Zaytoon Mediterranean

Written by Colette Evangelista. Posted in Features, Restaurant Review

Zaytoon is so cute. On top of that, the authentic, Middle Eastern food is really good, fresh and delicious. It seems like the perfect place to have lunch with friends or colleagues or a “go-to” relaxed weeknight dinner with no dishes to wash. Should we start with cute? Zaytoon just has this upbeat vibe. It is light and bright. Augmenting the cuteness, as Zaytoon is a family-owned restaurant, was the family filling the place. It was one of the children’s birthdays the afternoon we stopped Read more [...]

Summer Fun on a Budget: How to Capitalize on Social Media Savings

Written by Sarah Bohan. Posted in Features, Financial Facts

With summer in full swing and enough warm weather to go around, what better time than now to throw a summer party? From pool parties, to bonfires, to luaus, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the season. Although there are many options for festivities, we should keep our budgets in mind when throwing the perfect summer party. Lucky for us, we live in an age where information is at our fingertips. Many of us can even spend hours at a time perusing the web searching for just about anything. Read more [...]

Good News for August 2014

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Features, Good News

HBA of Greater Lansing Proactively Addresses Worker Shortage Skilled trades are vital to Michigan’s economy. Future trends indicate an increasing demand for skilled trades workers, yet there is a growing concern by businesses that there is a shortage of workers in the labor market. The Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing is proactively addressing this issue by bringing together member businesses to form a Workforce Development Committee. “Greater Lansing’s residential housing Read more [...]


Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Features, Movie Review

Tammy is the newest comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, best known for her roles in such films as The Heat and Bridesmaids. The movie begins with Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) driving to work. Once she gets there, she’s fired for showing up late one too many times to her fast food job at Topper Jacks. Distraught, Tammy proceeds to hit a deer on her way home. To top off an already miserable day, she arrives at home to find her husband, Greg (Nat Faxon), with the woman next door (Toni Collette) eating Read more [...]

Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

Since its creation in 1992, the Michigan Food and Farm Alliance’s (MOFFA) daily mission has been to “promote organic agriculture and the development and support of food systems that revitalize and sustain local communities.” Longtime healthy environmental advocate and MOFFA president, John Hooper said, “We strongly believe that our future as a species and as a planet is totally dependent on the health of the soil and the air and the water.” MOFFA was one of the first organizations Read more [...]

Back to School Cool

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Fashion, Features

As excited as we get for summer fashion, there is something even more exciting about Back to School shopping. Since the ladies here at Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine had to officially give that up years ago, we look to our little ones for an excuse to hit the stores this time of year. Here is what two of the CAWLM moms are dressing their little ones in this fall. A Funky Fit Grace Hardesty Age: 10 Mom: Jaime Hardesty Grace is entering the fifth grade this year and likes to be Read more [...]

Physical Therapy Practice Helps Clients Reach Their Peak Performance

Written by Ann Cool. Posted in Business Profile, Features

Whether you’re a school child injured in a sports activity or a retiree dealing with joint pain or anywhere in between, you’ll likely find relief and rejuvenation from a relatively new physical therapy practice in town. Peak Performance Physical Therapy, PLC, was opened by Jill Marlan in June 2011. Marlan’s credentials are extensive and impressive. She’s a Board Certified Licensed Physical Therapist and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist. Governor Snyder appointed her Read more [...]

Sizziling Summer Fashions

Written by Emily Caswell. Posted in Fashion, Features

Summer has arrived, and with it, a whole new wardrobe! (Or at least it feels like it since we were stuck in our winter wear for so long). And since we here at Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine are a bit out of practice with summer dressing, we turned to our friends at Kellie’s Consignments for a few ideas on how to look summer chic. This sailor-esque ensemble is perfect for Fourth of July celebrations and beyond. Put on a cute pair of wedges and you’ve got an office-ready look or Read more [...]

Summer Goes Better With Good Old Fashioned Ice Cream

Written by Ann Cool. Posted in Business Profile, Features

Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day. But you don’t need a special day to enjoy a tasty treat at Scoopy Doo’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream parlor in DeWitt. Whether you’re at a picnic, a party or the playground … nothing goes better with summer fun than a scoop – or two – of ice cream. Scoopy Doo’s, co-owned by Jason and Casey Thompson, serves up to 30 flavors of ice cream. Customers can get hard ice cream, soft serve ice cream, shakes, malts, flurries and sundaes. For those with Read more [...]

Unite Over Lansing United

Written by Kristin Porter. Posted in Features

Most women look forward to the point in life when they can finally afford the luxury SUV they’ve been eyeing or a cottage on one of Michigan’s beautiful lakes. Gena Sampson and her husband, Jeremy, thought differently when they got to that place in their lives. They shocked their friends and family alike and bought a soccer team. According to, one in five teenagers in this country participate in competitive soccer, so when Jeremy came to his wife with the idea of purchasing Lansing’s Read more [...]

Healing for the Mind, Body & Soul

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Careers for Consideration, Features

Since she was a young girl, Leeann Lilly always knew there was something different about her. When she was only 4 years old, her 12-year-old sister was hit by a car and unfortunately passed away. That same day her sister came back to her in spirit and Lilly knew that she had a special gift. It wasn’t until two years ago that Lilly really began to pursue her talents. She took on two mentorships with nationally known psychics and then came back to the greater Lansing area to open her business, Read more [...]

The Black Cat Bistro

Written by Colette Evangelista. Posted in Restaurant Review

Picture this. I am sitting in a restaurant courtyard on a perfect June evening. There is a fountain bubbling gently nearby and my glass of wine is so cool and crisp that condensation is forming what looks like crystal balls. Even though the name of the restaurant is the Black Cat Bistro, I am feeling very lucky. And I foresee nothing but good things ahead. Editor Emily breezes onto the patio as I am knee deep in an appetizer dilemma. Should we get the Lobster Mac and Cheese Tots with roasted tomato Read more [...]


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