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The Next Chapter of 2020 has Arrived
IT SEEMS AS THOUGH SUMMER COMES, AND BEFORE WE’VE
HAD OUR FILL, IT QUICKLY BEGINS ITS DEPARTURE, as the long,
hot days soon are traded in for early sunsets followed by chilly
nights. Seasons are constantly changing, as is life, and it’s up to us to
focus on the present and prepare ourselves best for what is to come.
September brings with it the beginning of a new school year. Though
this fall, schools will look quite a bit different than years prior, we
must prepare our children for success, and help them along their
journey, guiding them through whatever hurdles they may face. It
may seem a bit scary—for both parents and children alike—but by
working together, we can accomplish the task at hand.
As fall begins easing its way in, take the time to enjoy the beauty that
surrounds us. In this month’s issue, we prepare you for fall with this
year’s fall fashion trends! To complement the chillier weather, this
month’s recipe features a Dutch-Oven Fire-Roasted Chili. And it’s up
to you whether you’re looking for mild or spicy!
If you’re looking for a fall getaway and prefer traveling by car, our
travel story takes readers on a road trip to Kalispell, Montana, and
Glacier National Park, where visitors are sure to fall in love with the
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Our September Q&A features six-time award-winning journalist
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L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E
Q&A WITH JOYCE TAYLOR
ANCHOR, KING 5 EVENING NEWS
From Paint and Furniture to Bedding and
Lighting: Children’s room makeover 101
Fall Fashion Trends: Old favorites make
Fashion Funds the Fight: Cancer Cartel
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From Paint and Furniture to Bedding and Lighting
CHILDREN’S ROOM MAKEOVER 101
BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER
here are two camps of people when it comes to decorating a child’s room. In the first camp is the person who allows the
child to choose everything from wall color to bedding, creating a very personalized, though perhaps not terribly attractive,
space. In the second camp is the person who does not allow the child to personalize anything except perhaps their teddy
bear. This is a space that might be thoughtfully arranged and beautifully furnished but not reflect the personality of the
actual tiny person who lives there.
My daughter, Leina, is at the age (she’s 9) where suddenly her “baby” room no longer suits her. She has started forming her own opinions
about style and fashion, and now wishes to transform her room to reflect her interests and personality. That said, she wants to create a
bedroom according to the theme “Rainbow Galaxy Party”—whatever that might be! I’m more than happy to help her create the ultimate
cool-kid bedroom—within reason.
First of all, it is important to set boundaries with kids when it comes to wall color. With my kids, I’ve asked them what basic color they
want (pink, blue, etc.), and then I give them three or four acceptable options to choose from. This eliminates the issue of a color being too
bright, too garish or too dark, which may be difficult to paint over later. If you’re OK with bright colors but don’t want to opt for a whole
room color, it’s perfectly alright to paint just an accent wall, as long as the rest of the walls are neutral or white, as this keeps the color from
overwhelming the space.
For furnishings, I find that a fresh coat of chalk paint can freshen up older pieces like dressers or headboards and give them a completely
new look. Kids can be hard on furniture, so reusing older pieces might be a great option in a younger child’s room. As well, you can try
consignment shops or even Craigslist for items that might be easy to spruce up. For newer furnishings (and more careful children), an
option might be to invest in some flexible pieces that could also be used as the child gets older—or used somewhere else in the house
later on. This way, you can invest in a few quality pieces that will stand the test of time and fill in the holes with more inexpensive items.
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For bedding, I tend to choose quality comforters that can be covered
with a duvet, which is good for frequent washings. When it comes to
sheets, I allow my daughters to choose, as these are typically covered
with the comforter during the day (if they remember to make their
beds), and they can pick something fun and colorful. Characterthemed
bedding is not my favorite (too much of a commitment), but
a throw blanket or pillow based on the child’s favorite cartoon is just
Lighting is particularly important in a child’s room. Make sure
you have appropriate task lighting for reading, choosing clothing,
rummaging around under the bed looking for lost Legos, etc. Good
ambient lighting is important as well, as with any other room in the
house, to make sure it is comfortable for general tasks. For younger
kids, I find it is important to have some kind of night light as well. It
may not always be required, but they can be nice to have if someone
has a nightmare or is not feeling well.
Artwork is something that can add an element of fun and reflect the
child’s personality. If they are artistic, a fun option is stringing a laundry
line or even a string of Christmas lights and letting them hang their art
from it with clothespins. Magnetic bulletin boards are another great way
for kids to display their own art, notes, etc. Posters and other themed
art can be fun as well, but try framing them for a more finished look.
With kids, the sky is the limit when it comes to colors and styles, but
do try to keep the overall look somewhat cohesive with the rest of the
house. If you favor soft colors and pastels throughout, then choose
somewhat similar hues for your child’s room to keep the whole house
flowing together. Remember, though they are only little once, it’s still
your home, and parents (or grandparents!) should have the ultimate
say in how the home looks!
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Old favorites make their return
By Taylor Shillam
With the leaves beginning to turn and
temperatures making their way
back down, the arrival of fall invites
a breath of fresh air and a feeling
of renewal in many aspects of life. The closet is no
In 2020, the season’s trending looks will invite old
favorites back into the spotlight with a new twist.
Tailored silhouettes, familiar patterns and new
takes on classic pieces will bring a sense of comfort
alongside the newness—in a year marked by
uncertainty, many of us could use a bit of both.
From bold accents to fresh colors, the fall fashion of
2020 invites you to choose your level of change from
your usual attire. Read on to discover the season’s top
Glitzy Metallics. This season, give a few of your
staple items a new twist with a touch of heavy metal.
Pieces like collared blouses, cardigans and purses
will find their edge with accents of metallic, sequins
and sparkles, many toeing the line between daywear
and playwear. The metallic trend can be played up
or down; embrace the look with a full-metal sequin
dress, bodysuit or button-down top, or simply add
a pop of shine with a shimmering accessory. Gold
and silver chains are dominating the spectrum of
accessories this season, from jewelry to bags and
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Tailored blazers, classic sweaters,
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made their way across runways
belts, so pick your level of metal and bring some shine to your
Fur Fantasy. While the weather patterns are always unpredictable
as the year comes to an end, one trending item this fall will have
you prepared for the lowest of temperatures. Major fur is making
its way into stores this season, with statement coats and shearling
of all sizes and shag levels dominating the outerwear departments.
The bigger, the better is this year’s mantra when it comes to fur,
and designers have become more creative than ever with crafting
options for animal-friendly faux substitutes.
Back to School. Going back to school will be in style for all ages
this fall, with a renewed appreciation for collegiate-inspired attire.
Tailored blazers, classic sweaters, thin stripes and argyle accents
made their way across runways this year, making way for a return
to school-girl chic. Reach for fitted items in navy, white and
gold, or layer with a tailored collared jacket, collegiate sweater or
cardigan to throw an instant prep in your step.
Sweater Vests. An extension of the academia-inspired trend, a
major player in this fall’s complete wardrobe is the sweater vest.
With jewel-toned knits and fresh patterns emerging, the sweater
vests of 2020 will be a step up from those of the past.
Lots of Leather. Does leather ever really go out of style? Though
a familiar classic, the leather trend is expanding to include more
than the classic biker jacket this fall. Keep your staples, but don’t be
afraid to level up your leather with head-to-toe options including
leather trousers, tops and lengthy trench coats.
If you’ve been waiting for a chance to try something new with this
always-fashionable medium, take your chance this season. Go for
versatile pieces in neutral black or nude, or mix and match with a
statement color, such as this year’s on-trend rich burgundy.
Glamorous Gloves. This year’s statement accessory is the
glamorous full-length glove. Here for any occasion through the
end of the year, the long-sleeved glove will be highly available in a
variety of hues, ready to add standout sophistication to your event
Statement Suits. From fitted skirts to equestrian ensembles, the
suit is here to stay for fall. You can opt for the full two-piece set
with the skirt suit, highlighting a flattering silhouette with a
swingy skirt and matching cropped jacket, or take the equestrianinspired
look by matching a fitted blazer with trousers tucked into
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Just as easily, you can take the trend one piece at a time, rounding out
a complete outfit with a statement blazer. This year, blazers will be
available in both neutral tones and color-popping hues, with options
ranging from oversized to fitted, providing options just as stylish in a
Color: Less is More. The fall runway shows saw timeless color palettes
this year, with many looks opting for just one single color throughout
an entire outfit.
Primary colors were prominent, including deep burgundy reds,
vibrant, bold blues and muted, almost green-yellows bringing crisp
pops of color. Neutral tones will be embraced more than ever, with
deep, asphalt grays, creamy beiges and warm toffee browns holding
their own in versions of these classic hues that are anything but boring.
When shopping for your fall wardrobe, create the perfect balance of
versatility and functionality with items in each category. Play with
dimension by mixing various fabrics and shades of color, pairing
colored pieces with denim or leather, and accessorizing with bold
belts and bags.
Flat Boots. Taking a turn from the platforms of the past, this year, flat
boots are having their moment. With trending styles including lowmaintenance
and slouchy to the straight and sturdy riding boot, put a
little ease in your step with shoes that keep you lower to the ground.
This fall’s trends provide ample opportunity for change, creativity and
self-expression. While fashion trends come and go with the seasons,
true style maintains. With so many of this year’s fall fashion trends
emphasizing the timelessness of favorites like leather, deep colors and
tailored silhouettes, take this season as a chance to reimagine your
look with a bit of ease, and hopefully, a bit of fun.
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CANCER CARTEL SUPPORTS THE FIGHT
By Rachel Kelly
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There’s nothing like a cancer diagnosis to make
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For Kerry, Katy and Shelly, facing cancer on
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Kerry Solmonson was diagnosed with skin, cervical,
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When Kerry was introduced to Katy Tinney, a stage 4
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Shelly is a breast, skin and melanoma cancer survivor who
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Working from the ground up, the two sisters and dear friend
developed and launched a plan to sell designer goods to fund
unseen cancer expenses. There are funds for a cure, funds for
medical bills and funds for many of the more obvious cancer
expenses. But anyone who has struggled with cancer before knows
that the cost of cancer is more than medical. A life-threatening
illness puts a strain on all the everyday moments, and the cost is
exorbitant. There’s the birthday presents that go unbought, because
rent was only barely paid. There’s the cost of all the food eaten
out, rather than at home. The cost of gas to and from the clinic or
the hospital. The $20-a-day hospital parking expenses. The new
clothes. The loss of a job. One after the other, the everyday expenses
pile up. Having had experience with all these new expenses, the
ladies of Cancer Cartel decided to give 100 percent of their profits
toward all the little things that weigh on our minds. All the little
things that a life-threatening diagnosis highlight.
When Cancer Cartel received federal nonprofit status, Kerry, Katy
and Shelly started out by going into a cancer treatment center and
handing out $100 gift cards to patients. That’s the kind of giving
they love to do—a gift directly to the people who need it most.
Now they’ve adapted to handling referrals through their website.
They have also developed relationships in hospitals and treatment
centers so that they can keep giving on an ongoing basis. Since
then, they’ve hosted fundraisers through community awareness,
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But the ladies of
Cancer Cartel will tell you that their biggest and easiest “ask” is highend
clothing (though monetary donations are also appreciated).
They’ve partnered with the Give Back Box, where a $15 label can
ship up to 70 pounds of luxury items to the nonprofit. Brands like
Rag & Bone, Alice & Olivia or something from a couture boutique
can all be shipped. Even small items go a long way. Every bit helps!
They also do well with designer denim, or high-end brands found
in locations like Nordstrom, by selling through pop-ups. Cancer
Cartel then turns that donation around to sell at a significant
discount on their website, donating 100 percent of net proceeds.
Their second ask is for awareness. Sharing through your online
community or podcast audiences are an incredibly helpful boost.
And thirdly, they ask that if you’re ever in the market for designer
products to consider buying from their nonprofit.
Supporting their nonprofit is easy, which is probably why they
are making such incredible headway in their community. Their
“asks” are small, but their dreams are big. The ladies of Cancer
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Cartel hope to give away $11 million in grants. They also have ideas for
co-branding with larger fashion brands. Can you imagine a Chanel Cancer
Cartel bag? I can. And so can they.
Because 100 percent of funds go toward the people who need it most, the
Cancer Cartel is also looking for a benefactor to handle overhead expenses.
Because, like any nonprofit, there is overhead. With a desire to do something
different, they will not budge in their dedication to donate 100 percent of
profits. And yet, still, there are expenses. They are looking at their nonprofit
differently, through a lense that works from personal experience rather
than just through generosity. Handling expenses and donations separately
allows for a greater sense of transparency and trust, necessary for a lasting
Personally, I’m not interested in waiting until a life-threatening diagnosis
prompts me to reach toward something bigger, a greater purpose. Time is
a commodity that we don’t think much about, until we have less of it. Right
now, we are right in the middle of life. Where we have the audacity to dream.
I want to dream with Kerry, Katy and Shelly. I want them to achieve every
one of their goals, from a benefactor to cover overhead to a Cancer Cartel
Chanel bag. I think it’s possible. But more than that, I think it’s worth doing
with the time that I have.
To find more information about this nonprofit organization, you are
encouraged to visit CancerCartel.com.
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In 1988, Tacoma native Joyce Taylor
returned to the Pacific Northwest after
landing her dream job at KING 5, the news
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After more than 30 years in the industry, she
now holds the evening anchor chair, following in
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low-income students of color. Taylor graduated
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The six-time award-winning journalist has
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the Seattle Seahawks’ first Super Bowl win, the
death of Princess Diana, the Inauguration of
President Trump and the Women’s March in
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the opportunity to meet iconic legends across a
variety of fields such as Walter Cronkite, Michael
Jordan, President Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem,
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KING 5, she is covering two stories which could
end up being the most important of her career.
Both the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide
movement that is striving to change racial
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which will be looked upon by future generations
Q. You are a Tacoma native. What was it like to
move back to the area and work at your local
A. I distinctly remember flying over the Cascade
Mountain Range on my trip home after three
years in North Carolina. Washington state never
looked more beautiful. There truly is no place
like home, which is why we decided to raise our
own family here. As a Tacoma native, KING 5
is our family’s favorite local news channel. I feel
blessed to still be working in my dream job since
my school days at Wilson High. Go Rams!
Q. Dorothy Bullitt was the founder of the King
Broadcasting Company and the first woman in
the United States to buy and own a television
station. At a time when few women had such
positions of power in the industry, what was it
like to be hired by such an iconic role model?
A. The legendary Mrs. Dorothy Bullitt was still
at the helm when I was hired in 1988. She retired
shortly after I arrived, but her commitment
to community is still very much a part of who
we are and what we do. I was fortunate to be
surrounded by other amazing women: Jean
Enersen, the first female lead anchor in the
nation ... and legendary reporter Julie Blacklow,
still a dear friend today. Women have long
been part of the KING 5 legacy. I don’t see that
Q. Women of our age grew up with Princess
Diana and watched her life’s ups and downs
over the years. Did you find it challenging to
cover her funeral for King 5?
A. Like millions of others, learning of the death
of Princess Diana was devastating. I was seven
months pregnant with our first child when I
flew to London to cover her death. Watching
her young sons say goodbye to their mother was
heartbreaking. It was the same year I gave birth
to our boy—who is now 22. It was two weeks I
will never forget for so many reasons ... especially
what it showed me about a country’s love and
Q. With the COVID-19 pandemic and the
recent protests of racial inequality, our country
seems more divided than ever. Do you think
the news media can play any role in helping to
heal our country?
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truth is, we ALL have a role in helping to heal
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Jeans are not only a closet staple but a piece of clothing
you can wear year-round here in the Pacific Northwest.
Denim styles tend to cycle around and go in and out
of fashion through the decades. No matter the cut or
style, everyone has at least one pair of jeans in their closet.
Here are some denim styles you need that are rising in the
High Waist: Just in case you haven’t jumped on the highwaisted
denim band wagon yet, they are back! Growing
up with low-rise denim, I think that high-waisted denim
are the comfiest jeans I’ve ever worn. High-waisted denim
usually has a rise of 8-plus inches and hits either at your
belly button or above. As a bonus, they also keep the
stomach area tight.
Paper Bag Waist: This new trend has made a more recent
debut. Paper bag waist jeans are almost always high waisted
and feature an extra ruffle layer of denim at the top. It is
supposed to resemble the top of a paper bag if you crumpled
it in your hand. Most also have belted waist ties but some do
not. With this style of denim it looks best to tuck in the top
you are wearing so the paper bag waist details can be seen.
Button Fly: Button fly jeans are a cute trend featuring four
to five buttons where the zipper usually is. Sometimes they
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Colored denim is
a great way to add
some color to your
outfit with neutral
tops. Some popular
denim patterns right
now are camouflage
and snakeskin print.
are faux buttons with the zipper still on the inside,
and sometimes they actually button. Sure, it’s a
little more work to get in and out of them with
all those buttons, but the buttons give some extra
detail! This style looks great with a shirt French
tucked on the front.
Bell Bottoms: Bell bottoms are also back on
trend, and this is my personal favorite denim
style. Bell bottoms were first worn by sailors in
the 1800s. Yep, they were around long before the
‘70s. Sailors wore them because it made it easier to
grab a man if he fell overboard. Bell bottoms flare
out starting at the knees. These are usually long,
so you’ll want to pair them with a heel or platform
sandal so they don’t drag on the ground.
Colors & Patterns: Colored denim is making a
comeback, and I’m loving the pastels showing
up in stores. Colored denim is a great way to add
some color to your outfit with neutral tops. Some
popular denim patterns right now are camouflage
and snakeskin print. Dark green camouflage
looks great with a white top.
Get out of your comfort zone and grab a new style
of jeans. You never know, it may become your
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An efficient, result-producing treatment for all skin types
BY KRISTIN CARLSON, MEDICAL ESTHETICIAN
t is probably the most common question in the aesthetic
community: Is there a treatment that is quick, painless, and
has no downtime? I’ll be honest, this has made me chuckle
over the last few years. I’ve worked with a few different
modalities in my aesthetic career: lasers, radio frequency, intense pulse
light (IPL), different strengths of chemical peels. They are all effective,
wonderful options, producing great results. But I have been hearing about
this certain treatment for several years and have finally experienced it for
myself, and I’m choking on my proverbial chuckles. It works, it’s relaxing,
quick and painless, and there is no downtime! Drumroll please … The
Developed in Southern California in the late ‘90s, the HydraFacial®
Company has become the leading aesthetic device manufacturer. Similar
in theory to microdermabrasion, the HydraFacial® resurfaces the top layer
of skin cells, but uses water to exfoliate those layers of skin, creating a less
abrasive treatment, suitable for all skin types. The basic three-step process
cleanses, exfoliates and extracts dead skin cells (that’s right, it removes
blackheads without squeezing, pinching and poking!), while “bathing”
the skin in hydrating, antioxidant and peptide-packed serums. The
process is referred to as “hydradermabrasion,” a dermatological procedure
which combines simultaneous dermal infusions of medicinal products
and crystal-free exfoliation (Wikipedia). The device and procedure, while
not new, have been regularly upgraded and streamlined since its creation,
making for a surprisingly efficient, result-producing treatment.
What is so special about this treatment?
Other than the ease of treatment and zero downtime, the HydraFacial® is
unique in its ability to treat all skin types. Other than a few contraindications,
this treatment can target problem areas for all ages. Everything from fine
lines and wrinkles, elasticity, skin texture, discolorations from sun damage,
enlarged pores, congested and acne-ic skin issues can all be treated with
the HydraFacial®. It is great for teens experiencing hormonal breakouts,
men with enlarged pores, and mature skin with a loss of elasticity. What
I love most about this treatment is all skin concerns can be addressed
with slight modifications in the treatment. I’ve now treated clients from
preteens to women in their 70s and can produce great results with each!
What is the treatment like?
The signature HydraFacial® is broken down into three steps: 1. Cleanse
+ Peel: resurfaces the outermost layers of the epidermis which holds on
to dead skin cells and debris; 2. Extract + Hydrate: removes those debris
(remember what I said about painless removal of blackheads?) with
suction while simultaneously nourishing the skin; 3. Fuse + Protect:
pumps all the good stuff back into your skin including hyaluronic acid,
antioxidants and peptides for the ultimate glow factor!
Enhancements called boosters can be added on to a signature treatment
to target specific concerns, keeping with the same ease of treatment,
and adding only a few minutes to your total treatment time. Boosters
target and enhance those conditions which need, well, an extra “boost”:
stubborn sun or age spots, pesky fine lines, and the use of growth factors
for collagen production. Other quick add-ons include the HydraFacial®
Perk for the eyes and lips; plumping the lips and refreshing the eyes.
There are so many great treatments out there. Choosing what is best for
you is a conversation you should have with your aesthetic provider based
on your skin concerns. I still have many favorite treatments which I will
continue to use on myself and my clients, but if your life is too full to carve
out some downtime, the HydraFacial® is a great option.
I’ve now treated clients from preteens to
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DOES YOUR DENTIST CARE ABOUT DIABETES?
The connection between diabetes and oral health
BY DRS. KARLA BLOOMQUIST AND CHIARINA IREGUI, SOUNDBRIDGE
DENTAL ARTS AND SLEEP THERAPY
According to a recent study, 50 percent of the American
population will be considered obese by the year 2030.
What does this mean to our health as a nation? As you
can imagine, obesity leads to a mirage of health issues. In
this article we will focus on diabetes and how a lack of control over
your body’s blood sugar can affect oral health, as well as how a lack
of quality/quantity of sleep can increase your chances of becoming
diabetic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
predicts that by the year 2050, as many as one in three Americans will
have diabetes. To add, the International Diabetes Federation predicts
that diabetes will increase by 54 percent worldwide by 2030!
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and
Kidney Disease, type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of
diabetes, has a strong link to obesity. If you suffer from a lack of oxygen
while you sleep, which is often caused by obstructive sleep apnea, you
increase your chance of being overweight. Your body responds to this
lack of breathing by going into a “fight or flight” response. This increases
the stress hormone, which then encourages your body to store fat.
The other physiological response to suffering from sleep apnea is the
poor regulation of the hormones that make you feel hungry and the
hormones that make you feel full when you eat. Consequently, there is
a proverbial cycle of poor sleep, increase in weight due to more food
intake, and an increase in the chance that diabetes occurs.
What does this mean to your oral health? There are a number of oral
manifestations from diabetes, with gum disease being one of them—
and the most common. One third of people with diabetes have severe
periodontal (gum) disease, and there has been evidence to suggest that
changes in the gum tissue are the first clinical signs of diabetes. These
changes in the health of the gum tissue occur because the lack of sugar
control in the bloodstream leads to an exaggerated response by the
body to the bacteria in the mouth. Dentists and dental hygienists see
this first sign as gingivitis or bleeding during regular dental cleanings.
In addition to this inflammation of the gum tissue, diabetes can
present itself in the oral cavity in a variety of other ways. Constant bad
breath, dry mouth, oral yeast infections, burning mouth syndrome,
tooth decay and geographic tongue can all present as a consequence
of diabetes. Yet another link is people with diabetes are twice as
likely to have depression. Although not a direct systemic correlation,
depression is key in how well people manage their disease and care for
their oral health in general.
Dental visits are key in keeping up with not only your oral health
but legitimately getting ahead of your systemic health. Dentists can
screen for sleep disordered breathing, evaluate the health of your gum
tissue and teeth, address any issues with oral tissue abnormalities, and
even notice if your tissues are looking dry. By putting together the
big picture, your dentist may know you are developing poor glucose
control before you do, in addition, making sure that you are getting
good quality and quantity of sleep, as we know they are all factors tied
into one another.
There are a number of oral manifestations from
diabetes, with gum disease being one of them—and
the most common.
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Family business changes direction to keep their doors open
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER | PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA ELISE TILLMAN
As local businesses continue to adapt in order to succeed despite the difficult
circumstances that have surrounded us for months now, one Tacoma business is
changing their focus—at least temporarily—in order to keep their doors open and
their employees working, while also satisfying the appetites of eager diners.
The Tacoma Comedy Club has been a staple in the community for nearly a decade, originally
opening in October of 2010. Owners Adam Norwest and his wife Bree, and Kevin and Renee
Fandt (who are also Adam’s parents), shifted gears last month, debuting Tacoma Burger Company
on August 7, 2020.
Gourmet burgers are the focus at this American fare establishment. You can pair your meal with
a cocktail or brew from the full bar, and make a note to stop in during one of their fun weekly
events! There’s Netflix and Chill Mondays, where each week, starting at 5pm for those 21 and
older, patrons can enjoy stand-up comedy specials on the projector at 6 and 8pm. During this
time, buy a burger, get a beer for $1! For “geeks who drink,” Wednesday Night Trivia kicks off at
7pm. There is no entry fee, and prizes are awarded for the top three!
The Tacoma Comedy Club owners evolved into what is currently Tacoma Burger Company as a
way to survive during COVID. “It was extremely important to us to keep our staff employed and
able to feed themselves and their families,” states Adam.
Over the years, as a comedy club, the owners have strived for three things: treat the staff
great, treat the customers great, and treat the comedians great. They believe that these three
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goals ultimately created the path in becoming—and
maintaining—a thriving business. “We figured, if we
did those three things, we would be successful,” says
Adam. “As Tacoma Burger Company, we think we will
be successful by having our customers from the past 10
years support us through this (temporary) transition.
I think having quality and consistent food and good
service will also help us be successful right now.”
The spacious space and layout of the building allowed
for them to easily offer their guests socially distant
“Our slogans right now are ‘Buy a Burger, Save the
Arts’ and ‘Socially Distant and Delicious Dining,’” says
Despite the many uncertainties, Adam’s current plan
is to re-introduce stand-up comedy once Washington
state enters Phase 4—and he, along with his co-owners,
hope to keep Tacoma Burger Company around and
involved in some way moving forward.
When not busy running their family business, you can
find the Norwests and Fandts volunteering their time,
including fostering, with various dog organizations.
“We also raised money through online benefit shows
and a raffle during the first part of quarantine,” smiles
Adam, “and were able to donate over $20,000 to No
Community support is truly important during this
time to help our local businesses stay alive. And who
doesn’t love a big juicy burger and cold brew? Stop in
at Tacoma Burger Company for a great meal while
supporting a local family business.
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FROM PASSION PROJECT
to the Family Business
BLACK BELT PROFESSOR ESTABLISHES BONNERS FERRY,
IDAHO AS WORLD JIU-JITSU DESTINATION
BY DAN AZNOFF
AGE IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE.
For Sam Brown of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, the age of 39 is just a number.
“I still train regularly and compete when I can,” he explained with a quick smile. “Just not quite as much as when I was younger and
In 2015, Brown opened his small studio in Bonners Ferry. His dream was to eventually grow into a larger facility where he could combine his personal
experience working in traditional gyms with the Jiu-Jitsu training they were already doing.
That vision became reality seven months ago when Brown opened the doors to, what he described as, “a different kind of gym.”
His overall plan had always been to provide world-class martial arts instruction with alternatives for fitness workouts in a family friendly environment.
Shortly after opening five years ago, Brown found himself searching for another—much larger—site where he could offer more than just Jiu-Jitsu. His
time and dedication eventually resulted in the grand opening of his dream, the APEX Fitness and Martial Arts gym.
In the short time since the unique fitness center began to welcome students to the facility built to his exacting specifications, the martial arts gym has
expanded to include separate areas for boxing and grappling in addition to family oriented workouts. His wife, Diana, also teaches Zumba.
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Sam and Diana first met in New Hampshire—
where Sam is from and where Diana was attending
college on a student visa from Bogota, Colombia.
The couple were married while they were still in
New England before they traveled together to visit
her in her hometown of Bogota.
Prior to meeting his spouse, Brown had traveled
to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. This is where his Jiu-Jitsu
journey began and his love for the art started.
“I could have lived there forever,” he said. “Beautiful
city. Beautiful people.”
Brown said he stayed in Brazil “until he could not
afford to stay any longer.”
He returned to New England, met and married
Diana and started to search for an American city
where he and his bride could establish their first
home. The idea to visit the town of Bonners Ferry—
more than 2,500 miles from where he was born and
raised—was based on a recommendation from his
father, who had been impressed with the small town
when he had visited the area years before.
Brown admitted the charming rural community
where he has chosen to live is “night-and-day” from
the crowded cities of the South American country
that his wife grew up in and the busy East Coast
where he had spent his younger years.
Known in his gym as “Professor,” the second-degree
black belt explained that he had achieved the title,
which is earned one year after getting your black
belt if you’re teaching Jiu-Jitsu.
“It is considered an honor,” he explained. “A teacher
is a revered position in the Brazilian culture. The
position I hold as the head of my team is not one
that I take lightly.”
Having a family and a business in the small-town
environment is something that Brown has enjoyed
thoroughly—and he never plans to leave. He often
expresses the wish that he had been born and raised
in this area and loves the fact that his kids will grow
up in such a beautiful and friendly town.
“A TEACHER IS A REVERED
POSITION IN THE BRAZILIAN
CULTURE. THE BADGE OF
PROFESSOR IS ONE I WEAR
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Each of Sylvio’s training centers is staffed with
black- and brown-belt athletes who teach in the style
of the grand master.
Brown explained that the decision to move West was made not long after the birth of their
Sam and Diana have three children who all began training in martial arts before their fifth
birthdays. Their 13-year-old daughter Sofia has taken part in Jiu-Jitsu competitions for more
than six years. She has “won many competitions,” according to her proud father.
The couple’s two boys—Sam Jr., 8, and 6-year-old Solomon—are currently training and
competing in Jiu-Jitsu as well as refining their skills on the finer points of Taekwondo.
“They are both super athletic,” Brown said with a wide smile. “But I think they really enjoy the
finer aspects of kicking and screaming.”
The design, equipment and layout of the interior of the APEX Fitness and Martial Arts gym, he
said, would fit in with some of the most respected facilities in any big city. All of the equipment
is state of the art. One wall is covered with a 40-foot canvas mural that spans the mountain
ranges from the peaks that loom over the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro to the Rockies and the
Bitterroot Mountains that dominate the skyline over Montana and Idaho.
The same mural that hangs proudly inside the APEX also honors the legacy of the martial art of
Jiu-Jitsu with images of the individuals who helped establish the art’s unique moves
The images on the wall also depict illustrations of his friend and mentor, Sylvio
Behring. Mestre Sylvio Behring is a world-class fighter from Brazil who has
established Jiu-Jitsu training centers around the world. Each of Sylvio’s training
centers is staffed with black- and brown-belt athletes who teach in the style of the
Behring is the son of ninth-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master Flavio
Behring. The entrepreneurial son holds an eighth-degree red and black belt in
Jiu-Jitsu as well as a black belt in Judo.
Widely regarded as one of the top grappling
instructors of his generation, Sylvio began
his career training under the tutelage
of ninth-degree Grand Master Alvaro
Barreto. He advanced quickly to become
one of Barreto’s top students.
Sylvio has also been credited with the
development of Jiu-Jitsu in diverse regions
of Brazil from Sao Paulo to Porto Alegre.
His late brother, Marcelo Behring, has
also been recognized as an important
pioneer in the evolution of the martial
art. Brown took a moment from admiring
the mural on the wall of the APEX studio
to appreciate the years of dedication the
images represent. “It is really cool to just
step back and appreciate the artistry and
the history that went into the mural,”
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Brown proudly. “It could really be considered the Mt.
Rushmore of Jiu-Jitsu.”
The mountains of Idaho displayed on the murals also
played an important role in the second-degree black belt’s
decision to establish a Jiu-Jitsu center in what seemed like
an unlikely location for the American center for instruction.
For a year, when Brown first moved to Idaho, he said he
would make the 70-minute drive to Sandpoint, Idaho, to
teach. At that time, the gym in Sandpoint did not have a
black belt in residence.
“After a year, I decided to open up a school in Bonners
Ferry so I could stop making that long drive,” he laughed.
“Once the school turned out to be successful, my plan was
Brown said he was honored to have Mestre Sylvio Behring
present for the APEX grand opening in February. He
described the seven months leading up to the grand
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opening of the new APEX location as “some of the hardest
work we have ever done.”
In the days before COVID, Brown explained that Sylvio
had visited with American students in the Idaho town
on a regular basis to lead seminars for a growing number
of students who made the long drive to learn from the
master. The Jiu-Jitsu team based in Bonners Ferry, said
Brown, draws on students of the sport from as far away
as Sandpoint in Idaho and the towns of Troy and Libby in
“Master Sylvio is like family. I do not think the people of
Bonners Ferry realize that a legend in the world of Jiu-Jitsu
is coming to their town twice every year to train with our
students,” said Brown.
“Personally, I have been extremely grateful for all of his
help and the investment that he has made in me over the
Finding the right space for a world-class facility in Bonners
Ferry was a more complex challenge than Brown had
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imagined. He toured several prospective sites before accepting the
challenge to build the gym he had always envisioned.
The search for an expanded gym took him inside several abandoned
buildings and to the outskirts of town. He explained that he could
have selected a smaller space, which would have required less
buildout. But in the end, he chose a bigger project knowing that
it would allow him to bring his vision from the drawing board to
“This is my ideal situation. I spend my days in the gym that I built,
where I am able to share the knowledge and the skills that have been
passed on through the efforts of some of the grand masters of the
sport that I love,” said Brown.
“And I am doing it all in this unbelievably beautiful place,” he
concluded. “This is my dream.”
More information on the APEX Fitness and Martial Arts gym on
Main Street is available at ApexFitGym.com.
Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in Mukilteo, Washington. He
was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the toxic waste
crisis in California and has received acclamation for his articles on
energy and the plight of homeless seniors. Aznoff is the author of
three books that document colorful periods of history in the history of
Washington state. He can be reached directly at email@example.com.
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By Jillian Chandler
If you’re looking for a fun, safe event the whole family can enjoy,
then look no further than Beyond the Backyard! Set to take place
Saturday, September 26, through Monday, September 28, this
quarantine-friendly scavenger hunt is a great way to get outside
while raising funds for Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity.
“Essentially, it’s a scavenger hunt that is part Amazing Race and
part double-dog dare,” says Beth Brooks of Tacoma/Pierce County
Habitat for Humanity.
Teams of three to eight people will race to complete 24 challenges
in and around their own neighborhoods, submitting photo/video
proof to race HQ along the way. The team who completes all 24
challenges first is deemed the winner.
“It’s a great way for a quarantine pod to shake things up and
have some fun—and it funds affordable homeownership in our
communities!” smiles Beth.
How It Works:
• Comprise a team of three to eight people. (Bonus points if your
team comes up with a creative and catchy team name!)
• Each member of the team needs to register to participate.
Registration is $25 per person and includes race entry, an event
T-shirt and use of the race app. Entry fees are also applied toward
your team’s fundraising total.
• Together your team will fundraise to unlock the 24 challenges
(custom created for Beyond the Backyard in compliance with all
local pandemic regulations)—with a collective goal of $1,200.
Like a walk-a-thon or any charitable race, the money you raise
not only enables your participation but also helps house families.
• On event day, challenges are delivered via the app. As you
complete each task, be sure to submit photos and/or videos to be
validated by race HQ.
Check out the promo video online at YouTu.be/qYKx9YNcCS0. For
additional details and to register, visit TPC-Habitat.SalsaLabs.org/
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WHEELS & HEELS VIRTUAL GALA
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America’s Automotive Trust will take you on a virtual ride, as its 2020
Wheels & Heels Gala goes virtual! Join America’s Automotive Trust
Saturday, September 12, from 5 to 7pm, as they live stream their
“Mechanics in Motion” Virtual Gala and Live Auction. Guests will have
the ability to interact with the auctioneer and host, David Silverman,
bid for live and silent auction items against other participants, and
be introduced to America’s Automotive Trust honorees. You’ll also
learn more about the programs their collaborating nonprofits serve
and the lives positively impacted. For more information, including
registration, online bidding instructions, view auction items and bid,
TACOMA OCEAN FEST
Celebrate. Learn. Protect. You are invited to be a part of this year’s
Tacoma Ocean Fest, which will take place online on Sunday, September
13, from 10am to 5pm. Tacoma’s free ocean festival of arts, sciences and
water fun returns for the third year in online format. Art installed at the
Foss Waterway Seaport, music and dance video premieres, underwater
film, the Youth Story Contest, OceanX Speaker Zooms, artist livestreams,
virtual Eco-Booths and a brand-new Ocean Action game will bring the
community together to celebrate the ocean, learn about its threats and
protect it. All content will be available at TacomaOceanFest.org.
CIDER SWIG: DRIVE-THROUGH EDITION
SEPTEMBER 26 & 27
The Cider Swig returns for 2020, drive-through style. For two days,
September 26 in Tacoma at America’s Car Museum and September 27
at the Imax Theatre parking lot at Uptown Gig Harbor, you can drive
through and pick up your Cider Swig To-Go tasting kits, as well as
delicious meal options to accompany your take-home festival. And,
to round out the experience, sounds of area bands and musicians that
would have otherwise played live at the festival will set the backdrop.
Pickup at both locations will take place between noon and 4pm. For
more information, contact the Festival Chair, Dr. Julie Ann Gustanski,
at 253.514.6338 ext. 102 or email@example.com. For
additional details and to purchase online, visit CiderSwig.org.
* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take place as
planned. Due to the current health crisis, there is the possibility that event schedules
may change or events canceled completely. Be sure to visit event websites to stay up
to date with current information.
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Eat & Drink
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DUTCH-OVEN FIRE-ROASTED CHILI
Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP
You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram
2 tbsp. avocado oil
1 lb. elk or beef burger
1 lb. ground hot sausage
1 medium red onion, chopped
4 large ribs of celery, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, minced
2 14.5 oz. cans fire-roasted tomatoes
6 oz. can tomato sauce
4 oz. can chopped green chilis
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
4 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin powder
2 tsp. Himalayan salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. smokey paprika
2 large dried bay leaves
• In a medium-sized cast-iron Dutch oven, heat avocado oil over
medium heat.Add burger, sausage, onion, celery and garlic.
• Cook until meat is done and vegetables are tender.
• Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for another 15 minutes.
• Reduce heat to a simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
• Serve warm and top chili with your favorite toppings like cheddar
cheese and scallions.
*Note: You can make this chili really spicy by adding hot peppers or
keep it mild by choosing mild peppers and/or leaving the cayenne out.
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Fall in Love with
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK AND MORE
BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
PHOTOS COURTESY OF DISCOVER KALISPELL
AND MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
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Kalispell, Montana, has a lovely small-town feel with its historic downtown but also has all the modern amenities
you need for a fall getaway amid a pandemic. Centrally located, Kalispell is in the heart of all you want to see
and do in the area.
Where to Stay
When booking lodging during the COVID-19 pandemic, cleanliness and safety are tops on the list for evaluating a hotel.
The Homewood Suites in Kalispell follows the Hilton CleanStay program. Rooms are sealed to indicate they haven’t been
accessed since they were cleaned, and extra disinfection takes place on the top 10 high-touch areas such as doorknobs and
light switches. You can also check in and out with their digital key. Another thing to consider is having a place to stay that
has more room and a kitchen. It is nice to have a table you can sit at to enjoy takeout meals, and the kitchen is helpful for
preparing a picnic lunch for a day in Glacier National Park. This hotel is located near numerous restaurants and shops, as
well as being a good central location for exploring the area.
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Western-themed food is the prominent
style in the area. Think anything grilled
or smoked and try meats other than
beef. Elk and bison are common on “many menus around town.
Where to Eat
Western-themed food is the prominent style in the area. Think anything grilled
or smoked and try meats other than beef. Elk and bison are common on many
menus around town. Food portions tend to be generous, so plan to share some
items. Here are a few local places worth checking out:
The Desoto Grill is a local family owned treasure of barbecue and hotrods. Housed
in an old blacksmith shop, The Forge, and named after the owner’s Grandpa Art’s
1954 Desoto, this place rocks. From a rowdy, fun atmosphere with both indoor
and outdoor seating to its outstanding food, it is worth making a visit. Make sure
to order the Combo Platter, which gives you the choice of three meats and three
sides. There is a huge variety to choose from, and the cornbread is terrific. Choose
a “Mac” as one of your sides. A yummy macaroni and cheese can be jazzed up
with bacon, a spicy grilled sausage or other options. All sides are house made,
which really makes a difference in the quality of the food.
Hop’s Downtown Grill is a chef-owned restaurant in the historic downtown.
It is known for some of the best burgers in Montana including beef, bison, elk
and yak. The rest of the menu is eclectic with a variety of comfort food options.
Since we weren’t eating in, I went next door to Brix Bottle Shop to purchase some
local beer. They sell bottles and cans individually, and the clerk helped me select
some good regional choices. Great service and a knowledgeable staff housed in a
My family loves breakfast, and on our trips we love to find that great diner
popular with the locals. Julie’s Center Street Café is just such a spot and relatively
undiscovered by tourists. It is the friendly type of place where you will see people
eating alone who come in for the company. Allow plenty of time as the meals are
cooked to order. The food is outstanding, and the presentation is a nice surprise
for a diner. My frittata came with a sliced tomato arranged in a design on top, and
the hash browns are cooked flat for a nice crispy exterior and then rolled like an
omelet, so you get that crunch in every bite.
What to Do
People come to this area to visit Glacier National Park—and rightly so. But there is
so much more to see in the area. The State Parks in Montana are the equivalent of
National Parks with such stunning scenery and much less crowded than Glacier
National Park. Make sure to allow time during your visit to explore other areas.
Glacier National Park is considered the crown jewel of the continent for its
stunning natural scenery and many glaciers. Due to COVID-19, you can only
enter the park on the west side. The Going-To-The-Sun road is a highlight of any
park visit and is currently open to Rising Sun, which is a total of 43 miles. The
park is extremely popular, so plan to get an early start from Kalispell. I would be
on the road no later than 6am. There are limited facilities in the park, so be sure
to pack a picnic and bring extra snacks.
A less visited area of the park can be accessed through the Camas Entrance.
Exit the park here and then take the gravel road to the Polebridge Mercantile.
This cute emporium is known for its great baked goods including the famed
Huckleberry Bear Claw. From this area you can hike the Transboundary Flathead
River Interpretive Trail or continue past Polebridge to the North Fork entrance to
Glacier National Park.
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The Flathead National Forest has excellent views of the Canadian Rockies, the
Whitefish Range and Glacier National Park. One of the best ways to explore it is
on an off-road all-terrain vehicle. Try a Can-Am or Polaris rented from Northwest
Montana Adventures near Olney, Montana. They have a variety of vehicles that
will seat two to six people. Based on the amount of time, the staff will recommend
where to go with maps provided. The company, which is open year-round, also
rents snow machines in the winter.
For a less crowded experience, visit Lone Pine State Park. There are 7.5 miles of
hiking trails that lead you to overlooks for stunning views of the Flathead Valley
and distant mountain ranges and lakes. Along the trails are plenty of places to
stop, relax and enjoy the peaceful environment of the park. Picnic tables are
available, and they are all nicely separated for social distancing. The Visitors’
Center is newly remodeled and has information on the history of the park and
the ecology and wildlife of the area. This is a beautiful park that is relatively
undiscovered by tourists.
Both Kalispell and Whitefish have quaint walkable downtown areas with cute
local shops, galleries and restaurants. It’s a nice way to spend an afternoon.
The Whitefish Mountain Resort has a variety of fun summer activities that remain
open on weekends in September. Take a one-way scenic lift up the mountain
and hike down. Other activities include mountain biking, ziplining, an aerial
adventure course and many more.
September is a great time to visit this area with the mild weather. Visit
DiscoverKalispell.com for more information.
Do your part not to spread COVID-19 while traveling. Wear a mask and
practice social distancing. Do not travel if any of your party shows symptoms
of the coronavirus or has had recent exposure to someone who has the illness.
Plan outdoor activities and picnics, and utilize takeout options at restaurants to
decrease your risks.
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