All posts by Hayleigh Worgan

Love Grace Juice Cleanse

I recently tried a one-day juice cleanse from Love Grace. Here’s the thing about “juicing.” I’m going to be honest. I was very committed to the idea until I woke up and realized I could not have a blueberry muffin for breakfast. Then, I took a sip of the first cold-pressed organic juice I was scheduled to have that day. The raw, natural taste was shocking.

I had forgotten the taste of healthy foods because, too often, I give into my cravings for all of the wrong things. I love potatoes in any form—potato chips, buttered mashed potatoes, and especially cheese fries. And, like any good little southern Belle, I enjoy my main course (hamburger, chicken, fish) fried with a side of gravy.

Yes, I sometimes feel disappointed when I see my weight on the scale. As a former size zero, it is never easy to understand that your body changes as you get older. Yes, I realize I could lose a few pounds by changing my diet. But I have come to appreciate my curves—and the weight loss is no longer my main issue.

The truth is, I have started to notice that my body does not like these unhealthy foods. I crave them constantly, but I have recently developed stomach issues because I eat too much junk, and not enough raw fruits and vegetables. So, I decided to eliminate them for one day in an attempt to reset my body with a juice cleanse. I did not think I would notice a difference in just one day– but I was wrong.

This is what I learned from my (very brief) cleanse experience:

1)      Juicing is about retraining your taste buds to appreciate what should be natural to us. The grease and processed foods we crave are full of chemicals to which we have become addicted—and the natural taste of vegetables and fruits is what our body truly needs.
2)      I think I would need a week or so away from other humans to do this cleanse. For a true detox experience, I would need to really commit to getting all of the caffeine out of my system. And that is a scary image.
3)       I truly believe that if I gradually change my diet, I will no longer suffer from a “nervous stomach.” It sounds ridiculous, but I noticed a dramatic improvement after just one day of eliminating chips, coffee and soda.
4)      People will advise you to change your diet until they are blue in the face, but you will never know how much your health can benefit from it until you take the plunge. A juice cleanse will remove toxins from your body and help you start with a fresh, clean slate.

 

bliss-love-grace-organic-cold-pressed-juice-cleanseLove Grace reccomends that customers start with a 3-5 day cleanse. That will be my next step, once I eliminate the junk (and caffeine from my diet). Although it may seem like just a passing fad, juice cleanses are more necessary now than they every have been because of our unhealthy diets and the toxic enviroment in which we live. For more information on why you should do a juice cleanse, and to purchase some organic juices for yourself, visit www.lovegracefoods.com.

Giveaways in Poppyseed Magazine!

The founder of UV Skinz lost her 32-year-old husband to skin cancer in 2001. Shortly thereafter, she made it her life’s mission to increase awareness about the disease and educate families about the sun. Good habits start early, and it is important to teach your children the dangers of prolonged exposure to harmful UV rays. In addition to sunscreen, consider dressing them in comfortable and stylish outfits from UV Skinz. They are offering a 10% discount to Bella readers from May 1st– June 30th. Visit their website, www.uvskinz.com, and use the code Bella10 for your discount!

A girl’s UV Skinz sun shirt, along with some other fantastic products, is featured in the May/June issue of our sister magazine, Poppyseed. Pick up an issue today to see what else you can win. Also, make sure you like their Facebook page and check it often for information on giveways–including this shirt. It offers fantastic sun protection, is chlorine and water resistant, and is UPF 50+ certified.

 

Your Time Could Change a Life

wings6Gleaning for the World is announcing their new women’s program, WINGS. Around the world, women are forced out of their schools, jobs and society because of their monthly cycle. Annually, these women lose months of education and income because they do not have access to feminine hygiene products. It is devastating and abandons so many to violence, exploitation and prostitution.

These desperate women resort to any means available for help. They walk to landfills to get newspapers, dirty rags, corn cobs and even bark. In places where taboos are the worst, some women are forced to sit on dirt mounds or above holes for hours at a time.

This new program is an incredible solution. These kits provide all the supplies women need for their monthly cycle and can last for up to three years. That is an extra nine months of education, income and freedom. What’s more, it helps improve their self-esteem and empowers them to reclaim their future. No longer do they have to hide each month or dig through garbage to find makeshift supplies.

“I have been to some of these communities and met these women,” says WINGS program spokeswoman, Danielle Sarchet. “I have seen the happiness on their faces when they realize what they have, and it moves me to know that the volunteer efforts of women in Virginia will change these women’s lives.”

These kits are assembled by volunteers in Central and Southwest Virginia. Due to the donation of supplies and volunteers, they are produced at far below retail price. Fifteen dollars will produce and ship one kit to a woman in the developing world.

If you would like to volunteer to produce these kits (in part or in whole), contact Danielle Sarchet, WINGS and GFTW Volunteer Coordinator, at Danielle@gftw.org or call (434) 993-3600. For more information on what you can do to help, visit gftw.org/wings.

Mother’s Day Treat

Our Bella Eats+ Sips writer, Liz Bushong, is making quite the splash in our area! Between her spots on Daytime Blue Ridge and the Joy Sutton Show, she contributes fantastic editorial to our monthly issues.

For Mother’s Day this weekend, consider surprising your mom with her Salted Caramel- Pecan Coffee Cake. If your mom is anything like mine, there are two presents you can give her that will show you really care: your time and something that you have made. This recipe does not appear to be that difficult, so even a kitchen rookie like myself can put it together!

Even if you do not have time to make it this weekend, this is definitely a recipe you will want to print out and save for later! Don’t forget to pick up the May issue of Bella for more fantastic recipes from Liz!

 

pecancakeServe it up Sassy! ® Salted Caramel-Pecan Coffee Cake
Yield:  24 squares

Batter:
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1-cup butter, softened
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1-teaspoon baking powder
1-cup sour cream or Greek yogurt.

 Filling:

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup packed brown sugar, light or dark
1 cup pecans, finely chopped

 Caramel Topping:

½ cup butter
6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
¾ cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
½ cup course sea salt- garnish

Instructions:

  1. Grease and flour 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream sugar and butter in large bowl.  Add eggs and extract. Combine flour, soda and baking powder in separate bowl.  Alternately add flour mixture and sour cream to butter mixture.  Beat until fluffy.
  3. Prepare filling:  combine ingredients for filling, set aside.
  4. Pour half the batter into prepared pan, sprinkle with filling, add remaining batter.
  5. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until cake center is done.
  6. Meanwhile in saucepan, combine all ingredients for topping.  Stir to combine.
  7. Remove coffee cake from oven and pour caramel topping on top of warm cake.
  8. Broil cake, watching to make sure topping doesn’t burn, for 2 minutes until topping begins to bubble.  Add course sea salt as the garnish.
  9. Let cake cool completely before slicing and serving.  Cut into squares and place on decorative plate or platter.

DIY On a Budget

We love DIY projects! In fact, our Pinterest page is full of ideas on how to begin your next one! One of our talented interns, Kristi Hall, was recently inspired to give new life to an old piece of furniture. It was a lot easier than she had anticipated, and we want to show you how to replicate it!

nightstandThe Refurbished Nightstand


Goodwill is an excellent place to begin your search for items that are begging for a fresh start. During a recent visit to my local Goodwill, I came across this night stand. As a Pinterest addict, its untapped potential caught my eye.  

It was white with striped scrapbook paper taped to the front drawer, a plain door to the inside and two brown oversized knobs that added a vintage feel.  For only $5.95 I couldn’t pass the opportunity to start my own do it yourself project.

A week later, I was brainstorming ideas of how I could bring it back to life. The first step I took in deciding its destiny was visiting Lowes to choose a paint color. After debating on several choices, I decided on aNew Image2 mix between teal and mint.

With the help of a friend, I started sanding the night stand with a palm sander and sand paper. I removed the door, knobs and the drawer to sand those as well. After getting a smooth finish, I decided to use the door as a shelf inside of the night stand instead of having a swinging door. Next, I screwed in four screws to secure the shelf inside.

Finally, I began painting my masterpiece! I used a small roller for coating the majority of the paint and a squared sponge brush for the smaller, hard to get spaces. After applying a coat of paint on the night stand itself, I painted the drawer and the shelf. Since the vintage knob was one of the main elements that caught my eye once seeing it at the thrift store I decide to keep it instead of buying a new one.


Overall this DIY project cost under $15.00. Even with the rainy weather and my busy college schedule, the entire thing took less than a week to complete. Sometimes people get discouraged by taking on a do it yourself project because of the time and effort they often require. No matter how long it takes, it is worth it because, in the end, you’ll be so proud of the unique piece you’ve created!

If you have a completed DIY project that you would like to share with our readers, please email us at editorial@beckmediagroup.com. For more DIY projects from our monthly column writer, Caitlin Cranwell, pick up the latest issue of Bella Magazine!

Kristi Hall is a Senior at Radford University. Her education focues on Media Studies with a concentration in Journalism. She is the section News Editor for the university’s newspaper and enjoys taking on do it yourself projects. She’s from Danville, Virginia. 

Melanoma Awareness Month

One in 50 men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma of the skin during their lifetime. Think of 50 people you know. Now, ask yourself if those 50 people wear sunscreen every time they go out in the sun. We are all human, and it is easy to forget sometimes. Buying additional bottles of suncreen for your car and workplace can help you get into the routine– but first you need to know why that routine is important.
Life is about time. Everyone wants just a little more. However, we are often rushing to get to the next enjoyable moment, and sometimes we forget to prepare for preventable catastrophe. According to the American Cancer Society, one person dies of melanoma every 57 minutes. It takes about five minutes to apply sunscreen on yourself and one very active child. In those five minutes, you could be adding years to your life.
woman-putting-sunscreen-on-child-300x199It is almost bikini season, and that means millions of people are flocking to tanning salons. A startling number of those individuals are teenagers. Do not let your insecurities be your death sentence. Before you get back in the tanning bed this year, consider this: people who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for skin cancer by 75 percent. Take it from someone who is pale, with a history of cancer in her family. Those who love you would rather see your pale skin than visit you in the hospital because you wanted a tan for the summer.
My father has battled potentially cancerous moles for years. Up until recently, he often “forgot” to wear sunscreen, despite numerous warnings from his doctor. One such incident resulted in a sunburn on his legs that sent him to the emergency room. Last summer, I asked my 8-year-old sister to remind him to use sunscreen when he went outside. I even went so far as to say, “If daddy doesn’t wear sunscreen he could end up very sick and back in the hospital.”
A few weeks passed, and one day I received a phone call from my dad. He said, with a little sarcasm, “I just wanted to thank you for what you said to your sister. She will not let me leave the house without sunscreen now.”
It doesn’t matter how annoyed you feel by those five minutes you spend putting on sunscreen. What matters is that someone cares enough about you to remind you to do it. So, do us a favor. Grab a piece of paper and write, “sunscreen” on it. Tape it next to your door, and place the bottle of sunscreen somewhere nearby. We care about you, and we hope you will do your best to protect yourself from harmful UV rays this summer.

P.S. You can add additional protection with clothing that carries a UPF rating of 50+. We love products from UV Skinz, and this month they are offering a free baby sunshirt with every order! You should also check out the gorgeous scarves and gloves from Bloxsun for fashionable accessories that offer amazing coverage and protection.

A Gift for Mom

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Treat the mom in your life to something unique and different this year. At Bella, we are all about giving back to the community in which we live. If you haven’t checked out some of these local businesses in the past, you are truly missing out. Use mom as an excuse to get out and see what they are all about!

Let’s be honest—you have never seen your mother wear the sweater you bought her last year from that huge department store, but you have seen several other women wearing it. Step outside of the box a little this year, and get her something unique that she will love. Vivendi Boutique offers a wide variety of women’s apparel and accessories in all price ranges. Located at The Shoppes at West Village in Roanoke, you can follow them on Facebook or give them a call at 540-772-4308 for more information.

If Mom likes to be active and enjoys making new friends in the community, a membership at Just Dance Roanoke may be perfect for her. Your first class is free, so take her to one and try it out with her! If you both like it, this could be the gift that lasts for all year. Experience an exercise program that is fun and easy for everyone. They offer classes all day, and there are many to fit most schedules. Check out their website for more information, or visit them on Apperson Drive in Salem.

Send mom to a day of pampering at Balance Wellspace. They offer facials,skin therapy,waxing, massage therapy and more! They also offer personal training, yoga, and group exercise classes where she can stay healthy and meet new friends. It’s everything you need to make mom feel special and loved. Visit their website, or go see them at their location on Carolina Avenue in South Roanoke.

caveShe will also enjoy a unique experience at London’s Salt Spa in their Therapeautic Salt Cave and Salt Massage Room. It is the perfect day getaway for moms who have or currently suffer from chronic respiratory problems, migraines, depression, sleeping problems or skin ailments. Visit their location in Forest, Virginia, or check out their website.

Some of us celebrate more than one mom on Mother’s Day. If you find yourself pressed for time on the day nationally set aside to celebrate the moms in your life, consider spending time with one or more on another day. The Community School’s annual Strawberry Festival in downtown Roanoke takes place this weekend, May 2nd-May 3rd, and admission is free. Spoil mom by purchasing delicious strawberry desserts or arts and crafts from local vendors for her. If festivals are not her thing, take her out for a nice meal at Nopales Latin & Caribbean Restaurant in Grandin Villiage. Either way, you will be giving her the gift that means the most: your time.

Battle Scars

An artistic alternative to living with mastectomy scars

Every woman should take pride in her body. After a mastectomy, many breast cancer survivors find it difficult to look at their bodies in the same way. The procedure is invasive and life-changing, but it is often necessary in the fight against the disease. Each survivor handles this differently, and some have decided to cover their scars with tattoos. One local artist has made an offer to help those who wish to pursue that path.

monicamoses1Monica Moses realized she wanted to be a tattoo artist after she got her first tattoo. One of the first females to pursue the profession in Roanoke, she remained with the same shop for fourteen years. An international award winning artist, she tattooed people all over Europe and the United States during that time. She opened her own studio, Electric Eye Custom Tattoos, early this year in Floyd.

Recently, one of her long time friends was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy. As a result, Moses was inspired to offer free tattoos to breast cancer survivors who wish to cover or work around their scars. “[My friend] is a strong fighter and one of my heroes. I have tattooed mastectomy scars before. If these women can battle that and survive, then it is the least I can do to help them feel beautiful again.”

Any scars that patrons wish to cover must be at least three years old because there is a high rejection rate. However, if scars are more recent than that, she can tattoo around them. Whether a patron is a breast cancer survivor or not, she wants everyone who visits her shop to walk away with a creation of which they can be proud for the rest of their lives.

“I do custom tattoos here. Each tattoo is drawn specifically for the person who receives it– down to the lettering.” In case you are wondering, that means your tattoo is not just a picture on the wall that six other people have requested. Patrons should come prepared with an idea of what they want. The task before Moses, as an artist, is to bring their idea to life.  She can also recreate any piece of art for her customers.

monicamosesTattoos help tell the story of your life.  They can be as interesting or as mysterious as you wish for them to be. For breast cancer survivors, it offers a different type of illustration to a story that they not only bravely fought, but survived.

If you are interested in seeing more work from Moses, or if you would like her to create something for you, call (540)467-8578 or visit her Facebook page.