May 2011

Confessions of a Stressed-Out Dance Mom

By Christine A. Krahling I found a shirt that illustrates “how to tell time at a dance competition.” At 8 a.m., there’s a photo of a coffee cup, at 2 p.m., a can of soda and at 11 p.m., a martini. You get the idea. Two years ago my daughter’s dance teacher asked if I’d ever given thought to putting Caitlyn on the school’s competition team. At the time, a little voice insid... »


38 S Main Street Hellertown, PA 18055 610-838-7000 Neighbors Home and Garden Center is a premiere garden center, family owned and operated for over 20 years and a one-stop garden center for all of your outdoor needs. They have a full line of power equipment with certified mechanics as well as a large selection of plant material from annuals to perennial... »

Color Me Spring

By Sara Vigneri Time to shove those sweaters to the back of the closet and make room for some spring additions. Make the season pop with bright colors and accessories to enjoy the warmer weather. Bold Swarovski Crystal Cocktail ring $37.80 Multi Circle Bib necklace $122 Sorrelli 125 West Main Street Kutztown 610-683-9544 La Biosthetique hair care system $120 L... »

How Does the New Custody Law Affect You?

By Lisa A. Dougherty, Esquire For most people, divorce is an unpleasant concept, particularly when children are involved.  But custody disputes arise in homes across the Lehigh Valley every day, leading to litigation that affects thousands of families. According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, in 2009, nearly 47,000 new custody cases were filed statewi... »

Landmark Landscape Contractors

By Kathryn M. D’Imperio Everyone’s heard of curb appeal. It’s a fancy way of describing how nice a home looks from the street when passing through a neighborhood, especially when shopping for a new home. Paver walkways and landscaping greatly enhance the external beauty of a home, but sometimes it can be challenging to design the perfect outdoor setting surrounding your ho... »


By M. Minti Ray The area of Macungie, located southwest of nearby Allentown and Emmaus, was originally home to the Lenni Lenape Native Americans who were drawn to the location by its rich deposits of jasper which they used to make spears, knives, and arrowheads. As part of William Penn’s three Pennsylvania counties, the area was given its name based on the Lenape word for ... »

Gardening with Tropical Plants

By Nancy Moffett Adding tropicals to your garden in the Lehigh Valley? It’s easier than you think; and, there are surprising species that, yes, can be perennial. How about banana, bamboo and hibiscus? Two Lehigh Valley garden designers weigh in on how to achieve a tropical look right here in planting Zone 6 using plants that only seem exotic to our region. POTTED Bruce Fri... »

Our Daughters, Our Selves

By Sara Vigneri It’s the morning of my niece’s party and I’m in a frenzy trying to find something to wear. I’ve got Spanx over control top panty hose and I still feel like a sausage squeezed into my dress. As mortification sets in, my 11-year-old daughter confidently saunters into my room. “Can I borrow your black dress?” she asks. As she tries on the dress, I watch as she... »

Wardrobe Bliss

By Mary Beth Schwartz Women of the Lehigh Valley are using style consultants and closet design professionals to organize their wardrobes for special occasions, work, and play When Big presented the giant closet to Carrie  in the Sex and the City movie, women everywhere gasped. It was a heavenly vision—well lit, classic white, and über organized—a space for everything—cloth... »

The Right Bathing Suit for your Figure

By Carli S. Timpson The winter chill is finally beginning to subside as the warmer spring weather rolls into the Lehigh Valley. With the new season is the renewed promise of being in the outdoors once more – for picnics, barbeques and of course, the beach. The prospect of lounging on the beach, hearing the waves lap up against the sand and soaking in the sun is something w... »

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