Home Sweet Home Means …

Written by Taylor Kelsaw. Posted in Columns, Entertainment Alley

Home is often where I make my best decisions about everything in my life, because I am in my own comfort zone relaxing in a safe environment of space and familiarity. I have always believed that a home is a place where we all can reflect on some of our fondest memories growing up. Remember and try to never forget your parents’ home and how you began to discover a lot about who you have now become. I think that we all want to remember home as a place of protected peace and tranquility. I wish Read more [...]

The Reality of Renovations

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

There are many of you out there who have taken on the momentous task of either building a new home or going through renovations. Now, I’m a renovation company’s dream. I grow very tired of my surroundings quickly and am always looking for my next renovation fix. When you come to my house, you’re not going to find many antique family heirlooms (unfortunately). I buy somewhat inexpensive furniture and when I grow weary of it, I pass it on to someone who will love it. I have made it through Read more [...]

Fall Into a Fresh Wardrobe

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

Fall is here! Isn’t it wonderful? The crisp weather, football games, sweaters, boots and pumpkin-flavored everything. Don’t get me wrong — I said goodbye to summer with more than my fair share of sadness. But we must admit … Michigan really does autumn well. If you read my column regularly, you know that I recommend that you take some time this month to transition your wardrobe. Evaluate what pieces you can bring into fall and winter, and pack away those you can’t. Of course, really Read more [...]

Good News for October 2013

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Good News, Monthly Issues

Region’s Best Young Professionals Recognized at 10 Over the Next Ten Awards The greater Lansing region’s top young professionals who are expected to contribute significantly to our community over the next 10 years were recognized at the 10 Over the Next Ten awards held Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the University Club of Michigan State University. The seventh annual event was co-hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) and Grand River Connection. Following are the recipients Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: Custom Closet Dreams

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

It’s my belief that you haven’t lived — or truly experienced the joys of marriage — until you’ve had to have your spouse paged at Home Depot. Let me back up. When Matt and I were first married we moved into a home that needed a bit of work. In trade for a significant discount on rent, the owner of the home let us dig in and try our hand at home renovations. We (mostly Matt) removed wallpaper, painted, repaired drywall, built a deck, replaced shingles on the roof, installed a new Read more [...]

Mother Flippin’: Deep in the Heart of … Michigan

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

February is a cruel month to move from Texas to Michigan. 2001 was no exception to that rule. A blizzard had beaten me here and met me at the bus stop. As soon as I stepped outside, my nose hairs began to freeze and the need for winter socks was impressed upon me with no uncertainty. Twelve years and countless pairs of thick socks later and I am knocking on the door of living in Lansing, Mich. longer than I lived in my home town of El Paso, Texas. I am hanging on the precipice of becoming — Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: Mixing Metaphors

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

There’s lots of things our “significant others” bring to our relationships that make us smile and glad they’re in our life. For me, it’s the little things Brenda does that make me smile. The way she wages a one woman “war against the bugs eating her roses.” Or, how she sings when she mows our lawn. I call it Karaoke lawn mowing, but whatever it is, she and Rihanna get our lawn done in no time. The list goes on but the single most endearing, charming and downright funniest thing my Read more [...]

CADSA Supports Local Families, Looks to Future Growth

Written by Ami Iceman. Posted in Monthly Issues

As Katie plays happily in the corner with her brother Jack and Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle photographer, Mary, her heartwarming laughter fills the room and her smile spans from ear to ear. Like any child, Katie enjoys playtime, her afternoon snack and snuggling with her parents on the couch. Katie also has Down syndrome, but this handicap is only one part of the adorable little blonde and her parents agree that it will not be the part that defines her. “We talked about this before Katie Read more [...]

A Spooktacular DIY Project

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

Witches, goblins and ghosts! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. My daughter and I love to decorate the house with every spooky decoration we can find. We decorate the inside and even the outdoors for the big night when trick–or-treaters make their way to our spooktacular haunted house. With this month’s DIY craft you can create ghosts for the inside of your home or you can use them outside. Tie fishing line to your ghost and hang to create a dancing effect. This DIY ghost is easy and Read more [...]

Creative Calendar

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

Like most people, I love to pin. I am ADDICTED to Pinterest and one of my favorite things to pin is craft ideas. So, while perusing the other day, I stumbled across this cute idea for a calendar. I thought this was perfect for this month’s DIY as the theme is She Means Business. What busy mom, student, business woman, etc. couldn’t find value in an adorable calendar? If you, like me, love to pin and re-create, send me a picture of your work to jaime@m3group.biz. I always love to see what others Read more [...]

The Business of Casual Dressing

Written by Emily Caswell. Posted in Fashion, Features, Monthly Issues

Each year when our She Means Business issue comes out, we here at Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine gather a selection of classic business attire. This year, however, we got thinking. There are plenty of women who mean business and don’t wear suits. In fact, some mean business in the athletic world and some mean business all while wearing casual wear. For a few selections of out-of-the-box business attire, we turned to our friends at Playmakers. Here is what they came up with. Running Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: She Means Business

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

When I look back at all the women who have “meant business” in my life it’s a long and illustrious list. I’m not talking business as in the running a business or managing people business. I mean the “kid you better straighten up” business. As in —“no funny business.” Here is short list of some of the “Business Women” who impacted my life in some small way. I have to start with my Grandma Loretta. One hundred percent Irish, she was born, raised and lived her entire life surrounded Read more [...]


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