Get Pool Ready

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

Finally it’s here! That warm, sunny weather that we all have not-so-patiently been waiting for … the summer sun and fun always put me in a great mood. I mean, how can you not be happy when the sun is shining? I love being outdoors working in my flower gardens, playing with the kids and watching them ride their bikes in the driveway and of course, SWIMMING! My family spends most of the summer at my sister’s house. She has a pool, which means that my kids would like to live there if they could. For Read more [...]

Local Women: Monica M. Del Castillo

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Local Women, Monthly Issues

When she was only 5 years old, Monica M. Del Castillo emigrated from Havana, Cuba to the United States with her parents and three siblings. Her parents, Guillermo and Modesta Del Castillo, chose to move to America to give their children the chance to grow up in the land of freedom and opportunity. Del Castillo said, “Their courage to leave their families, their home and their culture, is something that I can appreciate so much more now that I’ve experienced what they left behind.” This past Read more [...]

Stay Happy (& Healthy) In The Heat

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

I’ve lived in Michigan my entire life and I really, really, really love this state. Four seasons to relish in, some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet and beautiful lakes. People who haven’t been to the mitten state are missing out on something spectacular! Admittedly, the winters around here are tough, but the payoff of spring, summer and fall are well worth it. Of course, if I were forced to pick a season, summer would be the winner. This. Is. My. Time. Of. Year. Summer takes on a Read more [...]

Queen of the Road: LOVE. Vegas Style

Written by Lisa Kost. Posted in Columns, Queen of the Road

What is there to love about Vegas? The answer is; it depends. Truth be known, I’ve been to Vegas a lot over the years, mostly because my husband plays in a pool (billiards) tournament every year, but also because there is something about the city I find strange and beautifully addictive. Where else can you see a naked nun, or an elderly couple speeding through a casino on matching scooters or a woman carrying a 40-pound headdress who is practically undressed? And in what other American city Read more [...]

Ready. Set. Let’s Take on the Summer

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

Carpe diem! Sometimes it’s easy to let life stand in your way — work, family and a crazy amount of responsibilities. It isn’t easy to find a place of positivity and seize the day. That’s right, I quoted Robin Williams’ character from Dead Poet’s Society to remind you that every day is a gift. When is the last time you worked diligently to ensure your free time was productive, rewarding and satisfying? I’m definitely a goal-oriented person. In everything I do, I need to envision Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: Renovation Revelation

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

I strongly dislike the smell of Bengay. And it happened to be that smell that pushed me near the brink of insanity last month as my hubby and I underwent a home improvement project. When we moved into our newly-built home two years ago, I know that a major selling point to Matt was the fact that the home was new. No stranger to home improvements, he often commented how great it would be to have a new home, and in turn, no looming home improvement projects. I wanted the house. The location Read more [...]

Goldfinger Honey Wheat Beer

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

When I was thinking about what would make a great DIY for the June issue, I thought it would be fun to have the DIY created by a man, seeing as this is who we are honoring this month. It didn’t take much persuasion to enlist the help of my husband and brother–in–law, as they have a new-found hobby of brewing home beer. Below is their latest brew. Now they just have to sit back and wait to enjoy their bounty. Happy Brewing! Supplies: Brew Pot Cooker Thermometer Funnel Fine Mesh Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: The Busy Backlash

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

Busy. How many times have you asked someone how they are and they answer with that word? Raise your hand if you’re guilty of doing the same. As someone who volunteers, works more than 40 hours a week and runs a household, I have felt it is my right to answer the standard “how are you doing?” question with that response. But lately there’s been a “busy” backlash. The backlash has led to some thought-provoking questions: What are you really telling someone when you say that? Read more [...]

Mother Flippin’: I Love You Too

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

By the time I open my eyes every morning, my husband is already awake and heading out of the room for his morning shower. If starting the day were a punch line, he would always beat me to it. I love my bed. More specifically, I love the quiet hour of the day between rest and running at full speed to keep up with my life. Slowly, the children trickle in for a cuddle and then off to get dressed for their day. It doesn’t help that the combination of my night owl affliction and evening commitments Read more [...]

The Men in Our Lives

Written by Taylor Kelsaw. Posted in Columns, Entertainment Alley

Some of us had wonderful fathers, who really loved us, and weren’t “donkeys” to quote “Kitchen Nightmares,” Gordon Ramsay. The men in our lives have influence over us whether we know it or not. Not always in the form of a dad, but a male figure that brought to us new adventures and exciting stories. Uncles, cousins, grand dads, brothers, best friends’ dads, husbands, best friends and teachers, i.e. the men in our lives, were and have always been our social studies life testers. Their Read more [...]

Dedicated Dads Deserve Praise

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

I love June for many reasons. We get warmer weather, the grass is green and flowers are blooming, it’s time for cocktails on the patio with friends and we celebrate the men in our lives, because at CAWLM … we can. All during the year I make mental notes of all the wonderful men I want to celebrate beginning with someone I don’t get to see very often. I make the trek to Arizona a couple of times per year. When I’m there I’m not visiting my favorite spa or seeing the Grand Canyon. Nope. Read more [...]

Make This the Summer of Self-Acceptance

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

If you read my column regularly, you’ve heard me mention the transformation I’ve undergone over the past year. I found my body’s calling in Bikram Yoga, cleaned up my diet and lost over 30 pounds. I did this for a multitude of reasons, including a family history of high blood pressure and heart disease. I weigh the same amount as I did nine years ago when I ran the Chicago marathon. I feel strong, fit and confident. I don’t fit media standards of thinness, by any stretch of the imagination, Read more [...]


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