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Home organization tricks

Forgetfulness vs dementia 3 kitchen remodel questions

Personal approach to design

Nicole Rabach

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Janece Schommer owns her own business with her husband, Bob—Golden Doodle Acres in Neenah. Janece and Bob also own Community First Credit Union. And you can too. You might ask yourself,

“Why would I want to own my own financial institution?” Well, when you bank at Community First, you own Community First, so the profits come back to you through lower loan rates, higher deposit rates, more conveniences and less fees. But owning Community First Credit Union is about more than that. Just ask Janece: “They make me feel like family. I’m part of something special and feel really comfortable here. We trust Community First to take good care of us. They really are helpful, and I can hear them smiling whenever I talk with them on the phone. They actually called me to help me earn more money on my deposits. They’ve been great to us.” If you want to earn more money on your deposits, pay less interest on your loans, and get so many other great benefits that come with owning your own community-minded financial, bring your banking to Community First Credit Union—and become a member/owner. It’s much easier than most people think, as Janece will tell you:

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I will never do two homes alike. Never. I feel everyone wants to make their own statement. They may like a similar light fixture or accessory, but I make sure to do it differently and to match their lifestyle.


— Nicole Rabach, Nicole Rabach Designs


HOME SECTION | Home organization


by Lauren Waters

Home décor style tips by Laura Broullire

3 kitchen remodel questions by Jennifer Hogeland

HEALTH | Understanding OCD by Emily Bowles

BODY | Clothing that flatters by Alison Ver Halen

MIND | Apps for inspiration by Jennifer Hogeland

COVER | Nicole Rabach

by Jennifer Hogeland

MIND | Financials in order by Jennifer Hogeland

ASPIRE | Forgetfulness or dementia by Laura Broullire

SPIRIT | Recipe for success Emily Bowles

Q&A with Dr. Ann McKee by Jennifer Hogeland

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Volume 15 Number 13 | August 15, 2017

Publisher Leslie Asare

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Editor Jennifer Hogeland

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Contributing writers Laura Broullire, Emily Bowles, Jennifer Hogeland, Alison Ver Halen, Lauren Waters

Nicole Rabach

Cover photography by Debbie Daanen, Debbie Daanen Photography, Appleton Hair and makeup by Trisha Williams, Spa Verde, Egg Harbor


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y mid-August, our focus usually changes from summer fun to preparing for fall. I’m ready to get back into a routine and to get my home ready for the chaos that comes in September. This issue of Women magazine is devoted to the home — organizing, decorating and remodeling. Writer Lauren Waters reveals simple home organizing tips and tricks. Laura Broullire offers home decorating advice, including how to accessorize with each new season. Interior designer Nicole Rabach is our cover woman this month. The lovely Door County native welcomed us into her home and shared her path to business ownership. She reveals her design philosophy and offers advice when decorating. Nicole and her husband are also making an impact on the community with their Fifth Quarter Foundation. Check out her story to learn more! Happy reading! Jennifer Hogeland, editor [email protected]

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Like many moms, my kitchen is my favorite room in the house. We recently renovated our kitchen to include a prep sink and beautiful, durable quartz countertops have made the investment worth it! My kids love to help cook or just sit at the counter and chat. It’s quality, creative time for us. Julie Tadych, Green Bay

The dining room is my favorite room in the house because it has seen plenty of activity: large buffets for friends, intimate dinner parties and family feasts. That is the great thing about the dinner table, you experience all sorts of emotions together — you celebrate, have serious family discussions, play table games and enjoy dessert!  

My favorite room in the house is my living room. It’s my favorite because it’s where I get the best snuggles from my kids and animals. Chelsey Schaumberg, Seymour

My favorite room in the house is our bedroom. It’s a place where I can unwind and relax. It is very tranquil and has a great view of our backyard. It’s a place where my husband and I can talk without distractions. Cindy Gorr, Kiel

My favorite room is the living room, which is also like a library with shelves of books and eclectic decorations. It is where my kids and I gather with the kittens and dog to talk, snuggle and watch movies. I also just bought new furniture, so it’s nice to curl up on a new recliner or couch and relax in the sunshine pouring in from one of the several windows. Megan Mulholland, Appleton

I would have to say my favorite room of a home would be the living room. I believe it’s the heart of the home, where friends and family can all enjoy one’s company. It’s also my favorite room to decorate — you can bring out such an array of feelings with all the seasons here in Wisconsin.  Taylor Rae Kolbeck, Appleton

My favorite room is actually not in the house — it’s my front porch. Sitting on the front porch is my serenity whether having a drink, listening to the rain or just chatting with family and/or friends. Peaceful beauty.  Sherri Dessell, Suamico

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ome people find organizing their home to be easy and even enjoyable, while for others, it may seem stressful or like an impossible feat. If organizing doesn’t come naturally to you, you’re probably wondering where to start and how to make it last. Things can be especially tricky when dealing with all the extra stuff we accumulate throughout the different seasons. Luckily the local experts have some great organizational tips and tricks to whip your home into shape.


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UTILIZE YOUR SPACE Many people think they’re incapable of keeping their house organized. Jennifer Perrin, owner of Pretty Neat Organizers, says it may be tough in the beginning, but it’ll be worth it in the long run. “The first things I tell people is it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” she explains. “You have to touch everything to determine what needs to stay and what can go.” Perrin recommends starting your journey where the stuff can pile up the most: the basement. “People tend to shove everything down there so it’s out of sight, which is why it is usually the most disorganized,” she says. One tip that Jennifer Strachan, owner and professional organizer with In Its Place Organizing Services, has for your basement is to add lighting. “I’m a firm believer that the space needs to be well lit,” she explains. “When it’s darker, we don’t want to go in there as much, so things tend to get disorganized.”




home Strachan recommends using shelving in your basement or garage to clear off the floor and keep things more tidy. Your local hardware store can cut shelving for you or you can use durable, plastic shelving, which Strachan says has come a long way over the years. Another main point of disorganization in someone’s home can be the kitchen, where mail and other paperwork can pile up. “If you don’t have an office or desk right there, the kitchen is going to be your command center, so it’s important to keep it as organized as possible,” says Strachan. She recommends dividing the papers up between short-term paperwork — medical bills, upcoming school events — and long-term paperwork — warranties and more. Strachan then suggests filing away your long-term paperwork in another area of your home and using a portable, hanging file system for the more active paperwork. “This way you keep the important papers handy and easy to access,” she adds.

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SEASON TO SEASON In Wisconsin, we know the weather can change in an instant, so we always need four seasons of clothing and accessories on hand. What’s the easiest way to keep the items organized that we’re not currently using? Perrin says if you can’t fit all your warm and cold weather clothing in your closet, one option is to store them in the basement on covered racks. For accessories like winter hats, mittens and scarves, Strachan suggests placing them in totes labeled “offseason.” That way, you can swap out your accessories in the tote each season. “If you are spending more than a minute looking for something, you may need to simplify the containers more,” Strachan explains. “Separating the totes by family member can really help keep things organized.” As much as it hurts to say, soon we will have to put away the items that brought us so much joy this summer, such as bikes, grills and patio furniture. Perrin recommends that you have a plan where everything goes in the off-season — patio furniture gets stored in the basement and bikes get hung up in garage. However, when it comes to clothing or any other items that you didn’t use this season, do not store them for next year. “That’s a hard thing for people to grasp,” Perrin says. “But the concept is pretty simple — don’t hold onto stuff you don’t need.” w Women I AUGUST 15, 2017

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e’ve all been inspired by one of those home decorating shows and then gazed dreamily around our own living rooms, longing for a fresh look. But where to begin? And how to make a big impact without spending big bucks? Start simply, says Elizabeth Stange, A.S.I.D., head designer and co-owner of Stange’s of Waupaca. Especially, she says, when choosing key furniture pieces. “I would try to stay away from really big trends and stay with more simple lines — things that aren’t tied to a certain period,” Stange says. “Do that with your big, main pieces. Then get a little more style or trendy with your smaller pieces and accessories.”

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Incorporating art into home décor When picking out upholstery for your sofa or sectional, Desiree Nasto recommends sticking to a basic, neutral palate. “I would go with beige or gray, maybe with some texture. That will keep the look more timeless instead of trendy,” advises the interior designer and assistant buyer at Wenz Home Furniture, Green Bay. “Then you can accent that with bold colors. So when you want to change it, it’s very easy.” While you can always reupholster a couch, Stange advises furniture shopping with an eye for the future: “You may like something now, but not in 10 years,” she says. “You don’t want to be committed to a big piece that cost a lot of money.” Getting creative with multi-functional pieces is another way to change the look of a room, Nasto says. Instead of a traditional TV stand, she’s seeing homeowners use accent chests instead. “Most people are mounting their TVs anyway, and there aren’t as many components as there used to be,” Nasto says. Using an accent chest “is a cool way to make a statement.” She also recommends outside-the-box thinking for upholstered benches: “You can put them in a foyer. They can go at the foot of the bed or be used as an ottoman,” Nasto says. Stange is also a proponent of moving furniture pieces from room to room for a change in function and style. “Repurpose an end table to be a night stand, or a night stand to be an end table,” she says. When it comes to changing accessories throughout the year, Nasto says you can never go wrong in taking your cues from nature. “Use the environment as your influence,” she advises, adding that the warm reds, browns and golds of the fall leaves are ideal to use indoors as autumn approaches. “Throw pillows on a sofa or chair or throw blankets will give a room that cozy, warm feel,” Nasto says. The same is true for table runners and area rugs – both of which can add pops of color to a space. Stange encourages homeowners to have fun changing out pictures, accessories and tabletop décor as the seasons change. Window treatments, too, which are simpler today, Stange suggests. Today’s trend? Simple blinds for privacy, Stange explains, paired with curtain panels that can be switched out for the seasons or repurposed from room to room. She also says the “glam” look is making a comeback and bringing with it a lot of glitz, glitter and gold. But if you like the look of a piece, hang on to it, Stange says – even if you don’t currently see it in any décor magazines. Because, as Stange concludes, “what goes around comes around.” w WWW.MYWOMENMAGAZINE.COM

Homeowners crave a space that is beautiful and unique. Art allows you to create a one-of-a-kind space, but how do you select the perfect piece? Karen Hertz-Sumnicht, owner of Avenue Art & Company in Appleton, explains how to incorporate art into your décor.

Q: When shopping for a piece of art, what should you look for? A: My advice to a client that is looking for artwork is first and foremost to select a piece of art that you personally find interesting and enjoy looking at.  It is popular to match art to a particular interior space but this can often lead to a room that does not reflect personal uniqueness.  It is helpful to consider the scale of the art.  Often, I will suggest making a list of what a client is interested in — texture, photography, figurative, landscape or abstract — and let these elements help guide the search for artwork.

Q: How can you ensure the art is timeless — something you love and want to display for a long time?   A: If you purchase artwork that personally speaks to you, it is more likely you will enjoy that particular piece of art for years. Original art is always a good investment because you are supporting the arts, the materials are longer-lasting and it can be an investment that you are personally involved with.

Q: How does a piece of art add interest to a room? A: Artwork can add texture, depth, drama, a focal point or add a backdrop to any room.  A small intimate room might host an oversize piece of art creating an element of drama and scale.  A single larger-scale piece of art can be complemented by groupings or a collection.  Strategically arranging the art can be an art in and of itself.








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Q: When considering a kitchen remodel, where should I start? Tracy Lyons, interior designer at FloorQuest in Oshkosh, recommends determining what will be the “star of the show.” “The countertop determines if the floor needs to be more subtle, to help support the countertop’s pattern, or if you need a floor with more character because the countertop is subtle,” she says. “It depends which way you want to go — if you want the floor to be the star, or the countertop.” Judy Kimble, marketing leader at Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store, explains they work with homeowners to create a plan and define expectations. This includes discussing a timeline, what’s involved in a tear-out, setting a budget range as well as capturing their vision and helping finalize decisions. “When doing a kitchen remodel, it’s good to get the whole picture. When you are trying to pull together your cabinetry, counterWWW.MYWOMENMAGAZINE.COM




he kitchen is the heart of the home — where we gather with family and friends to share meals and memories. If your kitchen isn’t functional, the floors, cabinets and countertop are dated or you just don’t love the room, it’s time for a remodel. The material options and kitchen trends can make it difficult to redesign your space. Area experts offer answers to three common kitchen remodel questions.



tops and floor, consider going to a location that offers all of these options,” says Lyons. “I think it’s critical to see the whole picture before making the investment, even if you aren’t doing everything at the same time.”

Q: What trends should I consider when remodeling my kitchen? Kimble suggests selecting products you love, but this is also the time to think outside the box. “How do you want to utilize a product? What kind of cooking do you want to do? How can you have the best functionality? By answering these questions, you can make the space yours,” says Kimble. “I talk to my clients about trends and recommend making selections based on what they like. Do you like the trend, or just the idea of it?” asks Lyons. “It becomes a question of how trendy do you want to be and how quickly do you plan to change your space. Whatever you choose, we want it to be something you can live with or you can change as your tastes change.” Lyons explains if a homeowner wants to dabble with something trendy, the kitchen backsplash is a perfect place to experiment. It’s an easy accent to change without an overly expensive price tag. She’ll talk extensively to homeowners considering something trendy on the floor because that’s part of a kitchen for a long time. As far as trends to embrace, Kimble recommends focusing on functionality. “One of the biggest trends right now is less clutter,” she adds. “There are so many space-saving options today that every kitchen remodel should consider.”

Q: When doing a kitchen remodel, where do you get the most out of your investment? Both Kimble and Lyons agree the countertop is where you’ll get the most bang for your buck. “The countertop is the most used space in your kitchen — it’s used daily, over and over again,” adds Lyon. Kimble explains quartz countertops are incredibly popular right now, surpassing granite, which was all the rage a few years ago. New flooring also makes a dramatic statement in a kitchen remodel. Lyons reveals rigid core vinyl is an increasingly common product for heavy traffic areas like the kitchen. “It is a vinyl plank on the surface but has a rigid core that helps strengthen and support the vinyl on the top. It’s also completely waterproof,” she says. “We are noticing this product is being installed in the kitchen and throughout the rest of the house.” w 13





bsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects over 2 percent of the American population. As many as 60 million Americans have probably experienced some symptoms of OCD.

“OCD is made up of two parts: obsessions and compulsions — also referred to as rituals,” explains Breanna Vonck-Arndt, MSW, LCSW, of ThedaCare Behavioral Health in Menasha. Erin VandenLangenberg, PhD, MPH, a pediatric psychologist and training director for Catalpa Health, defines an obsession as “a thought or image that a person has over and over again even though 14

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they try not to have it or do not want to have it. The thought or image brings up distressing feelings and anxiety for a person.” “A compulsion, also known as a ritual, is an action that a person engages in repeatedly and feels like they cannot stop. The compulsion is meant to get rid of or erase the obsession and reduce the distress associated with it,” explains VandenLangenberg. “OCD is time-consuming and gets in the way of day-to-day life,” says Vonck-Arndt. “The condition can affect males and females at any age at any location in the world.” IDENTIFYING OCD “Sometimes OCD can be very difficult to detect because the compulsions can include invisible mental rituals, like counting or repeating phrases in one’s head,” says VandenLangenberg. Individuals with OCD may not be accurately diagnosed because they are embarrassed to discuss their symptoms or are misdiagnosed by a physician, psychiatrist or therapist, explains Vonck-Arndt. “People tend to seek assessment and treatment when their symptoms have a negative impact on others or on their quality of life. For example, a person might be progressively later for work because compulsions make it take longer and longer for the individual to leave the house,” she says. “Although OCD is different from person to person, each person is triggered by an obsession to perform the compulsion,” Vonck-Arndt explains. “Some common obsessions in OCD are contamination fears, loss of control, harm, perfectionism, unwanted sexual thoughts and scrupulosity or religious obsession.”

OCD on and off when you want to,” Vonck-Arndt says. “Making statements about someone with a mental health disorder being crazy is harmful and keeps stigma alive, which in turn may prevent people from seeking support.” TREATMENT Vonck-Arndt points out OCD is treatable. “Even though OCD feels controlling, treatment helps the person to fight back against their symptoms. Individuals can live happy, healthy lives,” she says. “People with OCD can live in many healthy and happy ways,” agrees VandenLangenberg. “There are excellent treatments available for people with OCD. At Catalpa, we have clinicians trained to use gold standard OCD treatment of Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) to help children with this diagnosis. There are also several providers in the Fox Valley who have this training and see adults.” As we learn more about OCD, we can all play a role in dismantling stereotypes and dispelling stigmas so that individuals impacted by it can seek and receive the treatment they need to break free from OCD’s grip on their daily lives. w

STEREOTYPES AND STRUGGLES According to VandenLangenberg individuals impacted by OCD may minimize the impact it has on them — and people who don’t have it misuse the word in a way that is problematic. “Some people will casually make remarks about being obsessed with something or comment that their behaviors are OCD, using the phrase outside of its clinical context. These kinds of remarks can diminish or minimize the suffering of people who truly do struggle with OCD,” VandenLangenberg says. One common misconception is that someone with OCD chooses the behavior. “Someone with OCD would love to just stop the obsessions and compulsions, but you can’t turn WWW.MYWOMENMAGAZINE.COM







omen have long complained about the fact that, for decades, the fashion industry has been creating clothes that look best on “hangars” — the very skinny women who don’t appear to have an ounce of visible fat on them. So as tempting as it may be to try and chase the latest fashions, the current trend might not look as good on most of us as it does on the fashion models. In fact, not necessarily going for the trendiest look was the first piece of advice offered by Jill Muenster, manager at Furs and Clothing of Distinction in Green Bay.


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“Even though the trend may be to wear something that has a really wide leg, that may not work for everybody,” says Muenster. “So we shouldn’t be afraid to go to things that aren’t exactly the biggest, most popular thing, because it doesn’t always work for us.” On the other hand, sometimes there are trends that look good on just about everyone. For example, the cold shoulder tops and dresses that are everywhere right now look good on a lot of women because they expose the shoulder while hiding the rest of the arm, making it a good option for women who are sensitive about their arms. “The cold shoulder look is really in right now and it’s a great way to accentuate your shoulders, but cover up the troublesome spots, if you feel like you have those,” adds Brittany Manwill, assistant manager at Apricot Lane in Appleton. “I think most women are insecure about their arms.” When it comes to dresses, Manwill recommends the empire waist for almost everyone. “It’s probably the most universally flattering because it makes anyone’s waist look smaller.” More important than the style is the fit. “Don’t wear your clothes too big, because that will just make you look bigger,” says Muenster. “And don’t wear your clothes too tight, because that’s not flattering either.” Something that’s really trendy, but doesn’t fit right, just won’t look as good as something that’s a little more off-trend, but fits perfectly. That’s why it’s so important to try everything on before you buy it, and get professional help whenever you can. “Make sure you shop at places that have people to assist you — professionals who know how things 18

should fit,” said Muenster. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to wear clothing you feel comfortable wearing. “I feel like women are too hard on themselves,” says Manwill. “There are different things you can do to cover up, but it’s also just about whatever makes you feel comfortable. If you feel confident in it and you feel like you can rock it, just go with it.”  w

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Find inspiration for home remodeling and design at your fingertips with these useful apps.

APPS FOR INSPIRATION Houzz Houzz showcases countless photos for home renovation inspiration. Create boards to store ideas for your home. Search for articles, ask advice from forums or purchase products. Be sure to check out the feature to view your room in 3D.

iHandy Carpenter With the iHandy Carpenter app, you have all the important home measurement tools in your hand. The app includes a ruler, bubble level, surface level, plumb bob and protractor.

HomeZada Manage your home’s maintenance and improvement projects with HomeZada. The app allows you to plan and document the project from start to finish. WWW.MYWOMENMAGAZINE.COM

TapPainter Play with paint colors with TapPainter. Take photos of your home and find the perfect color for a room without having to paint splotches on the wall. The app makes it possible to match the colors of a favorite object in a room or to change a color’s hue and brightness.

iFixIt iFixIt demonstrates how to diagnose and repair household appliances with tutorials. The step-bystep instructions make it possible for anyone to be a handyman. Purchase replacement parts from the online store.

Magic Plan Create an indoor map of your space to help you design the perfect floor plan. Magic Plan allows users to choose more than 400 objects — fixtures, appliances and more — to make a visual map of a room.

Brightnest Brightnest is part home management tool, part home improvement app. The app sets up to-do lists with scheduled tasks for home maintenance and provides thousands of articles with DIY projects, organizing tips and more. 19


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icole Rabach has always had an interest in interior design. When most teens were saving for designer jeans, Rabach used her money to buy new bedding for her everchanging bedroom.



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Nicole Rabach “As a child, I’d rearrange my room all the time. The JC Penney catalog would come and instead of looking at the toys I’d flip through the home décor pages,” she adds. Rabach received training in business and design. The Sturgeon Bay native married Casey, her high school sweetheart, and was soon whisked off to the east coast to support his NFL career. Her home inspired others and soon friends were asking Rabach for design help. “I was helping design and decorate other NFL teammates’ homes, receiving an invitation after having them to our home. Friends and family always asked me for design suggestions and told me I should be doing this for a living. I always agreed, but life was so busy taking care of kids with my husband’s career,” says Rabach. Casey played for the Baltimore Ravens for four years; he spent six years with the Washington Redskins. After his 10-year NFL career, the couple moved back to Door County. Rabach decided it was her turn to pursue her passion. In 2012, she established Nicole Rabach Designs. FAMILY AND BUSINESS BALANCE Nicole and Casey have three darling children — Alana, 12, Porter, 10 and Siena, 7, and two wellmannered English Labs, Gibb and Gigi. The couple tackle kid duty together. She devotes as many as 40 hours a week or more to her interior design business; he helps with installations and any heavy lifting. Rabach explains every day is a little different. Clients need her the most in the fall, although their 22

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Nicole Rabach Fifth Quarter Foundation is busy in the summer. “When my kids are in school I’m the busiest. I try to get everything done before picking them up and running for their activities,” says Rabach. “I am a planner. I live by what is on my calendar. Sometimes things are thrown off, but it always works out in the end. I take time to enjoy life as we all know it is much too short. I love what I do. This was meant to be.” DESIGN PHILOSOPHY Rabach takes a personal approach to interior design. Every client’s tastes — and every client’s needs — are different. When working with a new client, she begins with a consultation. “Everyone uses spaces and their homes differently,” says Rabach. “I want to make sure I get all or most of that information before I start researching products. And I will never do two homes alike. Never. I feel everyone wants to make their own statement. They may like a similar light fixture or accessory, but I make sure to do it differently and to match their lifestyle.” She explains some clients just need a consultation — for Rabach to see their space and offer suggestions. Others don’t have a vision and need help with floor plans, finding a builder or contractor and more. Rabach will shop for clients or suggest where to shop. Because she doesn’t own a store, the sourcing options are endless. Rabach explains she can find clients the best deal or locate a one-of-akind piece. She loves to support local businesses when possible. “I feel the difference between myself and other designers is I’m completely honest. If something 24

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Nicole Rabach

What do you like to do in your free time? Go boating with my family or swim — something on the water. Do you have any hobbies? Gardening and cooking.  

What is something few people know about you? I am a celiac.  

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What is your favorite room in your house? Our four-seasons porch. 

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isn’t right or isn’t working I want them to know,” she adds. Rabach designs living spaces for homes across the country. While she does travel to assist clients, technology makes it easy to advise from far away. She recently offered design advice to a client who has a home on a Caribbean island communicating through text and email. Her favorite part of design? The reveal, although she doesn’t like to be there when a client sees the space for the first time. “I feel they need to look around and take it all in. My favorite moment was when I had a client call me after seeing her home for the first time all done. She was crying out of complete happiness of the overall look and feel. Then she put her husband on the phone and he was in awe,” says Rabach. “I love to make people love their space. That is the way it should be in your home.” In Rabach’s home, her mission was to make every room comfortable. She explains there isn’t a space that you can’t put your feet up. While she has a busy family, everything is organized and in its place. When asked for one piece of design advice to share with readers, Rabach recommends overscaling rather under-scaling furniture. “Less is more. Get rid of the little things and go larger,” adds Rabach.

She explains when most think of Door County, they focus on the beauty of the area and don’t realize many families that call the area home live in poverty. There is a tremendous need in the community. To raise funds, Fifth Quarter Foundation hosts two events each year — a golf tournament in June and a fishing event a few weeks later. The golf tournament is held at Horseshoe Bay Club in Egg Harbor. Rabach reveals they try to max out at 30 teams. They charter salmon and bass boats for the fishing event. A celebrity dinner is held the day before, featuring NFL alumni. Rather than write a check, the Foundation looks to make a direct impact on those in need. If a sports team needs equipment, they’ll tap into their resources and deliver the desired items. “We’ll ask for their wish list and we’ll call our equipment contact and get the equipment directly to them. It’s instant,” she adds. LOOKING FORWARD When asked to picture herself in five years, Rabach laughs, imagining herself decorating her kids’ college dorm rooms. “I really do not know what the future holds, other than I plan to be busy with my husband and kids and will always have my special interior design clients,” she adds. w 27






ake control of your money once and for all. Commit to getting your finances in order by this fall. The first step: actively manage your finances. “Taking control of your finances prevents them from controlling you. It puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes to making choices and achieving your goals,” says Laurie Butz, SVP organizational development, investment and insurance services for Community First Credit Union in Appleton.


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Philip Mears, home mortgage consultant at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Appleton, recommends beginning by evaluating your current financial situation. Write down your income, savings, living expenses and debt. Butz says to gather everything you can about where your money is — savings, checking and investments — where it goes — bills, loans, groceries, entertainment — and what you own — home, vehicles, 401(k) and insurance. “Be willing to take the time over a month or longer to capture a full view of your income, spending and saving,” adds Butz. “Be sure to account for semi-annual expenses, like auto or home insurance and property taxes.” Mears encourages clients to put expenses into categories. “You’ll be surprised to see how the little expenses add up,” he adds. Then look at your financial goals. Mears suggests differentiating between wants and needs. The next step is to determine what you’re willing to do to reach your goals. “Write down a plan of what you want to do and have deadlines for finishing them,” he says. “We all have financial choices. We all have limited resources. Having more of one thing means you have to give up another thing.” But, why is it important to take an organized approach to your finances? Butz believes knowledge is power. “By removing uncertainty about your finances, you gain control over your financial decisions and how they affect not only your current budget, but also your progress toward goals,” she says. Butz suggests using tools, like a software program or old-fashioned pen and paper to keep track of your money. Review your expenses and savings regularly, balance your checking account and review your credit card statements carefully. “Use tools like online banking and automatic alerts on your accounts and credit cards for withdrawals, deposits and transactions to keep you informed on daily activity in your accounts,” adds Butz. Getting your financial house in order takes time, but being organized makes it easier to spend smart and to reach your goals. For all financial matters, it’s best to visit your financial representative to develop a plan that fits your unique situation. w WWW.MYWOMENMAGAZINE.COM


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ou walk into a room and have to stop and ask yourself, “Now why did I come in here again?” Dementia? No – that’s perfectly normal behavior, say local memory experts. “Everyone has some signs of forgetfulness,” says Barb Pandolfo, executive director of Touchmark on West Prospect in Appleton. While we’ve all had to backtrack to find a lost item, Pandolfo says the red flag is when you don’t know which route to backtrack. Or when you are holding your car keys and you don’t know what to do with them. “Everyone has those ‘senior moments.’ That’s a natural part of aging,” says Michelle Graf, a senior care consultant with CarePatrol Fox Cities. “What’s not natural is getting lost and not remembering how to get home.” DEMENTIA, ALZHEIMER’S OR AGING? Dementia is an umbrella term that covers all forms of cognitive decline, says Graf, who helps families find senior housing options


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for their loved ones. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, as 70 percent of dementia patients have Alzheimer’s, Graf says. It’s not always easy to pinpoint whether forgetfulness – in oneself or others – is normal, Graf says. She identifies key warning signs as “forgetting about things that were never an issue in the past, like cooking something on the stove and then walking away, or sudden changes in personality.” She also recommends watching for changes in personal hygiene, notices unpaid bills or forgetting to water the plants. “Sometimes a person will come to me and say, ‘There just something that’s not quite right with my memory,’” says Lynn Ann

Clausing Rusch, program director of the Fox Valley Memory Project. While stress and trying to do too many things at once can also lead to confusion, Clausing Rusch says she typically recommends a doctor visit to rule out any physical issues. Pandolfo explains dehydration, a medication reaction or urinary tract infection can manifest as dementia-like symptoms. “Older adults might be dealing with the loss of a spouse or the reduced size of their friend base. Maybe they’re seeing a change in their neighborhood,” she adds. “With all these things going on, it can be kind of a pile-on situation.” “It’s really important for people to be educated and understand it, and not to panic,” Pandolfo says. “Speak to your physician. Speak to your family. But do not be afraid.” She says there is a huge stigma attached to dementia in older adults, which can be a barrier to seeking treatment. EARLY DETECTION IS KEY If a person does have dementia, it’s critical to get that diagnosis as soon as possible, suggests Clausing Rusch, whose organization offers programs and services to make our community more dementia-friendly. She explains if dementia can be caught early enough, then people are capable of making their own decisions regarding their care. “There is a dire need to do this while the patient – the person who is going to be affected the most – will have some input on these decisions,” adds Clausing Rusch. CONTINUED ON PAGE 36




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ondering how to serve up the best possible version of yourself? Check out these tips and tricks that are sure to help you find the right recipe for success, no matter what ingredients you have on hand!

COOK UP A CAN-DO ATTITUDE Becca DeRuyter, director of personal training at Lake Park Swim & Fitness in Menasha, advises women to have these three basic ingredients on hand at all times: think positively, eat mindfully and move intentionally. Her recipe? “First, set aside 30 minutes without distraction, in a comfortable setting and a pen and paper. Next, create an intention for the upcoming week for each of the ingredients. Finally, set aside another 15 minutes at the

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YOUR BODY IS ONE OF YOUR BEST INGREDIENTS Fortify your body with positive physical activities and healthy foods like almonds, vegetables and string cheese. Then set aside time for movement. DeRuyter encourages women to start small. “Can you intentionally move your body for 5-10 minutes each day?” she asks. “I believe with all my heart that you can.” “Once I found a routine that worked with my schedule, exercise became a necessary part of my life,” notes Tennessen. “When exercising is pushed back in priorities, I can tell I am more irritable with my husband, have more negative self-talk and feel more defeated.” Avoid an all-or-nothing mindset. “Going even when I can’t get in a full workout keeps me in the routine and makes me more quickly bounce back into a healthy routine for me,” says Tennessen.




end of the week to assess how you have done and reflect on your success. Repeat as needed. Be prepared to succeed, modify, fail, forget, be human.” Anna Brayton Tennessen of the Chiropractic Advantage in Appleton thinks of success as a soup. “You throw the ingredients and take a taste. You may realize that you need a little more of this or that depending on the day, season and amount of time you have,” she says. “Throw in a cup of trials, a cup of quality sleep, a cup of time for yourself, a cup of time spent with positive people, ½ cup of trying new things, ½ cup of time spent doing something you know you love and 2 cups of being selective about advice. Only take advice from people you’d trade places with.”


SHOW YOUR LOVED ONES WHAT’S COOKING If you prepare the healthy meals but can’t force yourself to eat them, there’s no way your children will. The same is true for other aspects of becoming your best self. “You must practice what you preach,” Tennessen reminds us. “People don’t follow what you say; they follow what you do.” “As women, we’re quick to put everyone else before ourselves,” observes DeRuyter. “But if you don’t take care of yourself first, you will not be able to take care of others. So enjoy a piece of good chocolate. Make time for your girlfriends without the kids. Read the book. Buy the shoes!” And don’t be afraid if the recipe doesn’t always turn out the way you planned. “No one is perfect,” DeRuyter reminds us. “And change is hard. If we could all be a little bit more child-like and try and try again until we get it done.” That might just be the extra dash of seasoning your recipe for success needs. w 33






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ppleton native Ann McKee, M.D. is known for her groundbreaking work in neurology, specifically increasing the understanding of the roles concussions and head injuries play in longterm brain health.

Dr. McKee will be the featured speaker at the Women’s Fund of the Fox Valley Region at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel on Sept. 7. She kindly took the time to answer a few questions for Women magazine. Q: What inspired you to train in neurology? The brain has so many functions — it controls your memory, your feelings, your athletic ability, your reflexes and how quickly you can compute. It is this massive, lightning-fast, adaptable computer that is positively amazing. Q: How is doing presentations throughout the country helping you further the understanding the roles that concussions and head injuries play in long-term brain health? When I’m standing up there, I often look to my right and left, wondering if someone else should be doing this and I realized no, it’s up to me. The presentations help people understand that the brain is fragWWW.MYWOMENMAGAZINE.COM


ile and we need to minimize the amount of impact. I think the personal stories of the athletes and veterans hit home. People can identify with that. Q: How does it feel to come home (to Appleton) to share your knowledge and experiences? I have to say it’s a little strange to come back as an expert in the field — I left as a kid. I have so much fondness for Appleton and the Fox River Valley and my family who still lives there. I love coming back. And the fact that I’m coming back and I have something to offer is an honor. Q: What can attendees They want to hear my personal story, about the work and where the work has gone in the last eight years. I will talk about the challenge of being a woman, the challenge of speaking up and the challenge of believing in yourself when others would rather you would go away. Q: Do people not want to hear what you have to say? No, people don’t want to hear it. Football is America’s favorite sport or pastime. There is a worship for football that goes beyond sports. It’s a culture and I’m challenging it. That is viewed negatively by many people. It’s been hard. I question myself all the time but the truth is important and the truth will win out. Q: What ultimately has to happen? I think football has to radically change. There is an intrinsic aspect of football that is dangerous for your brain. It is the collision. Imagine notackle football — that is a revolutionary idea and not one people want to hear. It’s going to require something, like limiting the amount of time they can play football, limiting practice, changing the rules, making the field larger, having fewer players on the field, ensuring fewer collisions on the field, it’s going to have to be something that is pretty radical. I’m not sure it will happen in my lifetime. Q: What about kids playing football? I think sports are very important. Even if you decide to play football you can play smart. You can minimize your head contact. If you are injured, stay out. There are a lot of things that can be done to make football safer. Much of it is common sense. Q: What’s next for you? I can’t talk about it but we have some things coming up that I think will make some real splashes this fall — stay tuned. Q: What, if anything, would you tell a younger Ann? Believe in yourself. Trust yourself. Try not to second-guess yourself or let your self-doubt impede you. Forge ahead. w 35


“Another reason to get to the primary care practitioner is to possibly obtain medication – not to stop (dementia) but to possibly lessen the symptoms for a time. It’s not a magic wand, but some treatment options have given some people more time,” Clausing Rusch says. Pandolfo is also a proponent of seeking medical help sooner rather than later and taking advantage of local resources. “Hit it square in the face and don’t be afraid. Be educated. Education is key. Education is power.” For more information on the Fox Valley Memory Project at Lutheran Social Services, visit foxvalleymemoryproject.com. For additional resources for Alzheimer’s patients, call the Alzheimer’s Association Green Bay Outreach Office at (920) 469-2110 or visit alz.org. w

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a nationwide event seeking to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Local events are scheduled for Sept. 16 in Green Bay and Oshkosh, and Sept. 23, 2017 in Appleton. For more info, visit alz.org.

If a loved one is suffering from memory loss, Paula Gibson, regional director of communications and engagement at Azura Memory Care, recommends: • If you know a loved one is struggling to remember, don’t quiz them. “Accept them where they are at and love them anyway.”

• Don’t correct them. “Sometimes we have to put ourselves in their shoes to understand they are constantly hearing ‘no’ they

can’t do things or we are correcting them. If someone is constantly doing that to you, how would you eventually feel?” • Talk about things that are relevant to them, not you. Live in their world for a while. “That is when you are going to have the best conversations.” • Focus on the moment. It’s difficult for seniors to keep up with technology so put it away and enjoy time together. • Look through old photographs. “You’ll hear stories you never heard before just by pulling out old photos.” • Bridge the gap with music. For kids hoping to make a connection with a grandparent, introduce them to tunes from years ago and the two can listen to the music together.



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pickled vegetable salad with sesame seeds In Japanese, "sunomono" — which means "vinegared things" — refers to a salad of thinly sliced vegetables that are marinated in rice vinegar and soy sauce. The result is a salad with a slight pickled quality, sweetened with a touch of sugar. Ingredients /3 cup rice wine vinegar* 2 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce ½ medium English cucumber, halved lengthwise, very thinly sliced on a diagonal 2 medium carrots or daikon radishes, very thinly sliced

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