November Newsletter
"Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get." ~ Forest Gump



Did you know a great haircut can actually make you look younger? Look no further for your personal fountain of youth, because the best part is the effect is immediate. We all get into the habit of saying, “Oh, the usual,” when our stylists ask what we want to do at our regular appointment. But time has a way of marching on and it could be time to talk to your stylist about achieving a new and perfect haircut for you.

KNOW your hair!

1. Coarse Hair.  Try a cropped cut.  It will eliminate the need for damaging practices to your hair so your hair will look healthy and more youthful.

2. Thick Hair.  Thick hair can look more youthful and polished when it is at shoulder length, and often needs to be strategically thinned and layered.

3. Thinning Hair.  A chin length cut can give you the look of fullness and will make your hair look as if it has more body and lift. Or a shorter cut that can give the illusion of height with style.

4. Straight, Limp Hair.  Our facial features will show our age, and if limp hair is the problem, think short! Length is not a friend to someone with limp hair as it adds weight. Try a shorter style with layers to prevent hair from falling completely flat. And look to light-weight styling products to help.

5. Oily Hair.  Oily roots can make your hair look drab and lifeless.  Look for an asymmetrical cut. This can provide the hair with lift and fullness. Check with your stylist for products that absorb oil.

6. Frizzy Hair.  As we age, our hair tends to become more prone to frizz. Longer hair may be less manageable. Try a hairstyle that will fall just past your shoulders.  It will be easier to keep the frizz under control.

7. Curly Hair.  Look for a cut with long layers that will help shape your hair for a more youthful look.

8. Wavy Hair.  Waves in your hair tend to make you look younger.  It can add a sense of softness to your hair. Ask your stylist for perimeter layers that are cut in a straight line. (Consider yourself lucky!)

9. Gray Hair.  One great way to pull off gray hair is to ask your stylist for a fresh new trendy style that will fit best with your facial features.

The Perfect Look For Fall

Ask Your Stylist How to Achieve This Look



1.  Shop when you don’t have much time.  It will be better for you to shop when you have to be focused and get things done.  If you have time to shop, you will stay longer and tend to buy more.

2.  When buying items, don’t just look at the sale price, also look at the unit price.  The cost per unit is more important than the sale price.

3.  Shop with cash.   If you keep your debit and credit cards at home, you tend to buy what you planned to buy and limited your splurging on additional items.


4.  Consider frozen foods over fresh foods.  The nutritional value is similar and when fresh fruits and vegetables are out of season, frozen produces can be better in flavor and price.  Many times, frozen seafood is cheaper. Many times, the freshest fish and shrimp can be found in the frozen food section as fish is frozen immediately.  Fresh fish may have been frozen and later thawed out.


5.  Buy store brands.  Store brands tend to be less expensive and often times as good as big named products.


6.  Go to the store alone.  Taking the kids means you may buy items not on your list, adding more to your grocery bill.


7.  The most expensive products are on the middle of the shelves, where your eyes go first.  Look at the top and bottom shelves for better deals.


8.  Take full advantage of your loyalty card.


9.  Ask the butcher what days he puts out quick sale items so you can pick them up and use now or freeze for later use.


10.  Check the advertised weekly specials before your go.  Note, not everything in the circular is on sale.  Know your prices!



According to John Donne, “No man is an island.”

As much as we might sometimes like to just hibernate in a cave, most of us don’t have that option. Living as part of a society requires the ability to work well with others whether at work, in the grocery story, the church parking lot, or on the drive to and from work. We have a basic expectation that everyone follows the rules.

But what happens when things seem to fall apart? The driver next to you cuts you off? The shopper beside you throws their single item on the checkout counter just as you approach with a buggy full of groceries?

Our initial reaction might be to give back exactly what we received. And while that might give you a fleeting moment of satisfaction, deep down, you’ll be disappointed with yourself and worse, you might possibly need that very person’s influence sometime in the future.

Remember the story of a family heading to Disney World, cut off just as they approached the entrance? The driver pounded on his horn, and flashed a hand gesture universally known to be rude and crude. Later that week it turns out the man who cut him off was the hiring manager for the job he applied for. As you may have guessed, he didn’t get the job.

In polite society, we learn to control our tempers, and perhaps even give the benefit of the doubt to people who might be rude to us. Why? Because our entire world revolves around relationships. Every interaction we have with another human being depends on a relationship built somewhere.

Many people are having trouble finding work today. Those who do find jobs discover that it depends on who they know to get them in front of a hiring manager.

The use of basic manners makes everyone’s life easier. But the deeper issue is the development of relationships. With all the computer systems that answer our customer service calls, most people indicate that they would much rather talk to a human being.

The next time you have the inclination to just blow your top, remember that everyone is a human being, and might need your compassion. Or they could be that hiring manager who will remember your behavior in the Disney World parking lot.


  • Aviation History Month
  • Child Safety Protection Month
  • International Drum Month
  • National Adoption Awareness Month
  • National Caregivers Appreciation Month
  • National Diabetes Awareness Month
  • National Epilepsy Month
  • National Model Railroad Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month
  • Real Jewelry Month
  • National Sleep Comfort Month







4 cups sweet potato, cubed 

1/2 cup white sugar 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

4 tablespoons butter, softened 

1/2 cup milk 

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

1/2 cup packed brown sugar 

1/3 cup all-purpose flour 

3 tablespoons butter, softened 

1/2 cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Put sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan with water to cover. Cook over medium high heat until tender; drain and mash.

In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, white sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a 9x13 inch baking dish.

In medium bowl, mix the brown sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potato mixture. 

Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly brown.


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