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Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

A Daily Globe reporter live-blogged the Daily Globe Women's Expo Health and Home Show from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington Campus.

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12:35 p.m. Signing Off

I'm signing off from my liveblogging adventure, but the Expo continues until 3:30 p.m., with a wine-tasting event at 3 p.m. I've been told that the wine-tasting is super popular and great fun, so be sure to check it out!

There are lots of other seminars planned for this afternoon, and all the booths will still be here too. You can get a list of all the seminars and all the booths here, along with a $1 off admission price coupon.

Be sure to check out the Women's Expo, open until 3:30 p.m. today at Minnesota West's Worthington campus!

12:40 - 1:00 PM You DO Have Time for Exercise - Melissa Kreun, Sponsored by Sanford Worthington

1:10 - 1:45 PM Every Woman Has a Story - Kay Sauck, Womeninc, Sponsored by First State Bank Southwest

1:55 - 2:15 PM On-line Safety for Parents and Children - Captain Chris Dybevick & Officer Bob Fritz, Sponsored by Avera Worthington Specialty Clinics

2:25 - 2:45 PM Self Breast Examination: What Every Woman Should Know - Erika Freking & Lynn Dierks, Sponsored by Sanford Worthington

3:00 - 3:30 PM Wine Tasting: Wine Doesn't Have to be Expensive to be Good!, Sponsored by Avera Worthington Specialty Clinics

3:30 PM Door Prize Drawings, Johnson Jewelry, HyVee, Slumberland Furniture

12:20 p.m.

I haven't talked a lot about the "home" portion of the Women's Expo Health and Home Show, but that doesn't mean it isn't here today.

Click here for pictures!

Noon

Have I mentioned what a great opportunity this is to get your gift shopping done for the year? At least, if there are a lot of women on your list, this will go a long, long way.

There are a ton of places selling jewelry here and a few booths offering cute purses of all kinds. Woven Wonders has a wide assortment of scarves, some of which are real silk, as shown.

11:40 a.m.

Though I don't usually get to the seminars here at the Expo, I did manage to catch a few minutes of Sue Doeden's wonderful presentation.

I think they schedule these things just before noon just to drive us crazy. Food-mad! My stomach was definitely rumbling as she described how to make a simple tomato sauce. Since the recipe hasn't been in the paper, I'm going to put it down here, in hopes this will encourage me to actually make it myself.

Ingredients

1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes

5 tablespoons of butter

1 medium-sized onion

1 to 2 bay leaves

A couple of whole cloves

Let the butter melt in a saucepan. Poke the point of the cloves into the bay leaves, and then poke the whole thing into the onion to hold the bay leaf on. That way, you don't have to struggle to fish the bay leaves out of the sauce, Sue explained. Put the tomato in the butter; you can stuff it into a blender first if you prefer the texture better pureed. Let the whole mess simmer for half an hour.

Sue said you could freeze it and it will stay good for at least a couple months.

Now I didn't hear what Sue was going to use the tomato sauce for, but I imagine it would be good as a bread dip, and probably tons of other things as well.

11:05 a.m.

The Women's Expo isn't just about booths and free stuff. Throughout the day, there are also some really cool seminars on a wide variety of topics, from health to meth to cooking and online safety.

One of the popular ones today is "Every Woman Has a Story," by Kay Sauck, of Women inc. (Shown at left) There'll be a repeat of it at 1:10 p.m., so if you missed it, you have another chance.

Also coming up any minute now is Sue Doeden, our Daily Globe food columnist, who is tremendously entertaining.

Two years ago she showed me how to easily peel an avocado. I still haven't ever actually peeled an avocado, but now if someone put a gun to my head and said "Peel this avocado or die" I'd be able to do it.

So that's a relief.

10:55 a.m.

The line at the Sanford Health screening area seems to have gone down, so it's probably a good time to go there, if you haven't already.

Instead, everybody seems to be gathered at the Avalon area, where the girls are doing makeup for anyone who's willing to wait for a free spot to open up.

A lot of people don't know that Avalon School of Cosmetology performs cosmetology services, all at a very inexpensive rate, because it's students (under teacher supervision) doing it. At their booth today they're giving away $1 off services coupons too, so it's even cheaper.

Avalon does hair, of course, but they also offer ear piercing, waxing, facials, makeup application, manicures, pedicures and even children's parties (they can do hairstyles, makeup and manicures for groups of children).

Another place with a line is Deb's Healing Massage, which is offering free massages.

Sadly, I'm a bit too busy writing to wait for a massage, but people sure look relaxed when they get done with their massages.

10:40 a.m.

Just because it's called the Women's Expo doesn't mean only women attend it, although of course most of the dudes here are booth workers of one sort or another.

That said, if any guy wants to pay $6 to get a rose and some other free stuff for his girlfriend, or check out some home furnishings, dishes and decor, now is a really good time to stop by the Expo at Minnesota West Worthington. I'm not sure how long all that swag is going to last. And don't worry, there are lots of other dudes here already, and you won't be the only one.

Click here to view photos of the dudes!

10:15 a.m.

Many of the people signing up for the Daily Globe's drawing, whose prize incidentally is a free year-long subscription to the paper, have come up with an incredibly clever idea.

They brought a sheet of address labels with them, and so when they want to sign up for a prize drawing, they simply stick a label to the piece of paper, add a phone number and go.

It makes it a bit easier to sign up for the myriad drawings at the Expo; just about every booth has a drawing, and there are some big grand prize drawings to take place toward the end of the day too.

9:55 a.m.

Health is a major component of the Women's Expo this year, and Sanford Health has a huge pavilion area in the Minnesota West gym. Avera has a big booth in the annex area.

Sanford is offering free cholesterol screenings, blood pressure checks and oxygen saturation checks, and there's a long line of people waiting to get it all done.

"I'm having my cholesterol checked, and my blood pressure," said Joyce Faragher of Worthington, one of the folks waiting in line. "I haven't had it checked in 40 years, so maybe it's time."

I wished her good luck and started wandering again; such is liveblogging! So many things to look at, things to do, and so little time!

9:50 a.m.

People wandered by the Daily Globe booth with roses on the threshold of full bloom often enough so far that Beth Rickers, who is staffing the booth today, asked where they were coming from.

I was curious myself, until I wandered into the big gym and saw people from Johnson Builders handing them out!

I never buy myself roses, but it seems to me that the $6 admission to this event is just about worth it if the rose is the only thing you take from the Women's Expo today. Probably not quite, but almost.

Of course, there's so much other stuff you can get free today that it is definitely worth it.

The strangest thing I've seen at the booths are these little colanders imprinted with KM Graphics' logo. I thinkthey're free, although there were so many people waiting to get to them I didn't have the heart to take up space and pester the booth workers.

9:20 a.m.

Minnesota West's law enforcement program is out in force today at the Women's Expo, and I think they might be looking to recruit some women here today.

They have about half Minnesota West's booth, and they're selling these awesome law enforcement mugs for $2. I might get one, even though the closest I get to being a law enforcement official is watching lots of Law and Order on TV.

The other half of the Minnesota West booth is their Relay for Life team, at which they are selling luminaria. They have plenty of art supplies to allow people to decorate the luminaria right on the spot, which I thought was pretty considerate.

9:10 a.m.

If you get tired at the Women's Expo, you can stop at the Tempur-Pedic booth and lie down on one of the sample beds, and the booth staffer will even show you how the bed works while you rest.

If you get hungry, you have even more options. You could grab some candy from Farley and Sathers, but if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth with something healthier, you could check out the Nobles Rock Community Health Improvement Program, which is offering people beautiful, perfectly ripe bananas. Bananas are close to being the perfect natural food, because they taste good and are pretty much prepackaged for convenience, too.

But if bananas aren't your thing and you want a wonderful carby nosh, check out the Wheeler Bread at the Schafer's Health Store/Wheeler Bread booth. Their bread can't be beat.

If the dry air of the gym has somehow gotten to you, Schafer's is also offering samples of goat's milk lotion and soap from Those Crazy Goat Ladies, of Sibley, Iowa.

And we're just getting started down at the Expo!

8:28 a.m.

The Daily Globe Women's Expo Health and Home Show will begin in 2 minutes, probably before I even finish writing this post.

Minnesota West's two gyms are chock-full of booths right now, most of which had already been set up when I came in here ten minutes ago jonesing for coffee, wide-eyed at all the people working hard to make the fun begin. The Early Risers Kiwanis kindly obliged me with a cup of gloriously hot, fresh coffee, and tempted me with a cinnamon roll the size of a chihuahua. But I don't get hungry quite this early, so I'm thinking I'll grab a roll later.

There are all kinds of door prizes here, and little objects just sitting at everybody's booths. Farley and Sathers, of course, has candy. The Daily Globe's booth has these awesome little magnets with the Daily Globe's website on them, as well as Globe pens. The Chamber's booth, right next to the Globe's, has these cute little frisbees that promote Census 2010, free. I didn't take one; I think the last time I played frisbee I was probably 16 and at summer camp, but they would be absolutely perfect for someone with a child or a small dog.

And that's my preliminary report. I need to wander around and take some photos; I'll be back as soon as I can!

Also, I decided to tweet a bit here at the Expo, if I can. You don't have to sign up for Twitter or log in to see my tweets, I'm pretty sure, just click here: http://twitter.com/karilucin

8:30 a.m.

Daily Globe reporter and blogger Kari Lucin will once again be live-blogging the Daily Globe Women's Expo Health and Home Show today at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington Campus.

Posts will be updated continuously throughout the morning at http://www.areavoices.com/shiny/

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