In 1997, Elizabeth Hotard experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction that changed her perspective on health and healing. At the time, she was a practical nurse, so she took pharmaceuticals and steroids to recover. But the meds yielded disappointing results, so she left them behind and started living a healthier life. By adding whole foods, raw vegetables, supplements, juices, and herbs to her diet, she began to feel better than she did in her twenties. Her positive experience with natural remedies led her to a career in alternative health care. Elizabeth presently holds licenses and certifications as a practical nurse, a massage therapist, and a natural-health practitioner. Her menu of naturopathic treatments consists of massage therapy, detoxification, and wellness services such as nutritional counseling. In accordance with Integrated Wellness' mission to help people "achieve optimal health and potential to enjoy life to the fullest," she excludes inessential drugs, surgeries, or knock-knock jokes when suggesting treatments.
Carey Long’s professional interest in fitness stems from something personal. After experiencing the early passing of his parents, Carey decided to focus his fitness approach on prolonging life. Racking up certifications in physical therapy and strength and conditioning training, Carey began developing Real Life Fitness, a system catered to regular people who want to improve the quality and extend the longevity of their lives. The system seeks to boost energy, address chronic health problems such as high cholesterol, and promote physical activity, all while keeping in mind the time limitations and challenges of everyday life.
When her first grandchild was born, Anita Murphy set out to craft a quilt for the new baby. She worked with the help of her mother, an experience quilter, and has been "addicted to quilting? ever since, as she told Livingston Business and Real Estate Journal.
At Mia's Fabric Caf?, Murphy and her team share their passion with quilters and sewers of all experience levels. Shoppers can find fabrics by makers such as Moda, Timeless Treasures, and Riley Blake Designs. Books, patterns, and notions pave the way for projects, and hands-on classes help hobbyists develop their skills.
In 2001, Carrie Rezabek Dorr's only venue for her Pure Barre workouts—a blend of dance, Pilates, and strengthening stretches—was the basement of an office building. Crowds drawn by Carrie's choreographing expertise and the infectious music of her routines necessitated expansion, however, and eight years later, Pure Barre spread its franchises to what is now more than 160 locations across the country, spurred by mentions in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Health magazines.
Pure Barre guides students through precise isometric movements that craft lean, not bulky, muscles. By flowing through scalable maneuvers that balance limbs against a ballet barre, physiques can lift and tighten traditional problem areas such as the thighs, abs, seat, and arms. The total-body workout is accessible to all fitness levels, and can help new mothers to regain their desired shape without leading the daycare's piggyback carpool. High-energy, intimate classes with small amounts of attendees ensure personalized adjustments and tips, allowing each guest to derive the deepest possible burn from the workout's alternating strength and stretch drills. Pure Barre also offers private barre-ties, DVDs, equipment, designer exercise apparel, and more.
Thrown by professional hostesses in a fully decorated room, each My Lil’ Tea Party transports children to an afternoon of clinking china and unfettered imagination. Almost every two-hour open party is dedicated to a different Disney character, letting up to 20 young princes and princesses gossip while enjoying tea and light refreshments. Girls try on makeup and boys stamp their faces with temporary tattoos, and each child transforms into either a princess or a rock star in one of My Lil’ Tea Party’s provided costumes. A tyke-size fashion show lets wee ones model their new alter ego among lighting effects, music, and animatronic paparazzi. Finally, children can pose for a complimentary professional 4"x6" photo with the day's Disney princess or dance to show off their progress in popping and locking before heading home for a nap.
PowerMowers, LLC oversees the entire life cycle of a landscape, from conception and creation to professional maintenance. Its licensed and insured team gets the job done with high-end equipment, trimming and shaping trees, installing flowerbeds, fertilizing, mulching, and performing sundry other services. Prior to every visit the team provides free estimates.