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Looking at herself in the mirror after receiving her new hairdo and freshly painted nails, tears gathered in her eyes as Barb Andrus took in her new look. After spending three years helping her daughter Ellie through chemotherapy and other treatments for leukemia, as well as going through the death of her oldest son, this was the first time this Mother’s Day Makeover winner was able to pamper and spend some time on herself. 

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? At Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, a specialized team makes it their utmost responsibility to ensure each person portrays and enjoys the best version of herself. "We really believe in a natural look, and in beauty at every age," said Roxanne Cornelius, physician assistant

Ellie Rogers has endured set backs in her life. But to her, failure does not carry stereotypical negativity. From failure, she has learned. And because she has learned, she has the courage to share. That's what the 2013 Failure-Lab is all about—bringing local men, women, employees, and parents together to share how life's road has not always been smooth and straight. Brave presenters will put their stories on the table in hope that those who listen could learn, too. 

When Jane Lovett celebrated the proverbial ribbon-cutting of Peaches Bed & Breakfast in Grand Rapids' Heritage Hill neighborhood, she was either up-and-coming or out of her mind. 

Lori Precious has been directing for twenty years. But up until now, her projects consisted mainly of commercials, documentaries, music videos—basically everything but long-form narratives. As Lori puts it, it was time to cross over. Curse of the Sunset Starlet is a short film that has garnered international acclaim. It was nominated for Best Short, Best Short Screenplay, and Best Producer at the Madrid International Film Festival. The attention-getting film was also accepted into the Newport Beach Film Festival and, thanks to her hometown ties in West Michigan, screened at the Muskegon Museum of Art. 

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