Chippewa Valley 5ive for Women http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com The Chippewa Valley’s Premier Magazine for Women! Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:26:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 66652676 Download New Issue: AUG/SEPT 2017 | VOL 6 – NO 3 http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/download-new-issue-augsept-2017-vol-6-no-3/ Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:20:07 +0000 http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/?p=2213 My dear readers, it has happened. I had my first vintage moment. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not oblivious to my forty-something status. At this age. I know my tribe and that just feels good. When that vintage moment comes, we can also embrace the wisdom and the very exciting fact that we …

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My dear readers, it has happened. I had my first vintage moment. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not oblivious to my forty-something status. At this age. I know my tribe and that just feels good. When that vintage moment comes, we can also embrace the wisdom and the very exciting fact that we can re-purpose our lives. Young or vintage, we hope you’ll enjoy this special issue.
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[in this issue]

  • (16) Faith As Stress Relief
  • (18) Back To School Blues
  • (20) The Virtues Of Buying Vintage
  • (24) Sparerib And Strawberry
  • (26) Be A Chippewa Valley Picker
  • (28) Are You Being Selfish
  • (30) 5 Mental Shifts

[ in every issue ]

Editor’s Note – News from Jen Theisen
Energize – Chippewa Valley Museum
On the Scene – Out and About in the Valley
Taking 5ive – Meet Women in the Valley
Fab Finds – Our Favorite Finds
Foodie Forum – Recipes
Quick Fixes – By the 5ive Crew
Bookmark – Book Review
Rays of Grace – By Grace Theisen
Can-Do Decorating – Classics Furniture
What’s Going On – Calendar of Events
Ad Index – A List of Advertisers


At 5ive, we are advocates of healthy priorities and fitness for life, while striving to motivate, energize, and inspire camaraderie of the Chippewa Valley sisterhood. With an emphasis on equilibrium and personal growth, 5ive for Women encourages the on-the-go gal to pause for self-nurturing through insightful articles and thought-provoking features—supporting the not-so-simple balance between faith, family, friends, fitness, and finance.

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Download New Issue: JUN/JUL 2017 | VOL 6 – NO 2 http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/download-new-issue-junjul-2017-vol-6-no-2/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 19:17:14 +0000 http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/?p=2202 Well ladies, it’s time to take a break! Summer is finally here. Every summer, we’ve always had so much fun with the adventure bucket list. Get ready to enjoy all Wisconsin has to offer this summer and allow yourselves to take a break. DOWNLOAD THIS ISSUE BELOW TO READ MORE! [in this issue] (16) A …

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Well ladies, it’s time to take a break! Summer is finally here. Every summer, we’ve always had so much fun with the adventure bucket list. Get ready to enjoy all Wisconsin has to offer this summer and allow yourselves to take a break.
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[in this issue]

  • (16) A Genuine Hero
  • (18) Summer Vacation Challenges for Mom
  • (20) 7 Benefits from Taking a Break from Sugar
  • (24) Take a Break (from the Daily Routines)
  • (26) Tough Talk
  • (28) How to Stay Fit-Inspired this Summer
  • (30) Re-Entering the Job Market

[ in every issue ]

Editor’s Note – News from Jen Theisen
Energize – Chippewa Riverfront Park
On the Scene – Out and About in the Valley
Taking 5ive – Meet Women in the Valley
Fab Finds – Our Favorite Finds
Foodie Forum – Recipes
Quick Fixes – By the 5ive Crew
Bookmark – Book Review
Rays of Grace – By Grace Theisen
Can-Do Decorating – Classics Furniture
What’s Going On – Calendar of Events
Ad Index – A List of Advertisers


At 5ive, we are advocates of healthy priorities and fitness for life, while striving to motivate, energize, and inspire camaraderie of the Chippewa Valley sisterhood. With an emphasis on equilibrium and personal growth, 5ive for Women encourages the on-the-go gal to pause for self-nurturing through insightful articles and thought-provoking features—supporting the not-so-simple balance between faith, family, friends, fitness, and finance.

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Download New Issue: APR/MAY 2017 | VOL 6 – NO 1 http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/download-new-issue-aprmay-2017-vol-6-no-1/ Sun, 02 Apr 2017 03:47:53 +0000 http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/?p=2180 Ladies, spring is in the air! As I prepare for the spring issue of 5ive for Women, I wouldbe remiss if I did not acknowledge our own “Rays of Grace” upcoming graduation. Will you please indulge me as I use this forum as an open letter to my very own amazing Grace? DOWNLOAD THIS ISSUE …

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Ladies, spring is in the air! As I prepare for the spring issue of 5ive for Women, I wouldbe remiss if I did not acknowledge our own “Rays of Grace” upcoming graduation. Will you please indulge me as I use this forum as an open letter to my very own amazing Grace?
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[in this issue]

  • (16) Synchronize with the Season
  • (18) What is Functional Medicine?
  • (20) The Sweet and Bittersweet of Spring
  • (24) A Mistake My GPS Made
  • (26) Show Me How
  • (28) Spring Sanity
  • (30) Love and Finances

[ in every issue ]

Editor’s Note – News from Jen Theisen
Energize – Downtown Chippewa Falls
On the Scene – Out and About in the Valley
Taking 5ive – Meet Women in the Valley
Fab Finds – Our Favorite Finds
Foodie Forum – Recipes
Quick Fixes – By the 5ive Crew
Bookmark – Book Review
Rays of Grace – By Grace Theisen
Can-Do Decorating – Classics Furniture
What’s Going On – Calendar of Events
Ad Index – A List of Advertisers


At 5ive, we are advocates of healthy priorities and fitness for life, while striving to motivate, energize, and inspire camaraderie of the Chippewa Valley sisterhood. With an emphasis on equilibrium and personal growth, 5ive for Women encourages the on-the-go gal to pause for self-nurturing through insightful articles and thought-provoking features—supporting the not-so-simple balance between faith, family, friends, fitness, and finance.

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APR/MAY 2017 Editor’s Note from Jen Theisen http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/febmar-2017-editors-note-jen-theisen/ http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/febmar-2017-editors-note-jen-theisen/#comments Sat, 01 Apr 2017 14:49:55 +0000 http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/?p=2188 Ladies, spring is in the air! As I prepare for the spring edition of 5ive for Women, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge our own “Rays of Grace” upcoming graduation. Will you please indulge me as I use this forum as an open letter to my very own amazing Grace? Dear Grace, …

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Ladies, spring is in the air! As I prepare for the spring edition of 5ive for Women, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge our own “Rays of Grace” upcoming graduation. Will you please indulge me as I use this forum as an open letter to my very own amazing Grace?

Dear Grace, I am on two committees helping to get ready for your all-night graduation party. With every meeting  and every discussion, your fast-approaching graduation becomes more of a reality. Your official status as a young adult has me simply blown away. I thought I was going to be so well equipped; I mean let’s be honest, I have been here before. I know the drill. The reality is I am not prepared for this day, and yet here it is.

You are a beautiful young lady, no longer the small child of my memories (as you often remind me). I know you are not a baby anymore. It has absolutely been the time of my life to watch you grow up. I would not change any part of it. I am so looking forward to watching all the marvelous things you will do.

No one is a perfect parent. I know at times, I have failed you; and for that, I am forever sorry. As you get older, you will begin to understand some of my adult struggles. In that, I hope you always know even if I was not perfect, you and your brothers have always been the loves of my life.

There are of course, so many little things I know I had a part in that certainly helped create the fine young woman you are today. I’d like to think some of the crazy adventures, people, and places we have shown you had an impact. I hope when times get tough—and Darling, there will be tough times—your faith will sustain you and pull you through any circumstance life may hand you. I hope we instilled in you the love of God and know that no matter what, He will be there through it all.

I hope you laugh often and cry less. I hope you find the love of your life. I hope you find amazing new friends but keep a few of the old. I hope you never forget where you came from and what hard work really is. You will always need a little black dress, and lipstick does make things better. Ice cream for dinner is okay in moderation. Exercise not because you must, but because you want to. It will make you strong and healthy. Sometimes you do have to fake it ‘til you make it. You only go around once, so make it count. I want you to experience all that life has to offer. I hope you’ll always know I will always be here to lend an ear. I will be a voice of reason and on occasion maybe some wisdom.

Remember no matter what anyone ever says, you are enough just as you are. Surround yourself with people who remind you how wonderful you are, and please avoid the ones that don’t.

This next part scares me, but it is necessary. The world is sometimes hard, and evil people really are out there. You
have been incredibly blessed so far. Always be aware and watch with empathy and compassion.

Go out and grab life. Be passionate in all you do. Go out there and make this world better because you are here. Make people smile but more importantly make yourself smile. I am so extraordinarily proud of who you are and all that you are becoming. So, my sweet Grace, my beautiful “Rays of Grace,” it has been my honor. I love you to
the moon and back.

Love,
Mom

Ladies, the journey continues in faith, family, friends, fitness, and finance. Embrace and enjoy spring and all that new beginnings have to offer.

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DEC/JAN 2017 Editor’s Note from Jen Theisen http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/decjan-editors-note-jen-theisen/ Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:24:05 +0000 http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/?p=2171 As 2016 draws to a close, I have so much to be grateful for. As the New Year approaches, many of us will plot goals and make plans for the year. Ladies, I’m just trying to get through the week here. Plans for 2017 have not yet begun. Even still, amidst the hurry and the …

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As 2016 draws to a close, I have so much to be grateful for. As the New Year approaches, many of us will plot goals and make plans for the year. Ladies, I’m just trying to get through the week here. Plans for 2017 have not yet begun. Even still, amidst the hurry and the haste, I have experienced grace and focused on gratitude.

Jen

Sadly, we received some horrific news this fall. My dear cousin and her husband were killed after being struck by a driver in a head-on collision. I am filled with overwhelming grief, but so grateful for my sustaining faith. It is not for me to understand why. It is enabling grace allowing me to have peace, knowing they are in the best place possible now. Sue and Drew and Aunt Sandra came to visit last May. We went out to dinner and spent the day at our house just visiting and relaxing. Our day was filled with stories, laughter, and was a truly fun family time. Anyone who knows me understands my pace. I pack a lot into one week, probably more than I should. But that day, I didn’t try to pack it all in. I was just present. I was just there enjoying family. I am so grateful for this recent visit and for the amazing grace that let me to slow down. I am grateful for this memory and for this sacred time. Sue was an amazing woman of faith. She exuded gratitude and made it a lifestyle. She touched many with her life, unceasingly sharing her faith. My prayers are with their wonderful children, who are also rooted in faith, but beyond devastated by the loss of their parents. This jolted me into reality, causing me to revere life and our time as precious.

I am so thankful for my family and friends. I am a very lucky gal. In the past, I have shared with my readers just how blessed I am by the posse of ladies I call friends. These women are strong, faithful, and courageous. These gals make things happen. If one of us goes down, the rest rally ‘round and lift them up. Time with my ladies brings the joyful moments that mean the most.

Fall has been exciting with the celebration of the wedding of a friend’s daughter, cross-country, and lots of football. On a beautiful day, we all piled in the football stands and cheered on our boys. This will be the State championship to remember! It was such a delight to look down the bleachers and see all my wonderful friends sharing in the excitement. I have so many good people in my life. My heart is full.

As we look forward to 2017, let’s take some time to slow down and appreciate all we have. I, for one, will be taking time to look at areas that may need change or focused attention. We are not guaranteed a certain amount of days; let’s make them count. It has been my honor to share in this journey of faith, family, friends, fitness, and finance with all of you. I hope this Grace and Gratitude issue inspires you toward a grace and gratitude driven life. The Journey Continues.

Jen Theisen
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

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5ive for Women: DEC/JAN 2017 | VOL 5 – NO 6 http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/download-new-issue-decjan-2017-vol-5-no-6/ Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:53:29 +0000 http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/?p=2165 As 2016 draws to a close, I have so much to be grateful for. As the New Year approaches, many of us will plot goals and make plans for the year. Ladies, I’m just trying to get through the week here. Plans for 2017 have not yet begun. Even still, amidst the hurry and the …

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As 2016 draws to a close, I have so much to be grateful for. As the New Year approaches, many of us will plot goals and make plans for the year. Ladies, I’m just trying to get through the week here. Plans for 2017 have not yet begun. Even still, amidst the hurry and the haste, I have experienced grace and focused on gratitude.

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[ in this issue]

  • (16) Kindness of Strangers
  • (18) Lessons from My Clan
  • (24) Living Well with Dementia
  • (26) Big Bennies in Forgiving
  • (30) Cupping
  • (32) The Gift of Life
  • (34) There’s No Place Like Home

[ in every issue ]

Editor’s Note – News from Jen Theisen
Energize – WellFEST
On the Scene – Out and About in the Valley
Taking 5ive – Meet Women in the Valley
Fab Finds – Our Favorite Finds
Foodie Forum – Recipes
Quick Fixes – By the 5ive Crew
Bookmark – Book Review
Rays of Grace – By Grace Theisen
Can-Do Decorating – Classics Furniture
What’s Going On – Calendar of Events
Ad Index – A List of Advertisers


At 5ive, we are advocates of healthy priorities and fitness for life, while striving to motivate, energize, and inspire camaraderie of the Chippewa Valley sisterhood. With an emphasis on equilibrium and personal growth, 5ive for Women encourages the on-the-go gal to pause for self-nurturing through insightful articles and thought-provoking features—supporting the not-so-simple balance between faith, family, friends, fitness, and finance.

Interested in subscribing to 5ive for Women?

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Taking 5ive with Christy Brickner http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/taking-5ive-christy-brickner/ Sun, 02 Oct 2016 03:48:25 +0000 http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/?p=2146 Christy Brickner has a full plate, with several roles: wife, mother of four, student, activity leader, volunteer, to name a few. Like countless Chippewa Valley women, Christy strives to cultivate equilibrium among her obligations and passions. No matter what, she knows that a balanced diet of the five Fs—faith, family, friends, fitness, and finance—leads to …

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Christy Brickner has a full plate, with several roles: wife, mother of four, student, activity leader, volunteer, to name a few. Like countless Chippewa Valley women, Christy strives to cultivate equilibrium among her obligations and passions. No matter what, she knows that a balanced diet of the five Fs—faith, family, friends, fitness, and finance—leads to a more enriched life.

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Fabric Through the Ages http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/fabric-through-the-ages/ Sun, 02 Oct 2016 01:52:20 +0000 http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/?p=2154 Recently, National Public Radio aired a news segment on Otzi, the 5,000-year-old frozen man discovered in the Italian Alps in 1991. Otzi has received a lot of attention, since he was the best-preserved “mummy” scientists have ever recovered. At the time of his death, this iceman was wearing a hide coat, skin leggings, a loincloth, …

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Recently, National Public Radio aired a news segment on Otzi, the 5,000-year-old frozen man discovered in the Italian Alps in 1991. Otzi has received a lot of attention, since he was the best-preserved “mummy” scientists have ever recovered. At the time of his death, this iceman was wearing a hide coat, skin leggings, a loincloth, fur hat, and hay-stuffed shoes. While extensive research has been carried out on the mummified corpse, scientists had been unable to identify the various animal skins due to their advanced state of decomposition. Thanks to recent advances in DNA testing, researchers have now identified the animals from which the articles of clothing were made. Results showed the coat came primarily from domesticated sheep but had been patched with goatskin. The loincloth was also derived from sheepskin, while his leggings were made from goatskin. His hat came from a bear that was indigenous to the area, and the quiver for his arrows was made of skin from a roe deer. It’s fair to say clothing of that period was based on practicality and availability of natural materials, not based on what was “fashionable”! . . .

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Rays of Grace XXXI: Looking Back http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/rays-grace-xxxi-looking-back/ Sat, 01 Oct 2016 23:29:52 +0000 http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/?p=2152 I’m one month into senior year. It’s weird how fast time goes. A lot of days, I still feel like a freshman; yet, in less than eight months, I will be walking across the stage to receive my diploma. Recently, I have been thinking about how I’m really going to miss my school years. Most …

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I’m one month into senior year. It’s weird how fast time goes. A lot of days, I still feel like a freshman; yet, in less than eight months, I will be walking across the stage to receive my diploma. Recently, I have been thinking about how I’m really going to miss my school years.

Most of my favorite moments are just the fun conversations with people who at times know me better than I know myself. On top of that, here are a few of my favorite memories . . .

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OCT/NOV 2016 Editor’s Note from Jen Theisen http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/octnov-editors-note-jen-theisen-2/ http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/octnov-editors-note-jen-theisen-2/#comments Sat, 01 Oct 2016 22:08:38 +0000 http://www.chippewavalley5iveforwomen.com/?p=2135 Ready or not, here come the holidays, ladies! My favorite time of the year inevitably gets me thinking: Am I where I want to be? This year, I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. I hoped for a new experience to stretch me physically and mentally. Maybe a Tough Mudder® or even …

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Ready or not, here come the holidays, ladies! My favorite time of the year inevitably gets me thinking: Am I where I want to be? This year, I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. I hoped for a new experience to stretch me physically and mentally. Maybe a Tough Mudder® or even a mini triathlon? I even contemplated art classes. Well, the phone rang and I was presented with an opportunity surpassing any challenge I could have ever dreamed up.Jen

After some very creative salesmanship, I heard myself agreeing to participate in Dancing with the Eau Claire Stars. This benefit for the Eau Claire Children’s Theater—a wonderful non-profit organization serving our community—was an exciting but unnerving ambition. Almost as soon as I agreed, utter panic set in and accompanied me through my last steps of our performance. The routines tried my strength, and the whole process cultivated my tenacity. The commitment required an enormous amount of time, but was surprisingly rewarding. The hard work and time were so worth the satisfaction of setting a goal and accomplishing it. I am so grateful I was coaxed out of my comfort zone and took the plunge.

After a few weeks of reflecting, I’ve come to some conclusions. I’d like to share some life lessons, if you will, I took from the dance floor: 1.) There are no shortcuts—in dance or life. Anything worth having or accomplishing takes time and hard work. 2.) Just keep smiling and dancing no matter what. Life will most certainly send storms our way. We can stay positive, smile, and dance in the rain. 3.) Mistakes happen. And yet, we survive. I obsessed over a missed jump for hours until I considered the other parts of the dance I nailed. When we mess up, a healthy dose of self-compassion quiets the critical inner voice. 4.) Dressing for success actually works. Our costumes and makeup really pulled the entire dance together. If we show up dressed for the part we want, people can’t help but take us seriously. 5.) It’s so easy to let people dim our light. Resist the urge to comply. We should hold fast to our true selves, letting the best parts of us shine. 7.) Constructive criticism is a gift guiding us to our best version. If we can accept it, it can serve as a stepping-stone. I was so fortunate to work with an amazing dance pro and choreographer. They pushed me and knew how to get the best out of me. Parents, friends, and coworkers are always ready with advice. Maybe it’s time we commit to at least considering it. 8.) Theodore Roosevelt was right on when he said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Someone will always have better dance moves than us. No matter how many times I practice that jump, someone out there will execute it with more grace. As wives, moms, daughters, sisters, and friends, acknowledging we simply can’t be the best at everything allows us the gift of celebrating with our sister when she nails that jump with ease.

We’re thrilled to bring you this Holiday & Home issue with a nod to our furry family members. I know you’ll love the fall fashion, spotlight on pet businesses, holiday recipes, and decorating tips. This season, let us remember life can be tough, but so are we. Let’s enjoy the ride, cut ourselves and each other some slack, and just keep dancing. The journey continues: faith, family, friends, fitness, and finance.

Jen Theisen
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

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