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 [...]

For Pete’s Take: A Man’s Place

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

Mom had her kitchen and Dad had his grill. Outside of the holidays and those rare occasions when Mom went to her friend’s for bridge club, Dad rarely ventured into the kitchen to prepare a meal. Grab a beer from the fridge, yes. Make a meal that’s waiting for his family’s arrival, no. That’s one of those socio-economic trends most sited, men went to work and women stayed home with the kids. Those days are long gone with career-oriented women in the workforce for decades. Having Dad in Read more [...]

Sports Savvy: Tips to Turn Your March Madness Bracket Into Mad Money

Written by Kristin Porter. Posted in Columns, Monthly Issues, Sports Savvy

It's coming. The day when your office-mates turn into competitive, know-it-all gamblers, hiding the live CBS Sports feed on their smart phones. March Madness, college basketball's championship tournament, is here. This year is different though. Multi-billionaire, Warren Buffett, is offering $1 billion to any person who correctly picks the winner of every game. Whether you're a knowledgeable fan or just wondering what all the hype is about, this is the year to join the 60 percent of Americans Read more [...]

A Healthy Obsession

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

No one can deny that we’ve turned into an all or nothing society. We are addicted to having more fun, eating healthier (or not), getting more or newer technology, finding more time … well, you get the picture. I’m not immune to this phenomenon. I’m the first to admit that I might have a problem. When I get involved in something I have a tendency to take it to the extreme. I’ve been known to begin a workout routine and fad diet and obsess over it to the point where I drive myself and Read more [...]

A Pet’s Tale: Pooch Protection and More

Written by Meg Bashore. Posted in A Pet's Tale, Columns, Features

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. I've adopted a shelter pet who's been abused. He's coming around, but do you have some suggestions for building trust with Read more [...]

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