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18 x January 19 - February 1, 2017 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 • Xeomin — This prescription medication utilizes botulinum toxin type A to temporarily improve the appearance of wrinkles. It is a highly effective solution for glabellar frown lines — those two vertical lines that form between your eyebrows after years of frowning, squinting and stressing that make you look older and angrier than you truly are. Just like Botox, Xeomin visibly reduces muscle contraction and leads to a visible smoothing of the lines and furrows, virtually erasing years from your look. ENRICH YOUR CHILD’S LIFE WITH MUSIC by Sally Seeley, Administrative Assistant/ Program Director Orlando Premier Music Instruction opmi@opmi-lessons.com www.orlando-premier-music-instruction.com 407-963-5529 Enrich your child’s life with music in 2017! Music provides children with a means of self-expression. There is an undeniably strong correlation between musical education and the development of skills that children need to become successful in life. Self-discipline, patience, sensitivity, coordination and the ability to memorize and concentrate are all enhanced in the study of music. These skills will follow your child on whatever path he or she chooses in life. You have the chance now to introduce a formative influence that may be second only to the love you give your child. If you’re looking for a way to provide your child with a source of lifelong joy, satisfaction and accomplishment, childhood music education is an excellent first step. KICK OFF 2017 WITH CLEAN AIR by Thomas Tomarelli, Owner AC Guys Cooling and Heating Services www.ac-guys.com • 407-654-7420 Professionally cleaned air ducts contribute to improved indoor air quality for you and your family. Over time air condition and heating ducts can become contaminated with dust, bacteria and Duct Cleaning • Improve Indoor Air Quality • Improve AC/Heating System Efficiency • Reduce Dust, Microbial Pollutants • Reduce Allergens, Smoke and Pet Odors • No Mess! Quick In and Out! • Can Be Combined with Dryer Vent Cleaning for Additional Charge Special $199 * *Special Price includes single-story residence with up to seven ducts and returns. Additional ducts and returns $35 each. Two-story residence discount also available. Dryer vent cleaning can be done at the same time for discounted price. One special per household. May not be combined with other specials. Call Today to Schedule pollutants. According to industry statistics, a typical six-room home creates up to 40 pounds of dust annually. The following is a checklist for hiring a reputable duct-cleaning company: 1. Should be experienced in ductcleaning systems like yours. 2. Should follow procedures that protect against contamination. 3. Should be experienced with industry air-duct cleaning standards. 4. Should be a properly licensed HVAC professional — licensed, bonded and insured. 5. Should provide an upfront quote based on the number of vents and returns in the home. Additionally, routine periodic maintenance tuneups for your heating and air conditioning system will help keep the entire system cleaner, help minimize allergens and pollutants in your home, and keep your entire system operating at top efficiency. HAPPY HOME, HAPPY NEW YEAR! by Rob Rahter, Broker Associate Stockworth Realty Group rrahter@stockworth.com www.stockworth.com 407-497-4526 ‘Tis the season for a fresh start and promises to do better. But as experts tell us, most New Year resolutions rarely last. Instead, real commitment after meaningful reflection to change will last for years to come. As we evaluate our surroundings, we cannot neglect to view the place where our lives happen: our homes. Maybe it’s time to freshen up the kitchen and baths, change the floors or even add a room or two. Or maybe it is time for something more, time to change your surroundings entirely. Whether upsizing, downsizing or just resizing, finding a new home can be the perfect fit for the new year. The first step is determining your needs and wants. Taking an honest approach to what really matters in a home will help you have a realistic expectation in your search. Naturally it’s important to include all decision-makers in the process. But keep in mind: the perfect home does not exist, even if you build it. What’s most important is finding the closest match in a potential property to what will satisfy as many wants and needs as possible. This is the time to enlist the help of a local neighborhood real estate broker. In fact, it’s best to consult a Realtor and recommended lender before even stepping foot in a house. Taking an honest approach to finances now will alleviate disappointment later and not waste time. Just like buying a car, if your budget is a Honda, you should not be testdriving a Bentley. And similar to hiring a doctor, you should hire a real estate professional who will do the best job for you. A full-time, seasoned Realtor who specializes in the area where you want to buy is worth his or her weight in gold. He knows the neighborhoods, schools and many times off-market homes that no one else knows about. Many people spend more time researching a restaurant than they do finding their Realtor, and since a house is likely the biggest purchase you will make, it is critical to make sure you do your homework and are correctly represented. Same advice when you’re ready to sell. A good Realtor doesn’t just list a house in MLS and pray for a buyer. They should have a strong database, proven marketing plan and track record of results. The right real estate broker will get you top dollar and more than make up for the professional fee they charge. TIPS FOR KEEPING NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS by Michelle Campbell, Admissions Director Foundation Academy foundationacademy.net • 407-877-2744 Welcome to 2017! A new year brings us a time to start fresh: “And He who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’” Revelations 21:5 ESV The following five tips of wisdom and encouragement may help you keep those resolutions for the new year: • Research is very clear that people with well-written goals are much more likely to achieve them. The three most important factors for achieving any goal is that it is specific (losing 10 pounds instead of simply losing weight), measurable and put into writing. Keeping goals somewhere visible or easy to review also helps.

• Pray for God’s direction in goal setting and continuing to keep with your goals. • Visualize the end result. • Accountability is key. The incentive of knowing someone else is aware of the commitment will help you stay on track. • Constantly review and revisit your goals. Otherwise, it’s just something written on a piece of paper. Some find keeping a journal helpful, or taking advantage of technology and all the great free apps that are available. TEACHING YOUR CHILD WATER SAFETY IN THE NEW YEAR by Marc Jablon, Owner Safety First Swim School www.safetyfirstswim.com 321-236-0240, ext. 5 If your baby is old enough to crawl, you should get him or her into swim lessons. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4. Survival swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent. Swim lessons only take 10-15 minutes per day for four-six weeks. Children who have had swimming lessons have a respect for water, know they have limitations, understand the work involved with swimming, and learn there are rules that go with swimming. Arm floaties should not be used on children, as they cause them to remain in a vertical position in the water. This gives children a false sense of security and may actually increase the risk of drowning. Pool time can be fun, but it’s important to incorporate layers of protection to prevent a fun day at the pool from becoming a family’s worst nightmare. Swimming and floating are motor skills that can be taught to babies through repetitive exercises. BECAUSE MEMORIES LAST FOREVER submitted by Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows www.sleuths.com • 407-363-1985 Years are fleeting but memories aren’t! Make 2017 all about spending time with www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x January 19 - February 1, 2017 x 19 loved ones, laughing and making memories that you can take with you forever. What better way to make memories with loved ones than planning a regular evening of entertainment? As the years go on, our lives become more and more hectic. With all of the events and appointments that we have to do, it can be easy to neglect doing something for the fun of it. Don’t let 2017 pass you by with just more of the same. Taking the time to get together with loved ones, whether they are family or friends, can reduce overall stress and remind you of what is important in life. Consider dining out, seeing a live show or attending a comedy act to build memories that will last a lifetime. OPTIMAL HEALTH FOR WOMEN by Wendy Vasquez, M.D. The Women’s Center www.wcorlando.com 407-857-2502, ext. 1600 As the new year begins, it is common to be ambitious and overly motivated about ways to make this year better than the last. For the most part, women are the nucleus of the home and often have greater responsibilities. Therefore, optimal health should be first on their resolution lists. When it’s time for a baby, prenatal care is the single most important thing a women can do to optimize her health and the health of the fetus. Ideally, a woman should seek medical care before trying to conceive. One of the most common problems a woman faces is abnormal and heavy uterine bleeding. In the past, it was common to get a hysterectomy for this condition. Thanks to better medical treatment and improvement in technology, a hysterectomy should be considered the last treatment option for this problem. Physicians are now able to fix most bleeding issues in minutes with little or no downtime. As women approach menopause, they experience a different set of health issues, some of which are vaginal dryness, hot flashes, mood swings, urinary incontinence, hormonal imbalance and bone health. An annual exam remains the prime opportunity to identify any problems and intervene. ª Open House January 21st