Archive for February, 2012

Good News March 2012

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Features, Good News

Burcham Hills appoints new board members David Brower of East Lansing and Patricia Munshaw of Lansing have been appointed to the Burcham Hills Retirement Community Board of Trustees. Brower is the former assistant vice president and chief financial officer of administrative services at Michigan State University. Since 1993, Munshaw has been an independent contractor and consultant for physician recruitment on behalf of Ingham Regional Medical Center, Michigan State University College of Human Read more [...]

It’s my Birthday and I’ll dance if I Want (or Have) to

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

I guess it could be said that everyone is a foodie in one way or another. I mean we all have to eat, right? I have always had a love/hate relationship with food. Of course, who doesn’t enjoy amazing options for your palate, but I have to say that too much of a good thing can definitely end up bad. It’s tough to make great healthy food options. They are certainly available, but with busy schedules who has the time to cook well-balanced, organic meals that you can be really proud of. Okay, there Read more [...]

Catholic Women’s Club

Written by Brandon Kirby. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

When a representative of the City Rescue Mission of Lansing came to speak at a Catholic Women’s Club luncheon, it was an eye-opening experience for many members. Without any prompt, a collection went around because of the immediate impact the representative had on the women. “He was a great example of Christian stewardship,” said Jean Merrill, the parliamentarian of the Catholic Women’s Club. “He is doing his work because he believes it’s what God wants him to do, and this is his way Read more [...]

Chef Chic

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Fashion, Features

We here at Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine are pretty convinced that you can include fashion into every aspect of your life. Case in point: the adorable aprons and kitchen accessory combinations available these days. We’ve picked out three looks that fit a variety of color palates and styles, so that when you’re getting your foodie on, you can look good doing it. All pieces available at World Market. Rise and Shine Bright, bold colors and a touch of farm fun make this Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: Prepping Priorities … Not Meals

Written by Emily Caswell. Posted in Columns

I have a request. When I walk into your party with my football-shaped slow cooker filled with queso dip ala Velveeta Cheese and Rotel, pretty please, act impressed. You see I am not a terrific cook and by no means a foodie, but dear lord do I try. Wait that’s not true, I tend to be good at things I actually try — cooking, however gets about 10 percent of my effort on any given day. There are days when I want nothing more than to be one of those women who can walk into a kitchen and whip Read more [...]

Local Women: Barb Whitney

Written by Brandon Kirby. Posted in Local Women, Monthly Issues

Barb Whitney has been program manager at the Lansing Art Gallery since last year and has been involved with the gallery for eight years. As program manager and an artist herself, Whitney knows both sides of the art business. She takes pride in her work at the gallery, especially with the established and innovative education programs they offer. Q: How long have you been with the Lansing Art Gallery? How did you get started? A: This is my eighth year at the gallery. I had recently relocated to Read more [...]

Local Women: Celeste Hude

Written by Brandon Kirby. Posted in Local Women, Monthly Issues

From growing up watching her mother and grandmother work with lace and linen, Celeste Hude grew passionate about hand-crafted fabrics. She has a shop, the Victorian Tailor, set up inside the Maple Street Mall in downtown Mason where she sells clothing. You can visit her online to find out more at Q: Tell me how you got into working with antique linen and lace. A: It all started when I was 9 years old. My mother was a beautiful seamstress, and my grandmother was a milliner Read more [...]

Local Women: Millie Heinz

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Local Women, Monthly Issues

Millie Heinz is a self-proclaimed bra lady. She is dedicated to helping women feel great about themselves, starting with the fit and support of their undergarment. She is a certified bra fitter and representative of Essential Bodywear based in Michigan. For more information, visit her online at or email her at Q: Tell me about Essential Bodywear. A: It is a Michigan-based women-owned company. They were founded eight years ago, Read more [...]

Local Women: Sandi Solomon

Written by Brandon Kirby. Posted in Local Women

Sandi Solomon loves helping people and thrives from getting people to be successful. Her intuitive ability to coach people on relationships led her to start her own company in 2008 called Divine Connections. Through her company she puts on local meet-and-greet events. For more information, visit Q: Tell me about your business, Divine Connections. A: First off, the name I came up with comes from my Christian foundation and family values. I’ve always wanted to connect Read more [...]

The Vow

Written by Colette Evangelista. Posted in Features, Movie Review

What is the perfect recipe for a great romantic movie? Does it need to be sappy and predictable? How about its ability to make us weepy? Do we want over-the-top gestures of love that make us sigh to the depths of our soul? I don’t know. I usually like them all, which doesn’t make me much of a critic. At this point, when it comes to Nicholas Sparks’s movies, I feel like I should just have a punch card. I know I am not going to be disappointed. Will there be a solid story line? Check. Will Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: One Foot of Heaven

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns

When I learned this issue was our “food” issue I thought of visiting a typical sit-down restaurant and writing a review of my experience. Then I saw the light and came up with a better idea. Nothing ecclesiastical here, the light I saw was the “open” sign for Bell’s Greek Pizza, an East Lansing institution for more than 40 years. It’s like getting religion of the Grinder kind. Habib Jarwan is the owner of Bell’s and he likes to call it “the last, first pizza place” left in EL. Read more [...]

Cleaning Out Those Tolerations

Written by Susan Combs. Posted in Business Coach, Features

As we say goodbye to winter this month (hopefully!), our thoughts turn eagerly to spring. And with the beginning of spring, some of us feel the urge to do a little spring cleaning. This month I offer you the coaching version of spring cleaning — reducing your tolerations. “Tolerations” was a word that cropped up early in the coaching world thanks to one of the profession’s pioneers, the late Thomas Leonard. In his seminal book, The Portable Coach: 28 Surefire Strategies for Business and Read more [...]


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