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Snacking with Sara

bellawebsarasnackEnjoy your snack time with an all-natural gourmet cookie safe for you and your whole family! Sara Snacker, a milk and cookies company, has just the natural and satisfying treat for you.

The business began as the desire of Sara, a mother of three, to give her kids wholesome but yummy snacks. Sara Snacker Cookie Company bakes with only the freshest, finest and all natural ingredients.

The cookies never contain artificial flavors, colors, additives, or preservatives and are now peanut-free. All of Sara’s products are also certified Kosher and will retain their freshness in the original bag for two months. However, it is recommended that you store the remainder of the cookies in a sealed container once the bag is opened to keep them fresh and crisp.

Sara’s cookies are available in a variety of flavors including vanilla milkshake, lemonade, s’more, ice cream cone and hot chocolate. Also, for those who want to satisfy their sweet and salty cravings simultaneoulsy, there are two flavors made with potato chips and pretzel bits!

Locally, you can find these yummy treats at Kroger. If you cannot find them in a store near you, or you simply want more information, check out the store locator on their website.

 

Written by Kristi Hall 

Meet Timika Terry-Cabbler

timikaTimika Terry-Cabbler is associate evangelist of New Life Christian Fellowship. She recently received her Master of Arts in Religion/Biblical Studies from Liberty University.  She’s a television producer and the publisher of the forthcoming www.urbanroanoke.com, as well as employed by Allstate.

When the local League of Older Americans lost funding to give air conditioners to the elderly, she immediately spearheaded a drive to help. What truly describes her heart, is my mother fell ill three days after we were married and she helped me care for her until her recent passing. She has NEVER sought attention, which makes this the perfect opportunity for me to inform the community of her contributions. 

Nominated by Scott Terry-Cabbler

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

Meet Macel Janoshka

macelMacel Janoschka has a passion for women’s leadership and community service. She is immediate past president of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley.  During her tenure, The Junior League awarded $100,000 in grants and scholarships to deserving community projects that benefited childhood health and welfare.
She just completed a four year term on the VA State Bar Young Lawyers Conference’s Board of Governors where her focus was on programs promoting diversity in the legal field.
Macel currently serves on the Roanoke Bar Association Board of Directors. She volunteers twice a month at a city school, teaches Sunday School and serves as a youth leader at her church.
Macel does all of this and more while being the mom to a 2 year old and 4 year old and a partner at Frith, Anderson and Peake.

Nominated by Mary Beverly

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

Make Pure Ingredients Part of Daily Life

pureingredientsTrends and fad diets come and go. But a progressive approach to nutrition – one grounded in positive eating – remains constant. It’s the desire to get more out of food with real, pure ingredients. Most people find the commitment to natural, healthy living isn’t as challenging as they imagined.

From the garden to the market, and the kitchen to the table, countless opportunities allow you to incorporate plant-based, nutrient-rich foods into your diet:

* Make the most of the grocery store. Eating real, pure foods, including whole grains, is at the core of a healthy lifestyle. Take a closer look at packaging to find items made with wholesome ingredients. You’ll be excited to see that many grocery stores carry a variety of nutritious options.

“People don’t always look as closely as they should,” says dietitian Toby Amidor. “Dig in and read the labels to get the full picture and educate yourself on the foods in your grocery basket.”

* Get into gardening. There’s no need to till your yard and plant rows of crops – gardening can start small, in a pot or container. Herbs, lettuce, spinach and tomatoes are all great porch and patio plants. If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, try a raised-bed garden with a variety of plants, from cabbage to cucumbers and beyond.

“Growing your own garden can do more than provide tasty produce. It can also be a therapeutic way to increase your overall intake of vegetables,” says Amidor. “When I was growing up, my dad had an amazing garden. He taught me how to plant, weed and pick produce like radishes, carrots, sunflower seeds, cucumbers and tomatoes. Gardening is a great way to bond with family members and educate the next generation about the importance of farm-to-table.”

* Keep it up in the kitchen. It’s important to make sure you’re getting all the right nutrients to fuel your day. Are your foods providing essential vitamins, minerals and protein?

“Meeting the Daily Value of around 50 grams of protein for the average adult can be challenging – especially for vegans and vegetarians. Protein is an essential component of a nutritious diet,” says Amidor. “To incorporate more plant-based proteins into your meals, exercise your imagination and pair together different types of proteins, like whole grains, legumes and nuts to create wholesome meals.”

The more you learn about real, pure ingredients, the more delicious ways you’ll find to enjoy them.

Meet Mariah Clark

mariahMariah Amine Clark, a graduate of the Apparel Department at Virginia Tech is a designer extraordinaire. She founded Mariah Amine Couture in 2007 and three years later opened a retail boutique that offers classes and instruction for budding knitters and seamstresses. 

Nominated by Jenny Carter

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

Local Women Making A Difference

harvesterteamgirlsThe Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount is more than just a great place to enjoy a concert with your family. It is the result of a dream—shared by many people in Franklin County—to unite a community in support of great music. Each individual contributing to this venue is passionate about its success. Assistant General Manager, Sheila Silverstein, has been instrumental in bringing on new volunteers to assist with operations essential to each performance.

“You can’t find better people than our volunteers. They are my heart,” says Silverstein. “This is a group of people who have passion for their purpose. They make a great team, and they give 110 percent at every show.”

Since its opening in April, more volunteers (both men and women) have joined the initial group. Many of them, like Juanita Dudley, view one another as family. “I am a retired school teacher,” she adds, “and this is my way of giving back to the community. I have met so many great people here.”

Other volunteers, like Nancy Bell, report to their shifts following their full time jobs. Bell, Director of the United Way in Franklin County, has a 30 minute drive at the conclusion of her shift. However, the time spent travelling and volunteering is a sacrifice she is willing to make. She explains, “I began volunteering at the Harvester because I knew that, for it to succeed, those of us who love music would have to be committed to it.”

Donna Winge, volunteer coordinator for the Harvester, agrees, “My husband and I began volunteering at the second show. We knew the importance of making the Harvester a success because of the economic potential it has for the entire county.”

Franklin County residents are not the only ones interested in the variety of entertainment offered at this unique venue. People from surrounding counties and states attend each show, drawn to the spectacular lineup and welcoming atmosphere. The volunteers and staff realize that hospitality is important to making the experience a memorable one for patrons.

“We have a great time here on every shift,” says volunteer, Allison Nunley, “and I love seeing all of the guests enjoy it as much as we do.”

Visit www.harvester-music.com for more information on the talented musicians scheduled to perform this month. Not only will you enjoy a great show, you may find a new favorite spot to visit with your friends and family.

Meet Suzanne Gandy

suzanne gandySuzanne Gandy is the Development Director for the local Salvation Army. She is very high energy, enthusiastic, caring, and most of all FUN. Her responsibility list is long as are the hours she spends working to make it all happen. Her resources are few but she finds a way to maximize them. She encourages others to help and works with many corporations for donations and volunteers for all of the Salvation Army events.

Nominated by Connie Stanley

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

Fighting Breast Cancer

Think of eight women you know and love. It shouldn’t be too difficult to come up with eight. Now, think of women who are simply friends and acquaintances. Women who may have families, children, and other people who love them. Did your list get longer? Ours did.

Here’s a sobering thought to accompany that list: about 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Those who have regular exams will have a better chance of catching it early and beating it, but until a cure is found, we will continue to lose mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends to the disease.

By raising awareness and working towards a cure together, we can be apart in changing these sobering statistics. October is the month set aside for breast cancer awareness, but it is something we should be thinking about year round. Too many women (and men), of all ages, have lost their battle with breast cancer in our area and worldwide.

In their quest to help find a cure, the Blue Ridge affiliate of Susan G. Komen has raised more than 1.5 million dollars for local and national breast cancer programs and research.

Lisa-and-MJ1Their October ribbon report spotlight features Lisa and her dog, MJ. Lisa and MJ were both diagnosed with cancer in the late months of 2013. Lisa explains when she feels weak she just looks to MJ for motivation, “I have learned so much from MJ. Sometimes I think about my cancer and how I might die. Then, I watch MJ. She wakes up everyday happy. Having cancer does not depress her or ruin her days. So, my advice is to live everyday like MJ!”

Lisa is one of many people living with breast cancer, and every penny donated, every hour volunteered, every mile walked is one step closer to finding a cure. That means every person giving whatever they can is contributing to a day when Lisa does not have to think about her cancer and the chance that she could lose her fight. They are helping her work towards happiness and hope– and another day to wake up happy, like MJ.

If you or someone you love are facing a similar battle and have questions or concerns, you are encouraged to call 1877-GO-KOMEN, a free breast cancer hotline offering professional support. For those wishing to donate their time or money to finding a cure, please visit www.komen.org.

Written by Kristi Hall