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Bella Loves–August Edition

The products we use on a regular basis should contribute in a positive way to our overall health. The comprehensive list of ingredients on many household products is a little scary. Fortunately, there are alternatives out there with less potentially harmful chemicals that work just as well (if not better) than those filled with things you cant pronounce. Here are some of our favorites:

fatface_fat_stick_1__34358.1432945057.500.340Everyone in our office bought a Fat Face Fat Stick. Order one and youll wonder how you went through your daily activities without it. A multi-purpose stick, you can carry it with you to help combat dryness in three ways. Its a lip balm, cuticle repair, and lotion stick ALL IN ONE! www.fatfaceskincare.com

mollys_dryer_balls-1There are a lot of chemicals in dryer sheets. You’ve heard about them for years, but it’s hard to ditch the dryer sheet when you want to eliminate static from your laundry and make sure your clothes come out smelling fresh from the dryer. We recommend replacing them with Mollys Suds Wool Dryer Balls. They last up to three years depending on your dryer model and reduce drying time by 15-30%. Visit their website to learn why the switch might be easier than you think.  www.mollyssuds.com

51vIBQSQVUL._SY355_Knock out fruit flies fast with Aunt Fannies Fly Punch! A powerful, non-toxic fruit fly formula, it safely and effectively eliminates fruit flies. We love fresh produce, but it often attracts these pesky, uninvited guests– regardless of the cleanliness of our kitchens and produce providers. No one wants to surround themselves and their family with toxic chemicals, so get rid of the pests naturally and enjoy your apples and bananas in peace! www.auntfanniesco.com

Visit our Facebook page this month for a chance to win these items and be sure to pick up our August issue for more products you are sure to love!

 

Back to the Basics

At various points during the day, I check Facebook and my email like many of you— my feed flooded with products and programs promising happiness and fulfillment, for a price. The thing is— whether your happiness is temporarily increased by clothes, electronics, or fast food— the high is soon over. It is followed by the heavy burden of guilt over purchasing something you didn’t actually need or the feeling of pure exhaustion after a grease-covered meal.

If you want to take control over subtle influences in your daily routine (and live life just a little lighter) consider the following options:

  1. Live below your means.

    Coupon queens everywhere are about to really hate me, but understand that I do mean well. Stocking up on items you will definitely use with coupons is a fantastic idea— as long as you really do use them. Otherwise you end up with a large amount of food you have to throw out because it expired, and the money you thought you saved becomes money you could have put towards existing debt or a vacation.

    Do some research on minimalism and see what parts of it you can apply to your own life. Minimalism gives less power to the objects that surround us— but it doesn’t take away the meaning of the important things in our lives. Instead, it allows us to consciously choose what is important and why without being bogged down by meaningless objects that hurt our health, relationships, and hold us back from reaching our full potential. Visit www.theminimalists.com to see if you can benefit from any of their suggestions and tailor them to fit your needs!

    Donate items that you don’t use to people who really need them. The obvious choice is Goodwill, but you can also post free items on websites like www.freecycle.org. They have a specific section for Roanoke already, so it is as easy as going on their site, creating an account, and posting what you have to give away.

2. Take charge of your diet.

Organize your kitchen to encourage your family to spend more time cooking, cleaning, and eating healthy. Place items in drawers where they will be convenient to reach when you need them and get rid of extra dishes, cups, and utensils that no longer serve a purpose. When you have more space, your kitchen looks clean and welcoming after a long day of work or running errands. You may even look forward to getting there and spending time with your family rather than waiting in line at McDonalds to pick up dinner.

While we are talking about fast food, it is also important that you try to spend your food budget wisely. Make a list of things you need before you go grocery shopping and stick to that list. We have fallen into a habit in which we place very high value on convenience. Therefore, if it is on an end cap and on sale, we are far more likely to add $3 here and $5 there to our basket without thinking twice about it. Unfortunately, many of those products are not healthy and can include chemicals and preservatives that leave you hungry, tired, and even sick. Commit to the list— accounting for every meal during the week. You’ll save money AND feel better at the end of the day.

61VWkE9iEPL._SX419_BO1,204,203,200_Consider growing your own fruits and vegetables— it’s possible, even in the city! Look into making some of the staples in your pantry by yourself. With a little practice, you can make your own cheese for 1/3 of the store price and bake your own bread for about fifty cents per loaf. No matter how committed you are to the idea of sustainable living, Woman-Powered Farm by Audrey Levatino is a great book to add to your library. From teaching you the basics on raised garden beds and farm animals to operating farm machinery, it is perfect for the woman who wants to become more self-sufficient.

3. Reorganize your schedule

Completely banning electronics from your house is unreasonable, but cutting down on your TV time and opening a book is better for your brain. Get out of the house with your family, or on your own, and hike one of our area’s beautiful trails. See the world around you without a camera phone lens. Choose activities that will inspire you to be a healthier, happier version of yourself. Very often, happiness is just outside of your comfort zone.

Make time for energy-saving activities like hanging clothes on a line or chopping wood for a wood stove this winter. Not only will you stay active, but you will save money on your electric bills. If these ideas are too extreme for you, ease yourself into it. Bike to work or carpool if you can, keep those lights turned off, and set the temperature in your house to a comfortable but reasonable number. Little changes now can make a huge difference over time.

Choose any of these suggestions and tweak them to apply to your circumstances. At the very least, you may find that it is easier to identify the subtle influences that challenge your happiness and follow your own path instead.

Lazy Summer Afternoons

We have to be honest— after an amazing weekend on the mountain, our minds and hearts are still in Floyd. Whether you are missing FloydFest like us or you just need a little relaxation and reprieve from Monday, here are a few great products to enjoy from the comfort of your hammock:

unnamed-6Recharge your body with a nutritious smoothie as you relax. Daily Harvest’s ready-to-blend ingredient packs work with any blender. Add water or milk and enjoy the beauty of no prepping, no mess, and no leftovers! Also, because they are frozen, you won’t need to add any ice and can enjoy their blends whenever you want. These ingredient packs are also free from sweeteners or preservatives— so you can be sure you are putting only the best nutrients into your body. Visit their website, www.daily-harvest.com, to choose a few blends and start a subscription today.

Protect your skin with Vi Derm SPF 50+ Sun Protection. It provides broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection with 10% Zinc Oxide and 7.5% Octioxate, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Pueraria Lobata Root extract and Chamomille to soothe your skin. The included Green Tea extract protects from UV damage and inflammation. This lightweight formula dries weightless on the skin. For more information, go to www.vipeel.com.

51mlX8WegtL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Take a trip back in time with Behind Every Great Man: The Forgotten Women Behind the World’s Famous and Infamous by Marlene Wagman-Geller. This book tells the remarkable stories of forty captivating females who stood behind their legendary partners, often at the cost of their own careers, reputations, and happiness. The untold stories include spouses of Alfred Hitchcock, Salvador Dali, Nelson Mandela, Ian Fleming, Bernie Madoff and more. Through fame and its attendant ills— alcoholism, infidelity, mental illness, divorce, and even attempted murder— these powerful women quietly propelled their men to the top and changed the course of history.

And, if you’d rather spend your afternoon listening to music while reading— check out some of our favorite bands from the weekend:
Annabelle’s Curse
First Aid Kit
Skribe
Chamomile and Whiskey

So relax and enjoy your summer afternoon– we won’t judge you if you pretend you are on the mountain too!

Exploring Roanoke

River_Rail_Lunch_138c4cb7-60f9-4405-affe-ae021a310c05Whether you are a Roanoke native, or perhaps you are visiting for the first time, everyone is sure to love Roanoke’s Food Itinerary for Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Their three-day itinerary provides enough stops for a day trip where you can visit the valley’s best restaurants, breweries, and wineries.

Go on excursions unique to Roanoke like the City Market in Downtown and the Mill Mountain Star. If your guests love the outdoors, you can find information on hiking trails like McAfee Knob, as well as provide locations to sightsee like the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail. 

Arrange your own day trip that will suit each and every one of your guests. Choose your check-in/check-out dates, as well as the attractions you would like to see. What you choose is up to you, so make it unforgettable!

 

Written by Lani Maddox

Favorite Summer Reads (June Edition)

Ok, so we would be lying if we told you we didn’t start our summer reading list in May. We LOVE a good book (or three) and we want to share a few of our favorites from this summer with you:

510K4Y1r7LL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Center of Gravity

by Laura McNeill

Ava Carson is a newlywed with a baby and a stepson when she realizes that her new life is not what it seems to be. Her husband, Mitchell, becomes more controlling every day. His behavior becomes recklessly erratic, and when she begins to question his past he files for divorce and custody of their boys. The story follows her fight to defeat Mitchell at his own game and save her children.

Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that things-and people-are not always what they seem.


51p+GbfjSoL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Imaginary Things

by Andrea Lochen

Burned-out and broke, twenty-two-year-old single mother Anna Jennings moves to her grandparents’ rural home for the summer with her four-year-old son, David. The sudden appearance of shadowy dinosaurs forces Anna to admit that either she’s lost her mind or she can see her son’s active imagination. Frightened for David’s safety, Anna struggles to learn the rules of this bizarre phenomenon, but what she uncovers is completely unexpected– revelations about what these creatures truly represent and dark secrets about her own childhood. As David’s visions become more persistent and threatening, Anna must learn to differentiate between which danger re real and which are imagined, and who she can truly trust.

 

23014603Those Girls

by Chevy Stevens

Three sisters live on a remote ranch in western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father’s temper. One night, a fight gets out of hand, and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. They are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives. Eighteen years later, one of the sisters goes missing, followed closely by her niece, and they are pulled back into the past. This time, there is no where left to run. Those Girls is an unforgettable portrait of desperation, loyalty, and evil. A story of survival… and revenge.

 

Stay tuned because we are giving away a copy of each of these over on our Facebook page soon!

Celebrating our 12th year!

Our first publication, Bella, debuted in June 2006. It is a monthly, free publication for women that is distributed in carefully selected locations throughout Central and Southwest Virginia.

This multiple award-winning magazine appeals to women of all ages and demographics and our following us outstanding. If you are interested in more information about advertising in Bella Magazine, please contact us at advertise@beckmediagroup.com or call 540-904-6800.

For editorial considerations email editorial@beckmediagroup.com. {No phone calls.}


Employment Opportunities: Currently we are looking for advertising sales reps. FT or PT, your choice. This is commission-only with unlimited earning. No seriously! Interested? Email resume and convince us why you’re the one: jbeck@beckmediagroup.com


Internship Opportunities: Want to file and make coffee all day long? Apply somewhere else. Want REAL experience at a FUN, RELAXED office? Apply here: hworgan@beckmediagroup.com   {Our internship opportunities are on-going so reach out when you’re available.}

 

Ten Days of Mom: Blue Ridge Music Festival Tickets!

Ten Days of Mom: DAY EIGHT!!!

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Country music fans, listen up! Today, we are giving away two tickets to BOTH days of the Blue Ridge Music Festival on May 30-31!

This is a Mother’s Day gift that mom will remember for years to come! The lineup this year includes big names like Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, and the Charlie Daniels Band. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the show starts at noon on both days.

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to enter! Good luck!

Ten Days of Mom: Michael Kors Watch from Fink’s!

Ten Days of Mom: DAY FIVE!!!

LKORS0018__26342.1411605516.416.416We REALLY wanted to keep this prize for ourselves– a GORGEOUS ladies Michael Kor’s watch from Fink’s Jewelers (valued at $225)!

Give mom a gift that will help her stay stylish AND on time during her chaotic day! Plus, every time she checks her watch, she will think of her (favorite) child. We can’t wait to give away this beauty to one lucky lady! Good luck!

 

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to enter!