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Meet our team

Christina Ruotolo Editor

Emily Leach Designer

Kris Fay


Christy Jones

Christina Ruotolo is the Editor of Her Magazine, Hot Dish writer, and a Multi-Media Specialist at The Daily Reflector Newspaper. She is active in the community, is a part-time bookseller at Barnes & Noble and creative writing instructor. Christina enjoys binge watching cooking shows, eating chocolate, and is hard at work on her next novel.

Emily Leach is a graphic designer at The Daily Reflector. Things that take up her free time are, going to the gym, practicing her cello and piano, and getting together with family. She loves spending time with her husband, Nick and puppy Miles. Contact her at eleach@apgenc.com.

Kris Fay is a photographer and owner of In Bloom Studios/In Bloom Boudoir Studios. She is a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in interior design. She has always loved planning spaces and composing designs, and her friends often say she is good at making things pretty. She utilizes her training and experience to capture an image that tells its own story. She specializes in portraits, maternity and first year, wedding and engagement photos, graduation photos as well as business development photos.

Christy Jones, also know as Coach Chris, is an improvement coach for leaders and helps them break free from feeling overwhelmed and prepares them to take their teams to high levels of performance. Contact her at www.beginmonday.com .


Bonnie Lesko-Roberts is a registered dietitian with the Pitt County Health Department WIC Program. For more information about WIC or other nutrition programs, call (252) 902-2300. Bonnie Lesko-Roberts

It’s springtime, the time when the world comes alive with color. Trees sprout pink and purple and fresh grasses and shrubs blanket the ground with various shades of green that remind me of my favorite piece of furniture. It was a celery-green velvet couch that sat in my childhood living room. It was buttery soft and many nights, I could be found snuggled up asleep on that couch, watching “Little House on the Prairie” with my family, cuddling with Mom or waiting for Santa. To this day, every time I sit on a couch made of velvet, I am brought back to the wonderful memories surrounding that couch. Home is more than just a place or a favorite piece of furniture; it’s the center of our family from the living room couch where you watch movies, the dining room table where you share holiday meals together, the creaky rocking chair where your mother rocked you to sleep, to the canopy bed and bubblegum pink walls in your childhood bedroom. Our homes have the ability to shape how we feel; they provide us with warmth and safety. Now, more than ever, as we have stayed home this last year in pandemic mode, our home has become even more important. Spending all that time in your home now, you may have realized your desk chair may look pretty but isn’t very comfortable, or you no longer like the robin’s egg blue walls you once did 10 years ago. Now that you’re cooking in your kitchen every night, you crave new colors on the walls, a funky new backsplash and new curtains. This is where interior designers come in. They can help you take your old space and give it new life, add more color, and help you find a new style all your own. This spring issue of Her magazine features everything home and design and centers on Lisa Pendry, owner of Fabric and Home Furnishings in Greenville, which has been in business since 2001. Lisa, her husband Dale and her team of designers are ready to help you select new paint, new fabric and furniture and help you update or redesign any room in your home. So no matter what design style fits you best, what piece of furniture or décor is your favorite, or whether you like wallpaper or shiplap, Design will help bring you home this spring. Happy decorating friends! Virtual hugs,

Christina Ruotolo

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Allen Warren

Dear Friends,

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Allen Warren, is a ActivePure sales representative at Aerus located at 1902-A Charles Blvd. Stop by or call to speak to him for a free consultation, visit the website: www.aerusofgreenvillenc.com, or call 252814-5911.


Contact Her Christina Ruotolo | Editor | 329-9532 Craig Springer | Advertising | 329-9632 Emily Leach | Designer | 329-9598 Email: cruotolo@reflector.com



9 Meet Her: Meghan 10 Meet Him: Ben 11 Meet Her: Delaney 12 Meet Him: Matthew 14-15 Her Advice: How To Design Your Life When Your Hands Are Full 16 Her Health: Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With Nasa Developed ActivePure Technology 17 Her Health: How Women Can Get A Better Night's Sleep 18 Her Health: Making Grandma’s Famous Family Recipe: 2021 Style

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19 Her Recipe: Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad 20-21 Her Puzzles 22-23 Her Panel: Favorite Piece Of Furniture 24 Her Greenville Business Spotlight: Southern Comfort Furniture 25 Her Washington Business Spotlight: After The Wine Decor 26-27 Her Shopping: Home & Design Shopping Guide 30 Her Puzzle Solutions

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Photos by: Kris Fay ome is more than the items within a particular space. Home is a feeling. It’s the calm wave of your heartbeat when you melt into your living room sofa after a long day at work. It’s the relaxation you feel in your home office with the rich wooden desk, dark gray walls, and supple leather couch. It’s your formal dining room with the Oriental rug, chinoiserie drapery, and matching ceramic lamps. Or It’s the periwinkle walls, satin duvet and gauzy linen curtains in your childhood bedroom. Home really is where the heart is. It’s our safe space, our utopia. It’s where we create memories. Each room is special and should reflect our tastes, color choices and favorite décor items. It can be comfortable, cozy, refined, retro, classic, modern, country-French, and everything in between. Each piece of furniture, lamp, curtain, drapery, valance, or specialty design item tells our story, and every story has a narrator. One such creative narrator is Lisa Pendry. She is the owner, along with her husband, Dale, of Fabric and Home Furnishings in Greenville. The showroom in Arlington Village provides a quaint personal experience to turn your home into a showplace. The entire staff will assist you with your interior design needs and make sure your experience is fun and exciting. Lisa is educated, friendly,


funny and super easy to talk to. You walk in and you immediately feel at home and comfortable. The store’s showroom is inviting, with waterfalls of colored fabrics from classic florals, neutral basket weaves, rich and elegant textured brocades, and beautiful chinoiserie styles including traditional Chinese scenes, animals, and pagodas. Fabrics start your design story, and then you move on to curtains, valances, and throw pillows. The colors and shapes and styles are a wonderful decorating journey for you to experience, and Lisa can help bring your design vision to life along with her amazing design team including Ben, Matthew, Meghan, and Delaney. The design world is similar to the hospitality field with crazy hours and lots of moving parts. A typical day is anything but ordinary. “My typical day is never typical,” Lisa says. “I usually get to the store by 8 a.m.. Our store hours are 10 to 5:30, but I can spend those early hours being creative and adding finishing touches to a home I am working on, or to merchandise the store.” The design team starts to arrive at 9:30 a.m. to focus on its daily goals. Fabric and Home Furnishings is a fabric store, a furniture store, an accessory store, and it manages re-upholstery, custom drapery, and a rug gallery as well as offering blinds,

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shades and shutters. “Every day is unique and exciting,” Lisa says. “We laugh and keep moving through days of chaos sometimes. Ben actually gave me a name plate for Christmas that says ‘chaos coordinator,’ so that must be my title.” It’s safe to see why Fabric and Home Furnishings has been open for so long and is a central design hub for residential to commercial customers. The design journey for Lisa and Dale started back in 2001 when they moved to Greenville from High Point to open their business. They wanted to bring their combined 53 years of textiles and furniture experience to eastern North Carolina. Their first store was on Moseley Drive, and it offered fabric and drapery services. They quickly decided Greenville needed a complete interior design center and opened a furniture and fabric store combination. “The decision to offer in-home design services was a wonderful solution to everyone’s custom furniture and drapery needs,” Lisa says. Lisa has an extensive portfolio with experience in complete interior design solutions for commercial and residential clients. Fabric selections, furniture design, custom bedding, lighting, and accessories are all a part of the services she offers. She attended American Business and Fashion Institute in Charlotte and has always had a passion for interior design. “When I was little, even my Barbie ‘dream home’ had to be redecorated,” she says, laughing. “My husband Dale has spent his life in the fabric business. When we put our talents together, we realized our concept of fabric and home furnishings with complete design services was a wonderful idea”. They closed their Fire Tower Road store in 2008 and decided to open the Arlington Village showroom. They moved to Charlotte to be closer to family when their son started middle school and opened a store in Denver, to help with all of the growth around Lake Norman. “Dale did most of the commuting between stores (because he is actually the brains of our business). When our son graduated in 2017 and decided to return to his purple and gold roots, we moved back,” Lisa says. Now more than ever, people are wanting to re-do and refresh their home décor as they have been living, working and using their home more during the last year of stay at home and pandemic lifestyles. Fabric and Home Furnishing offers in-home design services so Lisa, Dale and the team can help you transform you space post-pandemic with a fresh outlook to go into 2021. “I decided to offer in-home design service when we opened Fabric and Sofas in Winterville in 2003,” Lisa says. “In college, I was sure I wanted to buy a ‘decorating den’ franchise to be able to take the design choices into the customer’s home. My goal was to simplify the design process and take away the overwhelming feeling customers have when they walk into a store full of options. When we get invited into their homes, we can get to know how they live, and what their goals are. Plus I love to see how they enjoy their homes so I can find the best solutions for them.” When not working 100 miles an hour, you can find Lisa and Dale relaxing in their comfortably designed home. For Lisa and Dale, their personal design style exudes comfort. “My home is comfortable!,” Lisa says. “By the time I finally sit down at the end of the day – comfort matters the most! So my home says ‘welcome home.’


“Sometimes the word ‘home’ has several meanings,” she says. “Home was always Charlotte/Lake Norman for me, but when we came back to eastern North Carolina, I realized home is actually where your passion lives. It’s making friends and seeing their joy when the transformation is compete and they realize their home really is their sanctuary.” Even though there are hundreds of fabrics to choose from, Lisa’s favorite pattern or style is an elegant chinoiserie. Her home includes a beautiful crypton sectional with dramatic pillows and very colorful Thibaut Chinoiserie drapery. “I love to mix patterns to make each home unique,” she says. “In the phase of less is more and white linen drapery, I can still add the right pizzazz with pillows and help people realize how to combine patterns to become art.” For Lisa, the most important element in any design project is the fabric, because “fabric is the glue that pulls the entire room together!” If Lisa had to turn the word fabric into an acronym to describe what elements design encompasses to her design style, her letters would spell out: F – FABULOUS A – ARTISTIC B – BOLD R – REJUVANATING I – INTERESTING C – COMPLETE Even with all the elements in place and a successful design journey, the job can still be hard and the pandemic does not make it any easier. “The hardest part of my job is the lack of control on production. When fabric is on order, furniture is on order, and my vision is complete, but I am at the mercy of over 12 vendors to pull a home together,” she says. “I try to employee local craftsman and manufacturers so we can deliver faster than most stores. The best part is a happy and excited customer that will forever be a friend.” Design will continue to evolve and change in the coming years and Lisa and Dale can keep you updated on new trends and fabrics. They update their Facebook page daily to keep you engaged and educating on new decorating trends. “For 2021 we are bringing wallpaper back and sending shiplap out the door,” Lisa says. “White, gray, and soft blues are still a hot base for a creative room. Bold drama will never go out of style, but making sure each client’s home is a reflection of their personality and lifestyle is number one in my designs.” If you are ready to add to your home story and re-do, refresh, or change your home style and décor, spring is the perfect time to do it and Lisa and her team can help. The design service comes with a one-time fee. “We don’t charge by the hour and we pour our hearts into your home, one room at a time,” Lisa says. “I am so excited to announce that every employee on my sales floor is a designer. I have four big personalities, with four design styles that are all amazing. We work as a team and make sure your home is everything you ever dreamed!” Fabric and Home Furnishings is located at 646 E. Arlington Blvd. Business hours are 10 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Call (252) 493-0550 or visit the website featuring recent residential and commercial design projects and testimonials at www.fabricandhomefurnishings.com.

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Alberto Pinto: Signature Interiors by Anne Bony Introduction by Linda Pinto Foreword by Hubert de Givenchy Publisher: Flammarion

Meghan Brewer is a dynamic professional with over 12 years of experience in all aspects of the home furnishings and textile industries. She has a bachelor of science degree in textile marketing and management from North Carolina State University. Throughout her diverse career, she has been involved in every aspect of the design, development, and manufacturing process. She has held the position of director of design with respected companies in the home furnishings industry. There, she collaborated and directed design programs for Ralph Lauren Home, Kravet Fabrics, Kate Spade, among others. She loves a challenging project and creating beautiful spaces for her customers. Favorite color – Macaw green

Meghan McLawhorn Brewer

Favorite piece of furniture/décor item and why - My Lloyd Flanders outdoor furniture. Being outside is my favorite place, and these items make it much more relaxing on the porch, especially if I have a good book in my hand. Style icon – Alberto Pinto for interior design and Wesley Mancini for textile design.

Age: 34 Job title and duties: Designer


Best part about working with Lisa – Everyday is different, which makes for a challenging and eventful day.

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Ben Pilkington Age: 22 Job title and duties: Designer. Ben's laugh, smile, and design skills will make you want to redesign your whole house! Favorite color – Black Favorite piece of furniture/décor item – Mid-century modern furniture Style icon – Charles and Ray Eames Best part about working with Lisa – She keeps us on our toes. It's always an adventurous day in the store.


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Her smile is contagious, and her ideas will encourage you to transform your home! Favorite color – Periwinkle

Delaney Arthur Age: 23 Job title and duties: Design/ Merchandise Intern.


Favorite piece of furniture/décor item and why – Any painting. I love painting myself, but I always find a painting is a good wall accent and aides in the atmospherics of the room. Style icon – Coco Chanel Best part about working with Lisa – She is very easy to get along with and well versed in the field.

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Matthew Thompson

his clients one-on-one, embracing creativity while striving to exceed the expectations of every client - one amazing transformation at a time!

Age: 31 Job title and duties: Designer and seamstress. Matthew started his career in apparel design 14 years ago. While wanting to expand his knowledge in interior design, he joined Fabric and Home Furnishings in February 2020. Matthew enjoys working with


Favorite color – Green Favorite piece of furniture/décor item and why - Antique 1939 vintage Singer sewing machine table that belonged to his grandmother. Style icon – Gianni Versace Best part about working with Lisa – Lisa is inspiring and brings out the best in me!

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When Your Hands Are Full By Coach Chris Christy Jones, also know as Coach Chris, is an improvement coach for leaders and helps them break free from feeling overwhelmed and prepares them to take their teams to high levels of performance. Contact her at www.beginmonday.com.


an you actually believe it is April? Already? Me neither! Well, time is ticking and it consistently reminds me that whatever you and I are planning to do or even go after, we do not need to play around and wait; we need to do it now! In 2015, I wrote and published a book titled “How to D.E.S.I.G.N. Your Life When Your Hands Are Full.” This was a major accomplishment for me because I had always dreamed of writing a book and getting it published and so I did! (My husband is encouraging me to “re-release it” because he says that there is so much wisdom in those pages that I need to dust it off and put it back out there in the market in a fresh way. Maybe I will soon.) You know, I am not much of a designer or decorator at all; that is not my strength. In fact, when I had a redesign project


for my home office, I had to call in one of my good friends who is fabulous at designing any kind of space in a home. Kimberly Lucas was truly a life saver during those moments when I was about to pull my hair out behind trying to arrange a bookshelf to make it look like I am sitting in a senior executive’s office. She came to my rescue! Now, although I may not be good at designing or decorating a house, I have come to gather some secrets that I want to share with you to help you D.E.S.I.G.N. your life particularly when your hands are full. As women, our jobs are never done. Although we are senior executives, writers, speakers, waitresses, CEOs, doctors, lawyers, nurses, physical therapists, counselors and so much more in our careers, many of us are also wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, teachers, guidance counselors for our family, ministers, caregivers, and so many other roles. We have our

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hands completely full! But here is the deal, no matter how full your hands are, you have to make sure that you are positioning yourself to go after your personal dreams passionately. You have to carve out time to nurture what you see in your heart and position yourself for success. Let me give you a few nuggets from my book that I believe will help you to go into this next phase of your life full of passion and postured to prioritize what is important to you. It is time for you to make some adjustments and decorate your life with things that will make you fulfilled as you live on purpose.

Nugget 1: Decide what you really want.

Too many times, I have had conversations with women who are simply settling for what everybody else wants them to have instead of cultivating what is truly in their hearts. I have seen it time and time again where a woman will just take whatever comes instead of creating what she wants in her life. You have to spend some time and commune with your heart and make a decision about what you really want in your life.

Nugget 2: Eliminate Excuses

Someone once made a statement, “Excuses are like armpits: We all have them and they all stink!” Excuses will hold you back from the life you really want. You have to stop making excuses and start making bold moves. Enough with allowing what you do not have to stop you from going after what you want to have. Remove those barriers called excuses so you are free to create the life you really want.

Nugget 3: Set your course for action

In other words, set yourself up for success. You have to take charge of your environment and set yourself up to win. It is time not to just be on the sidelines of life. You have to get in the game and make some waves. You have too much in you to simply settle. You are too gifted, you have too much invested. I encourage you to set your course

for action. When you are in motion, you are in action, and where there is action, there will be traction. Go for it!

Nugget 4: Implement you plan

Listen, it is not enough to set a plan; you have to work your plan. You have to make sure that you have the right strategy a n d resources to design the life you desire to live. You were made for more, and you need to implement your plan.

Nugget 5: Get past it

Listen to me, life has trouble built into it. I know this is going to sound kind of harsh, and I really do not mean for it to, but you have to get past it. You cannot live your life stuck in the trenches of the past. You are better than that! You are more than what has happened to you. I know you have experienced some really bad stuff, and I have, too. (I will have to share that at another time.) But here is what I am sure of: You can get past it! You can move forward, and you can have a life that is better than what you may be experiencing right now.

Nugget 6: Negotiate to win

In life, there are tradeoffs. You take the good with the bad. You take the bitter with the sweet. Life will not always hand you a dozen roses free of thorns, but you have to learn how to take those flowers and cut the thorns off. You have to win with the hand that you have been dealt. You have to have the mindset that there is always a way. You will have to negotiate to win. You may not always get exactly what you want but if you get 80% of 100, then you really are doing really well. Listen, I want to simply encourage you today to survey your life. Your hands may be full, but you can certainly D.E.S.I.G.N. your life when your hands are full. I hope our time together has been helpful. Until next time, know that I am cheering for you and I am here to help you win.


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with NASA Developed ACTIVEPURE Technology By Allen Warren Over the past 13 months our lives have changed, there is no doubt about it. People are working from home now and we are learning a new lifestyle. Let’s turn lemons into lemonade. There is a little known about technology available to enhance your living environment called ActivePure. This technology was developed by NASA decades ago so vegetables could be grown on the space station without the interference of mold growth. As a result, it was realized that this method could be made available to the public after we understood all that ActivePure has to offer. There are a lot of toxins, allergens and dust particles that make their way into your home every day. ActivePure Technology is the most powerful surface and air purification ever discovered that is safe for use in spaces occupied by people and pets. ActivePure provides continuous


HOW ACTIVEPURE HELPS YOU ActivePure is designed to quietly work 24/7 to safely and effectively improve the air quality of your indoor space. Here are just some of the ways ActivePure can help you: • Works safely 24/7 in places occupied by people and pets • Reduces airborne and surface contaminants • Purifies the air and surfaces and reduces odors • Removes harmful gases • Protects from contamination as people enter and move around the area


surface decontamination and air purification in real time. Over a decade of testing, patented ActivePure Technology has been proven to eliminate over 99.9% of many common airborne and surface contaminants including viruses, bacteria, mold, fungi, VOCs, smoke, allergens, and odors. The proprietary ActivePure Technology uses UVC light waves and a catalytic process to produce super oxide molecules and hydro-peroxides that destroy contaminants on surfaces and in the air. This technology creates powerful oxidizers, known as ActivePure Molecules, that are then released back into the room, where they seek and destroy DNA and RNA viruses including SARS-CoV-2 (novel corona-virus), Swine Flu (H1N1), Avian Bird Flu (H5N8), Hepatitis A (HAV) and MS2 bacteriophage, regardless of their size, on surfaces and in the air.

• Used by 29 US Professional Sports Teams and multiple X-games athletes Primary technology in an FDA-Cleared Class II Medical Device • Inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2017 and is the only Certified Space Technology product in its class. • Ongoing 2-year double-blind study with the Cleveland Clinic.

Allen Warren is a ActivePure sales representative at Aerus located at 1902-A Charles Blvd. Stop by or call to speak to him for a free consultation, visit the website: www.aerusofgreenvillenc.com, or call 252-814-5911.

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By Metro Creative A good night's sleep is vital to a person's overall health. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, people who get enough sleep get sick less often, are more able to maintain a healthy weight and are at lower risk for serious health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. But many adults are not getting enough quality sleep, and one group in particular may be especially likely to have sleep problems. A 2006 study published in the journal Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine found that women have more sleep-related complaints than men. The study suggested gender differences, including menstrual cycles, pregnancy and menopause, may underlie the observed differences in risk of sleep disorders. Women cannot control the biological factors that may make them more vulnerable to sleep issues. However, they are not helpless when it comes to their efforts to get adequate rest.

Create a better sleep environment. The National Sleep Foundation notes that the optimal bedroom temperature is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Maintaining a cool sleeping environment is even more important for women than men due to the increases in core body temperature during menstruation. A cool environment is more conducive to better sleep and can help women stay cool even when their body temperatures rise due to menstruation.

time, the body will readjust and grow accustomed to going to bed at this time, increasing the likelihood of falling asleep. Stick to this routine throughout the week, including on weekends.

Bathe before bedtime. A warm bath or shower prior to bedtime can lead to a decrease in body temperature, which the NSF notes can spark feelings of sleepiness. This can help with sleep onset when coupled with a cool bedroom temperature.

Avoid certains substances close to bedtime. The NSF advises against consuming caffeine, alcohol and nicotine close to bedtime. Each of these substances can compromise a woman's ability to fall asleep or stay asleep. For example, the Cleveland Clinic notes that while alcohol before bed may help people feel sleepy, that sedative effect wears off as the alcohol begins to metabolize. That process prevents the body from entering the stages of deep sleep, leading to more frequent sleep interruptions throughout the night.

Establish a bedtime routine. The DHHS notes that establishing and sticking to a bedtime routine, including going to bed at the same time each night, can help women overcome their sleep issues. Over

Women who are having trouble sleeping can try various strategies to overcome their issues. Women with chronic sleeping problems can consult their physicians about additional ways to get better, more consistent sleep.


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By Bonnie Lesko-Roberts Bonnie Lesko-Roberts is a registered dietitian with the Pitt County Health Department WIC Program. For more information about WIC or other nutrition programs, please call (252) 902-2300.


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sat and leafed through a stack of old family recipes, wondering why I was keeping them. They were taking up valuable shelf space in our small home. The answer is memories. Each one brought back a memory of earlier years and time spent with family and friends. Each recipe represented holidays, celebrations, learning to cook with mom or meals made to comfort those going through a tough time. Why don’t these meals make it to the table anymore? Glancing at the list of ingredients was a reminder. Many of them were made with high-fat meats, low-fiber white flour and a great deal of butter or sour cream. This meant high saturated fat or sodium and, of course, sugar. These were not the healthiest choices. I decided to try the recipes and substitute some healthier ingredients. I was surprised by some of the ways classic recipes can be updated using ingredients I already had on hand. Here are some healthier substitutions: • Instead of heavy cream, use evaporated skim milk. • Instead of sour cream, use fat free sour cream or plain yogurt (or plain Greek yogurt). (Try this tip in the tasty Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad recipe below.) • Instead of butter, use margarine or vegetable oil. • Instead of ground beef, use lean ground turkey or chicken. • Instead of all-purpose flour, try whole-wheat flour. • Replace some or all of the salt with herbs and spices. • When baking, use applesauce instead of oil. Or, use half the oil and replace with half the amount of applesauce to reduce fat content. This will decrease fat and calories without losing flavor or texture. • Instead of whole eggs, use two egg whites to replace each egg in a recipe. • Use brown rice or cauliflower rice instead of white rice for more texture and fiber. Spiralized veggies make a great pasta replacement. • Try a suitable sugar substitute to replace some or all of the sugar in a recipe. • Use reduced-fat cheese instead of regular cheese to cut fat and calories. I was surprised at how little some of these substitutions changed the flavor of the original recipes. Other times, they added a new twist to an old favorite. Either way, with some creativity, you can keep many of the old classics and enjoy them in a healthier way. And, you may even be passing on some new and improved recipes (and memories) to future chefs within your family, circle of friends or children who are learning to cook. Bon Appetit!

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad makes 6 servings, I cup each Recipe: • 3 cups cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 ¼ pounds or 3 small/medium breasts), ½ inch diced • 2 cups seedless red grapes, halved • 3 medium celery stalks, diced (about 1 ½ cups) • 2 large green onions, or 3 small green onions, thinly sliced (about 1.4 cup) • ½ cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted • 1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt • 2 tablespoons nonfat milk • 2 teaspoons honey • 1 teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon black pepper • 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh dill • Serving suggestions: whole-grain bread or lettuce leaves for wraps Instructions: 1. Place the diced chicken, grapes, celery, green onions and almonds in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, milk, honey, salt, and pepper. Pour over the chicken mixture and toss to coat. Taste and add additional salt and pepper as desired. If time allows, refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. 2. When ready to serve, sprinkle with fresh dill. Serve as a filling for sandwiches, atop salad greens, as a dip with crackers, or simply enjoy it directly out of a bowl. Note: Leftover chicken salad will keep in the refrigerator for three to four days. Nutrition Information: Calories: 228, Protein: 27 grams, Fat: 6 grams, Carbohydrates: 17 grams, Cholesterol: 48 mg, Sodium: 327 mg, fiber: 2 grams, sugars: 12 grams.

Healthy substitutions adapted from: 1. https://brighamhealthhub.org/ten-simple-substitutesfor-healthy-eating/ 2. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/ cooking-skills/cooking/smart-substitutions-to-eat-healthy Recipe adapted from: https://www.wellplated.com/ greek-yogurt-chicken-salad/


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What is your favorite piece of furniture and why?


“My bed. My parents actually picked it up at a flea market back in the 80’s, gave it a little love, refinished it and then passed it down to me. I love the cannonball headboard and foot-board, plus the sentimental value is just an added plus.” - Crystal Hildenbrand, Age 48


“My glider rocker . . .because we purchased it when my son was born. There are so many memories of feeding him and rocking him to sleep. Now, 26 years later, it still brings me comfort and I often find myself gently rocking in it when I am contemplating things.”

“My favorite piece of furniture is a red mosaic table that I purchased several years ago. It is so colorful. It brightens my day whenever I enter the room.”

-Elaine Hughes, Age 56

- Susan Leggett, Age 62


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“My favorite piece of furniture is my custom rocker recliner. It’s the perfect place to relax and watch TV, read a good book, or enjoy snuggles with my puppy.” - Christina Ruotolo, Age 43



“My favorite piece of furniture is my sofa in my den because for the past year during this Pandemic, it has served as my desk, bed, and dining table.

“My favorite piece of furniture is my king size bed. I did not have a matching headboard/ foot-board, and matching end tables for 47 years married. Although no one ever sees it, I treasure the beauty of my bed set so much.”

“My favorite piece of furniture is my bed! It’s soft and comfortable as well as being a place of comfort for me.”

- Vickie Joyner, Age 59

- Jeannie Cleaton, Age 71


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Meet Tim Barrett, 59, Owner of Southern Comforts Fine Furniture Consignments located at 652 E. Arlington Boulevard in Arlington Village Shoppes in Greenville, NC How did your company begin? - Southern Comforts come out of my love for fine furniture, art, and accessories. Having traveled extensively throughout the world, I was able to appreciate the diverse beauty of different styles whether they be regional or universal. When I moved to Greenville, NC I felt there was a need to bring fine furniture and art back to the Greenville market. We also offer high-end consignments throughout North Carolina and offer expert design service to all our customers. I am a retired Insurance Executive, Owner/Designer of Southern Comforts, owned another antique/furniture store in Greenville, South Carolina for several years, and has extensive experience in staging and decorating. I am considered an Art and Antique Expert. Hobbies - reading, antique restoration, avid gardener, and anything outdoors with my two sons. Style - Sheraton, Hollywood Regency, Mid Century, French Country and Traditional Fashion Icon - Phyllis Morris (California Designer) Favorite Home Décor Item, And Why – Collection of religious paintings, any/all collections from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. These bring me peace in an otherwise chaotic world. Favorite Paint Color – Yellow, it lifts spirits while providing warmth and comfort. For more information on Southern Comforts Fine Furniture Consignments, Contact them at 252-364-2424 or visit their website, www.southerncomfortsinc.com. They are open Monday-Saturday 10a.m.-5p.m


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After The Wine


How would you capture a memory of your experience with loved ones from an anniversary, birthday or first date where you shared a celebratory bottle of wine? Leilani Nichols and her husband, David, started After The Wine Decor out of their passion for wine, adventures, great memories with friends and family, and the love they have for God and each other. After celebrating their oneyear anniversary in 2017 with a bottle of their favorite wine, Roma, they admired the beauty of the bottle and thought, “There's got to be something we can do with this bottle besides throw it away and something more than just recycle it. We pondered our evening and the memories we created. Having a love of architecture, travel and history, we thought, ‘What if we created something timeless and beautiful that reflected how God lit a path that brought us back together after 25 years and thought of that light within our hearts?’ We then realized we needed to create a lamp out of this fabulous bottle of wine to help remind us of our evening and the memories we created. What most people throw in the trash, we wanted to re-purpose into something beautiful.” For Leilani, the lighting in a home creates a mood for any experience, an ambiance that makes you feel something, and it sets a tone. They want their wine bottle lamps to create a conversation that lights both your heart and home. Leilani’s love of design and art, along with her husband's engineering and fabrication expertise, came together beautifully to create one-of-a-kind nightlights, fully functional lamps made from re-purposed wine bottles and liquor bottles, wall art and home decor items made from recycled wine corks. These items make wonderful gifts, decor for parties and weddings and add a unique touch to any home. After The Wine Decor also creates custom wine or liquor bottle lamps out of your favorite bottle. Just imagine the story you can share with your friends and family and the history that you can pass down for generations to come, the memories never forgotten through a simple bottle of wine. After The Wine Decor is located inside Crystal Coast Hand Crafted, at 230 W. Main St., Washington, N.C. For more information, call 945-1097.


Showroom Located InSIde: cryStaL coaSt hand crafted 230 W. Main Street WaShington, nC 252-945-1097

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home design Uttermost Nicasia Etagere Bookcase Waters Home Furnishings, Greenville The dramatic contrast of this asymmetrical etagere gives an updated contemporary feel, featuring elm veneer shelving finished in light gray, accented with a deep black recessed panel with a light gray glazing. Visit the store to shop for all your home decorating needs.

Coastal Brown Vienna Custard Accent Chair Halo Home, Greenville

This neutral toned accent chair is the perfect addition to any room in your home. Measures 40” tall by 34” wide by 32” deep. Shop Halo Home for a wide variety of accent chairs, furniture, and other home decor items.

Praveen Blue Spruce/White Wall Art Furniture Distributors, Greenville This wall art showcases a serene sea abstraction. Shades of turquoise and white flow with rhythmic depth, embellished with gold leaf. Its contemporary appeal elevates your neutral room with style and color. Visit Furniture Distributors for all your home decorating needs.

Stylish Lamps To Add Beauty & Light To Your Home Fabric and Home Furnishings, Greenville

These stylish ceramic lamps add color and pizazz to any room. Visit the Fabric and Home Furnishings showroom to see more lamps in different sizes and colors.


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shopping guide Custom Upholstery Great Room Sofa Bostic Sugg Furniture, Greenville

This sofa features luxurious deep seating, scoop arms, and a loose-box, top-stitch back. With the bonus of small nickel nail head trim and exposed Charcoal turned wooden legs, you’ll enjoy this classic look for many years to come. Custom Upholstery by Bassett Furniture lets you tell your own story! With over 800 custom upholstery and pillow fabrics to choose from. Visit the store to shop their sofas and other furniture selections.

Indigo Cotton 6.5oz Candle Artisans Decorative Accessories & Fine Gifts, Greenville Add fresh scents to your home with the Indigo Cotton soy candle featuring the freshness of linen with powdery floral undertones of violet, carnation, and lily of the valley. This all-natural, 100% soy wax candle is nontoxic, biodegradable, and clean burning. Visit Artisans and explore all of their unique shops.

Daffodils Hook Pillow It’s So Wright, Greenville

Everyone's favorite hook pillows are back for spring! The Daffodils Hook Pillow is sure to brighten up any room. The pillow measures 16.5x16.5. Stop by It’s So Wright and shop their wide array of gifts and additional home décor.

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Aldridge & Southerland Realtors 252-756-3500 226 Commerce Street s For all listing please visit our website! Greenville, NC 27858 www.aldridgeandsoutherland.com 252-341-9969


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Duties include: • Management of design staff • Buying inventory – fabric, furniture and accessories • Interior Designer – working with clients daily to transform their homes • Housekeeper (joys of business ownership) • Keeping our sales floor merchandised and organized Family - I am blessed to be the mother of our son, DJ Pendry, and the wife to my awesome business partner, Dale Pendry, plus stepmom to two amazing, super successful daughters, Ashley and Emily. I am also the proud grandmother of three boys, Michael Connley age 16, and twin grandsons Adam and Michael Boyles, age 13, all of High Point. Our customers all miss Lacy, who was our golden retriever greeter for over 13 years. She had big paws to fill, but I am now the mom of a sweet and wild 2-year-old golden named Ruby. I have two sisters in Charlotte, who I miss daily, my precious mother Carolyn Horne and lots of nieces and nephews. Favorite color - Since I have to pick one, blue

Lisa Pendry

Favorite piece of Furniture/ décor item and why - My first answer would have to be drapery. No matter what else is going on in a home, fabric and the right window treatment can transform and complete any room. The perfect sofa is my second choice. A comfy, family-friendly sofa becomes the center of the home.

Job title and duties: Owner of Fabric and Fine Furnishings in Greenville’s Arlington Village, providing residential and commercial design services. Completed projects include: Dr. Bowman and Padgetts new office, renovation of Aldridge and Southerland offices, the interior of Soco Restaurant, and Murphy and Bunch CPA offices. A design office is planned in Morehead City to serve coastal clients.


Style icon - This may sound strange, but I really don’t have one. I guess my desire and ability to get to know my clients and create exactly what they describe has kept me very open to each challenge. When your client base changes from ocean-front homes to a precious farmhouse in the country in the same day, you just adapt and learn to transform each space. What does design mean to you in three words? Make it fabulous!

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• Home Decor • Interior Design Services • Gifts & Jewelry For Every Occasion Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm 801 Dickinson Ave., • Greenville, NC 27834 halohomestore.com • (252) 864-4256


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