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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.

Gift Idea for Coffee Lovers

Tis the season to consume.

Especially coffee. As the weather gets colder, it is easy to pop into a coffee shop more than once a day to treat yourself and get that extra caffeine boost.

Don’t worry, we have no intention of telling you to cut back on your coffee. What we are concerned about, however, is the amount of coffee cups that are being sent to the landfill.

You’ve already heard the environmental reasons why you should recycle or use reusable cups instead of the disposable kind. What you might not know is that most coffee shops actually offer a discount to customers who bring their own cups. This is true for larger chains and local coffee shops alike. A few cents off each cup of coffee adds up, and you are also doing your part to keep our world a little cleaner.

20oz-tumblers Healthy Human makes it easy to do your part, save a little money, and look stylish while you do it. Their line of stainless steel stein bottles, tumblers, pints, and growlers are perfect for all of your camping and daily needs. They also sell travel pet bowls that can be layered and clipped together for all of your pets on the go needs.

61y06gTSsFL._SL1000_Visit www.healthyhumanlife.com to view their complete line of products for your entire family. These make excellent holiday gifts, and you can get 10% off of your purchase by using the code bellam10 from now until 12/31/2015.


Roasted With Love: Bean Box


It’s what powers us through the day and keeps us moving during the cold winter months. Every coffee lover knows there is a difference between freshly ground coffee beans and the stuff that comes in a can from the grocery store. If you have an option to choose better quality, you choose it EVERY TIME.

We understand the importance of your morning brew, and that’s why we recommend Bean Box.

This monthly subscription service ships coffee beans to your door within 48 hours of their roast time, eliminating the risk for spoiled, bitter coffee. They are partnered with Seattle’s top-rated and award-winning independent roasters and offer a variety of flavors.

hero-gift-035bff8d2215dab85bb56b9f7c35bcb9You can choose between light, medium, and dark roasts. The more adventurous can explore their blends, simple origin beans, those best on ice, and those best for espressos. Don’t worry, decaf lovers, they offer options for you as well!

This would also make an excellent holiday gift (hint, hint to those out there who LOVE your Bella girls)! Visit www.beanbox.co for more information on pricing and the options available.

A Transition from Coffee to Tea

Until recently, I considered myself a dedicated coffee drinker (to put it mildly). From my first cup at age five, to what I hope was my last two weeks ago, I truly appreciated every single sip. Unfortunately, my stomach hasn’t been in complete agreement with my taste buds lately, and I decided to give it up.

To ease myself way from the ridiculous amounts of caffeine I regularly consume, and the warm, comforting taste of coffee, I turned to tea. I’ve never been a hot tea drinker unless I was sick. I knew I needed something that would trick my brain into believing coffee was being consumed, but also a beverage that would be easy on my stomach.

The easiest (and, as it turns out, the best) answer was Chai Diaries— a sustainable business created to uphold and demonstrate the values of “self-realization though daily activities.”

malty-assamTheir Organic Assam: Energy, a black tea, was perfect for my situation. It energizes your body and the theophylline in the tea enters your system slowly, keeping you energized for a longer period of time. Prepare yourself for a strong cup of tea with malt, honey-like character.

In the afternoon, I enjoy their White Champagne Raspberry tea. It contains white tea and safflowers with champagne and raspberry flavors.

Two weeks in and I don’t even miss coffee, but I have fallen in love with tea. Visit www.mychaidiaries.com for more information on Chai Diaries and to purchase these great flavors today.

Ten Days of Mom: Free Night at Early Inn!

Ten Days of Mom: DAY NINE!!!

Today, the Early Inn is giving away a one night stay to one lucky reader and a guest! A beautiful, historic Greek revival style manor, it serves as a bed and breakfast in the charming small town of Rocky Mount, Virginia.

The Inn is located within convenient walking distance to many local attractions, but surrounded by beautiful scenic property that provides a peaceful, relaxing country setting. This is a great way to treat the busy mom in your life to a memorable local getaway!

We are also throwing in a really cool coffee mug from Wordologies and two awesome books that are great gifts to show mom how much she means to you! Visit our Facebook page for details on how to enter! Good luck!


Attention All Coffee Lovers!

Today is the day you can sip all your favorite flavors of coffee and no one is allowed to judge you! You will not be alone because several companies are sharing the love today and giving free (YES-FREE!!!) coffee to customers. Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s are just a few places that you can pick up your free cup of joe.

Over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year– and everyone has their favorite. We love Cool Brew, a New Orleans-based coffee company, that offers a variety of delicious brews you can keep in your refrigerator.

Cool Brew uses a cold-brewing process and is served in their unique, recyclable bottles with a built-in measuring chamber. Thanks to the style of the bottle, the shelf life of Cool Brew’s products are 120 days unopened and around 4 weeks once you open the bottle.

Their coffee is available in eight varieties: Three traditional (Original, French Roast, Decaf) and the five flavors (Mocha, Vanilla, Toasted Almond, Hazelnut, and Chocolate Almond). All you need to complete your drink is to add hot or cold water.

Cool Brew products can be purchased throughout the Southwest region of Whole Foods, and you can also order them online.


Happy National Coffee Day!

Get Your Starbucks Fix for Less

Et tu, Starbucks?

Beginning this week, everyone’s favorite coffee shop is raising prices on lattes, brewed coffee and ground coffee, due in part to a lingering drought in Brazil. Grande and venti brewed coffee will increase by 10 to 15 cents, while tall and venti lattes will see price increases of 15 to 20 cents. After July 21, bags of ground coffee sold in stores will increase by 8 percent, or over $1 per bag.

Since Starbucks is considered a splurge by most personal finance experts, this price increase is especially tough on those trying to watch their spending. However, there are ways to get around this unpleasant reality and still feed your addiction frugally. Consider these 12 ways to save at Starbucks.

1. Enjoy rewards.
The My Starbucks Rewards card provides loyal customers with such, well, perks as free drinks, free food, free refills and more. Cardholders also receive a free beverage of any kind or size on their birthday, as demonstrated by this gentleman who ordered a 60-shot espresso concoction. Stars are earned whenever the Starbucks Card or Starbucks mobile app is used at checkout.

2. Buy discount Starbucks gift cards.
At GiftCardGranny.com, you can buy discount gift cards to Starbucks for as much to 20-percent off. For instance, pick up a $100 Starbucks gift card for just $84.54 and save over $25! In addition to saving on coffee, buying discount Starbucks gift cards is a great way to save on gifts for birthdays, holidays and graduations.

3. Print or redeem coupons.
Even Starbucks issues coupons from time to time. Keep track of these coveted offers by searching sites like CouponSherpa.com, where you can find both printable and online offers for savings. Also, check out Starbucks’ website periodically as they advertise special offers like their current “summer surprises” texting campaign.

4. Keep eyes peeled for daily deals.
Ever notice how your Facebook feed explodes when Groupon or LivingSocial issues a daily deal to Starbucks? Once or twice per year, you can score a $10 digital gift card to Starbucks for just $5. You must have an account with daily deal providers to get the deal, but you can personalize your settings to only receive emails weekly. That way, you’re not bombarded with daily offers but can be notified about the Starbucks deal.

5. Join the mailing list.
By joining the Starbucks Mailing List, you’ll get a coupon for 10-percent off your next order. Plus, you’ll find out about special promotions like seasonal offers, member-only benefits and discounts on speciality drinks. You can sign up here, or hold off until you have time to create a separate email account just for promotional offers!

6. Get social.
Follow Starbucks on Facebook or Twitter to get notified when they release special promotions, coupons or daily discounts. Last summer, followers could enjoy the “Starbucks treat receipt” which awarded customers to a $2 grande cold beverage after 2 p.m. simply by showing the morning receipt. Finding out about these saving promos early is easy when you follow the brand on social media.

7. Choose coffee over espresso.
To keep costs down while fulfilling my Starbucks addiction, I sometimes opt for brewed coffee over an espresso beverage to kick start my day. When I’m really in the mood for a latte or Americano, then I satisfy the craving for less by sticking to a tall or grande size over the venti.

8. Look for sale or clearance tags.
When it comes to shopping Starbucks goods, never buy at full price! That cute coffee mug or trendy eco-tumbler will inevitably go on sale, so make a note of what you like and hold off until sale time. Save even more when you buy your clearance good with those discount gift cards I mentioned!

9. Ask for “light” ice.
Iced coffees are just the ticket on warm summer days, but you often end up getting less latte than if you ordered the hot version. That’s because ice takes up more than half the cup most of the time. Avoid this issue by requesting “light ice” when you order your chilled beverage.

10. Go halfsies with a friend.
If you and your friend like the same drink, order a venti and ask for an extra cup. Starbucks doesn’t charge for the extra cup and you can often save an average of $1.50 by splitting up their biggest size. It’s a cheapskate move, but you’re probably doing both your systems a solid by not downing a venti of caffeine!

prepares espresso in his coffee shop; close-up11. Bring your own cup.
As an eco-friendly company, Starbucks is all about promoting sustainable practices and limiting its impact on the environment. As such, it rewards its customers who bring in their own tumblers and cups with a 10-cent discount. Just bringing in your own mug will cancel out the price increase on grande and venti brewed coffee – score!

12. Earn stars with coffee bags.
True coffee aficionados drink the good stuff at home, too, which makes the $1 increase on ground coffee all the more painful. However, you can earn more Stars on your My Starbucks Reward card when you buy specially-marked bags of Starbucks coffee from grocery stores and other retailers. Earning Stars helps you score discounts and freebies!

Written by Andrea Woroch, a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc., who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. She has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoney and many more. You can follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.