Sunday, January 31, 2016

How You Can Help Bridgehaven

By Megan Willman



I recently attended the Bridge Builders’ Breakfast, an annual event for Bridgehaven Mental Health Services. Perhaps it’s because I’m a former English teacher, but the first thing I noticed was the use of the word “members” whenever anyone talked about the individuals who benefit from Bridgehaven’s services. Bridgehaven provides personalized and holistic care for those in our community who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Three People to See in February

By Gioia Patton, Arts Insider



In the mood for a good show? Here are a few performances our Arts Insider suggests you not miss this month.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Our February Issue is Out!



What’s so fabulous this February? Pick up our new issue and indulge:
  • Glorious advice to make you love chocolate even more!
  • Wardrobe, food, and hair care tips you can’t miss!
  • Learn from this woman’s love of travel.
Plus, a dedication, symptoms to pay attention to, and what these women (and a man) know about heart disease, all found here in our 2016 Heart Health Supplement.

Win 4 Tickets to the Kosair Shrine Circus!



Escape the cold and head to the fun! This year’s Kosair Shrine Circus is coming up, and you don’t want to miss it. Circus thrills and chills will excite the whole family. This week, we will be giving away four tickets to the February 4th performance. You could be the lucky winner!
See Official Rules for details.

The lucky winner is Gwenevere Josey!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Don’t Miss this Play: A Peter Pan Prequel

By Gioia Patton, Arts Insider
Find out about one of our Arts Insider’s top picks of performances you should see.

Make Your Own Hot Chicken

By Lindsey McClave



Kentucky may lay claim to fried chicken’s fame but it’s our neighbor to the south, Nashville, that receives full credit for the latest food craze sweeping the nation: Hot Chicken. Yes, this fiery fad has found its way to Louisville with new restaurants dedicated solely to the art of perfecting this spicy fried bird popping up in both NuLu (Royals Hot Chicken) and St. Matthews (Joella’s Hot Chicken). Rumor has it more are on the way and it’s no wonder why — one bite of this almost-too-hot chicken, and it’s hard not to become addicted. But what did the good folks in Nashville do to set their variation of fried chicken head and shoulders above everyone else's?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Little Movement Toward Fitness

By Brigid Morrissey

Nikki Naseef found a new fitness technique that worked for her.  Photos: Sunni Wigginton 


I asked Nikki Naseef how she would describe the type of workout she offers at her Barre3 business, but after I grunted my way through the hour-long class, I knew the answer to my own question. The penguins from the movie Madagascar might say it best: “You didn’t see anything.” Because to a spectator who happens to glance through the window, it wouldn’t look like we were doing much. The motions of this technique only range about an inch at a time, so the movement is slight.

But after experiencing the workout firsthand, I can say it’s much tougher than it looks. “It’s a full body workout that combines Pilates, ballet, and yoga,” Nikki says. “It’s challenging, but there are modifications for all levels or those with any type of injury.”

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Camera She Loves

By Lucy M. Pritchett


Ilyse will always be doing something that sharpens her skills and creativity. Photos by Patti Hartog


You might see Ilyse Gordon McCormick, 29, out on the town interviewing local celebrities or filming neighborhood events. Or you may see her just relaxing in the park taking photos for her own enjoyment. What works for this founder of iseelou Productions are her creative tools and a hefty shot of caffeine.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

She Kicks It — by Bringing Opportunity

By Anna Patterson


Terra Leavell is guiding people along a path toward success with the development of Opportunity Corner. 


Terra Leavell is a businesswoman, but not in the traditional sense. Her business is people. Although her official title is executive director of the Canaan Community Development Corporation (CCDC), Terra prefers a much simpler title: dream developer.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Traveling Vet of Louisville

By Alissa Hicks

Dr. Laurelee Rubsch makes it easier for families to get quality care for their pets. 


Since we can’t have a conversation with our pets, we have to rely on our senses to figure out what they might be feeling or thinking. Having a good relationship with your veterinarian can make determining your pet’s behavior or ailments much easier. We talked with traveling vet Dr. Laurelee Rubsch about the importance of having such a relationship. She also debunks some common myths.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Happy Weekend! ~ Things To Do



What are you planning for this weekend? Since it might snow some more, maybe it is time to cuddle up with a new book (read some favorites here and here). Or maybe you want to head out for fun — want to experiment with your hair — here’s how to get a great blowout and how to make tousled waves. Here are some great things to consider doing this weekend…

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Start the new year relaxed and refreshed by winning two massages from Frankfort Avenue Massage



After all the holiday festivities, treat yourself to a relaxing massage to help you unwind! We are giving away two 45-minute massages at Frankfort Avenue Massage, valued at $100. With 12 years of experience, the professionals at Frankfort Avenue Massage have a strong focus in almost any therapy you’re looking for, including Swedish, neuromuscular, deep tissue, sports, pregnancy, myofascial, and oncology massages, each tailored around a client’s needs.
See Official Rules for details.

The lucky winner is Debbie Waddle!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I Was Going to Give My Son My Kidney, But Then Crisis Struck

By Mary Ellen Bianco


Dealing with two major life changing situations at once was challenging for Karen, but she had a strong support system. Photos by Patti Hartog 


In January 2013, Karen Reynolds was preparing to donate a kidney to her then-32-year-old son, Tommy, who was in renal failure. She was screened at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Program in Nashville. “I passed every test,” Karen says. “I was 62 and very healthy, so the doctors didn’t think it would be an issue for me.”

Karen just needed to have her regularly scheduled mammogram back home in Louisville. That final appointment started Karen and her family on a journey from despair to overwhelming joy.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Her Clothing Sets a Professional Example

By Keri Foy


When searching for clothes, Alyssa doesn't only buy items from department stores. She purchased this dress and blazer from Stitch Fix, an online shopping club.   Photos by Sunni Wigginton


When it comes to variety, Alyssa Murphy prefers just two tones: red and black. Here’s how she pulls off her sense of style with a limited color palette.

Monday, January 18, 2016

She Loves a Party So Much, She Created a Festival

By Lucy M. Pritchett

Tisha Gainey has become a craft beer connoisseur who gets joy from going to work each day.  Photos by Patti Hartog


This woman’s turning point occurred in a World War II-era airplane hangar at Bowman Field. No, she didn’t start taking flying lessons or become an airplane mechanic....

Sunday, January 17, 2016

She Went From This to This!



Our cover model Dawn Spyker is an artist who sports a great every-day look, but we made her into a cover model who is helping our magazine fly off the stands. Above is how she looks on the cover of the magazine, but her normal look is…


We’re Giving You the Best


Are you searching for ways of improving every part of your life? January is an ideal time for making impactful changes that will lighten your mood — and we have some ideas on how you can start...

Saturday, January 16, 2016

A Brilliant Idea to Remove Kitchen Clutter

By Anna Patterson


Sandy views her home as a work of art constantly evolving. 



Sandy Kimura, mural artist and owner of Kimura Designs, sees her home as an extension of her studio. Every wall and every piece of furniture and decor is a unique creation. It’s as if each room is a living canvas awaiting its next transformation. “I have the same motto as Lowe’s,” Sandy says. “Never stop improving.”

Friday, January 15, 2016

Get Your Disney Fix at the Kentucky Center

By Gioia Patton, Arts Insider

Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Make plans to see this Broadway musical with a group of friends.

How to get a professional blowout at home

By Alissa Hicks



After the holidays and Christmas shopping, it’s easy to feel like you should cut back on spending for a while. But there are some things we pay for that we simply hate losing. A good blowout can be one of those. Maybe this year you make it your New Year’s resolution to try doing some of your favorite pampering activities at home in order to pinch a few pennies. We talked with Katie Burke, a stylist of almost 10 years at Schaefer’s Studio Hair Salon about how to achieve that perfect, bouncy blowout at home by following these simple steps.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Win this rejuvenating oxygen therapy prize!



Give your health a boost with oxygen therapy. Historically, hyperbaric oxygen chambers, which are used by hospitals, have been proven to help with wound healing. Oxygen therapy has also been found to reduce fatigue, aid in relaxation, and improve mental clarity. The Oxybaric Alternative & Holistic Health Clinic is giving away three half-hour sessions in their hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
See Official Rules for details.

The lucky winner is Robin Arnold!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I Make These 10 Commitments Every Day

By Bob Mueller




I remember the time two springs ago when I was determined to paint the sunroom. Up early, to the hardware store gathering the gallons of white paint, the wooden mixing sticks, the drop cloths, and the one-time brushes that always harden, no matter what you soak them in.

I mixed the paint outside and waddled to the door with a gallon in each hand, the drop cloth under my arm and a wide brush in my mouth. I chuckle when I think about what happened next: I teetered there for minutes, trying to open the door, not wanting to put anything down. I was so stubborn. I had the door almost open when I lost my grip, stumbled backward, and wound up on the ground with white paint all over me.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Have You Heard About This Concert?

By Gioia Patton, Arts Insider





If you’re a Madonna fan, here’s your chance to see her in concert. Our Arts Insider gives you the details on what you can expect.

Ask Alissa: How To Wear a Turtleneck Sweater

By Alissa Hicks

Sweater, $100, available at Ann Taylor, 4206 Summit Plaza Dr., 502.339.0209; Poncho, $40 available at Old Navy, 4300 Town Center Dr. 502.425.1927


The turtleneck: It’s been seen in every decade and worn by every age group. Yet there is still some confusion on how to pull this look off. If you know how to wear a turtleneck and what to pair it with, this forgotten article of clothing might fit perfectly into your winter wardrobe. Plus, it definitely will keep you nice and warm when the temperatures start to drop. Here are a few tips on how to make a turtleneck sweater work this winter.


Sunday, January 10, 2016

She's Creating Beautiful Hats

By Brigid Morrissey


Sarah comes up with ideas for new hat designs effortlessly. Photos by Melissa Donald 


When your favorite childhood toys were paper, scissors, and tape, you know you could be destined for a career in crafting. Sarah Havens grew up in an artistic household. How did that influence her future career?


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Try This: Creamy Vitamin-Rich Smoothie

By Paige Rhodes

Try this quick and delicious smoothie recipe. 


After the holidays, it’s not uncommon to feel a bit sluggish. When I feel this way, a regimen of smoothies or juices tend to be the way to go in order to jumpstart healthier habits. Smoothies are a quick and easy way to create a super healthy meal on the go. In this particular recipe, I love the creaminess that the avocados contribute, and avocado pairs very well with the flavor of mango and honey. If you’re feeling a bit blah going into the new year after all of the cake, carbs, and cocktails that come with the holidays, then this vitamin-rich smoothie should give you a nice pick-me-up!


Friday, January 8, 2016

Just Ask Joyce: Like Father, Like Son?

By Joyce Oglesby




Q: His dad expects his mom to work, have his meals cooked and on the table when he walks in the door, make sure the house is clean at all times and laundry always done, wait on him, and never have an opinion. That’s not the kind of home I grew up in. We’ve been married only six months, and things have gone from bad to worse. Now I am four months pregnant. I don’t want to divorce him because I don’t want to be a single mom, but I don’t want to become like his mother. Now what?”


Make Plans to See This

By Gioia Patton, Arts Insider



If you’re looking for some good entertainment this month, you won’t want to miss this performance.

William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Kentucky Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (or What You Will) is a comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Win a $100 Gift Card to Sassy Fox!


A new year, a new look... If your goal this year is to step up your style game, then you need to enter this giveaway! We’re giving away a $100 gift card from Sassy Fox Consignment to one lucky winner.
See Official Rules for details.

The lucky winner is Tiffanie Lamont!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

She has found two great stress relievers!

By Carrie Vittitoe

Heather's outlets for stress relief  have challenged her physical strength and creativity. 


Why does Heather Rountree choose to lift (and drop) heavy things as a means of busting stress in her life?

“Punching people is frowned upon,” she says.

Heather began attending Crossfit Regeneration classes in November 2014 and says she finds them invigorating. In addition to the intensity of exerting her body and lifting weight she never thought she’d be able to lift, there is a huge sensory component that helps her dispel anxiety. The music is loud, as is the clunk of the weights as they hit the floor.

What is paradoxical is that Heather’s other favorite stress-busting activity is…

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Before She Goes: She Wears Two Things That Help Her Face Her Day

By Megan M. Seckman

Heather doesn't spend time obsessing over what she'll wear, but she still manages to pull together a great outfit that fits perfectly with her lifestyle. 

When you own a business and you’re the mother of a 4-year-old and a newborn, life can get a little tricky. That’s why Heather Molina, founder of Owltree Yoga (a studio that specializes in pre- and post-natal yoga classes) refers to her style right now as “Survival Mode.” We’re not talking camo and combat boots — we’re just talking about making it through the day.

Monday, January 4, 2016

How To Develop a Niche Business

By Marie Bradby

Debra Locker simplified her career by changing it when she started her own public relations business. 


Debra Locker was just like any TV journalist, slogging away at multiple stories on deadline and working long hours and holidays.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

What She’s Reading, Watching, and Listening to

By Megan M. Seckman

Mary King has a diverse reading list. 


She is the mother of Louisville artist John King, the founder of Louisville’s Zombie Attack (the world’s largest public zombie walk held each year on his birthday, August 29) and Louisville is for Lovers (a CD featuring music from the year’s hottest local musicians, 15 years running). She is a dedicated hospice nurse who after years in the profession decided to return to the field after her retirement. So what does Mary King, 72, mother of three, grandmother of four, caregiver to many, and matriarch of music and zombies read, watch, and listen to?

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Most Beautiful Place to Take a Trip?

By Torie Temple

Brandi and her husband wait on the dock at the Bora Bora Airport for the water taxi to take them to their hotel. 

Originally from LaGrange, Brandi Miller currently lives in Germany with her husband, a professional basketball player, who signed a two-year contract to play in Munich. They have spent the last seven years traveling and living in exotic countries for leisure and career. Brandi has experienced language barriers, extreme cold, and more than unusual driving techniques, but among the good and the bad, there was a piece of paradise…


Friday, January 1, 2016

What Are Your Resolutions?


Happy 2016! Here are some ideas that might inspire you as you contemplate your New Year’s resolutions.


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