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Meet Amy Mogetz

Amy MogetzAmy Mogetz is the Associate General Counsel for Medical Facilities of America, a local corporation with over forty long term care facilities. She left a successful legal practice in Washington DC and moved to Roanoke, Virginia- despite having no connections or familiarity with the area (other than her experience taking the bar exam!)- all because she wanted her young son to grow up in a place like Roanoke. 

Nominated by Macel H. Janoschka

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The Do’s and Dont’s of DIY Beauty

The natural beauty movement is gaining momentum with more women seeking all-natural ways to look and feel fabulous. A big part of this trend is creating beauty products at home. The benefits are many: products can be completely customized, women know exactly what ingredients are used, and oftentimes, they save themselves money, too.

If you want to join the DIY beauty movement, consider these top do’s and don’ts from the experts at Aura Cacia:

Do develop your own body spray

Not only are perfumes costly, they are filled with chemicals. By using essential oils, you can create natural body spray in minutes. For an amazing DIY Patchouli and Rose Body Spray, simply mix these ingredients in a small spray bottle or atomizer:

4 ounces purified water
19 drops bergamot BF essential oil
19 drops patchouli essential oil
19 drops lemon essential oil
3 drops rose otto or rose absolute essential oil

Don’t forget to use pantry staples

Some of the most commonly used ingredients in DIY beauty recipes can be found right in your kitchen cabinet. Learn more about pantry staples like sea salt, oats, honey, eggs, course sugar and coconut oil, and how your beauty recipes can benefit from them.

Do learn more about essential oils

 

Essential oils are the highly concentrated aromatic essences of plants. They are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than the oils in dried herbs. Using essential oils in DIY beauty products is a wonderful option, but they must be treated with safety and respect. Read up on essential oil basics and safety at www.auracacia.com.

Don’t use disposable containers

 

DIY beauty embraces the idea of natural wellness not only for the family, but also for the Earth. Always opt for reusable containers when possible, as they reduce waste and maintain the integrity of homemade products longer. BPA-free plastic containers and glass alternatives are both great options you can use again and again.

familydiybeautyDo make health and beauty essentials for the whole family

DIY health and beauty isn’t just for women, the entire family can benefit from natural products you can make in your own home. From luxurious body soaks for mom and back rub blends for dad, to baby balms and infant message oils, there are many easy-to-follow recipes at www.auracacia.com.  

 

Meet Piper Groves

pipergrovesBesides just having a cool and creative name, Piper Groves is a mover and shaker in the City of Waynesboro. She’s heavily involved in bringing out the artistic and creative vibe that is crucial for a thriving community, serving across multiple groups whose mission directly influences the beauty found here. Piper makes good on her promise to infuse the arts into our everyday lives, especially with younger generations.  

Nominated by Jenny Carter

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Stinging with Energy

bellaonline4We all run out of energy and need a pick me up at some point of the day. Your choice of energy fuel can make a difference in how long you stay energetic. 

Some turn to energy drinks to satisfy the caffeine rush but the variety of caffeinated drinks can have risks after consumption. Side effects range from shaking, dizziness, headache and a crash that can make you feel more exhausted than before you consumed the drink. 

A more natural and safe product to grab is one of Honey Stinger’s energetic snacks. 

Why honey? Honey is a natural sugar and rich in carbohydrates, making it a great fuel for your muscles. The honey-based products are beneficial before, during and after exercising.

Honey Stinger’s products range from energy gels, organic waffles, organic energy chews, energy bars, protein bars, organic honey and even treats for the little ones.

All the products have an assortment of flavors depending on the item. A few of the flavors offered are: strawberry kiwi, lemon, pink lemonade cherry cola, dark chocolate coconut almond, and many many more!

All the products offered from Honey Stinger have a shelf life between 12-18 months from the date of manufacture. Since the ingredients are all natural, they are a safe alternative for kids and perfect for an after school snack.

You can purchase Honey Stinger directly on their website or check out their store locator to find the closest store selling Honey Stinger products!

Written by Kristi Hall

Meet Joanna Hudzik

hudzikJoanna Hudzik has chaired the American Heart Association’s Roanoke Heart Ball for multiple years and has coordinated a Diamond Dig to help raise vital funds for AHA. She is co-owner at Haywood’s Jewelers at Westlake and her Diamond Dig raised $7,000 last year and $10,000 this year for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education. She is chairing the 2015 Roanoke Heart Ball which is set to take place on Saturday, February 14. Joanna also is a committee member for the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Gala.

Nominated by Sarah Fedele

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Fall Gardening: Tips and Recipes

bellaonline4586Not all of your veggies that have been in your garden all summer long like the crisp air that’s on its way. Vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers won’t last once the cooler weather approaches. 

However, vegetables such as kale, spinach, cabbage, broccoli and turnips are able to tolerate the hardest winters. They survive even in the low 20s and high teens. Other veggies like beets, carrots, lettuce and celery are good for spring and fall gardens since they can tolerate between 29 to 32 degrees.

Watch for frost closer to January and February. Covering even the toughest plants in your garden is always a smart decision when the weather gets extremely cold. Late October-early November is a great time to begin preparing the vegetable garden for colder weather. 

Mulching serves many purposes in the winter garden. Acting as insulation to the plants, it will also help discourage the winter growth of weeds and pesky grasses. Some of the most common materials used for winter mulching are peat moss, bark, sawdust, and shredded newspapers.

There are many recipes you can incorporate in your dinners to make sure you take full advantage of fall and winter vegetables. Below are a few recipes to make sure you don’t let any of your gardening go to waste!

Kale, Broccoli, and Feta Sauté
(http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/kale-broccoli-feta-saute)

3 tablespoons of olive oil
4 cups of broccoli florets
kosher salt and black pepper
1 medium bunch kale, thick stems removed and leaves torn into bite-size pieces (about 10 cups)
2 ounces of Feta, crumbled (1/2 cup)
¼ cup of kalamata olives, pitted and slivered

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli, season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper, and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
Add the kale and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes more. Fold in the Feta and olives.

Green Smoothie Recipe
(http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/green_smoothie/)

1 medium ripe banana
1 cup of fresh, canned, or frozen pineapple
3 large handfuls of fresh spinach (washed)
1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
6 oz. water
1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)

Put all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

Tip: If you want to add coconut oil, be sure it’s slightly melted when you add it so it emulsifies and blends well into the smoothie. Otherwise, it might be lumpy, especially if you are using frozen pineapple or if you add ice cubes.
If you use canned pineapple, you can add the juice, too, for a sweeter tasting smoothie.

 

Written by Kristi Hall

 

Meet Ashley Pressman

Ashley PressmanAshley Pressman is anything but ordinary, although you wouldn’t know it from her quiet, humble demeanor. This amazing local woman has been the Administrator at Berkshire Health & Rehabilitation in Vinton for the past four years. She leads more than 200 employees taking care of our geriatric community.

Nominated by a friend

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Fall Entertaining

falldecor1The autumn leaves bursting into vibrant reds, lively oranges, and brilliant yellows  signal a new season for home entertaining. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than your favorite outdoor spot to update your table setting with the hottest colors for fall 2014.

“Contemporary versions of classic colors are trending in the interior design realm this fall,” says John Griffith, visual merchandiser. “Rich deep Pantone colors including Sangria, Aurora Red, Cognac and Misted Yellow reflect the abundance of color you see outdoors. The new Fiesta color, Poppy, is perfect for autumn. Metallic finishes are also wildly popular, such as gold and copper.”

“Vintage dinnerware continues to be one of the trendiest design elements in the tabletop industry,” says Robbins. “Why buy a reproduction when the real thing is readily available? Search your mother or grandmother’s china cabinet to find some of the great retro patterns. Add your own point of view when you mix and match contemporary designs to create a modern look. It’s really simple to add an accent plate, or a stand-out charger in this season’s colors to update your table for fall entertaining.”

Figural pieces, such as leaf shaped plates and serving pieces are very popular this fall. Many manufacturers are offering colorful accent pieces with favorites including turkey, fall leaves and pumpkin motifs.

“You can use pumpkins as a strong design element through Thanksgiving,” Griffith suggests. “Pumpkins made of glass, ceramic and lightweight resin are big sellers in the store as we head into the season. Mix with the real thing to easily create a great centerpiece.”

As the season changes, so does the way you’re entertaining. Gatherings may be more casual as friends and family get together around the television for the big game or by the fire pit on the patio.

“Appetizer size plates and individual dip bowls are great for finger foods and condiments, says Robbins. “These smaller pieces are both popular and affordable. Plus it’s fun to mix shapes, colors or motifs. Mix and match your favorite team colors for the big game or choose individual Thanksgiving themed plates for celebrations tied to turkey day.”

For more fall decorating tips, visit our Pinterest page!