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 [...]

For Pete’s Take: Out of the Mouths of Babes

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

It has been fun watching my Grandson Dax begin to form sounds and at times, actual words. It has been even more fun watching his Mom and Dad debate why “Dad” came out of his little pie hole, I mean baby food hole, before he uttered “Mama.” After a few minutes of research, my daughter Riley will be pleased to know it is not for a lack of love for her but rather his front teeth coming in. You see, these “dental consonant” sounds are made when the tongue hits the back of the teeth. “Dada” Read more [...]

Queen of the Road

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

I love my job, but the greatest day for me is always a travel day, and it looks like I’m not alone. More than 3.2 billion out-of-state visitors traveled to Michigan last year, and analysts predict out-of-state travel is now on the rise as “Michiganders” plan to get out and hit the open road too. The travel bug hit me at an early age. I grew up as an Army Brat, moving on average every two to three years. I lived in Japan as a child, San Francisco during middle school — where it still Read more [...]

Showcasing the Latest in Home Design

Written by Kristine Richmond. Posted in Monthly Issues

Your chance to take a peek inside 21 beautifully designed, state-of-the-art new and remodeled homes is just around the corner at the 2014 Parade of Homes, presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing. Whether you’re tech-savvy or fashion-forward, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy. View the latest design trends from high-tech home automation and energy-efficiency to gourmet kitchens, dramatic stone floor to ceiling fireplaces, functional loft spaces and more. The Read more [...]

Crafting Fun with Rubber Bands

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

I think it might finally be happening … the weather is starting to break. The last few days when I have been outside I have actually seen the sun! I always get excited this time of year. I start thinking of new additions to add to my flowerbeds, which usually get’s my husband feeling slightly anxious. I was looking at my flowerbeds the other day and noticed lots of new growth. I began to imagine all of the flowers that will soon be there and that got me to thinking about this month’s DIY project. Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: The Price of Beauty

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

Eighty-two dollars. And that is just the tip of the iceberg on what I spent making myself look beach ready before actually heading to the beach this spring. I remember back in the day when getting spring-break ready meant throwing some lemon juice in my hair and hitting I-75 with my girlfriends in one of our parent’s cars. I knew that getting older would have its downfalls, but I truly never thought about how much money it would cost. With long hair, I could go months and months before Read more [...]

Sports Savvy: Talk the Tigers Talk

Written by Kristin Porter. Posted in Columns, Sports Savvy

Now that spring has arrived along with baseball season, I’m going to break down the newly-blossoming Tigers season for all the ladies who can talk the talk. And as it turns out, a lot of ladies know their baseball … women make up 45 percent of the sport’s very even-gendered fan base. But if you’re still a novice baseball fan, checkout the baseball jargon in bold .... you’ll sound like a pro in no time. I recently chatted with former Tigers Assistant GM, Dan Elve, who gave me an inside Read more [...]

A Mother’s Wish

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

When you look down into the face of a newborn, there is a sense of hope and wonder. You’re already thinking about who this child will be and how this person will relate to the world. As he or she grows, you witness the personality traits, intellect and style that shape how he will fit into society. After all, our goals as parents are to create socially responsible citizens who are loving and able to be a positive force in his community. I’m not overthinking this, am I? Didn’t every mom and Read more [...]

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 [...]


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