Though Lauren Cooksey started out with just a Salvation Army camera in hand and three children in tow, the photographer and single mother was determined to fulfill her dream of achieving a successful career in her chosen art. Her talent and sheer willpower paid off; today, Lauren continues to snap shots under the moniker Cooksey Photo and has even enlisted one of those aforementioned toddlers, Tracy, to join her mission.
With 20 years of industry experience behind them, the mother-daughter photography team captures candid images of individuals and families, crafting prints with warm, sepia tones brushed with custom color. During photo shoots, the duo uses handmade sets and props to coax out the personality of each baby, graduating high schooler, or beloved mannequin. Afterward, they select the best image to edit before dressing it up with daubs of digital color. Finished prints from a family session spruce up a lonely end table, or a print from a pet photo shoot can enliven a mantel in a doghouse. The new in-home studio, which opened in June 2011 is also child-friendly.
Since 1994, the family owners of Dream Catchers have stocked mattresses from the likes of Serta and Gold Bond alongside furnishings for every room of the home. For customers who don't own a large-enough wheelbarrow, Dream Catchers can deliver its wares directly to their doorsteps.
CT Bridal Event's fifth-annual nuptial expo enriches wedding plans with new ideas, provides free samples of baked goods, and supplies marital merchandise from more than 30 vendors. Guests can launch bouquets skyward to assess their aerodynamic qualities before perusing photography samples and bakery selections topped with couple figurines, monograms, and edible wedding certificates notarized with permanent icing. Love Me Two Times showcases discounted designer wedding gowns, mother of the bride and groom gowns, party dresses, and fistfuls of elegant jewels. Visitors can wander over to a bridal museum that documents fashion and makeup tips through wedding history, from recent nuptial extravaganzas to Marie Antoinette's infamous cake gown, which incensed the bread-wearing populace of France.
Air Fresh Cleaning Systems’ trained technicians never stick to one carpet-cleaning method because they know that each carpet comes with its own cleaning requirements and challenges. That's why they wait until they've examined it in person—until they've seen if it’s berber or plush or if it has pet stains or an allergy to water—to decide how to tailor the cleaning process.
Still, in their 24 years of experience, the technicians have found that the majority of customers prefer a low-moisture cleaning method to expunge carpet fibers of dirt and grime. Unlike traditional steam cleaning, this method uses 95% less water, doesn't require shampoo, and allows the carpet to dry in 1–2 hours, ensuring customers can get back to nuzzling floor fibers as soon as possible.
Image-making expert Suzanne is a wife and mother, so she understands the fast pace and busy schedules most families keep. With her photography, she strives to capture the special moments that might otherwise be missed in the rush of daily life, keeping portrait sessions fun and natural, like organic carrots on roller skates. Use today's Groupon to capture the curiosity of a toddler before she's all of a sudden an accountant, or preserve the confidence of a high school senior before he begins a brand new social climb in college.
A certified health coach, raw-food chef, and Pilates instructor, Becca Sutter struggled with body-image issues and negative self-talk at an early age. Dance had always been her voice, but one day that voice fell silent. Becca gained weight and began to feel lost, adrift, and unfulfilled. Then she took her first yoga class. This was the spark that would propel her transformation, and she began to feel inspired, rejuvenated, and hopeful once more.
A true model of enlightenment, Becca aims to share her journey with each client that crosses her path. At her studio, she teaches Pilates, barre sculpt, and yoga classes to help students feel better about themselves and shed weight like a cat sheds its claws each summer. She provides diet coaching to help clients control eating cravings and delves even further into healthy eating by educating clients about the benefits of raw-food diets.
Becca still dances—in fact, she’s on the ballet faculty at the Artistic Dance Conservatory—only now, she has discovered even more avenues to help her feel emotionally free and connected to joy.
The bonded and insured team from Liberty Cleaning Express has armed itself with mops, buckets, and dusters with one goal in mind––to free clients from the constraints of daily to-do lists. Household chores get speedily checked off thanks to the cleaners, who arrive with their own products in tow to save homeowners from unnecessary runs to the store. Customers can request conventional or green cleaning solutions and can even direct the cleaners to focus on specific areas, whether they prefer a light dusting of the entire house or a wall-to-wall scrub in just the cat's master bath.