Monday, December 24, 2012



Hello everyone!  Here we are - the last month of the year!  There's a nip in the air, Christmas lights are popping up everywhere, and the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is here!  There are many different traditions and activities that take place during the month of December and the Montana Woman family is excited to share some of our traditions with you.  As you thumb through the pages of this month’s issue, I hope you are inspired to share some of your traditions with us on our Facebook page.   You may have a special recipe, craft, or activity.  Whatever it is, please share it with us!
Regardless of whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas or Solstice, the holidays are important to us all.  It is a time of tradition and time spent with family and friends.  Unfortunately, it is also a time of tremendous pressure.  Pressure to find the perfect gift.  Pressure to cook the perfect meal.  Pressure to attend all the holiday activities and parties.  Pressure to achieve perfection.  This year I encourage you to relax and enjoy the holiday season.  Don’t expect perfection from yourself or the ones you love.  Be grateful for every minute of life, no matter how messy.  After all, isn’t it the messy moments that make some of the best memories? 
Over the years, I have found that it isn’t the present that truly matters.  It is the love put into picking the present.  I recently learned of a new way to give love with all presents.  I am going to embrace this new concept and make it part of my year round gift giving tradition.  It is simple really.  I will write “appreciations” to every person I give a gift to – a simple little note attached to each present to let the receiver know how much I care about them and how their presence enriches my life.  
Growing up, my mother instilled in her children the importance of giving to others.  Whether it was with time or money, she explained that we should take time to make a difference in someone’s life.  I cannot begin to count the hours spent at the Montana Veteran’s Home in Columbia Falls writing cards for residents, reading to them, playing checkers and reliving days gone by.  Those hours helped shape my life. 
Mom always encouraged us to think of those less fortunate than us and give back to the community any way we could – especially during the holiday season.  Mom made sure we knew that sharing the holiday spirit of giving cannot be measured by a dollar amount.  Serving food in a soup kitchen, caroling to shut-ins or donating time at a non-profit organization are just some of the ways that she directed her family to deliver holiday cheer.   I continue to embrace this tradition and encourage others to do the same.
 I think that Winston Churchill said it best:  “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  However we choose to celebrate, or even if we don’t, let us remember it is not only about the gifts we will receive and the time spent with family and friends.  It is also about the gifts we can give to others and the joy we can spread.  Let’s all have a wonderful holiday season and spread as much joy as humanly possible.  Ready, set, go!
Take Care,


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

In The Kitchen with Lorraine Blackmer-Purdy


In the December issue of Montana Woman Magazine, Lorraine shared her Cranberry Pineapple Salad.  I am sure that after you have tried this amazing salad, it will soon become part of your holiday meal tradition.  

Lorraine is a long time resident of Columbia Falls, Montana.  She shares wonderful recipes from days gone by in her monthly column, "In the Kitchen."

Enjoy!


Cranberry Pineapple Salad

1 medium can of pineapple, drained
1 can whole cranberry sauce
¼ cup walnuts, chopped fine
1 large package raspberry Jell-O
3 ½ cups boiling water

1.  Mix Jell-O with water and let cool slightly.
2.  Mix pineapple and cranberry sauce in a separate bowl.
3.  Add pineapple/cranberry mixture to Jell-O with walnuts.
4.  Pour the mixed ingredients into a mold and refrigerate to set.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Delights in December



In the blink of an eye, we went from summer to Christmas this year. I knew December was on its way but somehow its arrival was still a surprise -  a pleasant one.  What I love about this time of year is the way it appeals to every sense; the music and special holiday entertainment, the scent of baked goodies and evergreens,  the sentiments that tug at our heartstrings more this time of year than any other, and the glee of children and even adults who delight in all that Christmas brings, not to mention the flavors we indulge in so happily.  
The December issue of Montana Woman is a celebration of traditions we hold dear, memories of Christmases past, new ideas for decorating, food and ways to give back to the community. It is a reminder to embrace what is important and brings joy to you and those around you, while keeping at bay the holiday blues and stress that lurk just around the corner, ready to take hold if we aren't mindful. 
This month, reserve time for yourself to decompress and have a cup of coffee or enjoy your eggnog with our December issue.  Beth's Delectables will inspire you - either to bake something decadent and creative, or perhaps to lighten your load by letting someone else do the baking for you.  Dr. Torrie Mauerman gives helpful recipes for those wanting to create delicious holiday fare while not losing sight of nutrition.  
If you're hosting a holiday party, Cre-8-ing With Collette will give you a new spin on festive decorating, and newcomer Jeff Fullford of Ask Jeff will help you look your best.  
As for the true spirit of Christmas, Soul Responsibilities and In the Scheme of Things speak to our hearts and remind us to look past the lights and gift tags, encouraging us all to reach out and make a difference that really matters this season.
At Montana Woman, we know that Montanans truly embrace the spirit of the season. The generosity and coming together of our communities is just one more reason our state is the place we want to call home.  
Have a very Merry Montana Christmas.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Montana Woman!

     November is one of my favorite months.  I can feel change in the air.  Do you have the same experience?  For me, the cooler temperatures and autumnal colors provide the perfect backdrop for moments of reflection.  As the summer tourists finally head home and the roadways become less congested, the slower pace allows for time to regroup and make goals for the upcoming year.  It is also a good time to look back on the accomplishments of the year that will soon be drawing to an end.
     Montana Woman
has been blessed with wonderful growth in 2012.  We have added pages to our publication, increased circulation, and our contributing and advertising family continues to grow.  Our Facebook, Twitter and Blog pages are well read and supported.  We definitely have much to be thankful for this year.
     We always enjoy hearing from our readers.  One common request has been to have an online version of the magazine.  We totally agree that it is necessary for our growing publication.  I am happy to announce that Montana Woman Magazine
is now available in its entirety on line.   I hope you will check it out at www.montanawoman.com.
     I feel our biggest accomplishment always is sharing with our readers the inspiring women that grace our covers.  Wow!  We are blessed to have so many wonderful women in our communities.  Stay tuned for all the women we will feature in 2013!  
     As we enjoy the beautiful autumn weather and take the time to reflect on our blessings.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being one of mine.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Gratitude





In October, my dear friend Gina challenged all Facebook users to post a daily message of gratitude.  I hope Gina realizes what a blessing this challenge turned out to be for many – myself included.  It was a great reminder to focus on the positive and celebrate day-to-day life.  At first, I thought it would be difficult trying to post 31 statements of gratitude.  Boy was I wrong.  Most days, I wanted to post numerous – but I didn’t want to wear out my welcome on her Facebook page!  It was a true gift to read everyone’s expressions of gratitude.  It was a gentle reminder that giving thanks is necessary for a positive outlook.

Over the past month I have realized that recognizing our blessings is very powerful!  The ripple effect of sharing our blessings is amazing.  It is kind of like when you first learn to skip a stone across the water.  Each throw encourages you to 'skip' a little further with your next throw.  With practice the reach of the stone grows and the ripple covers a larger surface.  

Voicing gratitude is similar to the skipping stone.  Focusing on the positive encourages more positive.  It allows for the 'not so great' things to be less overwhelming.  It helps you look at the good in ALL situations - even when you have to look hard to find something good - it promotes growth of character.

In the November issue of Montana Woman Magazine, The Gratitude Issue, we feature Carol Bealer.  Carol is a wonderful example of how being grateful should be celebrated year round.    Everyday Carol celebrates life, counts her blessings, and encourages others to do the same.  She embraces life’s simple pleasures like enjoying a beautiful sunset, the company of good friends, and the freedom to share her faith.  

I want to embrace Carol's philosophy of being grateful ALL year.  I hope you will join me on my gratitude journey by sharing postings of gratitude on the Montana Woman blog and facebook page.    I can't wait to hear all the wonderful things happening in your life!  Let's count our blessings together....

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fall Fun and Fashion, Montana Woman Style!

We were lucky to have a beautiful, fair weather afternoon last weekend for a Montana Woman fashion shoot!  With Flathead Lake Lodge providing the gorgeous background, we had the for makings a fun day and beautiful fashion spread.

It took no less than 15 people to put it all together: hair, makeup, specialty makeup, client, talent, photography, art department and set runner working together to make it happen.   It appeared to be quite the production to curious onlookers - and it was.  The photographer declares, "It's a wrap!" and the 14 of us disperse across the grounds, headed for wardrobe or the next location, grabbing gear, discussing logistics, touching up hair and makeup, awaiting direction or throwing out ideas.

Despite the fact that a couple of our crew were quite ill, the energy level was enthusiastic. The perfect temperature, a mild wind, the vivid hues of summer and fall merging, the beauty of Flathead Lake and a great group of people to work with created an atmosphere that kept us all smiling.

Kudos to the models - Montana women who worked so well taking direction from several people, "working It" for the camera and helping to create stunning images for our client's layout.  

We couldn't do any of it without the talent of our dedicated hair and make-up professionals, Gary Burton and Miriah Kardelis.


Keep your eyes out for the November issue to see the results of this beautiful fall afternoon fashion spread!



Sunday, July 1, 2012

July Issue of Montana Woman Magazine




Happy Reading!

We had such a great time putting the July issue together.    As always,  we have remained true to our mission to entertain, uplift and educate our readers.  It is full of western history, fashion, home decor,  women of strength and just plain old fun facts.

We are busy working on the August issue and have lots of exciting things in store for our readers.  You will just have to wait - I don't want to ruin the surprise.  In the meantime, check out the online version of Montana Woman's July issue at montanawoman.com.

Have a Safe and Fun 4th of July,
Cindy

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Summer Issue

Our June cover gal is beautiful Jamie Lynn who shares with us all a struggle that so many of us can relate to: getting healthy and adapting to a lifestyle that enables her to remain that way. Not just physical health but the role of emotional well-being that is so important in learning to really care for yourself. Her story is one that involves continuous change and personal growth; she shows us that it isn't about achieving a goal and then resting easy. Not only does she challenge herself and continue to expand the roles that she plays in her life, but shares her knowledge and helps people who find themselves wanting to achieve better health and fitness as well. We think that Jamie Lynn is a stellar example of a true Montana Woman. If enjoying the sun but salvaging your skin is of interest to you this summer, we've got you covered! Find protective clothing, beautiful sunless tan products and other tips throughout the June issue. Jean Pinski gives us a glimpse of Phillipsburg, MT and the The Broadway Hotel on page 26. If you haven't visited Phillispburg yet, this article will give you good reason! In our History Lesson, read about the beautiful "Queen of Hollywood" Myrna Loy. You can also view an interview with her on your iPad by downloading our interactive digital edition. And if you thought one-room school houses were a thing of the past, you'll be delighted to read Doug Waldron's Snapshots of Life column on page 32. Our summer issue will be on stands and online today! Happy reading!

Monday, April 30, 2012

5th Annual Women's Fair

Missoula held its 5th annual Women’s Fair sponsored by Marketplace Media, Curves, ABC Montana, Montana Radio Company and Accents this year at the University Ball Room. It began as a simple idea, to create an event that women of all ages and backgrounds would want to attend while promoting awareness in the community. Having women of all ages was important to Linda and Megan, because Linda is Megan’s mother - they literally represent women from different age demographics. It was important to them to be able to drive awareness in the community for different non- profit groups. “Helping drive awareness in our community is our responsibility, community tithing so to speak. Giving back to the people who have supported us, this is just one ways that we can help our community”. This year’s spectacular event supported Word, Women’s Opportunity & Resource Development, and The Parenting Place. The women of Marketplace Media did just that in a fabulous kind of way. With entertainment changing every 15 minutes the audience was sure to be surprised whenever they looked up at the stage. Curves shared their Zumba Performance. These girls rocked out to great music and made everybody in the audience exclaim that they could do that! Apricot Lane hosted a stylish fashion show; the clothing lines were stunning, fun and beautiful. Streaky Sid from Spectrum Window Cleaning informed the crowd on how to perfect their window spring-cleaning technique. Local vocalist, Marie Wolverton from Sentinel High School entertained with her guitar and heartfelt songs. This year marked Embody Dance Troupe’s 3rd year in a row performing at the Women’s Fair. They performed a variety of belly dancing moves, techniques and styles showing their audience you do not need to fit in a perfect box to be able to belly dance. Center of Performing Arts – Curtains Up!- boasted girls from ages 8-18 performing song and dance. These extremely talented girls performed dance routines including ballet, tap and jazz. One of the highlights of the event was award winning belly dancer, teacher and performer Kelli Marie Neumayer who specializes in Middle Eastern Dance. The crowd roared with applause in appreciation for her talent and dance skill. There were over a thousand people visiting approximately 50 booths at the Women’s Fair. All donations were to benefit Word and The Parenting Place. Megan of Marketplace Media reports, “There was an air of excitement in the ball room, the energy was high and the performances were amazing. It was such as successful event; we had an excellent turn out. The support of community businesses; donating gift baskets, raffle items, time, energy and money is what makes this event a success every year.” Next year the Women’s Fair will be held on March 23rd. If there is a non-profit group that would like to be considered for sponsorship simply apply on-line at marketplacemedia.com. In the past the Women’s Fair has supported nonprofit organizations such as: The Girls Way, Missoula Aging Services, Dan Fox Foster Care Program, Ronald McDonald House, YWCA, Jadyn Fred Foundation, Partnership for Children, Relay for Life and Mountain Home. See you next year at the Women’s Fair!

Anticipation

This is the time of year when most people are anticipating some type of event that they're looking forward to. Whether it's the last day of school, graduation, a wedding, vacation or any number of activities that take place in the spring or summer, by now we're looking at our calendar's thinking, "I can't wait!" Our May issue is chalk-full of fun articles to prepare us for our summer social season. Warning: You may actually drool over our Fashion Trendcast column for May. Complete with fashion advice and current trends, of course, the photo layout is stunning. Also, look for tips on how to prepare a fabulous brunch for Mother's Day (or any occasion)in the Taste This! column by Suzanne Faubert. If you're wanting to look and feel your best, you'll find some wonderful ideas in In The Know by Lindsey N. Barrett. Also, Emily Myers gives up-to-date makeup tips and Robin Schaefer gives us yet another fun way to get, or stay in shape so you can rock that summer dress! Finally, the May cover gal has quite a story to tell. After reading it, you may find yourself seeking a fun night out at a local bar!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring Ahead!

Spring ahead… warning or advice? Given our very strange winter and having already experienced many spring-like days that make us want to get started on those spring projects, will we only be shut down when winter returns? Don’t get me wrong; I will never complain about the more-than-usual sunshine that we’ve had this year. I just feel like I’m starting from farther behind than usual. By the time we set our clocks ahead an hour on March 11, will I have already flipped my mattress and checked all the batteries in my smoke detectors? You bet! I had all those lovely days in February with so much sunshine I ached to get out to work on my outdoor projects but it was still too cold. And besides, I’ve never been one to enjoy mud, so it’s been indoor projects for me. On the plus side, I’ve had more time for Spring Cleaning. Doesn’t mean I’ve done it, just means I’ve had more time. So what have I been doing? Well, I’ve watched a lot of HGTV to get ideas for around my place. I’m getting amped up to start my interior paint projects. There is a lot of inspiration on those shows. And a big huge bunch of my time has been spent on my most recent addiction (thanks, Leanne!), perusing pinterest.com. This is a website where you can create your own vision or project board and interact with other like-minded individuals while sharing great ideas you find. I’m not the most tech-oriented gal so creating an electronic project board is beyond my scope but I have gotten a TON of ideas, some of which I will be sharing in future editions. You will just have to come back each month to see what I have found for you. And if there is anything you’d like to share with me, just send it to homeworkwithrhonda@yahoo.com Happy spring!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Ask Penelope






KICK HER TO THE CURB?

Dear Penelope,
I have a friend who always interrupts me. She then turns the conversation back to topics about herself. Not only is it frustrating, it is RUDE. How do I fix this problem without having to find a new friend?
Sincerely,
~ It’s not all about her.

Dear It’s not all about her,
Boy oh boy, how did someone like this ever become your friend? Do you like the abuse or are you on some righteous path to beat out Sister Teresa? Clearly, people like this are very difficult to deal with, but they must learn their place. No one, and I mean no one, wants to listen to another person carry on about themselves until the cows come home. And when I tell you, honey, even the cows won’t be comin’ home if that’s what they have to look forward to, I mean it! Tell this person how you feel. If she truly is your friend and values you as a person, she will listen and understand and, heck, she may even apologize. But if she turns things around and tells you what a rude person you are and a horrible friend, then kick her to the curb and move on. Everyone needs to vent a little as we like to get a little attention now and again, but there is no room on the homestead for a narcissist. Sometimes we need to help them along to acknowledge the corn.
Good luck, my dear and happy hunting!
~ Penelope

Penelope and her seven dogs enjoy the life of a ranch woman along Montana’s Hi-Line. Several ranch hands (which might explain her having had six husbands at the tender age of 40-something, but doesn’t look a day over 36!), a housekeeper and a cook allow Penelope the time to devote to helping others with their problems. Her free time is spent at the spa, vacationing around the world, and managing the ranch hands. She has never had the urge to have children―as that would truly interfere with her “all about me” lifestyle. We encourage you to write in questions that you need answered. Penelope may shock you from time to time, but she will always find your answer!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Something to Look Forward To


"Most people associate the Netherlands with cheese, clocks, tulips and windmills...."

Jose Munter Frank was on the cover of our November, 2011 issue. She hails from the village, Kats, in the province of Zeeland, the Netherlands. The article chronicals her life growing up, how she came to live in the U.S. and open her own insurance agency here in Montana. You can find this article on montanawoman.com. It's definitely worth a read - her life has been quite an adventure so far.

In the April issue, Jose again intrigues us (on page 32 in the Facing the Odds column) with lesser-known but remarkable facts about the Netherlands, or Holland, as we often hear it called, as well. Jose invites you to email her at jfrank1@farmersagent.com with any questions you may have about the Netherlands, as she will be writing a series of articles over the next few months, covering topics such as religion, politics and "the typical Dutch directness to prostitution and drugs."

I will admit, cute little wooden shoes certainly pop up in my mind when I hear the word "Holland." Jose has held my interest very well so far and I'm eagerly anticipating the next few installments of Facing the Odds and learning more - I hope you'll join me!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring Cleaning... and Junkin'


I cannot tell you (though I know you felt it, too) the absolute JOY I felt when the temperatures finally came up, the sun came out and I was able to open up our home and let the fresh, warm air and the beautiful birdsong indoors. Talk about feeling like a new woman --- in fact, I felt downright girlish!

Thankfully, I didn't feel too guilty being outside and enjoying the beautiful day because we'd started our spring cleaning already and managed to clear out some storage space. By donating clothes, reorganizing things like the the craft supplies and even the spice cabinet and implementing a few new organizational tools, we were ready to welcome spring with open, less cluttered hearts. It makes such a difference.

In our beautiful April issue, dubbed The Spring Issue on the cover, there are pages and pages of ideas on how to refresh your life, your home and even your finances and enjoy the experience of living a less cluttered life.

See Clutter Control by Mary Wallace on page 43 for an interesting concept on how clutter affects your chakras.
On page 40, Lesley Fix will go over "5 key categories" to help you prioritize and organize your finances in Financial Focus. Knowing that you are the right path to keeping your finances in order is essential to enjoying the little things in life fully.

And if you're looking for fresh inspiration for your spring wardrobe or your home, the April issue will get your creative juices flowing. The Prairie Sisters (page 84) will encourage you to look again at old pieces of furniture or even a vintage radio in a new light - by giving it new life.
And Fashion Trendcast, on page 10, reinforces the knowledge that you don't have to break the bank to freshen up your wardrobe and look like a million bucks. The fashion layout, outfitted by Magpie's Chic Consignment Boutique, is lovely and bright with affordable spring fashions.

So kick up your heels and treat yourself to a lovely ode to spring - I guarantee it will brighten your day!












Thursday, March 22, 2012

Real Food Revival



GROWING IN CONTAINERS

By Amy Grisak

Even on a patio or the balcony of an apartment, you can successfully grow a wonderment of fruits, herbs and vegetables in containers. Strawberries, herbs, tomatoes, potatoes, and even corn are a possible as long as you follow a few guidelines.

Pick generously sized containers. Yes, it’s easier to move small pots, but plants quickly outgrow the space, which limits production. But keep in mind, even if you’re using large containers, it doesn’t mean you have to fill the entire thing with potting mix. Invert a gallon size, or larger, pot at the bottom to take up space and keep the weight a little bit lighter.

Make sure you have adequate drainage. There’s no need to place gravel in the bottom of the container, as was once a common practice. It creates a false drainage point, and can result in weaker roots at the bottom and potential root suffocation. You want the excess water to flow through freely. Watering is critical to a successful container garden, and you need to be diligent throughout the summer to ensure a successful crop. If it’s super hot you have to water twice a day to keep plants from wilting.

Use a potting mix, not garden soil. Garden soil is heavy, and can have fungal or disease issues that are intensified in a container situation. You can use a standard bagged potting soil, or create your own with equal parts of peat moss, vermiculite (which is all tested to be sure it’s asbestos free) and compost. This is light enough that it allows water to drain, yet is rich in nutrients.

Don’t forget to feed your plants since frequent watering washes out the nutrients. Either use a time released granular fertilizer, or a liquid fertilizer that you apply every 7 to 10 days. You can also use a fish emulsion or compost tea if you prefer a more natural approach.

And when you plant, give your plants a fair amount of space. Although the requirements for spacing aren’t necessarily the same as on the back of the seed packet or plant tag, you do have to give them enough room to spread out. For example, plant corn 4 inches apart in a ring around the pot. You can do a companion planting with pole beans – the second component of the “Three Sisters” combination of corn, beans and squash – since they use different levels of nutrients, and actually bring nitrogen to the equation.

Tomatoes really need a container of their own, and it should be at least as big as a 5 gallon bucket. Bigger is actually better. Also look for determinant varieties because they will grow to a certain height instead of continually reaching and vining all over your patio.

It’s the same with potatoes. Fill the bottom of the good-size container with 4 inches of potting mix, plant a few seed potatoes, and then cover them with 3 to 4 inches of additional potting mix. Once the potatoes sprout and grow roughly 5 to 6 inches tall, add more potting mix so only an inch of the plant is showing. As they grow, continue adding more soil. The potatoes develop above the initial seed potatoes, so the more layers of potting mix you can add, the more potatoes you will have.

When you’re planting several plants in the same container, try to group them according to light and water requirements. For instance, basil, parsley and thyme grow very well together since they all need ample sunlight and consistent watering. On the other hand, if you include lettuce with these herbs, it will suffer in the heat while they all will thrive.

Not everyone has an ideal gardening spot in their backyard to grow fresh veggies for their family, but anyone can grow fruits, vegetables or herbs in containers. So grab a pot and grow those veggies.

One of Amy’s first culinary experiments was unsuccessfully trying to talk her siblings into eating creamed dandelion leaves. Since those early attempts, she has learned the art of cooking in quantity at the Izaak Walton Inn, and created surprising dishes using herbs and edible flowers at her former herb farm. Now her culinary and gardening adventures are chronicled on http://www.thebackyardbounty.com

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Keepin' It Real

This morning we had a water cooler discussion about the diversity of women we want Montana Women to reach. We've all had the discussion about the models, in all their air brushed glory, who grace the covers and pages of the magazines you can find in the grocery store checkout lines. Montana Woman prides itself on featuring and celebrating women of all ages and walks of life and presenting information in each issue that any woman, aged 18 to 118, can pick up and relate to. We are not about editing out imperfections and encouraging you to obtain flawless beauty. We hope to highlight the strength and courage that comes from being true to one's self while finding beauty in our surroundings and everyday, real lives.

You may notice that we don't cover world news or the negative (yet very real) issues that affect our community. We are not turning a blind eye to those stories, however, there are many, many resources to turn to for the latest in current events, locally and world wide. In the effort to provide a publication that is both meaningful and informative, we want our readers to know that when you sit down to enjoy a few quiet minutes of reading, what you will find will uplift and empower you, and restore your belief that your efforts, however big or small are making a difference for the better.

We are, as they say, about "keepin' it real" at Montana Woman. We hope it shows!



There is REAL beauty in everyday women and in everyday life

Thursday, March 8, 2012

What Women Want






GARY BURTON HAIR PRODUCTIONS

By Cindy O’Boyle

Gary Burton loves women. It’s obvious from the moment you sit down in his chair and he begins discussing cuts, colors, and styles. The next thing you notice is his ability to hear what you are saying. Sound strange? Actually, it’s more unique than strange. The reason? He listens… really listens to what women want and then does everything in his power to create the hairstyle of their dreams.

Gary comes from a family of hairstylists. His father, Lou Burton, became involved in women’s hair styling after he was hurt in a mining accident in 1951. Lou went to beauty school in Butte in 1955, earning the distinction of being their first male student. Immediately after graduating he opened a salon in Dillon, Montana. He later moved to Missoula and opened a salon in 1962 where he spent the remainder of his days doing what he loved – hair! Gary’s mother, Juanita, was a housewife but was anxious to try her hand at hair design as well. She was a stylist for 30 years before retiring to her beloved farm in Whitehall, Montana.

Gary bought his first salon in 1968 in downtown Missoula. In 1979 he moved to Kalispell for two years where he enjoyed owning a busy salon. His life journey then took him to Helena and eventually back to Missoula where he opened another successful salon. In 2010, Gary returned to Kalispell and opened a one chair salon he named Gary Burton Hair Productions.

Gary shared, “My journey as a hair stylist started when I was 16 years old. I have never thought about doing anything else. I have been a licensed cosmetologist since 1965 and for the past years he has had the pleasure of ‘decorating other men’s desserts!’ I also spent 20 years with the Montana Hair Fashion Committee as an educator. I enjoy hair competition and have won awards in Washington, Idaho and Montana. My awards were in day, evening and cocktail styles. It was only natural for me to move from competing to judging the competitions, and for over 20 years I helped run competitions as part of the Montana Hair Fashion Committee.

“After working with women’s hair for all these decades, you would think I know women – WRONG! I believe if you feel good about yourself you should share it with the ones you love. If I can help a woman feel better about her appearance, then I have accomplished my mission. My hope is that she will share her happiness with others.

“I would say that styling women’s hair has kept me busy over the years, first learning the industry and then growing up in the competition arena to being an educator and platform artist. For the past 15 years I have styled hair for productions ranging from theatre plays to film and commercial shoots. I sincerely enjoy working with runway fashion shows and photo shoots.”

Gary has worked with the University of Montana Arts and Media Department where he enjoys his time spent with students in the drama, arts and media departments. “The energy on set is amazing. I truly like working with students who are pursuing their dreams. They help keep my career fun and fresh!”

The Missoula Children’s Theater was a part of Gary’s life for over 15 years. He designed hair for numerous productions including Guys and Dolls, Grease, The Rocky Horror Show and Annie. “Probably one of the most unique productions I did hair for was Cats. I was given 30 human hair wigs and 30 pictures of the characters. It was my job to cut and style the wigs to look like fur. They were then sprayed to match the color of the costume for each cat. It was a challenge, but one I gladly embraced.”

Gary has also worked with Flathead Valley Community College in the production of Evita. He looks forward to helping with many more productions in the Flathead community.

Trends in fashion and hair styles go hand-in-hand. Gary has helped with many fashion fundraisers over the years that benefit women, including the Bra Show which is now known as the Off the Rack Fashion Show in Missoula. The show benefits the Blue Mountain Clinic that offers services and counseling for women. The Flathead Valley’s first Women’s Expo had models sporting Burton’s “dos”. The Expo raised funds for The Crisis Line, Teens ‘N Crisis and The Montana Woman Foundation Scholarship Fund. “I want to help my community any way I can. Over the years women have blessed me with a way to make a living; now it is my turn to return the favor.”

“In an article titled ‘Hard Hat Turned Hairdresser’ published in The Missoulian in 1982, my father said, ‘Through the years I have discovered there are few people more interesting than the typical housewife. A housewife spends most of her life at home with the kids, and rarely has the opportunity to have a conversation with an adult. I am often asked what I find to visit with women about. I laugh because I always find millions of things to talk about. And I feel it is my responsibility to make the customer feel better. This is not a business thing, but a human thing.’ My father not only taught me the art of hair dressing; he also instilled in me the human part of the business. Having worked with women’s hair all these years I have seen women take on more than housewives of the past. They are often overly stressed trying to accomplish a million things in a 24 hour period. I like to help them relax and forget their ‘to do’ list when they sit in my chair. I like to pamper them, make them laugh and feel good about themselves.”

It seems appropriate that Gary would be blessed with three daughters. His love for his trade has been passed down to yet another Burton generation. Daughter Angel owns Burton’s Classic in Missoula and Krista works at Angel’s salon as well. Brandy lives in Portland.

When asked about the changes in the hair industry over the years, Gary said, “In the 1960’s the fashion was hard hair. By that I mean women would come in once a week to have their hair done. I would style, back comb and then spray their hair. I mean SPRAY their hair. Clients would sleep on silk pillowcases and in hair nets – anything not to disturb the hair. They would return the following week to have their hair reset. I would brush the hair and hair spray out before I shampooed it. During those days so much product was used that the hair had to be shampooed twice. Some clients would come in the middle of the week to have their hair combed out and then reshaped.

“It was not unusual for my salon to go through four cases of hairspray in a month. That was 100 cans of spray being used by 10 stylists. It was called hard hair for a reason! Today I probably go through a can of hairspray about every two weeks. With today’s soft look there is no need for the use of as much product. Plus today women tend to wash their hair daily. Women are more casual about their hair.

“The 70’s started a 25 year rage for bobs, wedges and a more natural look. Today we have gone back to the soft, edgy look that is a bit messier, but very casual. Hairstyles always make a full circle.

“It’s hard to predict what the upcoming year in hair style will bring. A lot of it depends on the styles coming out of Hollywood. Often styles are guided by a popular actress or public figure. An example of that would be the bob that Princess Diana sported and the long shag that Jennifer Aniston made popular. I personally think that we will be returning to use of hot rollers and curling barrels just to get a different finish to the hair. The style will still be a soft flowing style, but will have a more finished look.”

Gary has styled hair for Montana Woman Magazine covers for the past year. “I am excited to be working with Cindy and Montana Woman as the magazine hair stylist. I met Cindy through my life partner, Hollis. Cindy and I immediately connected through a common passion for helping women. I am happy to be part of a magazine that is designed to enrich women’s lives. I also look forward to working with the Montana Woman Foundation in their endeavors to help women reach their goals and dreams. Not only are the magazine and foundation well respected resources for women, they also actively try to improve Montana communities – I want to be a part of that!





What Women Want

GARY BURTON HAIR PRODUCTIONS

By Cindy O’Boyle

Gary Burton loves women. It’s obvious from the moment you sit down in his chair and he begins discussing cuts, colors, and styles. The next thing you notice is his ability to hear what you are saying. Sound strange? Actually, it’s more unique than strange. The reason? He listens… really listens to what women want and then does everything in his power to create the hairstyle of their dreams.

Gary comes from a family of hairstylists. His father, Lou Burton, became involved in women’s hair styling after he was hurt in a mining accident in 1951. Lou went to beauty school in Butte in 1955, earning the distinction of being their first male student. Immediately after graduating he opened a salon in Dillon, Montana. He later moved to Missoula and opened a salon in 1962 where he spent the remainder of his days doing what he loved – hair! Gary’s mother, Juanita, was a housewife but was anxious to try her hand at hair design as well. She was a stylist for 30 years before retiring to her beloved farm in Whitehall, Montana.

Gary bought his first salon in 1968 in downtown Missoula. In 1979 he moved to Kalispell for two years where he enjoyed owning a busy salon. His life journey then took him to Helena and eventually back to Missoula where he opened another successful salon. In 2010, Gary returned to Kalispell and opened a one chair salon he named Gary Burton Hair Productions.

Gary shared, “My journey as a hair stylist started when I was 16 years old. I have never thought about doing anything else. I have been a licensed cosmetologist since 1965 and for the past years he has had the pleasure of ‘decorating other men’s desserts!’ I also spent 20 years with the Montana Hair Fashion Committee as an educator. I enjoy hair competition and have won awards in Washington, Idaho and Montana. My awards were in day, evening and cocktail styles. It was only natural for me to move from competing to judging the competitions, and for over 20 years I helped run competitions as part of the Montana Hair Fashion Committee.

“After working with women’s hair for all these decades, you would think I know women – WRONG! I believe if you feel good about yourself you should share it with the ones you love. If I can help a woman feel better about her appearance, then I have accomplished my mission. My hope is that she will share her happiness with others.

“I would say that styling women’s hair has kept me busy over the years, first learning the industry and then growing up in the competition arena to being an educator and platform artist. For the past 15 years I have styled hair for productions ranging from theatre plays to film and commercial shoots. I sincerely enjoy working with runway fashion shows and photo shoots.”

Gary has worked with the University of Montana Arts and Media Department where he enjoys his time spent with students in the drama, arts and media departments. “The energy on set is amazing. I truly like working with students who are pursuing their dreams. They help keep my career fun and fresh!”

The Missoula Children’s Theater was a part of Gary’s life for over 15 years. He designed hair for numerous productions including Guys and Dolls, Grease, The Rocky Horror Show and Annie. “Probably one of the most unique productions I did hair for was Cats. I was given 30 human hair wigs and 30 pictures of the characters. It was my job to cut and style the wigs to look like fur. They were then sprayed to match the color of the costume for each cat. It was a challenge, but one I gladly embraced.”

Gary has also worked with Flathead Valley Community College in the production of Evita. He looks forward to helping with many more productions in the Flathead community.

Trends in fashion and hair styles go hand-in-hand. Gary has helped with many fashion fundraisers over the years that benefit women, including the Bra Show which is now known as the Off the Rack Fashion Show in Missoula. The show benefits the Blue Mountain Clinic that offers services and counseling for women. The Flathead Valley’s first Women’s Expo had models sporting Burton’s “dos”. The Expo raised funds for The Crisis Line, Teens ‘N Crisis and The Montana Woman Foundation Scholarship Fund. “I want to help my community any way I can. Over the years women have blessed me with a way to make a living; now it is my turn to return the favor.”

“In an article titled ‘Hard Hat Turned Hairdresser’ published in The Missoulian in 1982, my father said, ‘Through the years I have discovered there are few people more interesting than the typical housewife. A housewife spends most of her life at home with the kids, and rarely has the opportunity to have a conversation with an adult. I am often asked what I find to visit with women about. I laugh because I always find millions of things to talk about. And I feel it is my responsibility to make the customer feel better. This is not a business thing, but a human thing.’ My father not only taught me the art of hair dressing; he also instilled in me the human part of the business. Having worked with women’s hair all these years I have seen women take on more than housewives of the past. They are often overly stressed trying to accomplish a million things in a 24 hour period. I like to help them relax and forget their ‘to do’ list when they sit in my chair. I like to pamper them, make them laugh and feel good about themselves.”

It seems appropriate that Gary would be blessed with three daughters. His love for his trade has been passed down to yet another Burton generation. Daughter Angel owns Burton’s Classic in Missoula and Krista works at Angel’s salon as well. Brandy lives in Portland.

When asked about the changes in the hair industry over the years, Gary said, “In the 1960’s the fashion was hard hair. By that I mean women would come in once a week to have their hair done. I would style, back comb and then spray their hair. I mean SPRAY their hair. Clients would sleep on silk pillowcases and in hair nets – anything not to disturb the hair. They would return the following week to have their hair reset. I would brush the hair and hair spray out before I shampooed it. During those days so much product was used that the hair had to be shampooed twice. Some clients would come in the middle of the week to have their hair combed out and then reshaped.

“It was not unusual for my salon to go through four cases of hairspray in a month. That was 100 cans of spray being used by 10 stylists. It was called hard hair for a reason! Today I probably go through a can of hairspray about every two weeks. With today’s soft look there is no need for the use of as much product. Plus today women tend to wash their hair daily. Women are more casual about their hair.

“The 70’s started a 25 year rage for bobs, wedges and a more natural look. Today we have gone back to the soft, edgy look that is a bit messier, but very casual. Hairstyles always make a full circle.

“It’s hard to predict what the upcoming year in hair style will bring. A lot of it depends on the styles coming out of Hollywood. Often styles are guided by a popular actress or public figure. An example of that would be the bob that Princess Diana sported and the long shag that Jennifer Aniston made popular. I personally think that we will be returning to use of hot rollers and curling barrels just to get a different finish to the hair. The style will still be a soft flowing style, but will have a more finished look.”

Gary has styled hair for Montana Woman Magazine covers for the past year. “I am excited to be working with Cindy and Montana Woman as the magazine hair stylist. I met Cindy through my life partner, Hollis. Cindy and I immediately connected through a common passion for helping women. I am happy to be part of a magazine that is designed to enrich women’s lives. I also look forward to working with the Montana Woman Foundation in their endeavors to help women reach their goals and dreams. Not only are the magazine and foundation well respected resources for women, they also actively try to improve Montana communities – I want to be a part of that!

To set up your appointment give Gary a call at: 406-240-6590

Friday, February 24, 2012

Froggy Went A'Courtin


Jewels’ Gems

By Jewels Devine

Oh, my darlings, I cannot wait to share with you a recent topic of discussion at an annual New Year’s Day brunch. You see, every year my girlfriends and I get together on New Year’s Day to analyze the year that just ended and plan the year ahead. It is during this time that almost anything can be discussed… and usually is!

One of my dear friends, Tiffany, was sharing her desire for a romantic Valentine’s Day. The kicker was that she was hoping her husband of 10 years would do all of the planning. Not wanting to be the one to burst Tiff’s bubble, I didn’t remind her of darling Harvey’s failures in past years. However, I will share them with you!

During their first year of wedded bliss, Harvey presented Tiffany with a cookbook. I must admit that the dear probably needed it―and still does. Even so, that year, after drying Tiffany’s tears, I had to agree that a cookbook was a bummer of a gift.

The years ticked by and the Valentine’s gifts were no more romantic than the cookbook. The fifth year Harvey was positive that he had the perfect gift for Tiffany. He put a lot of thought into what would show his wife that he truly cared for her. The gift? A flask with a heart on it. Why? Well, apparently, Tiffany always complained of getting cold when Harvey dragged her to his beloved Bobcat football games. This time Harvey was outraged that Tiffany did not appreciate his thoughtfulness. Tiff, on the other hand, used the flask as a football and make a field goal upside Harvey’s head. After his release from the hospital, Harvey realized the error of his ways.

Year eight rolled around and Harvey presented her with a sexy negligee and edible underwear. Oh, the poor dear, he did not give Tiffany enough credit to realize that the gift truly was for his benefit―not hers. Not to mention how uncomfortable and sticky the undergarment was sure to be! According to Tiffany, the negligee still remains in the box under the bed. I will leave it to your imagination what she did with the edibles! Another strikeout for ole’ Harvey.

Last year’s gift doesn’t even bear mentioning… so I won’t. This year, with the encouragement of her nearest and dearest friends, Tiffany is going to take matters into her own hands. In my opinion, it should have happened years ago. She is “borrowing” Harvey’s credit card to purchase gifts for herself. Harvey has often stated that nothing is too good for his beloved wife. Well, this year Tiff is putting his wallet where his mouth is! Let’s just say he might be in for a little surprise when he receives his credit card bill! She is planning a day at the spa followed by a catered Valentine’s dinner. That’s not all, my darlings! There will be flowers, chocolates and bubbly… and a diamond tennis bracelet wrapped and placed on the table by her plate! Yes, this promises to be the most romantic year for Tiffany yet!

As for Harvey, well Tiffany has plans for him too! This is a pretty nutty gift… and that is why we helped her pick it. We all put a lot of thought into just the right gift. After much research, we discovered “The Frog to a Prince”. The gift is a green frog in a four-inch plastic cylinder. When you fill it with water, the frog begins to disappear before your very eyes. When he is totally gone, a tiny prince stands in his place. That’s not all. The magic is only half done; when the cylinder is refilled with clear water, another transformation takes place. Over the next couple of days, the tiny prince will grow into a large prince.

You are probably wondering what makes this such a perfect gift for Harvey. Well, hang on to you hats; I am about to tell you. It is like a warning shot over his bald little head. The warning: Tiffany has the right to find her prince and be whisked away to happiness. He can either transform into the prince Tiff needs him to be, or she will start looking at “frogs” until she finds her perfect prince! After all, my dears, don’t they all start out as frogs until a good woman gently molds them into a prince? (In reality, the gentle part is completely optional.)

Normally, darlings, I am not one to gossip―and surely not in print. These things have a way of coming back to bite you. In my defense, I wouldn’t say this is necessarily gossip. Actually, I would consider it a community service. After all, who is going to steer these poor delusional men in the right gift-giving direction if not little ole’ me?

Ta Ta,

Jewels is from Manhattan... Manhattan, Montana, that is. She is a self-proclaimed expert on fashion, manners, jewelry, and just about anything else. She shares her straightforward, honest opinion on topics that are important to an eastern socialite. Be prepared to chuckle!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

"Poring" Over the Possibilities


I am not a person to make a decision quickly when faced with too many options. In today's world it is both a blessing and curse when you've made a decision that something must be done and begin researching the available solutions to your problem. The options are so many it's often mind boggling.

Skin care is no different. Whether you're in the grocery store or a high end department store the options are limitless and all claim to be the answer to your problem. Dry skin, oily skin, clogged pores, age spots, acne...the list goes on. When it comes to skin care, Emily Myers is the Montana Woman go-to gal. In the February edition of her column, Living Beautifully, Emily addresses the idea of using facial oils - it would seem counter-intuitive to apply oil to one's face when most of us take daily measures to prevent oily skin, but Emily educates us on the benefits of facial oils and points us to some of her favorites.

Thank you, Emily, for helping us to take some of the guess work out of our already time consuming enough beauty regimen!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Only the Facts!


There are a number of interesting and fun new columns in Montana Woman. Gullible's Travels is one of my personal favorites, as I'm always ready for a good laugh or a "Wow!" For instance, did you know....

"The Montana Yogo Sapphire is the only North American gem to be included in the Crown Jewels of England"?

I do love a pretty Yogo, but this fact makes it somewhat more appealing, wouldn't you say?

We know that Montana women are very adventurous, but if you're planning any fishing trips in the near future - take heed. Here's something I learned in our January edition:

"In Montana, it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all."

Yikes!

Have a look, I'm almost certain you'll learn something new AND have a chuckle.




Monday, February 6, 2012

True Romance


Seventy two years is a very long time, wouldn't you say? Imagine spending, literally, an entire lifetime with your sweetheart. In the February issue you can read about Mike and Kay McCann in the Front Porch Hospitality column, written by Margie Johnson. An ode to true romance, their love story inspires us all and gives a glimpse of what it takes to make our own relationships so successful.

The February issue is on the stands now - be sure to get your copy! Also, check out our new business page, Montana Woman Magazine, on Facebook - "like" us and share us with your friends.

Sending everyone warm wishes for a February filled with love... and a little chocolate!