March 2012

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from our staff what I've learned this month... by Kristin Neuman Lighten Up As the days are getting longer and the weight of winter starts to fall away, we're ready to jump-start the season and put a little spring in your step with an issue full of fresh inspiration. Start with our annual bridal guide. We've Wall of 100 been living vicariously through the three couples featured on p. 51 for months now. Whether you are planning a wedding, have a few on your calendar this year, or simply love a good love story, see how these three pairs created wedding days that celebrate the best of the outdoors in Wisconsin. Th en fi nd a positive story about local teens taking on (and talking about) a sub- ject that can make adults blush. While politicians, parents and educators debate how to approach sex ed in schools, these 10 teens are working with local health care providers and their peers to ensure a healthier future for their generation (p. 59). If you're looking for a healthy dose of The wall at Barriques where you can fi nd a collection of quality wines for under $10. This sounds like a wall worth tackling with a few friends! "Live in a Man's World," p. 28 Th e number of weddings that reminded me how having seasons in Wisconsin is not a 3 bad thing, but a beautiful one. "The Bridal Guide," p. 51 They're just perspective for your life, our introduction to Madison's Moms of Comedy on p. 44 is a must read. Find out the philosophy that helps them get through temper tantrums, dirty dishes and everything else life throws their way. If you're hunting for a bit of fun (guar- "Madison's Moms of Comedy," p. 44 anteed!), don't miss your guide to the annual Madison Kids Expo. It's our second year bringing this event to Madison, and we couldn't be more excited (it might be because we've tested out both the bouncy houses and the trampolines!). Turn to p. 39 for a preview, visit to download your discount coupon, and then join us March 17 and 18 at Exhibition Hall in the Alliant Energy Center for all the fun. Here's to warm, sunny days ahead! Sarah DeRoo Editor in Chief 8 Michelle Reddington Publisher BRAVA Magazine March 2012 The amount of money Suzanne Litscher has spent warming those going through chemother- apy with her handmade hats, gloves and scarves. My hat's off $1,500 to her for her hard work! "Work to Inspire," p. 38 two words but they can teach you a lot about how to respond to life's little bumps in the road. Thanks, women of Monkey Business Institute for the new motto! After hearing all that Kay Stevens and Wisconsin Youth Company do to offer local children enrichment activities, I am looking forward to seeing local youth groups in action at Celebrating Youth, a presenta- tion at the Madison Kids Expo, March 17 and 18. "Work with Me," p. 35 " " yes,and...

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