Stoneham Harmony – Featured Home Design by PARKA
Dec10

Stoneham Harmony – Featured Home Design by PARKA

    FULL EXTERIOR Natural wood and black slate on this house newly built for a young, dynamic family contrast with the white volume of the house, blending with the snowy surroundings in winter and contrasting with the bright greens and vibrant colors in summer and fall.     PATIO Designed for all-season use, the exterior spaces are creatively shielded from rain and snow while being open and accessible to the backyard pool.      ...

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All I Want For Christmas is Food
Dec10

All I Want For Christmas is Food

Photos and recipes by Meghan YAGER   ‘Tis the season for spending time with family, and one of the best places to make memories is the kitchen! This month, with mugs of slow cooker hot chocolate in hand, bring the gratitude and holiday feelings to life by baking classic gingerbread cookies and a seasonal eggnog pull apart loaf.   Pull Apart Eggnog Loaf WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING   Serves: 4 to 6 | Time: 55 minutes   for the dough: 2...

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Christmas in the city of a Hundred Spires – Christmas in Prague
Dec10

Christmas in the city of a Hundred Spires – Christmas in Prague

  By Annette Brooks   Prague shines brilliantly among Central Europe’s glittering jewels of art, culture, and architecture in any season, but during Christmastime, the city is sheer magic, transforming into a festive winter wonderland. And if you’re lucky enough to find it blanketed in sparkling snow, its romantic charms will dazzle you.           Old Town Square is the main place to be and to see in Prague. Covering around a quarter...

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Fighting the Feisty Flu – Three Ways to Fight the Flu and Stay Healthy
Dec10

Fighting the Feisty Flu – Three Ways to Fight the Flu and Stay Healthy

    3 Ways to Keep it at Bay and Stay Healthy By David Buice   Flu season is upon us. While it’s possible to contract influenza (the flu) any time, the number of flu cases often increases during October and peaks between December and February, though widespread activity can continue as late as May. There’s no way to make yourself “bullet proof” against the flu, but there are steps you can take to reduce the chances of getting it or...

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Gatherings & Gratitude – Encouragement for hosting your first Thanksgiving
Nov01

Gatherings & Gratitude – Encouragement for hosting your first Thanksgiving

  Encouragement for hosting your first Thanksgiving By Lisa Jenkins-Moore   Sandwiched between the gore of Halloween and the glory of Christmas is a holiday we should take time to savor—Thanksgiving. With so much to give thanks for and the opportunity to gather with friends and family for good food and fellowship, Thanksgiving is to be cherished. If you have the honor of hosting  the celebration in your home this year, consider the...

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Going Home for Vacation – A vacation home can let you get away without being away
Nov01

Going Home for Vacation – A vacation home can let you get away without being away

A vacation home can let you get away without being away By Annette Brooks   Now that autumn is in full swing and winter is fast approaching, do you find yourself feeling nostalgic about all those fun getaways with family and friends? What if you could buy a place in your chosen destination so the memories and enjoyment never end?   Whether it’s a condo on the beach, a cabin in the mountains, a lakefront cottage, or a hideaway in the...

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Seasonal Soak – Our recipes for the perfect holiday bath
Nov01

Seasonal Soak – Our recipes for the perfect holiday bath

Our recipes for the perfect holiday bath By Mimi Greenwood Knight The holidays— whether they’ve yet to actually take place or have recently passed—can wear you down like few other times of year. Amid all the hubbub, it can be super helpful to take an hour or two to slip away, unplug, and revive your spirit with a long, soul-reviving bath.   Starter Pack   Ideal Bath Basics Temperature: 92 degrees Fahrenheit Length: 20 to 30 minutes...

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Flawless Skin for the Holidays
Oct31

Flawless Skin for the Holidays

  Medspa treatments for a vibrant, smooth complexion By LaRue V. Gillespie   The holidays are just around the bend, and we’re betting you’d love to look picture perfect for all those snap-worthy occasions lining up lickety-split on your calendar. If your skin needs some freshening up—or some serious TLC—you might consider some of these promising treatments you can schedule and have taken care of at your local medspa in no time at all....

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Fall in Nova Scotia
Oct31

Fall in Nova Scotia

Falling for Atlantic Canada By Annette Brooks       The lyrics from “You’re So Vain” kept replaying in my head as we sped northward, trying to make it to St. John, New Brunswick before the ferry to Digby, Nova Scotia departed. Listening to Carly Simon’s 1972 hit back in the day initially ignited my curiosity about Nova Scotia (Then you flew your Learjet up to Nova Scotia/To see the total eclipse of the sun), and it stayed with me over...

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Love’s Great Challenge – Caring for an Alzheimer’s Patient
Oct31

Love’s Great Challenge – Caring for an Alzheimer’s Patient

  Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient By David Buice   Though there are rewards for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, including deepening bonds of compassion and love, providing this care impacts every aspect of the caregiver’s life. A person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can live up to 20 years, and as the disease progresses and the patient loses one ability after another, it’s essential that you, the caregiver, maintain your own...

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Silent Type
Oct31

Silent Type

  Understanding symptoms, treatments, and types of diabetes By David Buice   Diabetes, a disease afflicting over 30 million Americans, occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose gives your body energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas, helps glucose move from your bloodstream into your body’s cells to produce energy. Unfortunately, sometimes the body...

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Empty Nest
Oct31

Empty Nest

    By Mimi Greenwood Knight   How to adjust when it’s time for them to leave Something happens to me each day at about three in the afternoon. I suddenly panic, thinking I forgot to pick the kids up from school. Then I realize “the kids” are down to one and that beautiful boy got his license and car this summer. He’s not waiting for me in the school carline. He’s pulling out of the parking lot with a cute blonde in the passenger seat...

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An Autumn Assortment
Oct31

An Autumn Assortment

TIPS & TRICKS These three recipes make for a great three-course dinner for your next gathering! All the recipes come together in a little over two hours of cooking time, plus dessert can cook while you eat the main course.     Pumpkin Sage Fettuccine Alfredo Serves: 4 Time: 30 minutes   1 pound fettuccine 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 4 cups low-fat milk 2...

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Dealing With the Stress of Unexpected Changes
Oct02

Dealing With the Stress of Unexpected Changes

By Mimi Greenwood Knight         You’ve undergone life changes you didn’t sign up for or expect. But here you are. When it happened to our family, we made a lot of mistakes. But we also learned some strategies that helped, and continue to help, as we move forward. On November 6, 2014, our home phone rang at 3:00 in the morning and life for our family was never the same. An hour before, our dynamic, world-moving daughter had a freak...

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Cozy Sunday Cooking
Oct02

Cozy Sunday Cooking

Recipes and photos By Meghan Bassett The seasons are changing and a cold breeze will be heading our way in no time. Cozy up to a weekend bowl of creamy pumpkin soup, or heat things for sports with spicy chicken tortilla soup. You can even pair them with a slice of homemade no-rise bacon and sage bread. All recipes serve from 6 to 8 people.     Creamy PUMPKIN SOUP INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 small white onion, chopped 2...

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Renewed Spirit
Oct02

Renewed Spirit

Travel destinations that’ll leave you uplifted for whatever life changes come your way By Annette Brooks In a hectic, tumultuous world, finding a place on earth that instills wonderment, if only for a few moments, makes an impression that lasts a lifetime. Spirit-renewing experiences are deeply personal and often happen serendipitously as you explore new destinations. A singularly still moment while touring San Antonio’s Spanish...

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Fair State – One of Mind, Body and Fried Foods
Sep06

Fair State – One of Mind, Body and Fried Foods

Proclaimeth the operators of the State Fair of Texas: “Since 2005, the Big Tex Choice Awards contest has solidified the State Fair of Texas as the top fair for great food creations.” Clutch your hand to your chest gingerly and think of your arteries, dear reader, cause that’s not all a decade of fried delights have solidified. The question, of course, is whether we’d have it any other way.   It is now a Texas tradition, and...

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Weird Texas
Sep05

Weird Texas

Things you’ve never seen—just outside your front door In addition to its well known wide-open ranges, rolling vineyard-filled hills, and action-packed theme parks, Texas has its share of odd destinations—really odd destinations. From kitschy roadside attractions to towns devoted to beloved rodents to alien gravesites, Texas truly has it all. Cadillac Ranch Amarillo When people think of Texas oddities, it’s possible that they first...

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Stick to Your Ribs
Sep04

Stick to Your Ribs

Smoky, tangy, indulgent favorites for all. Photos and recipes by Meghan Bassett In Texas it’s always grilling season, and we’re taking advantage of it. In honor of our Texas issue, this month we’re headed back to basics with a classic BBQ spread. Our version of dry rub ribs pairs with a tangy vinegar slaw and some super comfortable baked mac and cheese that’ll leave you and your guests super satisfied—and perhaps ready for a little...

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When it’s Winter
Sep04

When it’s Winter

  Though it might not feel like it now, winter is right around the corner—and like so much Texas weather, it’s impossible to predict what it might have in store. But even if we don’t see any snow, cold temperatures are worth paying attention to. Get your home cold-weather-ready with these simple steps. Tune Up Your Heating System A professional technician can inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good...

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Updating A Houston Classic
Sep04

Updating A Houston Classic

  About the Designer: Founded in 1991 by principal Jay Baker, Jay Baker Architects is Houston’s premier residential architecture firm known for harmonizing form and function. For more than 25 years, the firm has designed new homes, renovations, and additions throughout Houston and Southeast Texas, leaving an indelible mark on the architectural tapestry of the region. The firm has committed itself to providing a uniquely engaging and...

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Treatment Time
Sep04

Treatment Time

For breast implants or lifts, fall and winter make for perfect timing. Everything’s bigger in Texas, right? So, if you’ve been thinking about enhancing your bust line, then fall and winter are a great time to consider it, so you can have that downtime to be camouflaged beneath cold-weather attire. “Colder weather months are a good time to undergo surgery,” said Constance M. Chen, MD, FACS, a board certified plastic surgeon...

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Celebrating Our Style Icons
Sep04

Celebrating Our Style Icons

What Would Make Your List? Texas has embraced and nurtured an attitude and style all its own from the very beginning. Not surprisingly, when it comes to fashion, design, and tastemakers, natives of the Lone Star state make an impact. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite style icons to highlight in our edition that celebrates everything Texas. Tom Ford When it comes to world-renowned fashion designers, many would agree that...

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Deep In The Heart
Sep04

Deep In The Heart

Focus On Being Heart Healthy. Cardiovascular disease takes many forms. These include high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, valvular heart disease, stroke, and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat). Astoundingly, the World Health Organization estimates that worldwide 17 million people die annually from cardiovascular disease. In this country about 80 million people have some form of cardiovascular disease, and it’s responsible for...

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Abundant Allergens
Sep04

Abundant Allergens

Our state is a hot spot for sniffles and sneezes. We all know Texas is big. Almost three United Kingdoms or more than six Icelands could fit inside the Lone Star State. Unfortunately, Texas is also a huge hot spot for allergy sufferers. In its report released in spring of this year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) listed McAllen as the No. 1 most challenging place to live in the entire nation for spring allergies,...

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Finding Home
Aug30

Finding Home

A young artist returns to Texas By Audrey Ashe   There’s an old saying, “You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl.” Years ago, I would’ve rolled my eyes at this. I still may, but perhaps with a little more whimsy. As a child who grew up in rural Texas just north of Dallas, I have memories as far back as I can remember of distinctly not wanting to be in Texas. Being a decidedly shy kid who was much...

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