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October 2016

Renewal Skin & Body Center - Iowa City

Renewal Skin & Body CenterRenewal Skin & Body Center is open Monday- Saturday by appointment only and is located at 347 Scott Ct (north side of State Farm building).  Contact Cindy at 319-430-9700 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

The owner, Cindy Shaw, is a licensed esthetician and has been working in the beauty industry since 1995 when she became an Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant.. Cindy earned a BS in Animal Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1992 and completed the esthetics program at The Salon Professional Academy in Iowa City in 2010.  She has the distinction of being certified with the "Dermalogica Expert Status" by the International Dermal Institute after completing nearly 100 hours of postgraduate education.  Cindy is currently the only esthetician in the Iowa City area that is certified by Dermalogica to perform the BioActive Peel and the IonActive Professional Treatments.  Lash Savvy is the company that trained and certified Cindy to apply individual eyelash extensions in 2015.

Renewal Skin & Body Center
347 Scott Ct., Iowa City
PH: 319-430-9700




Rock & Thunder Professional DJs - Cedar Rapids

Rock & Thunder Professional DJsWe have been listed in Modern Bride Magazine as one of the top 150 DJs in the nation. We have made that list 2 different times.  We are the only DJ in Iowa to ever make that list!

Let us make your event memorable

1989 – 2016, 27 years of experience

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Rock & Thunder MusicContact Us

Phone: 319-310-1584

Email: [email protected]

Mailing Address
Rock & Thunder DJs
6411 Wolf Creek Trl
Cedar Rapids, IA 52411



Skeffington's Formalwear - Coralville

SkeffingtonsWith convenient locations in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Davenport, Coralville, and Ankeny; Skeffingtons Formalwear has quickly become Iowa's premier formalwear provider. We provide tuxedos, suits, and casual groom attire for weddings, proms, and any other special occasion. Weather you're renting a tuxedo or suit for your wedding, or looking to purchase a suit for a special event; our formalwear specialists are expertly trained and amongst the best in the industry.

Located in the Coral Ridge Mall - 1451 Coral Ridge Ave, Ste 202

PH: 319-625-2218



Bachelor on the Cheap: Making your own beef, chicken or pork stock

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Don't throw those bones away!

Bones and meat scraps are the foundations for stock, which you can use to create some fantastic soups, sauces, gravies as well as flavor side dishes like rice, potatoes and pasta with.

Those bones and meat scraps, combined with some nice veggies - all translate to flavor!  Besides, what YOU make is better than anything you can buy.  Why?  Because you control the flavor, the salt level, you can customize it to the way you really like it and there's no ingredients you can't pronounce!

Doing a bone-in pot roast?  Don't throw away those bones.  Roasting a chicken?  Don't throw those bones away.  Frying up some pork chops?  No, don't throw those bones away. 

You're probably already familiar with beef and chicken stock and those are the most popular stocks you see on the grocery store shelves, along with vegetable. 

But tonight, I made some pork stock.  It's used regularly in Asian and Mexican cuisine, but for some strange reason, it's totally under-used in the American kitchen.

I put a pork roast in the oven tonight with some root vegetables for dinner, DELICIOUS!  But after the meal was enjoyed and the leftovers were put away, I proceeded to make some pork stock with the remaining meat scraps and bones.

How to make meat stock


  • Meat bones/carcass (preferably, something you've roasted)
  • 2-3 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 stalks of celery, roughly chopped
  • One medium onion, roughly chopped
  • Three cloves of garlic
  • One heaping teaspoon of dried parsley flake
  • The juice of one lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Place meat bones in a stock pot, cover with water and add the juice from the lime.  Bring to a slow rolling boil, skim off any foam that comes to the top.  After skimming, add the remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for up to 12 hours.  The longer the simmer, the deeper the flavor.  After the simmer, let the stock cool to room temperature and strain the broth from the bones and veggies.  Transfer to storage containers and freeze.  The broth is good for up to seven days in the refrigerator and is delicious added to a number of dishes!

Flavor those mashed potatoes with some chicken stock.  Use some pork stock to cook rice with instead of water, you'll be amazed how much better rice is!  De-glaze that pan you used to fry up that steak with some stock to create a nice pan sauce or gravy.  It's another dose of YUM!

Sueppel's Flowers

Sueppel'sSueppel's Flowers has been offering Iowa City, IA superior floral arrangements and assortments since 1976. Because we are family-operated, when you choose us, you can always expect to be treated more like a family member and less like another customer.

Our deep-rooted passion for flowers, along with our dedication to service, makes us the ideal choice for any occasion!

Sueppel's Flowers

Proudly serving Iowa City since 1975

1501 Mall Drive
Iowa City, IA 52245

(319) 351-1400



Carb Check Diet: Try this snack on game day!

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Pulled pork nachosThis is a variation of my 'Pork Rind Nachos'....  a great snack, not just at game time, but anytime! 

Normally, nachos are associated with a little kick, some jalapeno, some spiced up Queso cheese or pepper jack....

This version of 'Nachos' features pulled pork. 


  • BBQ flavored pork rinds
  • Shredded white cheddar cheese
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Optional variation:  Steak sauce, such as A-1


This isn't rocket science, it's man food.  Get out a big plate, cover it with pork rinds, cover pork rinds with shredded cheese.  Nuke it for about a minute.  Shake on some BBQ sauce and/or steak sauce.  Go sit your butt in front of the TV and enjoy.

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Sweetopia Handmade Chocolates - Cedar Rapids

Sweetopia Handmade ChocolatesSweetopia is a handmade artisan chocolate shop located inside Newbo City Market. We offer a wide variety of chocolate treats, everything from Tipsy Cherries to Chocolate covered Bacon.  Stop in and check out the wide selection or place an order online today,


Sunday:  10:00 - 4:00

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 10:00 - 8:00

Friday: 10:00 - 8:00

Saturday: 10:00 - 6:00


Address: 1100 3rd St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Telephone: 319-210-8896





Tip Top Cakes - Coralville

Tip Top CakesAdam is truly an artist, specializing in just about every kind of dessert and confectionary treat imaginable. He is a Wedding Cake favorite for several surrounding states, and he’s won numerous awards for his work. He recently opened a bakery in Iowa, with hopes of expansion. Whether you need a beautiful, one of a kind wedding cake, or just want to find a wonderful, local bakery, Tip Top Cakes is the place to be. If you need to discuss a custom wedding cake, please visit our contact page.



All of Adam’s cakes and pastries are made to order. There is not a store front business for Tip Top Cakes…..yet. So don’t try to go looking for it. Adam would love to make your cake or pastries for your next party. He does ask for at least 72 hours notice. If you have any questions please call or e-mail him and he will get back to you. Thank you for stopping by and he hopes to hear from you soon!

Please feel free to complete our contact form, and we will be in touch with you shortly. Please be sure to provide the service(s) you are interested in, the date of your event, and the best way and time to reach you. At Tip Top Cakes, we appreciate your business!



Ultimate Entertainment

Ultimate EntertainmentWelcome to the world of Ultimate Entertainment and our newly updated website! You’ll find TONS of information about us including everything you need to plan your reception or party. Ultimate Entertainment has been in business for over 24 years and has grown into the largest full time DJ service in Iowa and the surrounding states successfully coordinating over 2,000 events each year.

You can find various of reviews about us either here on our site, our Facebook page, or at the following:

We are very confident we can create the perfect evening for you and your family and loved ones. Please take some time and look through the information found here. If you’d rather just skip to the source, just give us a call at (319) 266-0717. We look forward to helping you create the night of your dreams!

Local Phone (Main Office):
(319) 266-0717
Toll Free Phone: (888) 809-1961
Contact Us By Email: [email protected]
Our Mailing Address: Ultimate Entertainment
6322 University Ave Suite E
Cedar Falls IA 50613



Wilderness Studio

Set in the middle of a 7.5 acre forest, Wilderness Studio is Eastern Iowa’s premiere setting for custom photography projects. So come, take a look at our beautiful studio, and talk to us about your needs!

Richard SjorlundMeet Richard Sjolund

Richard Sjolund was an award-winning professor at the University of Iowa for 34 years. After retiring, he applied his creativity and extensive photography experience to building a successful photography studio. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America society, and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

Richard and his associates at Wilderness Studio are looking forward to having you visit, and to providing you with a friendly, high quality, professional photography session.

Wilderness Studio


Give us a call today and talk to us about your needs!