Slow Food International has gotten stronger.” known as “nontraditional crops” in the bill, giving these farmers some Stacy Bevan, clinical assistant professor in the College of Agricul- of the same help and security as the corn and soy farmers that are tra- ture and Applied Sciences at Utah State University, said, “Slow food is ditionally subsidized. According to an article in The New York Times, this available to all for an affordable price, yet supports the farmers who is due to a historic shift in American eating habits, back toward slow, produced it. The industrialization of our food system is driving this healthy foods, which has at the same time led to a concurrent drop in trend,” she explained. “The emphasis on sitting down and enjoying a childhood obesity rates, the first in years. homemade meal is being lost. Food preparation and cooking skills are A 1974 song by Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager contains the becoming a thing of the past in many homes. Many consumers do not well-known refrain, “Everything old is new again.” When it comes to slow know where their food came from, the path of farm to fork, or how it food, surely nothing could be truer. HLM was prepared. Slow food focuses on restoring this forgotten knowledge, empowering its adherents.” Kerry Dunnington, author of Planet Kitchen Sources: dtnprogressivefarmer.com, usda.gov, nytimes.com, sustainableagriculture.net. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 17 HERLIFE WINE winery clubs by d o u g f ro st F or some Americans, wine buying is only slightly elevated above a If you lack an adventurous, friendly retailer (or even if you have visit to the driver’s license bureau, with state-run stores offering one), you might consider a wine club. Of course, wine shops offer them; wines chosen by a faceless committee of (possibly wine-loving) so too do some newspapers and magazines. They’ll often group their bureaucrats. With all due respect to state-controlled wine mar- offerings by style–Cabernet Club, Burgundy Club, Champagne Club and kets such as Pennsylvania and Alabama, wine buyers’ excitement such–but in the pursuit of variety, you can throw a counterintuitive punch is limited to the annual release of a well-known wine. State-controlled at the task by signing up for a winery’s wine club. Most wineries have stores are by nature conservative; the search for new wines is impeded, more diverse wines than you think. Wineries such as Ridge Vineyards, though it is the thrill of discovery that makes wine fun. Ravenswood or Runquist may be associated primarily with Zinfandel, Thirsty wine lovers ought to be able to cruise into a well-staffed wine store, engage one of the experts prowling the floor and walk out with a parcel of newly discovered vinous treasures. But those experts but each produces many other varieties that appear only in their tasting rooms. When you belong to their wine clubs, the treasure chest opens up. are usually busy with the guy with Porsche money or at least Silver Oak Winemakers are constantly experimenting with grapes or production cash; the rest of us are seeking the thrill of a new winery, a new grape, tactics in an endless quest to make the next great thing. Those batches maybe even a new region, all without spending a fortune. There are tens are necessarily small, and wineries find it easiest to sell small lots of thousands of wine grapes and hundreds of thousands of wines, so at the cellar door or to their mailing lists and wine clubs. Washington there’s more to life than what we have already tasted. winery Gramercy Cellars is associated with Bordeaux and Rhone variet- It may seem like wine shelves are groaning with bottles, but are ies, but you can buy a tangy Picpoul or suave Tempranillo (a Spanish you really seeing variety? Just 15 wine companies determine the wines grape) if you’re a regular in the tasting room. Famed Walla Walla winery you are offered; their grasp exceeds 80 percent of all wines sold in the Leonetti makes luscious Sangiovese, an Italian grape, but you have to U.S. at present. It’s a recipe for boredom, unless you’re willing to go be a member of the winery mailing list to get it. directly to the thousands of other wineries and step in line. 18 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Of course, not all states allow you to ship wines to your doorstep (I’m looking at you, Pennsylvania and Alabama), but many do, and wineries are more often than not given preference over retail shops; they can ship to states where retailers often cannot. Wineries are increasingly offering access to shoppers on the phone or the web. Instead of going through the middlemen (wholesaler, broker, retailer), the wineries When you belong to their wine clubs, the treasure chest opens up. Winemakers are constantly experimenting with grapes or production tactics in an endless quest to make the next great thing. Those batches are necessarily small, and wineries find it easiest to sell small lots at the cellar door or to their mailing lists and wine clubs. enjoy the benefits of selling their wine at retail prices. Even better, they develop a direct link to their consumers. And that’s the advantage for wine lovers, too. You’d be surprised how valuable you are to their sales, and how welcome club members are when you finally make that trek to the winery. Wineries have come to realize that direct-to-consumer sales represent a robust line of defense against the gargantuan wine companies. With the limited number of wine companies controlling the market, the wineries are able to provide true variety to consumers directly and cement their relationships with their customers. Consumer acceptance of wine clubs is sparking as well. The Wine Market Council’s 2013 survey reported that half of all wine club members surveyed were “very satisfied,” with one-third of them “extremely satisfied,” citing discounts, special tastings during visits, access to special wines and personal contact with the winery staff as their reasons. We have to assume that they liked the wines too, I suppose. Don’t get me wrong: A great retailer deserves your support. He or she should be your tour guide, leading you to wines based not upon scores but upon your personal taste. That counts a great deal more than scores from some magazine critic. But if you’ve fallen in love with a few wines from a particular winery, why not consummate the relationship and explore all that they have to offer? You may not learn a secret handshake or wear a decoder ring, but you’ll like being a member of the club. HLM Doug Frost is a master of wine and master sommelier who has authored several books and has been featured on national television. He is the founder and director of the national Jefferson Cup Wine Invitational and the President of the Institute of Masters of Wine North America and selects wines for United Airlines globally. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 19 HERLIFE MOTHER’S PERSPECTIVE ideas for simple games homemade carnival: building a backyard bash • Make your own fish pond with a baby pool and bath ducks from your local dollar store or carnival supply store. Place numbers on each duck that correlate to prizes. • Haul that ladder out of the garage and let guests use their throwing skills. Mark each rung of the ladder with different point values. Have guests throw bean bags and keep score. • Have fun emptying a case of wine, then use the leftover box and bottle separator to make a ping pong ball game. Just mark each opening with a point value. Participants toss three ping pong balls and add up their scores. • Guess the Gumballs is a great way to provide a game and a prize at the same time. Fill a large glass jar with gumballs and have players guess the number inside. The person with the closest guess gets to keep the gumballs. • Combine tennis balls with a few plastic pails and let the tossing begin! One ball in the bucket wins a small prize, two balls in gets a medium prize and making all three tosses gets the grand prize. Stagger the buckets to challenge adults. • Create your own games using things you have lying around such as sporting equipment, toys and volleyballs. Get active and make a backyard obstacle course; if temperatures are hot, opt for a water balloon toss or a homemade slip and slide. by lis a t ar ant o b ut ler A sunny afternoon, freshly mown grass, mild temperatures and a simple quest for fun are perfect ingredients for a backyard carnival. While such an event may seem a little daunting at first, with the help of party websites, social media and a few family members, hosting a carnival can be easy and budget friendly. So start searching for red and white ribbon, gather your bouncy balls and download some circus music. A backyard carnival will have you winning BIG TIME! Planning the Party Whether you’re planning a grand birthday or a fabulous family reunion, much of the planning begins ahead. Depending on the size of your guest list and budget, planning should start as early as possible to give yourself time to search out party decorations and supplies or make them yourself. Ask friends and family for help by keeping an eye out for carnival items at garage sales and consignment stores. 20 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Of course the weather can’t be predicted, but aim to choose a date when temperatures are warm but not uncomfortable. Sunset offers a break from the heat, but make sure you have adequate lighting for a night-time soirée. Already-strung holiday lights are inexpensive and easy to find. Create carnival-themed invites by using online invitation programs such as Evite, Paperless Post or Punchbowl.com. Make sure to get RSVPs so you know how many prizes to secure. Simple Games Creating fun and inexpensive game booths is easy using items you already own and a little elbow grease. Take inspiration from party websites and social media sites such as Pinterest, where photos can be a huge help. Ask family and friends to manage a game or station. Separate games with carnival banners and ribbon. Cheap Treats Prizes can be things you already own such as freebies, promotional items, dollar store toys and edible treats. Don’t break the bank with overpriced stuffed animals or costly trophies. The fun is actually playing the games, and as long as each participant garners a few fun goodies, everyone will leave happy. Cool Concessions Choose foods that are easy to assemble and can be eaten without using utensils. Serve carnival-themed eats such as hotdogs, corndogs, pizza and popcorn. Make simple popcorn cones by cutting circles from colorful paper. Form into a cone shape and secure with tape or glue. Place popcorn in the cones and display in a cupcake holder or in a decorated box with precut holes. Festive Drinks and Tunes Every cheerful carnival needs a tasty themed drink. Place your beverage of choice in see- through containers with spouts for guests to pour their own, or fill a colorful plastic tub with ice and canned or bottled drinks. Make your own labels for a festive feel, such as “Happy Birthday, Hannah!” Music makes the world go ’round, especially at a carnival. Find circus tunes on popular download sites or stream in an online radio station with a party or carnival theme. Add some outdoor speakers to liven the atmosphere. Start Planning Early A carnival can be just as much fun to plan as it is to enjoy. Add your unique touch by choosing a theme and favorite colors, or provide an unusual activity like an easy craft or cookie decorating. Explore what you own and make it your own. Who knows, your guests may end up beckoning for backyard fun again next year! HLM Sources: punchbowl.com and the experience of the author. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 21 HERLIFE COVER STORY Virginia Treat P Passionate is the best word to describe Virginia Treat. Mother, artist, charity worker, events planner—none of these titles alone defines her. w ritten by gail s ilver s t ein • p hot ogr ap hy by a l e x i a w a rd e l l p h o to gra p hy - w w w. a l e x i aw a rd e l l . sq u a re sp a c e . c o m hair s t y ling by d ar la c hiles of t oni & g u y sa l o n • m a ke u p by a sh l ey h e i m b a c k o f to n i & g u y sa l o n war d r ob e c o u r te sy o f m i m i m a ri e b o u ti q u e A s marketing and events manager, say, ‘I don’t care what anyone else says she is the initial point of contact about you, you’re all right with me!’” Grandma for promoters who want to bring Virginia was a free-spirited, creative painter acts into the Morrison Center at who inspired her namesake to feel passion- Boise State University. As a volun- ate about the arts. “I remember listening to teer in the Boise community, Virginia Treat is the music of Stephen Sondheim in Sweeney a tireless advocate for numerous charitable Todd when I was younger and just loved it. Go organizations, including the Cystic Fibrosis figure; now I work in a theatre and it’s a great Foundation, The Women’s and Children’s Alli- fit for me!” ance (WCA) and Dando Amor Shoes for Love. Moving to Boise from her native New York In her youth, Virginia Treat played saxophone and French horn in her high school when she was ten years old, Virginia has been band, dabbled in painting, and sashayed her fortunate to have a loving, supportive family. way as a featured dancer on a local TV show She calls her grandfather, William Perez, who called Local Party Zone. She tried her hand passed away just over six years ago, her child- at acting in the Vagina Monologues and has hood hero. “He could strike up a conversation appeared in local television commercials and with anyone and make a complete stranger independent movies. feel like he had always been his or her best Although the stage may be different friend,” she said, reminiscing. “He was these days, Virginia takes center stage in business-oriented and, along with my parents, raising awareness for the various charities gave me my hard work ethic. But he was also about which she feels passionate. One such caring. He had so much compassion and love organization is the WCA, whose platform for everyone. My grandfather used to always seeks to create community awareness about HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 23 domestic violence and sexual assault against women and children. Through her work as a contestant in the Mrs. Idaho America Pageant, Virginia is using her energy to shine the limelight on this very serious issue. Last year she orchestrated Summer Solstice, a fundraising event that incorporated three bands, three fashion shows and live painting by Unique Irish. It was a smash, with 50 percent of the proceeds benefiting the WCA, which provides support and resources for those affected by abuse. An encore event is in the works for the end of August. “I get more value in giving to others because I feel it makes me a better person,” said Virginia, who remarked that this cause is near and dear to her heart because of the children. A mother of four, she hopes to leave behind a legacy for both the Boise community that she calls home and her own children, Jazmyne, 20, Simon, 17, Lilliana, 7, and Alexander, 5. “I want my own kids to know that I did everything I could to help make them successful and be a productive member of society.” Currently, in her role with the Morrison Center, Virginia loves being a part of an organization that brings so much creativity and art to the Boise community. As marketing and events manager for the Center, Virginia handles the public relations and marketing for all the Center’s internal events as well and works with promoters to assist with their marketing needs. She’s also the liaison with various departments to ensure that each event runs “Living by her personal philosophy, “make a difference, live your passion, leave a legacy,” Virginia strives to be a role model for her children and her community. “My passion and dedication to make the world a better place are something I hope people will remember about me,” she remarked. “Those are two characteristics that I think are some of my best qualities. I may be only one person, but I am determined to be heard and create a louder voice for those who may not be able to express it loud enough themselves.” smoothly. “I love the creativity and being sur- events and have more patrons coming through she had family support through difficult times rounded by different forms of performing arts our doors than ever.” A perfect example is the and met and married her husband, Jeremy, that come through here. From the promoters Center’s three-week run of the Broadway hit who is supportive of all her endeavors. to the local acts to the staff at the Center, I WICKED, which wrapped up recently. It was the enjoy working with all of them in the entertain- biggest event in Morrison Center history, but in the entertainment industry, Virginia’s advice ment field,” she commented. Of her cowork- even with the long days and nights that this to young women interested in this field is to ers, most of whom have been with the center show entailed, Virginia worked diligently to as- continue their education. “Not only will it help for years, Virginia emphasized that they share sist the Idaho Foodbank with their fundraiser. them in their chosen career path, but being a a common goal. “We have such different per- She even joined some of the WICKED cast to smart, strong, confident woman is an amazing sonalities but one thing that we all strive for volunteer at the Foodbank. thing. Whether your plans are to be a stay- is to make the best out of every event that we Overcoming obstacles with addiction, As someone who has worked her way up at-home mom or a full-time professional, you bring to the Center. Executive Director James Virginia turned her life around more than 11 can’t go wrong,” she emphasized. “Education Patrick came on board about three years ago years ago. She knows what it was like to hit is or should be a big part of anyone’s future; and since his arrival the Center has really rock bottom and is open in sharing her person- something that I realized later in life. Now, taken off. We are bringing in some amazing al struggle in order to help others. Fortunately, some 20-odd years later, I am still trying to HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 25 p hot o by hop e sh o ts p hot o gra p hy hair and ma ke u p by am anda wo o d s find time to continue my education.” A full-time working professional, active charity volunteer and involved mother, Virginia plans to finish her degree in the near future. She put a temporary pause on school, as her oldest is currently attending Boise State University (BSU) and her son will be joining his sister there this fall. Carving out family and free time is a challenge, but Virginia tackles it head on because she believes quality quiet time with her children and hubby is important. “We don’t get to do it often enough, but we enjoy camping, hiking, bowling and traveling. When things are busy, we try to make time for movie night either at home or out. Relax? What is that?” she quipped. “Just kidding! For my personal relaxation, I spend time reading a good book or writing for my book that I hope to finish this year, titled Live Your Passion: Inspiring Stories of Women in Business. It’s an anthology and includes women authors in various occupations. I hope it will inspire women to pursue their dreams. I also like to just sit and draw or paint. I also love to act and model as well, sometimes for fun and other times for work.” Recipient of the Director’s Award 2013 as part of the Mrs. Idaho AmericaPageant, Virginia finds her newest endeavor has opened up doors for her other charitable community work. Crowned Mrs. Garden City last year and a participant again this year, Virginia admits the pageant circuit was something she never believed was in the cards for ph o t o by redlight photograp hy 26 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM ph o t o by hope s hots phot ogr ap hy ma keup by unique facing her. But she has discovered that her pageant forum for university employees to share best persona has assisted not only with her self- practices and mentor others. confidence, but in her community as well. p h o to by h o p e sh o ts p h o to gra phy m a ke u p by u n i q u e f a c i n g Living by her personal philosophy, “make She is currently working on a shoe drive with a difference, live your passion, leave a lega- Dando Amor Shoes for Love. Her mission is cy,” Virginia strives to be a role model for her to gather new and old shoes–50,000 pairs is children and her community. “My passion and the group goal–by the end of June to donate dedication to make the world a better place to those without footwear. If she collects the are something I hope people will remember most, Virginia would represent the pageant about me,” she remarked. “Those are two on a humanitarian trip to personally deliver characteristics that I think are some of my the shoes to Africa or South America. In best qualities. I may be only one person, but 2011, Virginia was chosen as one of Treasure I am determined to be heard and create a Valley’s Finest Young Professionals with the louder voice for those who may not be able to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which kick-started express it loud enough themselves.” her passion to work with non-profits and It only takes one person to effect assist others with their mission. A staunch change, and Virginia is determined to be advocate of higher education, she is a gradu- among those who do. HLM ate of BSU’s Shared Leadership programs, a HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 27 HERLIFE GREEN LIVING by m a ri l y n i sa m i n ge r green-friendly W lawn care orking with nature—what a Good choices for cooler climates are the blue- keep the grass a minimum of three inches high goal for each of us to set in the grasses, fescues and ryegrasses; the zoysia from May until after Labor Day. Taller grass 21st century! No matter if we’re varieties, St. Augustine and centipede grasses blades provide shade that keeps weed seeds urban dwellers, have a little grow best during the warm seasons. Make from germinating in the spring and later keeps patch of grass in the ’burbs, or sure you investigate your grass species choice the soil from drying out in summer heat. Never use a John Deere to trim our pasture-sized lawn, before investing your dollars, not to mention cut more than one-third of the blade at one we can all pay attention to how we treat those your time and energy in trying to keep it green. time to prevent stress to the turf. Compost and Mulch Microorganisms and Biopesticides blades and the soil underneath them. Eco-experts offer many tips to guide us in keeping our grass green in both senses of the word. Here’s some of their advice. Choose What You Use Green gardeners already know these The mission statement of Texas-based terms. If you’re using a gas-powered mower Natural Industries is, “For every plant problem, (see below for another option), add a mulch- there’s a microorganism that can solve it.” This ing blade so that you can multi-task while company’s Actinovate® for Lawn and Garden If the grass growing in your yard is not trimming; keep the blade sharp! The grass contains a patented beneficial microorganism suitable for the USDA zone in which you live, clippings will be finely chopped and can be that grows on the plant’s roots and leaves, you’re already at a disadvantage. All grasses left to return to Mother Earth, feeding the soil living off the plant’s by-products and simul- are not created equal. Some grasses prefer and saving the haul to the compost pile. If you taneously attacking harmful disease-causing the shade and don’t want your feet tromping prefer to compost the clippings, keep the pile pathogens. This natural product effectively on them (the fescues in particular); others active by turning it so that it breaks down weed suppresses and controls a wide range of foliar thrive in cold climates while hating the heat seeds that might have been collected. and root diseases, including powdery mildew and humidity of southerly and western climes. 28 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Adjust the height of the mower blade and and black spot. EcoSMART™’s Lawn Insect Killer contains thyme and sesame oils and eugenol and can be used on lawns, ornamentals and mulched beds. It kills and repels a long list of insects, including aphids, caterpillars, centipedes, fleas, mites, mosquitoes, spiders and ticks. A biopesticide is a chemical made from naturally occurring elements that control the insect population instead of killing it. A pheromone pesticide disrupts the mating pattern of some insects such as moths and butterflies, and affects only the targeted insects. Japanese beetles may be controlled in this way; traps containing the pheromone attract and collect these invasive eaters. Milky Spore is an environmental pesticide that is ingested by lawn grubs; within days, bacteria grow and kill the grubs from within. Remember that weeds, insects and diseases are an indication of the overall health of the turf and underlying soil. Test the soil to determine if organic amendments are needed, whether fertilizers, minerals, mulches or compost tea. Adjust your watering schedule as appropriate, hopefully using the rainwater you’ve harvested through your catchment system. Get Rid of the Gas The good old push-reel mower is great for your yard-as-workout routine, unless you’re mowing the entire back 40. The great news is that now both corded and battery-powered mowers are available. It’s estimated that gas-powered mowers produce about ten percent of all air pollutants created by portable gasoline machines. Plus, mowers aren’t held to the same EPA standards as gasoline-powered cars, so emissions may be more toxic. Neuton®’s CE6 mower, with its 36-volt rechargeable battery, weighs only 69 pounds and cuts up to one-third of an acre on an overnight charge, using an extra-wide 19-inch cutting swath for efficiency. Major home improvement retailers have their own brands as well; they all appear to be priced comparatively to the gasoline-powered machines, and in the long run they will save plenty on fuel costs. Make a Hard Choice Ultimately, do you really want the maintenance that turf grass requires? Consider some eco-alternatives. Ground covers such as thyme, sweet alyssum, lavender or pachysandra can reduce what the landscape architects call “negative space” or eliminate it entirely. Think about hardscaping; replacing negative space with a bluestone, brick paver or gravel patio is a no-water, no-mow option that, after the initial investment, will be economical in the long run. If you’re up for a home improvement project, the big box stores, DIY sites and many books can teach you how to complete these installations. Going green with lawn care does require some thought and possibly changes in maintenance behavior, yet it’s inevitably a positive choice for your negative space! HLM Sources: actinovate.com, ecosmart.com, epa.gov, fiskars.com, gardensalive.com, howstuffworks.com, neutonpower.com, safelawns.org, sustainablog.org. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 29 HERLIFE RECIPES coconut curry veggie stir fry Serves 4 · Prep time: 15 minutes · Cook time: 5 minutes ingredients: 1 ½ Tablespoons vegetable oil 1 medium sweet onion, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 small bell pepper, cut into short strips 1 cup julienned carrots 1 cup snow peas, large ones cut in half 1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 ½ teaspoons curry powder ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes pinch of salt and pepper 1 can (8 ounce) pineapple chunks, undrained ½ cup light coconut milk 1 teaspoon cornstarch 2 cups cooked white rice directions: recipes and p hot ogr ap hy by ver y c ulinar y.c om In a large nonstick pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, carrots, snow peas, ginger, garlic, curry powder, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, until vegetables are crisp-tender. Dissolve the cornstarch in the pineapple juice and add that, along with the coconut milk, to the pan. Cook for 1 minute or until thickened; stir gently. Spoon over rice and serve right away. HLM easy lemon curd pie Serves 8 · Prep time: 10 minutes · Cook time: 45 minutes ingredients: 1 (9 inch) prepared refrigerated pie crust 2 cups granulated sugar 3 small lemons (preferably Meyer), juiced and zested 4 eggs ¼ teaspoon salt 3 Tablespoons flour ½ stick unsalted butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla directions: recipes and p hot ogr ap hy by ver y c ulinar y.c om 30 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, lemon juice and zest, eggs, salt, flour, melted butter, and vanilla, until thoroughly combined. Pour into pie shell and bake for 45 minutes, until top is set. Let cool completely, then place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to fully set. Cut into slices and serve! HLM HERLIFE FINE THINGS superior sound by a l l i so n tu r n b e rg T echnology updates so quickly these days that it’s difficult to keep pace with the rest of the world, which sometimes seems more like an episode of The Jetsons than Modern Family. But if there is one upgrade to make in your household technology, it’s your sound system. Replacing your old single-speaker radio with the latest technology is easier than fumbling with the antenna or tuning your favorite stations, and it will give you a listening experience unlike any other. There are many great systems from which to choose that offer superior quality and easy-to-use platforms to fill your home with your favorite music. Don’t get bogged down with confusing techno-terminology; asking the right questions will help you find the best sound system for your home and lifestyle. How many rooms do you want to have sound? This question is the most important to get started. Decide if you want the ability to play your favorite album in every room of the house, or if listening in the living room is all you need. Single-zone sound systems are typically cheaper and require less equipment than multiple room systems, home improvement expert Bob Vila writes. However, spending a little extra money might be worth it if you’re a music lover, and multi-zone systems allow you to play a different song in each room. There are even weather-resistant speakers, so you can listen to your favorite song out on the patio, and many speakers are designed to blend in with your home décor or mount inside your wall. Whether you choose a single-zone system or opt for the multi-room capability, though, state-of-the-art speakers produce a clear, distinctive sound. How do you want to set up the system? The number of speakers in each room will affect the sound quality. Vila recommends at least two speakers per room, but larger rooms may need more. Keep in mind that the layout of the furniture and the room will affect the quality of the sound, too. If you’ve got a large, open room, you’ll need extra speakers spread throughout to ensure that the sound will fill the entire room. Be sure to strategically place speakers so the sound won’t be muffled by couch cushions or blocked by an armoire. To get the most out of your sound system living room setup, place speakers throughout the room to create that movie theater surround sound experience. This allows the music to fill the room and hit your ears from almost every angle, engulfing them in the sound. If you’d rather not feng shui your entire house to fit the needs of a speaker, you’re in the company of many. Most systems offer automatic speaker calibration, according to the technology experts at Crutchfield New Media. It’s as easy as setting up the calibration microphone in the areas where you’ll be listening. 32 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM The receiver does the rest of the work, sending test signals and finding imperfections such as delays in timing and frequency. Then it compensates for those imperfections, which is why, for example, you sometimes notice one speaker playing more loudly than the other. Most systems offer automatic speaker calibration, according to the technology experts at Crutchfield New Media. It’s as easy as setting up the calibration microphone in the areas where you’ll be listening. The receiver does the rest of the work, sending test signals and finding imperfections such as delays in timing and frequency. How important is speaker quality? This depends on the kind of listening you plan to do. Inexpensive speakers are fine if you mostly listen to talk radio or don’t have a lot of background noise in your home. According to Vila, though, these speakers don’t deliver a full range of notes, so music connoisseurs should spring for premium speakers. He says buyers should look for the speaker’s frequency response range to determine a quality speaker from a low-cost one. A better response range will yield a better sound. Which brand is best? There are countless brands to choose from in the world of home sound systems. Some of the bigger names include Bose, Nuvo and Sonos, all of which offer multi-room capabilities and wireless connection. Connecting your sound system to wireless Internet allows you to choose music from Internet radio stations such as Pandora, Spotify and Sirius XM as well as from albums you own in hard copy or in your digital music library. You can control any of these systems from a remote control, tablet or even a smartphone, playing any song you want with the touch of a button. They all offer a variety of systems with an array of capabilities to match your price range and needs. Upgrading to something more high-tech can be confusing and intimidating, but if you know the basics, you’ll end up with something that fits your needs so well you’ll think it was made for you. The latest home sound systems create a listening experience like no other, and improving yours is easy. There are many flexible options out there; you won’t even miss your old radio! Wasting ten minutes tuning it only to miss your favorite song is a thing of the past—the future of listening is crystal clear. HLM Sources: bobvila.com, bose.com, crutchfield.com, legrand.us, sonos.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 33 HERLIFE WORKING WOMEN by ti n a v. sava s the start-up story M any women dream of owning their own business, but few of This helps to narrow your funding choices and streamlines the process them actually take the plunge, and even fewer find success. so you don’t waste your time. Keep in mind that you will need a busi- The reasons are plentiful, but according to the ness plan with a financial pro forma, or financial projection, to shine Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit that funds and con- brighter than your competition. Once your package and marketing pitch ducts research for entrepreneurs, one of the biggest is complete, you will be ready to seek funding. problems is a lack of adequate funding for women entrepreneurs. Since women typically have lower levels of income and wealth, they have fewer available financial resources that can be devoted to a new business, or a growing one. But this won’t deter the determined, and if you are ready to take www.opportunity.com It is highly advisable to search the internet for funding opportunities. Websites such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter are two examples of the new popular “crowdfunding” concept, where your idea catches the your life-long dream of owning your own business to the next level, attention of investors, who in turn, fund you. This is where your elevator now may just be the perfect time. Why? Because support for women speech becomes extremely important, as well as your personal passion business owners has never been greater. The growth rate of women- for your idea. Crowdfunders love a good story, and that includes your owned firms exceeds all other firms combined in the United States. It personal journey. is common knowledge that investing in small businesses is what keeps our economy going, so everyone is hopping on the bandwagon to help women would-be entrepreneurs. Let’s explore a few ways you can get out there and take advantage Gratuitous Sourcing Grants represent the Holy Grail of funding because they are free. There are all sorts of grants for women, minorities, grants based on a of the plentiful funding opportunities that exist solely for women entre- business theme, etc., but naturally, they are difficult to get. It is worth preneurs. your while to check out the federal grants website, federalgrants.com, First, you must define your product or idea—craft your “elevator speech” so that anyone understands your business in a few seconds. 34 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM for money that might be available to grow your business. Share and Share Alike Venture capitalists and angel investors are like the Shark Tank folks on the hit television series, but they are a bit easier to access! These investors will most likely want an equity position or ownership in your company. If you don’t mind that stipulation, one place to look is the website Gust that connects entrepreneurs with investors. Also contact your local Small Business Administration Women’s Business Center, located in most U.S. cities, since those centers are familiar with their community funders. Explore Springboard Enterprises, where you can present your business proposal to a forum; Golden Seeds, which has equity investors; and the Women’s Technology Cluster, a program that provides access to equity funding and serves as an incubator. Take It to the Bank Bank loans are another source of funding. Though bank loans are more traditional and historically more difficult for women to qualify, more recent research shows there are no significant differences between women and men in terms of the likelihood of being approved for a loan. Not too long ago, a woman had to have a co-signer to secure a business loan. Not anymore. In addition to banks, business loans offered by the Small Business Administration can be tailored for women and easier to secure than a bank loan. Again, the SBA Women’s Business Centers offer advice and business loan consulting for women. There may also be a program tailored for women- and minority-owned businesses within your city government, frequently within the mayor’s economic development office, that is funded by a local bank Small and Growing Microenterprise funders typically target small businesses and entrepreneurs who anticipate fewer than 10 employees and require no more than $35,000 in start-up costs. Many initiatives have launched internationally to assist women entrepreneurs in developing countries. Here in the U.S., four programs focus on low-income women entrepreneurs: The Women’s Initiative (WISE); Trickle Up; The Women’s Business Center of the Nebraska Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP); and Count Me In, the first online microlender, which recently launched a program with American Express and the Women’s Leadership Exchange called “Make Mine a $Million,” that focuses on high growth businesses. These programs combine training, education and support services with capital. Overall, lenders understand that strengthening women’s economic capacity is of vital importance today. Programs and funds for women entrepreneurs have steadily grown over the last ten years, from microenterprise to venture capital funds, from very small dollar grants to hundred million dollar investments. With the addition of crowdfunding and online contests, it is easier than ever to start living your dream. HLM Sources: astia.org/ (Women’s Technology Cluster), countmein.org, federalgrants.com, goldenseeds.com, gust.com, indiegogo.com, kickstarter.com, raconline.org, sb.co (Springboard Enterprises), sba.gov/loanprograms, trickleup.org, womensinitiative.org. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 35 HERLIFE FINANCE common money mistakes by ste p h a n i e f o x H andling money should be second na- an expense on a credit card that you don’t nually who defers a mere 5 percent of their in- ture. After all, we use money every plan to pay off immediately. Credit card debt come for 20 years, at an annual rate of return day. But most people, rich or poor, adds up quickly, and a purchase or two not of 6 percent, will have more than $151,000 for make money mistakes that can paid off when the first bill arrives can add up retirement. But if there is an employer match, cause problems in their financial to thousands of dollars in debt later that may the amount will rise to nearly $304,000. Start take months or years to pay off. saving at age 25 and this retirement fund will and personal lives. Here are eight mistakes to avoid making with your money. rise to almost $1,280,000. Then stick with it! Ignoring High Interest Rates Not Having a Budget Write down all your monthly expenses, When reducing debt, pay off the debt with the highest interest rate first (usually credit Not Identifying Money Priorities Know what’s important to you and save from your rent or mortgage to your utility costs, cards) while keeping up minimum payments for for it. Is it a down payment on a dream home? insurance payments, estimated food expenses, any other money owed. If you have been mak- A new car? Continued education or college for cell phones, transportation, tuition or student ing regular payments, you can talk to the credit your kids? Retirement? If you know your priori- loans, other loan payments, monthly medical card company about lowering your interest ties, you can avoid spending money without outlay and money that will go toward savings. rates for the future. thinking and reach your financial goals. Forgetting Free Money Living Above Your Means Knowing what you can spend will help keep you from living paycheck to paycheck and having to defer needed purchases because the monthly money ran out. Have a budget and stick with it. Accumulating Credit Card Debt Use credit cards carefully and never put 36 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM If your company has a deferred compen- Learn to live within your income. There sation plan that matches a percentage of your are ways to live the good life while spending salary, you’ll double your money, even if the less money. Even people with high incomes stock market doesn’t rise a single point. For can lack the discipline to resist temptation example, a 45-year-old earning $80,000 an- to spend on frivolous items. If you have your sights set on something, try to wait until it goes on sale, buy it at a discount store or even at a high-end second-hand store. Don’t worry— Guessing the Future of Stocks When investing, don’t try to time the stock market. Buy and hold, your friends will never know the difference. You can also cut down on then leave the gambling to the one percent. One strategy is to put your expenses such as frequent dinners in upscale, hip restaurants. Become investment money in low-fee investment funds; diversify by mixing the a connoisseur of tiny and undiscovered ethnic restaurants or learn to kinds of investments in the funds you choose, then dollar cost average cook your favorite foods. If you don’t have the time to prepare meals your investment money. You spread out the risk by automatically adding every day, cook ahead and freeze dinners for a delicious and quick, the same amount of money on the same date every month. Don’t worry inexpensive meal. about short-term gains and losses. Investments are for the long term; in a diversified portfolio, long-term investments historically make money. Not Paying Attention to Details Check your credit report each year and be alert to credit and identity fraud. The only truly free access to your credit report is through Missing a Tax Credit Some taxpayers can get a little-known tax break just for saving for AnnualCreditReport.com, authorized by federal law. Companies with retirement. The Saver Credit allows tax credits in addition to the tax- clever jingles and amusing TV commercials may charge a fee. If you deferred advantages of investment plans like IRAs. There are income find a mistake, contact the card company or the credit-reporting agency eligibility requirements for singles, head of households and joint filers. about the error. To avoid identity theft, look for credit card charges you For most eligible taxpayers, the amounts might be only a couple of hun- don’t recognize (even small ones), denials of credit for no apparent dred dollars, but some taxpayers can see a credit of up to a thousand reason and other suspicious activity. Then, file a report with law enforce- dollars. HLM ment to help you deal with creditors who may want proof of fraud. If you Sources: Jianseng Yu, Associate Professor of Finance, University of bank online, as millions of us do, check your accounts regularly. If you Minnesota; Mary Daugherty, Associate Professor of Finance, University of don’t bank online, it’s even more important to verify transactions and St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN; Chris Render, Varn and Associates, CPA; annual- balances. Thieves will often test your vigilance with small transactions creditreport.com, bankrate.com, dailyfinance.com. before cleaning out your account. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 37 HERLIFE REAL ESTATE buying a lake home by m a ri l y n i sa m i n ge r “L ife’s a Little Sweeter in a House Beside the Water” such as view, water accessibility, privacy, water depth and clarity, feet reads the plaque on the front porch of our lake cottage. of shoreline, the condition of adjacent property and potential anchor- We’ve spent many joyful moments watching a child learn age of a dock. Expect sticker shock if the home you’re investigating for to water ski and cooking dinners that feature the catch purchase has more than one of these desirable features. of the day. If you’ve shared unforgettable times visiting the lake with friends and family and have finally decided to take the plunge with your own Recreation, Retirement or Investment If you’re purchasing the cottage for water recreation, check that the waterside paradise, here’s some advice from experts about finding the activities you enjoy aren’t restricted or that the “lake attitude” doesn’t property that’s perfect for your needs. discourage that extremely loud, fast powerboat you love. If you plan to retire there, consider its proximity to the services you may need in your Location, Location, Location Regardless of where you live in the contiguous 48 states, every golden years. If the goal is investment property, can you tie up cash long enough to reap the desired return? Renting the house seasonally may one of them has a lovely lake with building lots and homes for sale. be a motive and even cover your costs; verify with your insurance agent Consider the attributes you want and your price range. Look at the that you have appropriate liability coverage for risks you and your guests climate; if the lake freezes, you’ll have additional winter activities to may incur. pursue. Think about driving time from your primary residence. Investigate water management practices for the lake itself. If the body of water is used for hydropower production, the water level will fluctuate, and you may be left with steep water access or a dock that no longer floats. How Much House? If this is a second home, do you want housekeeping and grounds maintenance tasks to consume your spare time, or would you prefer relaxing on the pier with a cold drink on a hot summer afternoon? Do you Capital Expenditures While home prices are usually based on square footage and a combination of other items, lake properties are priced to include factors 38 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM need five bedrooms and four baths to accommodate the family, or are they content on a pullout couch and in sleeping bags? Is anyone going to help you cook, clean and maintain the property? Necessities Verify that the property you’re interested in has reliable electrical and water service available. Is it on a septic system or attached to sewer lines? What about telephone and cell phone service? Are the roads to the property publicly or privately maintained? Can emergency response personnel reach you quickly if a need arises? A nearby marina can also be considered a necessity if your pontoon boat is running low on fuel. Luxuries Newer homes will have up-to-date appliances and amenities. Granite countertops, easy-to-maintain flooring and energy-efficient windows fitted with between-pane shades are extras that make your life easier and may not be present in an older, more economically-priced cottage. However, if you want rustic, make sure interior wiring meets current code standards. Protecting Your Investment Even if your new lake house is your primary residence, it’s wise to consider installing a good security system with monitoring and hardwired smoke detection, particularly if the property is remote or extremely private. Camera surveillance can assist law enforcement and insurance investigators in the event of break-in or theft of property. Plus, most insurance carriers provide a discount for a security system, so you can recoup your investment eventually through premium savings. Safety First We have one inviolable rule for all children 12 and under. There is an invisible line beyond which a child must wear the appropriate personal flotation device for his age. In this writer’s opinion, there is no excuse for carelessness with water safety for children, or adults, for that matter. In combination with boating safety and careful behavior in using personal watercraft, protecting the health and lives of those you love should be a primary consideration for the purchaser of a home on the lake. Remember, too, that water and electricity don’t mix. If the boat dock has electrical wiring of any kind, verify with the assistance of a professional that it’s up to current code requirements and properly grounded. Just Have Fun! You’ve made your decision, signed the paperwork and moved in. The PFDs are available for the kids (and the adults who prefer to stay cool without worrying about treading water). The boat, paddleboard and high-horsepower personal watercraft are all in the water. The marina’s in sight! Pick up a map of the lake, fill ’er up at that floating gas station, and head out to explore your new recreation location! HLM Sources: Shoplakelbjhomes.com, trulia.com, wikihow.com and the personal experience of the author. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 39 HERLIFE HOME year-round gardening by h o p e e . f e rg u so n I t didn’t take long after the first spring in my home to realize that I had moved into the home of a master gardener. Mr. Hotter, a Brit, had planned his perennials to bloom one after the other as they made their way around the house. On the far side facing east, the purple crocuses sprang up first, followed a few weeks later by giant yellow daffodils, lilacs, purple and yellow irises, peonies in June, and orange and yellow daylilies beginning in July and blooming until September. What a joy to see the flowers work their way around the house every year! I eventually added tulips and my favorites: oriental and Asiatic lilies that bloom from mid- to late June and July, all the way through August. With the addition of pink apple blossoms in May, my home is an explosion of color during the first weeks of spring and into summer. Enjoying a wealth of flowers, shrubs and trees seems easy in the spring and summer, but is it possible to keep your garden interesting and colorful all year round? Surprisingly, yes, say master gardeners. By taking an expansive view of the garden and implementing early flowers, flowering shrubs, foliage, grasses and even garden accents such as benches and paths, a garden can give one joy all year round. “Can you have plants that provide color for each season? That doesn’t really exist. [However], there are plants that provide color in multiple seasons, but not all four,” said Richard Abate, CNLP, landscape designer with Hicks Nurseries, a family-owned business. “Viburnum (a shrub) blooms in the spring and has great foliage colors and vibrant berries in the fall; and they provide interest in summer and winter through form and texture, though not necessarily through color. Knock Out® Roses bloom in parts 40 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM of spring, summer and fall, which is amazing, by the way, but lack winter color.” Abate recommends planning ahead, by procuring “good annuals for the height of summer,” including New Guinea impatiens, begonias, annual vinca, geraniums, marigolds, petunias and coleus, all plants that are easy to grow. As an avid gardener, I know from my own experience that most of those flowers provide excellent color in flower boxes, containers and hanging baskets. Abate likes perennials for summer such as astilbe, coral bells, daylilies, catmint (nepeta) coreopsis, coneflower, geranium Rozanne®, black-eyed Susan, perennial salvia, volcano phlox and Russian sage. Joy Kaminsky is director of horticulture at Cantigny Park, a 500acre public park and recreation area and formerly an experimental farm in Wheaton, Illinois, that features garden areas (including formal gardens), an idea garden, and a greenhouse. “Select plant material that has excellent fall color,” Kaminsky urges. “A few of my favorites are trees such as tupelo (nyssasylvatica) and red maples, and perennials such as amsonia, an easy-to-grow wildflower with pale blue petals. Select plant material that has burgundy foliage year-round. Some plants like purple-leaf cotinus, also called smoke trees or bushes, make for a nice shrub in the background and can be pruned easily,” she explains. You also should “site plants with contrasting color,” she continues. “For example, set a burgundy foliage plant in front of an evergreen so that the contrast is highlighted. Try selecting plants that have fruit in the fall, such as a callicarpa. I love this small shrub; the purple fruit is simply marvelous. Finally, pick fall blooms like cyclamen and shrub roses, that will bloom late in the season.” In light of uncertain weather patterns experienced across the country lately, gardeners in some states have had to get creative. According to The New York Times, Californians are promoting a “brown is the new green” movement due to severe drought that has taken a toll on lawns and plants. Residents have had to adjust their ideas of a beautiful lawn and garden due to shortages of water. They have experimented with “a mix of drought-tolerant plants and non-thirsty boulders and gravel.” Others have worked with meadow-like buffalo grass and dune sedge, which match the character of California’s ocean front, and have employed the artful use of rock in dry stream beds. Don’t limit your imagination to plants. Gardeners can also display garden sculpture and colorful containers. One of my particular joys in the colder months is my ten-year-old Christmas cactus given to me by a friend. This sturdy plant seems impossible to kill, lives on very little water, and every November and February makes the most magnificent display of bright pink flowers, the perfect pick-me-up for a dreary winter day. So, there’s no need to get bored by your garden by late summer. Use some of these ideas and your lawn and garden can bring you joy all year round. HLM Sources: nytimes.com, cantigny.org, hicksnurseries.com. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 41 HERLIFE PETS adopt your new feline best friend by l a u ra l e i va 42 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM J une is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, so whether you’ve been think- cuddled, while the Oriental and American shorthair breeds are calm and ing about bringing a new kitten home or visiting your local pet work well in homes with children. shelter to rescue an older cat, it’s the perfect time to meet your Selecting your new pet is only the first step in the process; creat- new furry friend! Each spring, thousands of kittens are born and ing a loving and safe home is equally as important. Before visiting the taken in by shelters across the country, adding to the number shelter, there are a few things to do before you bring the new cat into of cats already looking for new homes. Tragically, many of these precious the home. Don’t adopt a cat on a whim; talk to the family and ensure everyone is on the same page about caring for a pet’s needs and shar- Saving even one cat’s life is better than the alternative; since space and resources are limited in many local shelters, adopting a cat is a great way to save two lives—that of your new pet and the homeless cat that will be rescued and eventually placed in the shelter. ing in the responsibility for the kitten or older cat. Understanding the body language of a cat is also important, as it alerts you to the mood or temper of the cat. Look for vocal signs such as hissing, purring or meowing to get a feel for how the cat is acting; various sounds mean the difference between feeling playful and agitated! The twitching tail indicates agitation; on the other hand, a cat shows affection and love by looking you directly in the eyes and blinking slowly. You create a true bond when you return that look! Stock up on supplies before bringing the cat home, including a litter box and litter; ask the shelter about the litter used so you can create a familiar environment for your pet to prevent accidents. Food, prefer- animals aren’t adopted and are eventually euthanized. If you’re looking to ably the brand of food eaten at the shelter to prevent digestive upset, make a difference in an animal’s life, adoption is the way to go! and water bowls should be accessible and clean. Provide a range of Going through a pet shelter to find your new best friend has many benefits for you and your new pet. Saving even one cat’s life is better stimulating toys, scratching post and soft bed for your new pet. When you bring your cat home, allow her some time to explore her than the alternative; since space and resources are limited in many new surroundings before you introduce her to the rest of the family or local shelters, adopting a cat is a great way to save two lives—that of other pets. Watch your cat’s behavior to get an idea how she’s feeling. If your new pet and the homeless cat that will be rescued and eventually she’s timid leaving her crate or darts around to dark spaces in the room, placed in the shelter. Cats found in a shelter are healthy, as they are it could be a sign she’s unsure of her surroundings and needs more provided ample care and vaccinations by shelter staff in addition to un- time to get comfortable. dergoing screening for behavior and temperament, which helps the staff Adopting a cat from a shelter is a wonderful way to do your part match cats with ideal families. There may be a perception that some- in providing unwanted pets with loving, nurturing homes. Enjoy having thing’s wrong with a shelter cat, but it couldn’t be further from the truth! a furry friend in the home and always take care to provide your new cat In fact, most of the animals awaiting adoption are simply there because with a safe environment! HLM they were unwanted or the previous owners could no longer care for them after going through personal hardships. Sources: AmericanHumane.org, ASPCA.org, HumaneSociety.org, Catster.com. Adopting a cat through your local shelter is also more affordable than going through a pet store, as shelters are proactive with veterinary care and you won’t incur immediate costs with your own vet. Some shelters even waive the adoption fee for new pet parents choosing a cat older than three years! Emotionally, adopting a pet is good for both you and the cat; pets bring immeasurable joy and companionship into the home and, in turn, you are providing a beautiful feline with a new chance at life! When you’ve made the decision to rescue a cat from a shelter, there are a few things to consider that will make the transition easier for both you and the new pet. Expect a growing period to take place as your new cat absorbs the surroundings and environment and you learn about the pet’s temperament and needs. Depending on the selection of cats in the shelter, common breeds to look for include the Persian, which is loyal and affectionate, or the Maine Coon, with a temperament similar to that of a Persian but not requiring the constant grooming of a longer haired cat. The Ragdoll and Birman breeds are friendly and enjoy being HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 43 Maile HERLIFE TIE THE KNOT & Just in w ritten by mar ily n is am inger photography by mike s id ney p hot ogr ap hy 44 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Update to their Engagement Story! M aile McKinnon Jones Harris was born in Santa Monica, California, and will complete her BA in psychology at Boise State University this summer. As a CNA at St. Alphonsus in Boise, she has a passion for people and caring for those in need. Maile loves to travel and be near the ocean, and she enjoys spending time with friends and family. Justin Eugene Harris was born in Boise; is a graduate of Boise State University and works as a marketing manager for Globo Mobile Technologies, Inc. He has a passion for creative design and enjoys travel and spending time outdoors and with family and friends. Although Justin golfs, he shares that he loves golf more than golf loves him. Justin and Maile met soon after Justin moved back to his hometown of Boise in 2007, after having lived in Phoenix. He took a job as a loan officer at a local mortgage company in Eagle, Idaho, where Maile worked as a marketing representative. Justin’s proposal on May 25, 2012, was a complete surprise. He HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 45 spent a week in San Jose on business and flew Maile in on Friday for what was supposed to be an extended weekend in San Francisco. Instead, he drove the two to Point Lobos, a scenic seascape just south of Carmel, for a picnic and a hike along trails overlooking the ocean. Maile describes the scene. “As we approached Pinnacle Cove, the outermost point of Point Lobos, Justin knelt down to take a picture of me, but instead presented a ring he had been hiding in his pocket. I joyfully said ‘Yes!’ and at that moment a torrential downpour of rain forced us to take shelter under a nearby cypress tree. We talked about the ring and laughed about the timing of the rain! What was seemingly an unfortunate turn of events in the weather quickly turned into a breathtaking scene as clouds parted and the sun broke through.” The couple then spent an 46 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM unforgettable weekend in Monterey celebrating their engagement. The blissful couple tied the knot on February 21, 2014 in a lovely outdoor ceremony at Molokini Lookout in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii. The destination wedding location and date were selected as an escape from February in Boise. “We don’t ski or snowboard,” Maile notes. “As lovers of the sun and warm weather, the early months of January and February in Boise are typically filled with poor weather, inversions, overcast skies. We wanted to give ourselves something to look forward to, an anniversary and an excuse to celebrate and break up a time of year when we normally hibernate”. Maile’s bridesmaids were her sister-in-law, Nicole Jones, and friends Danielle Marcolina, Erica La’Shay, Sasha Rodriguez and Kelli Puga. Standing with Justin as groomsmen were lifelong friends Chris Rossi, Rob Blank, Riley Hickox, Joshua Bores and his new brother-in-law, Michael Jones. The wedding was the first trip to Hawaii for the bridal couple, who were surrounded by their closest friends and family, sharing such an amazing moment with very special people in their lives. Maile and Justin Available Exclusively at 921 West Jefferson Street, Downtown Boise 208.343.6151 | www.haldavis.com HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 47 reveal, “People ask about our wedding and we at the Sheraton Maui Resort next to the famous stumble over the words to describe how amazing Black Rock. A few of us jumped off the rock and it was. The weather, the backdrop, the people several of us played football in the water; all of around us, everything was perfect. From the day us relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company.” before the wedding that consisted of a day at Big For their honeymoon, on the second day fol- Beach in Wailea, a sunset whale-watch dinner lowing the wedding, Maile and Justin moved from cruise, an impromptu night swim in the Sheraton the Sheraton and checked into the Ritz-Carlton in Maui Resort pool followed by a footrace into the Kapalua. Justin shares, “We wanted a few days ocean, to the day of the wedding ceremony at to ourselves, to unwind and celebrate with each Molokini Lookout in Wailea, an incredible sunset other. We spent hours by the Ritz-Carlton pool, followed as we went to Mulligan’s on the Blue, took a zip line excursion, visited several of the an Irish pub that hosted our reception; to the beaches in the area, including DT Fleming Beach honeymoon we spent in Kapalua—it was all an and Honolua Bay. In the end, that time together incredible experience for us. was well needed. We’re so glad we took some “The day following our wedding was spent with the wedding party and guests on the beach 48 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM down time to absorb everything and reflect on all the great moments.” HLM HERLIFE HOROSCOPE star journeys With most of the planets falling into the East, most signs are going to have to exercise more patience than usual, but it’s summertime, and sitting back, chilling poolside isn’t a bad thing, right? Take this time and spend it with significant people in your life. The last half of the month will see more clarity returning to serve you up a wonderful solstice and a start to the summer heat. HLM by m e l o dy b u ssey Scorpio OCT. 23-NOV. 21 Taurus APR. 20-MAY 20 This month is all about conserving your energy and letting things unfold. If you try to push too hard, it will blow up in your face. Avoid power struggles and review personal goals, while Pluto (your Ruling planet) is in retrograde. Focus on your close relationships appreciating what you have as opposed to what you do not currently have. The planets are all giving you a cosmic thumbs up as far as your goals and dreams are concerned. Go full steam ahead, especially in the areas of home and love. Make sure to stick to a good and healthy diet, and don’t let others try to lower your self esteem because of it. You know what is good for you and, more importantly, for your long-term happiness. Sagittarius NOV. 22-DEC. 21 You may feel more adventurous and ambitious than usual due to many of the planets residing in the upper quadrant of your chart. This is a great time to use that energy to focus on career, wrap up major projects, and be careful of coming on too strong where your love life is concerned. Capricorn DEC. 22-JAN. 19 Adapt and overcome is the catchphrase for you this month. With two planets going retrograde in your money sector, you will be well advised to double check all decisions in this area. Spiritual developments may begin during this time, urging you to reestablish some balance in your life. Aquarius JAN. 20-FEB. 18 You are feeling some tensions arising from the push and pull of your family life versus your personal life. Make sure to strike a balance and to not give in to pressures to do otherwise. This is a month where you will have to exercise more than your fair share of patience if the peace is to be kept. Pisces FEB. 19-MAR. 20 Be good to yourself, as there may be some slight health or stress issues arising that will be with you until around the 21st of the month. Focus on home and family, taking care of necessary repairs. Aries MAR. 21-APR. 19 Although it may irritate you, follow the path of being a low-key individual for the first part of the month. This is because it will take some internal development before your goals will be ready to manifest themselves. You will be less able to go things alone, making it necessary to ask for help. 50 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Gemini MAY 21-JUNE 20 Although you may crave some clarity, you will have to be patient. This is because your ruling planet, Mercury, will go retrograde at the end of the month, leaving you slightly dubious about your direction. The Sun, Venus and Mars are going to be in your sign early in the month. They will bring energy, charm and courage to your endeavors. Cancer JUNE 21-JULY 23 Most of the planets are celebrating your birthday month by residing in your sector, which means that your feelings of independence and personal magnetism will be exceptional. Be careful of letting those feelings of invincibility go to your head, as after the 16th you may come on too strong for those around you. This is shaping up to be one of the happiest months you’ve had yet. Leo JULY 24-AUG. 22 This is the month for you to slow down and reassess your lifestyle. Are you creating conditions that create happiness for yourself? Those of you who are on a spiritual path will have an awakening this month, but don’t be so swept away by it that it impedes your judgment. Limit major social commitments until next month. Virgo AUG. 23-SEPT. 22 Fine tune your goals and objectives, and then launch into action next month. This is the time to become very clear in your mind about what it is that you want, and what it will take to make your ambitions a reality. Where love is concerned, take things slowly and don’t rush anything. Libra SEPT. 23-OCT. 22 As the planets shift from west to east this month you will notice a psychological shift that will cause you to crave your personal freedom and give you the added confidence to pursue career goals. Domestic disputes may erupt over finances, so prepare ahead of time how you will deal with this or prevent it from happening.
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