Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Our December 25th Birthday Issue is Out!


Hold on to your hats! We are 25 years old! Happy Birthday to Today’s Woman!
• Join us with a look at past covers, artists, photographers, and writers whose work we have featured.
• See how some of today’s 25 year-olds celebrate!
• Here is how you can help us celebrate and look forward to future birthdays with Today’s Woman! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Before She Goes: Tytianna Wells Smith

By Megan M. Seckman




At 29, Tytianna Wells Smith has accomplished great things. She has traveled the world from Senegal to the Caribbean to China. She earned a master’s degree in Pan-African Studies from the University of Louisville, is a doctoral student, and an educator of multicultural curriculum and design. She is also a published author and illustrator of a series of children’s books, co-founder of the publishing company Honey Tree Publishing, and is a poet, artist, and wife. But, like the title of her book series Sweet Pea and Sugar Tea’s Family Adventures suggests, this today’s woman has a strong connection to the past.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Find Some Great Gifts Locally








Today’s Woman headed out to three local stores and found some great gifts!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

What Inspires this Master of the Mic?

By Megan M. Seckman



“I’m already African American, how much black do I need to look slim?...I know I’m no Disney princess but Queen Ursula, royalty. A self-made boss; a threat to you weak-minded mermaids who are too afraid of my tidal wave...So when they call you ‘Fat Girl,’ you say ‘And?’”

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Make a Caregiver Feel Appreciated


Between managing their responsibilities and taking care of a loved one, caregivers often have difficulty finding time for themselves. If you know a caregiver who is feeling overwhelmed, here’s an idea that will brighten their day and lighten the load.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thankful for a Minute to Sip


To survive the insanity of Black Friday, coffee is a must. Local coffee shop Quill’s Coffee has the perfect drink with an extra kick to keep you awake. “The Alchemist” is a latte that combines agave nectar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Created by one of Quill’s vegan baristas, this beverage caters to those with special dietary needs. Substituting soy milk will only add to the variety of flavor. Joanna Miller, a Quill’s barista, says this drink has become an employee favorite. “Even on a warm fall day, it’s delicious over ice,” she says.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Illustration by Silvia Cabib

Win a Chance for Insight About Your Health


Do you feel you are at your optimal health? Enter this Gift Yourself giveaway for a Live Blood Cell Analysis and find out the next best steps for you to make improvements in your overall health. In this process, Certified High Performance and Holistic Health Coach Wendy Mendoza (pictured), who is certified in Live Blood Cell Analysis, will take a drop of blood from your fingertip, place it on the microscope slide, and magnify it over 1500 times. You will see how one tiny drop of blood can reveal how well you digest and metabolize your food, your liver condition, the impact of your stress on your body, if your body is acidic or alkaline, and over 50 other aspects of your health.


 See Official Rules for details.

Our winner is Sunshine Coleman!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Be Thankful



Take some time to set your table the night before so you can focus on the food at the last minute. Combine different things you own or find in your yard to create your own look, and don’t worry too much about everything matching.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Two Great, Different Desserts for Thanksgiving (and you can make them today)



Here’s a couple of delicious (We’ve tried them!) recipes that are sure to please and offer a little different taste on Thanksgiving or anytime this month or next.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Wrap Up



Listen to the crunch of the fallen leaves and appreciate how the trees are showing off their inner stark-but-beautiful structure.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Love Our Pets?

Today's Woman staff with their doggies: (l-r) account executive Suzy Hillebrand with Roxy; publisher Cathy Zion with Trixie; stylist Alissa Hicks with Roger; designer Kathy Bolger with Duffy. 

Take your dog for a walk in your warm winter coat and enjoy the brisk weather. If it is really cold, then just think about how you’d feel if you didn’t have this great animal. You would never be outside seeing the sun! If you enjoy one of the eight off-leash dog runs around the area, consider making a donation to the Louisville Dog Run Association, which makes those areas possible.

Friday, November 18, 2016

A Trip to Ireland Will Be Unforgettable

By Torie Temple

Cliffs of Moher at sunset in County Clare, Ireland.


“They say you shouldn’t start a conversation with an Irish person unless you have lots of time because they are so friendly,” says Eileen Walsh, elder law attorney and Ireland admirer. Work has taken Eileen to Ireland on a few occasions, but the beauty and hospitality keeps her going back for pleasure. With eight trips under her belt she considers herself an expert on The Emerald Isle. With this expertise, she has mapped out a dream vacation highlighting Ireland’s castles, history, and the best way to take in its rolling green hills.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Win a $100 Gift Card to Sassy Fox!


Enhance your winter style by entering to win this Gift Yourself giveaway of a $100 gift card to Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Find fab and fresh styles for the winter!

See Official Rules for details.

Our winner is Patsey Kraemer!



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Your Health? Never Take No for an Answer

By Mary Ellen Bianco




Marilynne Locke Rowland, age 65, speaks with passion and determination about finding the cause of her constant pain and fatigue. “I ended up flat on my back three years ago,” she says. “I finally found a doctor who listened to me about my symptoms. I never took ‘no’ for an answer.”

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Not Only a Tattoo Parlor — This is an Art Gallery

By Brigid Morrissey



For someone who describes her artistic medium as “telling other people they’re good at art,” Juanita Mondragon sure has a vision like an artist. “I’ve always loved art. I know what I like. I have a subconscious mind for beauty, for the different. I’m no artist, but I met a man who was an artist.” Spoiler alert — she married that man. Her husband, Travis King, is an award-winning tattoo artist with a rapidly growing clientele. Together, they’ve set out to change the stigma that comes with tattoo parlors and end the debate on whether tattooing should be considered an art form.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Most Beautiful Thing Nikki Jackson Has Ever Seen

By Kerri Foy



If you want an instant friend, seek out Nikki. From releasing a good-hearted laugh to asking the hard questions that hit at middle age, you'd want to go on a soul-searching retreat with this successful woman.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Go Out and Warm Up With The Winter Dishes

By Lindsey McClave




Given the fertile nature of the Bluegrass, it’s no wonder that Louisville chefs cook seasonally, changing up their menu offerings as the weather turns and the temperature shifts. As we roll into the chill of winter, we can find comfort in the soul-warming dishes we’ll begin to see on local restaurant menus. Here we highlight four dishes that put a cozy spin on an otherwise frosty season.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

How to Help Someone With a Drug Addiction

By Marie Bradby




Sergeant Brittney Garrett, a nine-year veteran officer with the Jeffersontown Police Department, had seen enough — the rising number of drug overdoses and overdose deaths in Jefferson County, the climbing rates of crime, and the overwhelming number of drug addicts detoxing in jail cells.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Dirty Chai Cheesecake

By Paige Rhodes


In autumn, even the pumpkin-fixated tend to grow tired of it by the time Thanksgiving actually rolls around. This pumpkin-free Dirty Chai Cheesecake has all the autumnal flavors associated with the season and then some. The not-so-secret ingredient is espresso, giving this cheesecake the “dirty” part of its name. If you go to a coffee shop and order a dirty chai, you’ll get a regular chai tea latte with a shot of espresso. This cheesecake is that beverage in delicious dessert form. Make it as your Thanksgiving dessert and watch it disappear before the pumpkin pies are even touched.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Best Bodies: Deleskia Butler is Spinning Away Her Ex-military Life

By Brigid Morrissey



High-ranking military officer? Check. College graduate with three degrees? Check. Certified cycling instructor? You guessed it. Check. If Deleskia Butler sets out to achieve something, she will find a way to do it. “I think if you have your mind set on accomplishing something, then don’t let anybody stop you.” And with the life motto, “This too shall pass,” it is obvious that she takes her own advice to heart.

Win a Paddock Shops Tote Bag Filled with $250 Worth of Gift Cards!



Wouldn’t it be lovely to spend a day holiday shopping at the Paddock Shops, located on Summit Plaza Drive in Louisville, where you can also grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat? We’re giving one lucky winner* a chance to win a tote bag filled with a variety of gift cards totaling $250 from Paddock Shops retailers and restaurants. Here’s how to enter. It’s a little different, so pay attention...

*To qualify to win, you must “like” the Paddock Shops Facebook page before submitting the entry form below. You must be 18 years old to enter.

 See Official Rules for details.

Our winner is Gail Clay!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

How this IT Professional Flies (and Spins) Away Stress

By Carrie Vittitoe





Gretchen Wilkins of LaGrange, Kentucky, isn’t technically a superhero, but that is how I imagine her. She spends her days as an information analyst for a local company that makes software for warehouse management, which seems very professional and Clark Kent-like. During her downtime, though, she flies, she spins, and she twirls.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Leslie McCutcheon’s Secret to Aging Well

By Keri Foy



Leslie McCutcheon
Job: Co-owner and President of BrightStar Care of Louisville
Home: Lives with her husband Chris and 5-year-old daughter Navy

“I would love to write a symphony,” Leslie admits, but “I have a lot to learn.” Learning is a part of the process she expects to enjoy, especially when it comes to music. Her parents started her in piano lessons when she was 5 years old, and now Leslie plays piano for Southeast Christian Church’s Crestwood campus. This year, she and Navy are planning to take violin lessons together.


Monday, November 7, 2016

Win Tickets to Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular!



Start the holiday season with excitement with the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular, a fun-filled family holiday event featuring the cast of Cirque Musica together with all-time favorite holiday songs performed in front of, beside, and above the Louisville Orchestra. Enter this giveaway to win two tickets to this high-flying musical performance on November 26!

Cirque Musica is a concert and visual experience where audiences experience amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. The show blends today’s greatest circus performers with the greatest holiday music of all time.


See Official Rules for details.

Our winner is Stuart Ponton!

How Tara Anderson Got Started in Public Radio

By Lucy M. Pritchett



It is amazing how many times a chance encounter or an offhand remark can turn one’s life in a different direction. For Tara Anderson an encounter with a previous professor sent her from a career in classical music to a career in public radio. It also paved the way for a chance to live in New York City — an adventure in itself.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Three Ways to Help Home of the Innocents Right Now

By Megan Schreiber Willman



A Home of the Innocents volunteer plays with one of the residents. 



As I drove onto the Home of the Innocents’ sprawling campus at 1100 East Market Street in Louisville, I admit I was surprised by its size. I had heard about this agency in bits of conversation over the years but I had no idea about the range of services they provided. When I expressed this to Julie Spry, volunteer services manager for Home of the Innocents, she smiled and explained my reaction is a common one. “I hear that a lot. People assume we are only in the business of helping neglected children.” And although that’s true, Home of the Innocents also offers other services such as parenting classes and convalescent care for kids who are too sick to stay at home. Last year alone, the agency served over 7,000 children, parents, and families.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

What Claire Butler Has Learned at Her Age

By Keri Foy


Claire Butler
Job: Director Public Relations at El Toro, an internet targeting company
Home: Shares an apartment with her best friend and her 95-pound black Labrador, Hadley

Have you heard of Carmen? This world-famous opera spins the tale of a capricious and courageous gypsy girl who just so happens to have traits similar to Claire Butler, so similar that Claire’s nickname became Carmen. But while the fate of Carmen has already been decided, Claire’s future is up for grabs, and she's laying the foundation for success.

Friday, November 4, 2016

A Play, a Comedian, and a Musician Not to Miss

By Gioia Patton/Arts Insider





Detroit ’67 by Dominique Morisseau
Actors Theatre of Louisville

It’s the summer of 1967, and the irresistible music of Motown is breaking records and breaking down barriers. Siblings Chelle and Lank make ends meet by running an unofficial nightclub in their Detroit basement, a risky business as police crack down on after-hours joints in black neighborhoods. When Lank offers shelter to an injured white woman, tensions escalate both in their home and in their community — and they find themselves caught in the middle of the ’67 Detroit riots. Dominique Morisseau’s deeply-felt drama explores an explosive moment in a great American city.

Audience Advisory: Contains strong language and moderate sexual behavior.
Age Recommendations: Ages 14+

WHEN: November 15-December 11, various performances
WHERE: Actors Theatre of Louisville
TICKETS: start @ $25
CONTACT:  Purchase tickets here or 502.584.1205




Brian Regan
Louisville Palace

Clean, polished, belly-laugh inducing, and absolutely hilarious would be this Arts Insider’s description of the comedy of Brian Regan after having attended his last Louisville tour date in 2014.

Regan is a rare breed in the world of stand-up comedy: a workhorse who spent 25 years touring and building his act, ultimately becoming a huge success in show business without ever branching off into sitcoms or movies. The Miami, Florida, native primarily works clean, making his comedy accessible to all audiences. His specialty is observational comedy, commenting on shared experiences and questioning behavior and language. Naming Steve Martin, The Smothers Brothers, and Johnny Carson as his comedic influences from a very early age, Regan's high-energy delivery and tendency to push a joke to its breaking point could be seen as an influence on Dane Cook.

WHEN: November 19, 8pm *All ages are welcome.
WHERE: Louisville Palace
TICKETS: start @ $38.50 in advance
CONTACT: Purchase tickets here or the box office in person




Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
The Kentucky Center

2016 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Christmas tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the holiday music category.

The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting.

In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas is one of the longest running tours in the music industry. This year’s tour includes many of the performances in a PBS special broadcast airing this year, Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live.

Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday albums consistently occupy top spots on Billboard’s seasonal charts.

WHEN: November 23, 7:30pm
WHERE: The Kentucky Center
TICKETS: start @ $58
CONTACT:  Purchase tickets here or 502.584.7777 or box office walk up or drive thru

Gioia Patton is an Arts & Entertainment editor, celebrity profiler, concert photographer, and concert reviewer.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

How Volunteering Also Cultivates New Friendships

By Bob Mueller



 Do you hold back from volunteering because you believe your help will not be enough — just a drop in the bucket? I like the example of Mother Teresa, who committed one small voluntary act of kindness, then another, and then another. Ordinary acts of service accumulate into an inspiring, indelible, and loving declaration about the power of helping one another.

Gift Yourself: Win 6 Pairs of LuLaRoe Leggings!


If you haven't met LuLaRoe, get to know the stylish, affordable, and comfortable clothing line with our first Gift Yourself giveaway. Enter now for a chance to win one pair of LuLaRoe leggings each month for six months from LuLaRoe — Whitney Trowbridge, for a total of 6 pairs! The beautiful and unique prints you'll find are made for LuLaRoe and are printed in limited quantities, with only 2,500 pieces of each print being made, so the inventory is constantly changing. (Winner will be given three pairs to choose from each month.)



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

My Husband Keeps Having Emotional Affairs




By Joyce Oglesby


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

4 Reasons to Read the Winter Issue of Today’s Family



You can find plenty of great ideas in our winter issue of Today’s Family including delicious recipes, clever homework strategies, and indoor games. Read the magazine online or find it inside the print issue of Today’s Woman. Here are a few more things you’ll see in Today’s Family…

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