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Love Your Healthy Smile!

By now you have likely heard of charcoal toothbrushes and natural toothpaste. There are a lot of arguments out there on why natural toothpaste is better for you. We decided to give it a try for ourselves and signed up for Boka, a subscription service that sells products promoting better oral health including toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss.
Their minty toothpaste is made from natural ingredients with essential oils like peppermint and mint. It contains no sodium laurel sulfate, fluoride, triclosan, artificial flavors or parabens. Full disclosure: talk to your dentist about any concerns you have regarding fluoride before eliminating it from your oral care products.
bokaThe bristles on their classic toothbrushes are made with Binchotan activated charcoal that naturally reduces odor-causing bacteria while providing a soft, gentle cleaning. They also offer toothbrushes for kids and electric heads that are compatible with most Sonicare electric brushes.
We LOVE their floss. It is wrapped in natural beeswax and glides smoothly, expanding between teeth to give you a super-clean mouth and gums. Like their other products, it is all natural—Teflon-free and petroleum-free.
Your subscription will be billed and delivered every three months (which is the time recommended for you to change toothbrushes anyway). You can choose to order the toothbrush on its own or with dental floss and toothpaste.
And the best part? Boka shares the love. For every Boka brush purchased, the company donates a toothbrush to their nonprofit partner, Surge. Surge helps bring life-sustaining clean water to those in need across the globe. They are also working together to provide oral health education to schools around the world.
Visit www.loveyourboka.com for more information on their products and to sign up for your subscription. You can cancel at anytime, but we are excited to keep ours going—our teeth have never felt and looked so amazing!

Thinking of You on Valentine’s Day!

With your choice of 18 different scents, the Tarah Jade Aroma Candle Collection is a great gift idea for anyone special in your life! This Valentine’s Day, treat your spouse, sibling, or friend to a unique scent they will love.
Options like the Sandalwood Musk or French Tobacco are perfect for the man in your life. Lemon Verbena or White Leaf make great gifts for the ladies! Don’t forget to pick up the Noche Cubana or Asian Pear scented collection for yourself!

candleWhile their candle’s shape may appear similar to countless others, they ultimately stand above the average candle product for a few reasons:

  • The Tarah Jade company proudly proclaims themselves having “natural, ecologically and socially sustainable products” and thus allows them “to connect, personally, with our growing world community”. True to their word, their candle wax is made of organic soy.
  • Each candle is hand crafted, and poured individually, in Los Angeles, California.
  • The wood wicked of the candles have a burn time of 50 hours, a little over two days.
  • For $30 (and free shipping!), you can buy the Tarah Jade Aroma Candle collection now on their website!

Pick up a copy of our February issue for more Valentine’s Day gift ideas!

Written by Madison Correiro

Meet Amy Garland!

In our January issue, we sat down with Amy Garland, owner of Little Green Hive, to learn more about the unique local business, her other ventures, talents, and interests. Check out her interview below, and be sure to drop by Little Green Hive to try one one of the many delicious items on their menu!

How did Little Green Hive get its start?

I’ve been a health coach for about eight years and thought more about it being a smoothie bar in the beginning. It was about opening up a spot where I could coach people right here in my community as they started their journey towards better health. However, the space needed a coffee shop so we figured out a way that it could be both. 

IMG_0827Why is it so important to have options like this in Roanoke?
I moved here from Manhattan, where there were more choices for people who wanted to eat “clean.” At the time, it was more difficult to find things like that here.
Eating healthy is hard when the only convenient options are not good for you. The goal is to be a resource for people downtown to pick up healthier items quickly while they are out and about. Our smoothies don’t have any sugar added to them. The ingredients we use in our shop do not include any artificial flavors, sweeteners, or colors. 

What are the origins of the food and beverages served at Little Green Hive?
Local foods became very important to me because our local artisan famers offer an abundance of them. We incorporated milk from a local dairy, local coffee from Red Rooster Coffee and non GMO fruits. The idea was to keep everything as local and quality as possible and keep it affordable for our customers.

What else do you do?
I have a Web Development Firm called 23 Hearts (www.23hearts.com), and work with clients like Just Dance Roanoke, Community High School, and Breadcraft. Additionally, I continue to work with women as a health coach to balance hormones and improve their health.

What’s Next:
I am creating new programs for my health coaching clients. You can find more information at www.nourishedfeminine.com

How do you spend your free time?
I love getting outside in the valley on the greenways and hiking. My husband and I are also part of the Virginia Inland Sailing Association (VISA) and we go sailing on the weekends. I enjoy metalsmithing and jewelry making in my spare time.

Savvy Styling Tips Every Holiday Host Needs To Know

This season, deck the halls with styling tricks to elevate your holiday party without putting a freeze on your bank account. Home entertaining expert and party stylist Chris Nease, of Celebrations at Home, shares her stylish secrets to throw a posh holiday bash on a budget.

13041_BIt’s All In the Details
Fact: A swanky holiday party does not require a ton of decorations or perfect coordination, according to Nease. A little creativity goes a long way with inexpensive touches. Use pieces that you already have to create an effortless look that feels cozy and stylish all at once:

* Make it Pinterest-worthy by casually draping two versatile fabrics over your primary serving area. Set up food stations with complementary items grouped together on serving platters. Garnish platters with fresh herbs and cranberries for a rustic, fancy touch.

* See you later formal dining, tiny food is here to stay. Whip up a scrumptious menu of small bites to encourage guests to try new foods. Make it easy for the not-so-adventurous ones and label appetizers and pairings that aren’t so obvious (like gourmet meats and mustards).

* It’s all about plating when you weave in a holiday classic like glazed spiral sliced ham. For a new rendition, make it a small plate by cutting slices of ham in half to create mini sliders with a sweet chutney fruit spread. The saltiness of ham pairs deliciously with pineapple, apple or cranberry.

* Cinnamon spice and everything nice. Keep it classy with a fancy cocktail, like a spiked apple cider. Try the Not Your Momma’s Cider recipe from ALDI below. For a simple garnish, thread diced red and green apples on a toothpick (sprinkle lemon juice on the apples to keep from browning) and top with a cinnamon stick for the perfect fancy embellishment.

A Holiday Party To Remember
For a simple homemade touch, send guests home with a sweet something to end the evening:

* Good things do come in small packages. Fill mini holiday tins with an assortment of European sweets, such as German chocolates or marzipan.
* Swoon your guests with a touch of rustic charm by filling Mason jars with layers of premeasured ingredients for your favorite cookie recipe. Wrap with a ribbon and add baking instructions on a festive gift tag.
* Purchase limited-time European cookies at ALDI. Have the kids dip each cookie halfway in melted chocolate and add holiday sprinkles for a simple holiday treat. These will almost feel made from scratch, but no one will know.

13041_ANot Your Momma’s Cider

You will need:
1 cup Wicked Grove Hard Cider
8 cups Nature’s Nectar Apple Cider, divided
6 cinnamon sticks, divided
12 sprigs fresh thyme, divided
8 ounces dark rum
1 red apple, diced
1 green apple, diced

In bowl, combine hard cider and 4 cups apple cider. Pour into ice cube trays. Freeze overnight.
In pot, combine remaining apple cider, 2 cinnamon sticks and 8 sprigs thyme. Bring to boil. Remove from heat, stir in rum.
Strain mixture into bowl. Place mixture in refrigerator overnight to cool.
Divide liquid among 4 mugs.
To serve hot, remove steps 1 and 3 and serve immediately.

DIY Gifts for the Holidays

It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is TEN DAYS AWAY!!!!

Some of the best gifts are handmade and heartfelt. If you are looking for an easy and unique DIY idea, you should pick up our December issue! We have two fun DIY projects that won’t take long to complete (trust us, we know time is precious right now). Or, you can head on over to our Pinterest page! There you will find tutorials for everything from leather totes and magazine racks to paper flowers and frames.

And if making something yourself is too time consuming, please remember to support your local artists!

 

Shine Bright for Holiday Parties!

Every year we spend far too much money on the perfect holiday attire and makeup only for it to never be used again. Ladies, it’s time to stop the madness. Let us help you find a few great staples, not only for the holidays, but for the entire year!

Start with the foundation of your outfit. Finding the perfect holiday dress is almost as difficult as shopping for the hardest person to buy for on your list. You want something that makes a great impression and looks festive without making you look like your host’s Christmas tree.

PPOkOz478maovgI6jBCs1C32rGE-DuuzcHe-xLymeiQIn a sea of red, green, silver, and gold, make yourself stand out from the crowd in one of Lilly Pulitzer’s gorgeous dresses. There is a wide selection available at Punch Boutique in Roanoke! Our favorite LP is the Rylee Lace Shift dress in blue. For those of us who stay away from traditional holiday colors throughout the year, it can be worn again for New Year’s celebrations, Valentine’s Day, and even a mid-summer party.

Accent your look with shiny accessories that will help you light up the room. Your shoes are the most important part! Those of you who are comfortable in heels, we salute you. In our office, however, we cannot live without a great pair of flats. If you are going to be standing on your feet for hours on end, consider investing in a silver pair of Tieks Ballet Flats. Yes, they will be more expensive than the strappy silver heels you’ve contemplated purchasing for the last few weeks, but they will be far more comfortable. Also, you are more likely to wear them throughout the year.

Now, let’s talk hair and makeup.

Some of the most gorgeous looks are stunningly simple. Our must have cosmetics for the holiday season include:

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You don’t want to be applying and reapplying fake lashes all night. As the weather gets colder, your eyes are more likely to water. Slowly but surely, the glue that holds your eye’s equivalent of Cinderella’s glass slipper begins to disappear. Don’t depend on all of the stars aligning to keep your lashes from looking like they are trying to escape. Use a mascara you can depend on to elongate your lashes and stay put for your celebration. You can use it for three months and is far less expensive than investing in extensions.
Naked Lunch eyeshadow by MAC
While everyone else is dusting their eyes with white eyeshadow, give this slightly pink shade a try. It works with the natural hues in your skin (whether you are pale like many of the people in our office or you have a darker complexion) to give your eyes and your overall face a warm and healthy glow. Pair it with a grey or brown shade on the outer edges of your eye and your favorite liquid eyeliner for the ever popular smokey eye.

vl69AprLvJcp3kjmVdcElk040M0D6AjOiUI8-fjoiNEAveda Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer (broad spectrum SPF 15)
Cheap foundation from the drug store isn’t going to give your skin that lovely holiday glow you desire for all of your Instagram photos. We love this tinted moisturizer from Aveda because it spoils our skin during the cold winter months and it gives our face a sheer, fair tone with a dewy finish. Add just a touch of your favorite bronze or blush to complete the look.

CHI Shine Infusion Spray
If you make one purchase for your hair this year, make it CHI’s Shine Infusion spray. It is the one universal item that should be in every girl’s bathroom. Whether you wear your hair straight or curly, the most important part is that it shines when the light hits it just right. It works great on every hair color and it’s relatively inexpensive.

Most importantly, the more simple you can keep your holiday look, the less stress you will encounter preparing for the event and touching up your outfit, hair, and makeup throughout the night. The holidays are about enjoying yourself and spending time with the people you love, not looking “perfect.” Let the light within you be the brightest thing that shines through, and you are guaranteed to make a great impression every time.

An Indulgent Treat That’s Both Salty & Sweet

The holiday season is in full swing, and at this point your calendar is bursting with fun, festive activities: the Nutcracker, a friend’s Ugly Sweater Party, holiday gatherings at the Hotel Roanoke, you name it! If you need an easy recipe for a holiday treat that is guaranteed to impress your guests without much fuss, we have the perfect fix for you: Country Crack!

You will need:
Cooking spray
35-40 saltine crackers
2 sticks (1 cup) of butter (For crunchier crackers, just use one stick!)
8 ounces (about 1 1/3 cups) semisweet chocolate chips

Step 1: Begin by preheating the oven to 425 degrees F. The ingredients being used have been proven to be sticky, so make sure to line the pan with aluminum foil and non-stick spray.
Step 2: Arrange the saltines in a single layer, placing them salt-side down. As you do this, you can melt the butter and brown sugar together in a saucepan. As it comes to a boil, it will turn a caramel color. From here you will pour the mixture over the crackers.
Step 3: Bake for 3-5 minutes, or just until bubbly, but make sure that they don’t burn! After you remove the crackers from the oven, next you will pour the chocolate chips on the crackers. As they begin to soften, then you can gently smooth them over with a knife.
Step 4: Transfer the pan to the freezer. Leave them sit for 15-20 minutes, or until they become cold. The last step is to break the crackers into pieces.

This is a great time to add toppings. This recipe originated from Trisha Yearwood’s Sweet & Saltines. The secret to Country Crack is the sea salt that is grinded on top. That’s the kicker! Other good toppings could include crushed peppermint or even bacon.
If you’re at a loss for time, don’t stress! This recipe can be made in 35 minutes tops. It’s simple and delicious, and your dessert will be the talk of the night.

Enjoy!

 

Written by Lani Maddox

Peppermint Mocha Panna Cotta

Planning the menu for your holiday festivities? Don’t forget to include a dessert that is just as gorgeous as it is delicious. Guests will enjoy the extra effort, and you are likely to see your creation throughout their social media! To create this lovely Peppermint Mocha Panna Cotta from Nielsen-Massey, you will need:

1/3 cup cold water
1 packet unflavored gelatin
2 cups whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee
1 1/2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract
1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Coffee Extract
1 teaspoon cocoa powder (garnish)

NMV Peppermint Panna Cotta v1Place 8 mini martini glasses or dessert molds on a small rimmed sheet pan; set aside. In a small glass measuring cup, add water. Sprinkle gelatin over water and let stand for 5 minutes to soften.
To a medium sauce pan, add whipping cream, sugar, coffee, vanilla, peppermint and coffee extracts; stir to combine. Place over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved and the cream just begins to gently boil.
Reduce heat. Add softened gelatin, stirring constantly until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat. Equally fill glasses with mixture, about 1/4 cup each. Chill in refrigerator until firm, about 2-3 hours. Before serving, dust with cocoa powder.