Already in Love with 2014

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

It’s taken a few weeks but I’m officially excited about 2014. Maybe it was the crazy weather that held things up for me or it could have been the late rebound from the holiday shenanigans (I’m getting older after all) or the heavier than usual workload over the last few weeks of last year, but now I’m ready. This year has the potential to be the best year yet. In fact, my optimism cup is definitely overflowing right now. I know you might be saying that it’s dramatically cold outside Read more [...]

Lights, Camera, the Oscars!

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Monthly Issues

Have you ever wished that you could experience the glitz and glamour of a celebrity without breaking your bank? This Valentine’s Day, treat your sweetie to a special evening out by listening to music that has been featured in the most noteworthy films throughout the ages. With Oscar season just around the corner, there is no better time to celebrate the films that we all know and love. The greater Lansing Symphony’s program titled, “Lights, Camera… The Oscars!” will take place at 8 p.m. Read more [...]

Local Women: Stephanie Milosavlevski

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

Stephanie Milosavlevski Certified Financial Planner Stephanie Milosavlevski is a Certified Financial Planner who specializes in addressing the challenges that women in the workplace face. As a working professional, Milosavlevski understands that it’s difficult to keep up with the daily demands of an active schedule and still have enough time for managing finances. But working together with her clients, she can help people gain control and feel more confident about their financial future. Milosavlevski Read more [...]

A Sweet Treat for Valentine’s Day

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

My daughter just turned 11 … yep she is growing up! I think these are the tween years. When she was in elementary school we would always have so much fun picking out cute Valentine’s Day cards for her to exchange with her classmates. Now that she is getting older, I’m not sure they exchange the cute cartoon or kitty cat valentines in middle school. I do know she will probably still want to give sweet treats to her close friends and I will encourage her to give her teachers a little something Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: Heart Strong

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

I came prepared with a list … and a lot wine. As someone in my 30s I’ve nearly perfected the art of “the talk” with a heartbroken friend. So, when I woke up to a text from a friend in need, asking if we could do dinner that night to talk, I knew I had to be prepared. For her, a list was necessary. If the ups and downs of relationships have taught me anything, it’s that heartache is The. Worst. And being a typical Type A person, the way I deal with problems — either at the office Read more [...]

Why the Heart Matters

Written by Taylor Kelsaw. Posted in Columns, Entertainment Alley

The heart is one of our most fragile and vital organs. Without it, we are unable to pump blood throughout our bodies reaching other necessary organs. The heart is divided into four main chambers: the two upper chambers are called the left atrium and the right atrium (plural atria) and the two lower chambers are called the right and the left ventricle. There is a thick wall of muscle separating the right side and the left side of the heart called the septum. Normally with each heartbeat, the right Read more [...]

Tips to Avoid a Fashion Funk

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

I’ve been in a funk lately. Not a “I’m in a bad mood” funk, or a “I’m stuck in a rut” funk, not even a “I’m sick of this weather” funk. The funk I am in is much more serious than that. I’ve been in a SHOPPING FUNK! That’s right — I’ve been having trouble buying new clothes and shoes. I’m trying to figure out how and when I got here and I just can’t put my finger on it. I’ve certainly spent time at stores, and a few things have even caught my eye. But when push comes Read more [...]

Mother Flippin’: Love Lets Go

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

When my baby sister called to tell me that she had enlisted in the military, my heart jumped into my throat. Well, it might’ve if I wasn’t vocalizing my objections so adamantly. It was a speech of conflicting sentiments as I tried to validate her right to make her own decision while voicing my displeasure in the one she had made. I was trying to stand on both sides of the street and it wasn’t working. She passed the phone to my father who I ribbed for not preventing her enlistment. My Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: Olympic Dreams

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

This February, an event that happens every four years is about to begin again. I’m not referring to taking my wife out to a movie in an actual theater, I’m speaking of the Winter Olympics that takes place in Sochi, Russia. Twenty-five hundred athletes, representing 86 countries, will compete in close to 100 events over a two week period. Many of the events are thrilling and glamorous like downhill skiing and figure skating to name just a few. But the sport that I get excited about, and can Read more [...]

DIY: New Year Notebook

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

What better way to start your New Year off then to help organize yourself with a fun little notebook. I have always loved the Moleskine notebooks. With their fun colors and their slim design, these notebooks are perfect to carry in your bag and use for jotting notes when needed. And I’m sure you can guess what I am going to say next … yes, I saw this cute idea on Pinterest - to embroider the cover of your notebook. I thought this would be a perfect craft for this month’s DIY and January’s Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: Winter Woman

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

I don’t remember the first time I realized that I didn’t love winter. But I can remember the first time I realized that it’s much better to embrace winter (as it comes year after year) than fight it. It was a cold and wintry Saturday. Matt and I were standing on a frozen lake in our hometown. Were people ice skating? No. Playing hockey? Nope. They were playing softball. You read that right. Our hometown hosts an annual fundraising softball on ice game. And although I had spent a good 27 Read more [...]

For Pete’s Sake: Resolutions

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

Yup, it’s that time of year when our thoughts turn from the visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads to the reality of them sitting on our waistline. So begins the list of New Year’s Resolutions most of us started mentally last month after the second ham sandwich and third mug of eggnog. The origin of making New Year’s resolutions dates back to the ancient Babylonians who made promises at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. I bet you were Read more [...]

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