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Construction Beauty Magazine is a woman-owned and operated print magazine startup serving the greater Peoria area. Our mission is to inspire pride in our big “small town,” and spread love for its people, history, and future. We focus on the person who made their dream a reality by highlighting stories, histories, and resources from community writers, businesses, restaurants, and artists. We tell stories that are good, true, and beautiful, emphasizing the heart and passion that keep this city running. We strive to encourage our readers to shop local, tour local, and be local. We inform readers about the events happening in town: concerts, shows, games, restaurant openings, fundraisers, and charities. We are writers, artists, business owners, photographers, wives and mothers, restaurant managers, and more, representing many facets of community life. We are proud of our heritage and where we come from, and hope to make the lives of the women in our area a little better, by shining a spotlight on this place we get to call “home.”

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From My Desk

BY ELIZABETH LAHOOD HINNEN

I've always loved the saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." I don't know if has to do with my Lebanese heritage — where lemon is a staple in most dishes — or because it is the idea of taking something sour and making it sweet. But I feel as though it is a common and relatable saying that says so much in a few short words. Words have never come easy to me, which is part of the reason I place such value in photography. Photos can capture a story in a beautiful way and tell a story that I find my words cannot always express.

This saying was the inspiration for the story I wanted our cover to tell. At this phase of life, nothing says summer to me like a picnic, a good book, great snacks, a nice cold pitcher of lemonade, beautiful greenery, and a break from all the hustle and bustle. When we were doing our cover shoot with the all so "subtle" lemon theme, I couldn't help but ponder the saying over and over. The behind-the-scenes of the calm, peaceful scenery was filled with bugs, spilled liquids, and very sticky props. The photos were taken on one of the windiest days of the season. Yet in the midst of the frustration and unplanned surprises, there was continuous laughter. I couldn't help but live in the irony — that we were making lemonade with the lemons life gave us. In a way, it made the shoot that much more special, warming my heart, knowing that our team rolled with the sweet instead of focusing on the sour, which only adds to the beauty and meaning behind this photo. It is genuine in a way that preparation and planning couldn't supply.

I hope that when you see the this cover, it serves as not only something beautiful, but as a reminder that you can't make lemonade without lemons.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Hinnen, Founder and Editor-in-Chief at CBM

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