Countdown to the Holidays

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

For this month’s DIY Quick craft I chose to make something that would be inexpensive and easy. We love to countdown the days until Christmas in our home. That is where my inspiration came from. I got a little crazy with chalkboard paint and painted plates, plate chargers and wine glasses. I decided to paint the inside of the charger plate and the base of the wine glasses with the chalkboard paint. The plate will be used for a decoration to show the "Countdown to Christmas" and the wine Read more [...]

Annie, A Wharton Center Feature

Written by Kalynne McIntyre. Posted in Monthly Issues

Our favorite redheaded orphan is back! Don’t miss Annie, featured at the Wharton Center Tuesday, Dec. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 21. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, this production of Annie will be a fresh take on the beloved original. Full of courage and positivity, Annie is set on finding her parents, who abandoned her as a baby on the doorstep of a local orphanage run by the uncaring, bitter Miss Hannigan. With some help and a lot of luck, Annie escapes the orphanage Read more [...]

Roma Bakery Owner Celebrates Release of New Cookbook

Written by Kristine Richmond. Posted in Columns, From Italy With Love

Roma Bakery & Deli has delighted customers with delicious, homemade Italian fare for more than 45 years. For owners, Sostine and Filomena Castriciano, their customers are the inspiration behind their cooking and baking. It is not uncommon to see Filomena, or Mena as she likes to be called, sharing recipes with a customer over coffee or telling stories about her early life back in Italy. It’s her genuine warmth and interest in every person who walks through the door that brings customers back Read more [...]

Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care

Written by Kalynne McIntyre. Posted in Monthly Issues

Sometimes the best things start out as something small. Both Rose Zack and Donna Oade have spent their lives volunteering in the Greater Lansing community. Just when they began looking around for their next project, they began to hear of a local women’s group in Jackson, Mich. called ‘100 Women Who Care’ that was doing great things. 100 Women Who Care meets four times a year, with each meeting lasting one hour. Each member agrees to commit to one year at a time, which involves donating Read more [...]

Women are Complicated, our Lives are a Combination of so Many Things

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

As a woman who has worked for the better part of my life, I feel a certain responsibility to help the next generation of females succeed. I try to find ways to impart the things I’ve learned over the years so they can benefit from the experience. After all, there is no reason for any one to take on the bumps unnecessarily. Over the last few weeks, I had two women approach me — not about the plight of women in the workplace with male counterparts — but about how women are becoming more and Read more [...]

Sparrow Hospital Guild Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Written by Deborah Ginsburg. Posted in City Spotlight, Columns

Not many organizations reach 90 years of existence, so hitting that milestone is something to celebrate. And that’s exactly what the 90-year-old Sparrow Hospital Guild did this fall. This group of dedicated women have spent the past 90 years, true to their mission; raising money to support Sparrow Hospital. To date, Sparrow Guild has raised over $1.2 million in support of patient care at Sparrow. To mark their 90th Anniversary a celebration was held Friday evening Oct. 10, at the home of Read more [...]

Where’s that 1950′s Man

Written by CatriceLane. Posted in Adventures in Dating, Columns, Monthly Issues

As a 30-something, single female I’d like to settle down without having to settle for less. Shopping and wine nights are fun (even better if I can do them both at the same time) but I’m surrounded by married or happily married folks all day (btw there is a difference). The question I ask myself; “where’s that man with the 1950s style and charm?” My dating sense has been influenced by an amazing father who had a ton of advice about the type of man I should marry. Dad (God rest his soul), Read more [...]

DIY Quick Crafts

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

I love Christmas time. It is my most FAVORITE time of the year. I love all of the excitement and wonder of the season. The way my kids get excited making out their Christmas lists and talking about Santa. Snuggling on the couch sipping hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies. Decorating Christmas cookies and making chocolate covered pretzels, these are Santa’s favorite at the Hardesty house. And, of course all of the holiday parties. For this month’s DIY I decided to make some Christmas Read more [...]

Erin McDonough Life Well-balanced

Written by Ami Iceman. Posted in Cover Stories, Monthly Issues

As a mom to a 15-month-old and President and CEO of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association, Erin McDonough isn’t worried about finding a balance between the two worlds, her only concern is being the best she can be at both. Appointed President and CEO of The Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA) three months ago, McDonough is settling into her new role and learning everything she can about the trade. “I’m learning to understand everything, but more importantly I am learning to explain Read more [...]

Girl Geeks Embrace Their Passion for Tech … Together

Written by Kristine Richmond. Posted in Girl Geeks, Monthly Issues

Lansing was privileged to host Michigan’s first-ever Maker Week and the Midwest’s first Startup Weekend: Maker Edition from Oct. 6 through 12. This week-long event provided an avenue for people to explore their inner maker, that passion to find or do something new and different. A line up of tours, hands-on projects and guest speakers in areas that included food and drink, textiles and apparel, and 3D printing, electronics and programming took place around the city, all organized by the Lansing Read more [...]

Local Women: Linda Parkinson

Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Local Women, Monthly Issues

Jump into Jazzercise Linda Parkinson Owner of DeWitt Jazzercise Linda Parkinson encourages everyone to take the time to make their health a priority, saying that it is a matter of balance. She is the mother of three grown kids, has a full-time job and owns DeWitt Jazzercise still, she thinks she’s found a good balance in her life. Parkinson has been involved in the fitness industry around the greater Lansing area for many years. She became passionate about health and fitness because of the Read more [...]

5 Tips for Stress-Free Travel

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

If you are one of the millions of people who will travel this holiday season, these few tips could save you time and possibly your sanity. 1. Trade the Gifts for Travel In 2010, I decided to forgo the commercial trappings of Christmas and gave my family a trip instead. I scored a “rent by owner” on and ended up on an island in the Bahamas and on the trip of a lifetime. Suffice it to say, I planned this outing right on the “edge of my comfort zone,” complete with a small plane, Read more [...]


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