Build a Better Bag

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

With this month being our clean, green issue I wanted to share with you an easy-to-do craft that can help you be more “green.” Thanks to this craft you can say goodbye to plastic bags and enjoy these reusable ones instead. You can use the bags every day and do away with hundreds of dollars in plastic bags. The reusable bags can be made in a variety of sizes. The bags are perfect for snacks, sandwiches and cosmetics or any other item you would put in a plastic bag. My bags are made from Read more [...]

Hollywood Goes Green … and so can you!

Written by Taylor Kelsaw. Posted in Columns, Entertainment Alley

Well it’s that time again here at Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine that we reach out to you to discuss your green card, no, not your citizenship status in the United States, but what have you been up to with lessoning your non-eco friendly footprint? Have you thought about what it is you do on a daily basis that decreases our planet’s sustainability? Leonardo DiCaprio said, “It’s about getting people to understand that every time you pay for something, you’re essentially endorsing Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: It’s Not Easy (Or Pretty) Being Green

Written by Emily Caswell. Posted in Columns, With a Capital Em

A trip to France. A huge tax return. A luxury vehicle. Sounds like a nice line up, huh? Unfortunately, these things aren’t mine. They are just a few of the things that have caused me to go green in the past month or so. And not the good kind of green where you load up all of your paper goods into a large bin and place it roadside, the bad kind of green — the envious kind. It’s a major character flaw for sure, but the truth is, I’m a jealous person. With age, I’ve luckily increased Read more [...]

Shop Smart This Spring

Written by Shelley Davis Mielock. Posted in Columns, Image Focus

I started my career in the banking industry many, many years ago. I had an entry-level position and this was in the “good old days” when professional dress was the standard. Building a wardrobe on a shoestring budget was not easy, especially as a single mom who was putting herself through college. Like many others, I was lured by the mighty price tag and could hardly resist a bargain. While this was good in theory, I missed considering a very important line item that comes along with professional Read more [...]

Mother Flippin’: Saving Strays and Throwaways

Written by Tashmica Torok. Posted in Columns, Mother Flippin'

A few weeks ago, I found myself with a dog’s sleeping face cradled in my hands. My son and I were volunteering at the Capital Area Humane Society when we happened upon a dog shaking in her kennel. Sasha was a medium-sized dog with short, black fur and a thin tail that was curled up tightly beneath her shaking legs as she lay on the floor. We slowly ventured into her space and began the canine formalities of cautiously letting her smell our hands as we approached her. I knelt down next to her Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: No More Snow

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

Who’s ready spring? Can I see a show of hands? Coming off one of the coldest and snowiest winters in Michigan’s history, I bet I would see a lot of hands. Ready to trade in your snow shovel for a rake? Your snow blower for the lawn mower? I bet you forgot what your lawn looks like. How about we trade in the Polar Vortex for a Solar Vortex? The first day of spring was a few weeks ago, most of us thought it would never get here. With the arrival of spring, we can turn to warmer thoughts and Read more [...]

A Pet’s Tale: Go Green With Your Pet Products

Written by Meg Bashore. Posted in Columns

Welcome to A Pet’s Tale! Every other month I will answer your pet questions right here in the pages of Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine. As an avid pet lover (I currently have three pets and they are my babies) and long-time team member at Soldan’s Pet Supplies, I am excited to share my expertise with other pet lovers. Send your questions to meg@cawlm.com. Q. Although the days are getting longer, I still worry about drivers being able to see my dog and I as we walk through the neighborhood. Read more [...]

Narrowing the Generation Gap

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

Over the last year, I’ve found myself complaining about the younger generation. I know … I know … everyone has a thing or two to say about those little whippersnappers. I’ve said things like they “feel entitled” and have “little initiative” and frankly, I have been a bit disappointed in their work ethic. I’m not trying to generalize, but it feels like the older I get, the younger generation’s symptoms get worse. You think there might be a direct correlation with my age? Nah … Because Read more [...]

Go Green with Douglas J for Earth Month

Written by Kristine Richmond. Posted in Columns

In honor of Earth Day, Douglas J has set aside the entire month of April to celebrate and raise funds to support clean water projects through the Alliance for the Great Lakes, the oldest Great Lakes organization devoted 100 percent to the lakes. “The five Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world’s fresh water, providing drinking water to more than 40 million people,” said Scott Weaver, President of Douglas J Companies. “Threats to the Great Lakes today can range from pollution and Read more [...]

Crafting With the Luck O’ the Irish

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in DIY

Get in the festive spirit with this Clothes Pin Quick Craft for St. Patty’s Day. I don’t know if I am alone in this or not, but I feel like I have decorations for just about every holiday except St. Patrick’s Day. I decided this year that I was bound to have something to celebrate the day and so yes, I went to my old standby Pinterest and started searching for ideas. When I came upon this cute little clothes pin wreath, I knew that I had found what I was looking for. So cute, so simple, so Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: Time to Pay the Tanning Toll

Written by Emily Caswell. Posted in Columns, With a Capital Em

As far as vices go, I have to think that the tanning salon is hardly the worst. Yet, as I embark on what I am going to fondly call, The Moley Grail Removal, I am cursing myself for each and every time I lathered up and baked. That’s a lie. I loved each and every time and even right now as I type this column I’d much rather be in a tanning bed. But when I went in for my physical this year and the doc took note of a super-dark mole on my back, I decided it is probably better to be safe Read more [...]

Food for Thought … on Food

Written by Shelley Davis Mielock. Posted in Columns, Image Focus

Like many women, I sometimes have a dysfunctional relationship with food. It’s sad really since it’s something we all must have to survive. Some days, it’s nothing more than the fuel I need to keep myself moving forward productively. Other days it is my best friend, giving me comfort and temporarily taking away the blues. This pattern is not unique to me, and it is equally as vexing to others I know who are prone to this vicious cycle. I am a huge proponent of healthy living and goal setting, Read more [...]

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