Archive for July, 2011

Make Your Vacation Home Dreams A Reality

Written by Cynthia Garza. Posted in Features, Financial Facts, Monthly Issues, Personal Growth

Imagine a summer filled with beautiful sunsets, no television, sandy floors and happy, tired children. A vacation home can provide families with a place to re-charge, build memories and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. It’s a timeless summer experience. If you’re considering purchasing a vacation home, you’ll be happy to know that there are many mortgage options available for you. However, it’s important to carefully review the financing options that are available. Here are a few common Read more [...]

It’s time for you to really #MeetMichigan

Written by Tiffany Dowling. Posted in Columns, From the Publisher

There are so many things that define us. If I had to make a list about myself, I would definitely add that I’m a tried and true Michigander. It’s always amazing (and disappointing) to me when I travel around the country and people make disparaging remarks about our great state. I tell people where ever I am that they don’t know the true Michigan — it’s beautiful, the people are hardworking and Midwest-nice. It’s not their fault that they only hear the negative news through media or from Read more [...]

Sierra Rose Farms: Putting One Hoof in Front of the Other

Written by Brandon Kirby. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

A place for horse-riding lessons, camps and birthday parties, Sierra Rose Farms is also a place for people to change their lives forever. Sierra Rose Farms in Dewitt implemented a program in 2001 for kids to familiarize themselves with horses. Soon after, Lee Ann Hull, co-executive director and president, began hearing from parents, teachers, schools and others in the community about how their program was helping kids become better citizens and have more self-confidence. “Someone Read more [...]

Suit Up! Sizzle While you Splash this Summer

Written by Emily Caswell. Posted in Fashion, Monthly Issues

If the staff at Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine had a choice we’d be pool side or lying out at the beach all summer. Okay, well maybe not all summer — we’d miss all of you way too much. Still, it’s no secret that some of us will be spending the majority of our spare time sunny-side up. And of course, we’ll be doing so in style. Here are a few of our favorite looks to make you sizzle while you splash! This tankini, with ring detail on top and printed detail on bottom, is perfect Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: Over the Edge

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns

Editor’s Note: We like to make our columnists work for their space, so when The Team Lansing Foundation asked us to send a member of our crew Over the Edge we sent Pete, giving him the adventure of a lifetime (our opinion, not his.) Visit ( for more info. June 3, 2011 12:30 p.m. Walking on Seymour Avenue I can see Boji Tower in the distance. At this point, the tallest building in Lansing does not seem so imposing. But as I draw nearer I wonder, how tall would a building Read more [...]

What’s Your Story?

Written by Susan Combs. Posted in Business Coach, Features, Personal Growth

For the past two summers I’ve been fortunate to be a coach partner with Wayne State University’s Employment Transition Program. This innovative program combines training (resume writing, interviewing, etc.) with support, including four one-on-one, individualized coaching sessions with an experienced career coach. The program participants are white-collar professionals who are unemployed or underemployed and seeking to get back into the workplace. One tool I often used with these clients was Read more [...]


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