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Creating Spring Traditions ideas to welcome spring
Party Fit for a Tween planning a fun celebration
Mise en Place
Bliss & Makeup
Off the Beaten Path
Springâ€Ś itâ€™s here!
After crazy cold winter, I have
Clutch goes Culinary
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never been more ready for flowers, soft colors and warmth. Whether you are inspired to try something new, explore our region or get a bit more
recipes from a local cookbook
The Embellished Life
organized, I wish you a season worth singing about.
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Happy spring, everyone!
CREATING SPRING TRADITIONS
Everyone knows that the winter
or a great big salad filled with fresh
season is rich in traditions, but why
not expand the concept of tradition
Visit the Farmer’s
and ritual into every season?
Market: Spring is one of my favorite
Celebrating each season can add a
times of year at the local produce
certain rhythm to our lives and helps
markets. The farmers are back after
ideas for gatherings with friends In addition to writing, Joy enjoys crafting (including her handmade Waldorf dolls!) along with being a creative wife to Josh and mom to her three sweet little girls.
the long winter, and it’s so easy to
a sense of
swing by for some fresh veggies, eggs
or baked goods. Gather your friends,
your family, or your favorite guy and
even if it’s simply with our closest
head down to the market and see how
family and friends. Here are a
many ingredients you can purchase
few suggestions that you can try
locally for your meals. Then rush
implementing this spring.
home to cook up breakfast or lunch
Have a Spring Meal: For many of
or enjoy a picnic in the fresh air.
us the words “food” and “tradition”
Get Your Hands Dirty: Whether
go hand in hand. Why not create
it’s bulbs in your front yard, a
some spring food traditions to help
vegetable garden in the back, a
celebrate the warmer weather and the
window box full of daisies, or a pot
influx of fresh produce? March 20th
of herbs in your kitchen, there is
is the first day of spring. Celebrate
something beautiful about planting a
by making a special meal or dessert.
seed and watching it grow. Challenge
Even if it’s still chilly outside, you
yourself this spring to plant
can celebrate the promise of what’s
to come with a favorite berry dessert
Photo by Red Chestnut Photography
May Day: May Day is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. While dancing around Maypoles may seem a bit outdated, some of the rituals surrounding May 1st can still be appreciated. Fill up some baskets, jars, or vases with flowers and drop them on a friend’s doorstep. Use this idea to show appreciation to family, coworkers, teachers, or use it as an excuse to get to know your neighbors. Get your kids involved by having them draw pictures of flowers to send to out of town family or to take to a nursing home.
is certainly a favorite). Celebrate the
reevaluate. Review your new year’s
Tea Time: Most of us associate
roles you play in each other’s lives.
resolutions and figure out what is
springtime with Mother’s Day, but
Spring Cleaning: Believe it or
working, what is not, and brainstorm
why not use the spring as a chance
not, spring cleaning can be a fun
some new ways you can incorporate
to celebrate ALL the women in your
tradition. Get everyone involved and
your goals into your routine.
life? You may not be able to celebrate
use it as a chance to sweep out the
Our photos are from a recent tea we did
with your mother, but chances are
winter’s dust, put away winter coats,
for lady photographers in our area at
you have at least a few women in your
and pack up heavy blankets and
Terrace View by the James with tea
life who deserve to be celebrated.
sweaters. Open up the windows and
service by Katie O’Byrne’s Irish Teahouse
Invite them over for tea or make
bring some fresh flowers inside.
plans to go out to a local tea room
Reevaluate: I like to take some
(Millstone Tea Room in Big Island
time at the start of a new season to
Photo by Elizabeth Bundrick Photography
Photo by Britix Images
One Working Mother’s Journey It’s been six weeks since I’ve been
or I steal a glance at my son in his
the morning because I had a newborn
back to work after maternity leave,
footy pajamas and bed head. I just
or a toddler (or both!) that would
and I’m still waiting to find my stride
want to scoop him up and cuddle
wake me up each day. I loved those
and feel like I fit. I thought maybe
him and enjoy the lazy mornings we
lazy mornings when I could lie in
it would be easier since I’ve done it
had together on my leave. In those
bed with my daughter curled up on
before, but I’ll admit that it’s been
moments, I just want to be a mom
my chest and just watch her sleep. I
much harder this time to juggle
but I know I can’t. I have to go to
was in awe of her perfect, pouty little
these two worlds: being a mommy
work, too, to help pay the mortgage
lips, her newborn smell, the way her
and being a full time working
and the grocery bill and the summer
teeny-tiny fingers would curl around
vacations. So I force myself to walk
one of mine. I couldn’t believe this
Right now, I’m not one without
out the door without glancing back
beautiful little bundle was mine.
the other. At work, I’m still a mom.
over my shoulder because I know if
Now I’m back at work, trying to
At home, I’m still a professional
I take another look, I really won’t be
navigate this transition and find
who has to leave for the office each
able to leave.
my rhythm again. I’m getting there.
morning. I’m learning how to balance
As I write this, I can picture my son’s
There’s something energizing
both, how to manage all this change
face six weeks ago when I was getting
about being needed in a completely
and the weight of it all. I feel as if
ready to go that morning. I first
different way-–contributing ideas in
I’m one person, split into two, and
walked out the door to go warm up
meetings, making plans and setting
I’m not sure how to fit back together
the car. He started to cry and reached
goals for my team and getting things
to feel completely whole again. I’m a
for me, tears slowly rolling down his
accomplished. I’ll admit, six weeks
walking contradiction because I want
face as he put both hands on the glass
in, there’s something fulfilling about
to have it all, and be it all but I know
of the storm door and watched me.
using my talents in the workplace
that I can’t. Every morning I leave
I took the full 12 weeks for maternity
and contributing to a greater good.
and my heart breaks a little more as
leave, and I loved every minute of it.
I’m learning to balance this sense of
I kiss my little girl and see her smile, 6
I loved not having to set an alarm in
fulfillment from work and the joy
and satisfaction of being a mom.
Get organized Taking time to get
Learn to let go Let go of
Here are some ways that I’m working
organized and plan ahead can make
Superwoman. Let go of comparing
to achieve that balancing act and
a big difference. Make to-do lists.
yourself to what you see on Pinterest.
reach my goals as a working mom.
Keep the calendar updated with work
Let go of having children who are
Since I know I’m not the only woman
demands, appointments and family
impossibly clean, perfectly dressed
to do this, I’m hoping this might
events. Plan your dinner menu for the
and always well-behaved.
help another working mom ease
week. Pick out your work outfits and
Be present When you’re home with
the transition when it’s time to go
your kids’ outfits each evening. Pack
your kids, be there laughing, playing
back to work.
your lunch, pack your bag and get set
and loving them. When you’ve got
Give yourself a break This one
up for the next day in the evening so
time to spend with your husband,
might be easier said than done, but
the following morning isn’t slowed
turn off the email, put down the
it’s essential in maintaining some
down by these tasks.
phone and focus on him. Enjoy the
sanity. Things aren’t always going to
Talk to your boss Sometimes a
moment today because once it’s gone
go as planned. You may not get out
conversation can allow management
you can’t get it back.
of the house as early as you wanted,
to see the value of a working
and you may have to stay late once in
mom. It’ll be helpful to have the
a while to complete a project at work.
understanding and support of your
This doesn’t make you a bad mom or
boss on those days when you may be
a bad employee. You’re doing the best
running late or you have to leave early.
In addition to writing, Kimberly Feldcamp loves spending time with family and friends, laughing, shopping and being outdoors in the sunshine.
you can…and that’s good enough.
fit for a
My youngest daughter still holds on to little girl ideals by coloring, playing with dolls and enjoying her horse collection; yet, she also shows signs of more womanly things such as caring about her appearance and formulating her own opinion about goings-on in the world. When it comes to party time, planning for this age can put us in a conundrum, but there is a way to satisfy the inbe-tween-ers with a scaled up version of a children’s party (or a scaled down version of an adult party, depending on how you look at it!). Here are some ideas to get you started on planning your own “tween” event.
Pick a theme and either scale
Break out the real stuff.
Add instruction. We can all
it up or down. For our party,
It is not often that you get out the
benefit by learning something new,
we took ballet and made it
fine china or serve beverages in real
and having a party that teaches
more grown up by including a
cut glass, but utilizing décor and place
or introduces a skill is one way to
tea party with fine china and
setting items that are not disposable
offer different experiences. Who
intricate cupcakes. Having
can really impact the party. Our girls
knows? Maybe a party goer will find
those types of details works
loved sipping pink lemonade out of
something that they truly love or can
well for girls who are of the
vintage punch cups.
utilize later on in life.
age to appreciate some of the
Make it special! Treating them to
finer things in life.
something that is normally reserved
Play with color. Children’s
for grown-ups gives the girls a taste
parties tend to be either bold and
of what adulthood can be like while
primary or soft and pastel. For our
making them feel important at the
party, we incorporated the traditional
same time. Having their hair and
ballet pink and accented it with black
makeup done as part of the party was a
for the girls’ attire and green table
big hit for the little ladies.
“You may hear dollar signs ringing at the thought of hiring a professional… but you can incorporate them in simple ways!”
settings with metallic touches.
Tulle definitely has “ballerina”
own invitations. Circle punches and
written all over it! But instead of
simple scrapbook papers were used
donning our ladies in the fabric,
to craft the invitations, nametags
we used it to dress the table as a
and table accents. Hardly any paper,
table skirt. It also became a sheer
ribbon or tulle went to waste when
“placemat” that was positioned
between two plates for a fun, different effect!
In order for a party to be a success, it doesn’t have to be big. Our event was
A favorite twist was keeping the
perfect with just four girls, and it
setting a surprise for the girls. They
made for a more “out to lunch with
were held at bay while they changed
friends” type of feel.
and had their hair and makeup done until the great reveal. The anticipation built as they waited, and the effect of them entering (and seeing the looks on their faces) was definitely worth keeping this secret.
Adding an instructional ballet class was a highlight of the day. Our guests were at all skill levels from beginner to expert, yet the teacher was able to come up with activities for the girls that allowed
Our favors were “cotton candy tulle”
for those different levels. From a
in a personalized tiny bucket. The
simple routine to fun jumps, the
buckets were 4/$1 at the local dollar
ladies all learned new things and had
store, and we used a paint pen for
fun expending energy after those
personalization. Adding the cotton
delicious cupcakes and meringue
candy and a ballerina pick were just
the right accents for this cute take home gift (although the cotton candy itself was consumed right away!).
Explore your options when planning. You may hear dollars ringing away at the thought of hiring a professional
Circles were incorporated in
cake artist or floral designer, but
many aspects… the décor, the
you can incorporate them in simple
circumference of the plates, accents
ways! Our florist was able to create
on the table, the round favors, and
several functional, beautiful pieces
even on the invitations. It was a
for the tables and ballet bar (so
subtle, added theme with high
pretty!), and having a well-tuned
baker create lovely mini-cakes and
Investing in craft punches is definitely the way to go to create your 10
colorful cookies really added some pops of adulthood to our party.
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Other party theme ideas: If your son or daughter enjoys a
how to make a simple recipe or two
If your child loves a particular
at home. Believe me, parents will
character or movie, don’t feel like you
thank you for the skills you impart
have to run out and grab every paper
to their child!
product and decoration that has that
particular sport, think about having a local coach or even some high school
Taking care of yourself is important,
players come out and offer a real
and so is relaxation (not that
training session for the kids along
kids really need to know how to
with tips on how to really get the
relax… yet!). A spa party involving
most out of your game. Doing so may
homemade masks and scrubs (be
pique interest in a particular sport,
sure to ask about allergies for your
and at the very least the kids will be
attendees) and/or manicures and
active and have fun.
pedicures is sure to be fun and leave the guests feeling pampered
Does your child enjoy cooking or
and pretty. Having the girls help
helping in the kitchen? Why not host
make homemade scrubs would be
a homemade pizza party complete
fun, and you can send them home
with forming their own dough (you
with the recipes. Another option is
may have to start that a bit ahead
to have a professional show them
of time), picking their toppings and
how to properly take care of their
finally eating their creations. Or have
fingernails or even teach a fun, new
a chef come in and teach the children
nail painting technique.
theme on it. Instead, why not pick one particular part of the movie? Focus on simpler, more general aspects of the setting and time period, or come up with games based on movie events. These are more grown up ways to incorporate the story itself instead of just focusing on licensed items, which can be expensive! Having children dress up as characters from the storyline can be fun, or adding a character-themed photo booth with props is a unique way to integrate the characters themselves.
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Roanoke Children’s Theatre produces theatre year-round just for kids.
Did you know that Roanoke is home
looked at 10-15 different locations.
Following Teen Brain, The True Story
to a professional theatre company
By process of elimination this place
of the 3 Little Pigs will play June 5-15.
that is dedicated to producing shows
was just perfect,” said Wilhelms.
Billed as a “rock hip hop-ity musical
for the whole family? Roanoke
Roanoke Children’s Theatre’s new
that will blow the hair off your chinny
Children’s Theater puts on four
home in the Dumas Center includes
chin chin,” three pigs tells the story
productions and a plethora of
a theatre with 185 permanent seats,
of the three little pigs from the
classes and camps each year to give
studio space, dressing rooms, several
perspective of “A. Wolf.” It will tour
Southwest and Central Virginia
offices and plenty of free parking.
to area libraries and also be performed
families and schools the opportunity to expose children to the arts.
Each season Roanoke Children’s
at the Dumas Center.
Theatre chooses plays based on
Be sure to visit Roanoke Children’s
Now celebrating its sixth season,
literature or issues that children
Theatre to share the magic of
Roanoke Children’s Theatre has
and teens face. It’s next production,
literature and theatre with your
moved to its new home at the Dumas
Teen Brain, will take the stage
Center for Artistic Development.
February 27-March 2. Teen Brain is
To see Hilary’s picks for this
According to Artistic Director Pat
a musical that follows the lives of
spring, visit us online at
Wilhelms the move was necessary:
eight young people as they navigate
“Over the past two years we noticed
the rough waters of high school.
our audiences were growing at a speed
According to Wilhelms, Teen Brain
where we knew we had to find another
teaches audiences how the teen brain
location.” The process of finding a
works while providing tools and
new home was long and involved. “We
techniques that help teenagers think before they act.
www.theclutchguide.com Hilary Sutton loves red velvet cake, Broadway, and her husband Juan Carlos Lagares (but not necessarily in that order). Connect with her on Twitter @HilarySutton.
Charlottesville Family Fun Fair 10am-3pm Entertainment and activities for the whole family.
Lynchburg Bridal Expo 12pm-4pm Head to Lynchburg’s Holiday Inn and get a start on your wedding planning.
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Open Jam at Rapunzel’s 6:30pm - 9:30pm Enjoy live music for an evening in Lovingston.
Get Creative! 5:30pm – 8pm Come join in the fun of mosaics in Charlottesville.
Keith Lee Dances 8pm Experience choreographed dances at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lynchburg.
Downtown Tour 10am This annual loft tour benefits Lynchburg’s Free Clinic.
Moon Over Buffalo 8pm See this lively performance by Bedford’s Little Town Players.
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8 Indoor Forest Farmer’s Market 8am-12pm Come to this market in the Forest Rec Center.
Paint and Sip 7pm Relax and learn painting techniques at Lynchburg’s Junior League.
Down2Earth in Concert 7pm Soak in bluegrass music at the Bedford Museum.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival 10am-8pm Enjoy festivities in downtown Roanoke.
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St. Patrick’s Day at Peaks of Otter Winery 12pm-5pm Receive a discount for wearing green!
Time for Creativity 5:30pm– 8pm Charlottesville Enjoy an evening of learning how to be creative with your hands by making mosaics.
The Rivals 7:30pm Take in this play at LU’s Tower Theater.
Montpelier 5K 8:30am Home of James Madison - Join this race to get the opportunity to race through a historically significant site.
Farmer’s Markets Visit your local market (Roanoke, Bedford, Lynchburg, Forest) for what is fresh this week.
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7 First Fridays 6pm-9pm, 5pm-8pm Roanoke and Lynchburg celebrate the arts.
9 Second Sunday Concerts 3pm-4pm Enjoy a harp soloist at Old City Cemetery.
2 Little Women 3pm See this book come to life at The Tower Theater.
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Historic Food and Cultural Tour 11am Enjoy Roanoke’s history and flavors on this tour.
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29 Nature Walk 10am-11am See early signs of spring at Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg.
3 Slavery Symposium 7:30pm Hear pertinent issues discussed in this project between Randolph College and Poplar Forest.
Birding Lecture 3pm-4pm Hear this lecture at Smith Mountain Lake State Park.
13 Celebrate Jefferson’s Birthday 11:30am-2:30pm Have cake and celebrate at Poplar Forest!
Lecture at Avoca 6pm-7:30pm Come to hear a talk on General Dearing at the museum.
12 Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 8am-1pm Race for a worthy cause in Roanoke.
First Fridays 6pm-9pm, 5pm-8pm Roanoke and Lynchburg celebrate the arts.
Charlottesville Races 6:30am Run through a beautiful, historic city and view landmarks.
Mary Poppins 7:30pm-10pm Take in a show at LU’s Tower Theater.
County Health & Wellness Fair Learn about making healthy choices at the Sedalia Center.
19 Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill 8:30pm-10:30pm Hear live music at The Ellington in Lynchburg.
Lynchburg History Lecture 5pm-6:30pm Hear tales about the Sweeny family from Appomattox.
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St. Patrick’s Day at Peaks of Otter Winery 12pm-5pm Receive a discount for wearing green!
Time for Creativity 5:30pm– 8pm Charlottesville Enjoy an evening of learning how to be creative with your hands by making mosaics.
Homeschool Day at D-Day Memorial 9am-12pm Preregister for this event featuring interactive history.
Lynchburg Music Festival 11am-7pm Enjoy live bands, vendors and more at this family event.
Book Publishing Workshop 3pm-4pm Learn about the steps to publishing your own written work.
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Mise en Place Gaining control of your vehicle As busy families, we spend much of our time in our vehicles. We run errands, take kids to school, lessons, practice, play dates and parties. All this adds up to a lot of time on the road. In a sense, the family car needs to
5–Minute Speed Clean Time–saving tools for the job:
function as a traveling home. After the bleak days of winter, the family vehicle
•glass cleaner and towel
often needs a little TLC to get it in shape for all the use the warmer weather
brings to it. A little planning and purpose can make our time in the car a little
less hectic and help everyone have a less bumpy ride. Getting organized means starting with a clean slate. Wash the exterior of the car and remove everything from the interior
•lint roller •duster
before thoroughly cleaning and vacuuming the surfaces. Create a baseline from which to work. Now keep it neat by putting some organizational
Here is the breakdown to the ultimate
strategies in place.
5–minute tidy. Grab a stop watch and
Here are seven areas to focus on when organizing your vehicle.
here we go! Minute 1: Pick up trash, clean out
Keep the things you use most
for all your important papers
cup holders and return everything
in the most accessible areas.
such as vehicle registration and
to its appropriate place. If it
Keep go–to items such as cell
belongs in the house, take it out.
Designate a place for garbage.
Minute 2: Dust the dashboard and
Hang a small bag in the front of the
open compartments or the glove box.
vehicle for trash and be sure to empty
Minute 3: Use the glass cleaner
Hide things like tissues, napkins and
it each time you gas up. If you don’t
to wipe down the windshield
hand sanitizer in the center console.
have a hook in your vehicle, add a
Cylinder wipe dispensers are handy
command hook for easy access.
Minute 4: Wipe down the consoles,
phone chargers, pens, lip balm and sunglasses near the driver's seat in
in cup holders for the little messes that arise. Add smaller plastic containers inside consoles to keep things separated and neat.
Utilize visor organizers for CDs and DVDs to conserve space. A zippered pocket that will attach to the passenger visor is perfect
Protect the back of your seats by
handles and cup holders with
using seat back protectors.
DIY by adding some straps to cute
Minute 5: Use the lint roller to
vinyl. You can even add a few pockets
pick up any fuzz or loose dirt
to store books and magazines.
and crumbs from the seats and
Toy storage is a must to keep little
floor. It works wonders between
ones happy and occupied.
Utilize small bins that can hold
and a bottle with formula on hand for those days when you forget the diaper bag. Don't forget to enlist the help of the children in keeping things tidy. Kids definitely take part in creating car messes; helping with cleanâ€“up makes them part of the solution. With these plans in place and a commitment to keep it clean, your vehicle can be an organized and happy place that will serve your family well. books, small toys and games. Be sure to find ones that easily stow
Make the most of your trunk space. Trunk trays are wonderful for storing
away under seats when not in use.
things like reusable shopping bags,
Create a snack box.
an umbrella, a first aid kit, flashlight,
Sometimes an afternoon meltdown
jumper cables, bottled water, blankets
can be simply averted by a high
and a towel and plastic bags for those
protein snack. Keep things on hand
unplanned messes that may arise. If
like protein bars, peanut butter
you still have little ones, consider
crackers and almonds.
keeping diapers, a change of clothes
As a busy wife and mom of three, Heather not only finds time to manage her home well, but she also enjoys running, being crafty, and testing out new recipes for her family. Photography by Heather Heppding
DI â€“ Why Not?
Cookie Cutter Cards Spring is in the air!
Trace the cookie cutter onto a scrap piece of cardboard; Cut out. Using the cardboard template, trace each design onto fabric and
Sending cards to friends and relatives is a tradition that I enjoy, and this spring I thought it would be fun to make my own cards to send. The cards that I designed are easy to make and require materials that you probably already have around your house.
cut out. Be sure to cut inside the pencil line if you are using light colored fabric.
Cut out felt embellishments to add
character to each design.
Spring themed cookie cutters, fabric, felt, scrap cardboard, pen, pencil, scissors, spray adhesive, craft glue, spring stamp and stamp pad, and cards with envelopes. Iâ€™d rather receive a handmade card any day over a store bought one. Wouldn't you?
Spray the back of each fabric piece with spray adhesive. Wait a minute or two until it is tacky before applying to note cards.
Apply to cards. Press down firmly. Add felt and ribbon embellishments. Let dry.
Paula Skulina is a teacher by day and in free time enjoys biking, decorating and cooking. Visit her blog at virginiasweetpea.com.
Outline with glitter glue to add a bit of sparkle.
As a finishing touch, stamp a spring message on each card.
Photography by Paula Skulina
Bliss & Makeup There’s something that resonates in all of us about being a warrior princess. Isn’t that kind of what being a wife and mom is? You’re the queen of the castle and also have to fight the bad guys (whether it’s a scraped knee, a layoff, or the common cold). Today we explore that theme with Christy. Like many of us, Christy has more on her to do list than hours in a day. She is a mother of three and runs her own
Crystal George of Crystal George Studios and Emily Garbee Harris of Bodyworks Day Spa & Salon always have something fun in the works as a creative “dynamic duo”. Whether it is a creative, stylized shoot or having fun with weddings, models or mothers-to-be, these two have hearts for awakening the real beauty inside.
cleaning business. To help simplify her routine she has decided to rock dreadlocks.
Christy Christy’s dreads were colored and extensions were added to allow her natural hair to grow into the length it needs to be. We were inspired to go with bright makeup to round out the edgy look. Emily applied liquid liner and eye shadow ranging from electric blue to icy blue to create an elongated cat eye. Christy likes to keep it simple and be exactly who she is in life. She was tired of fighting her natural tangle and decided to work with it by allowing the dreads to form. Working with Emily, she feels like she is reaching exactly the look she wanted to achieve. She and her husband both love it!
Do you want a look that you would love that is individualized to you? Then head to our website (www.theclutchguide.com) and click our “Bliss & Makeup” tab… we love making over our local ladies! 21
Off the Beaten Path
Tent Camping Like a Boss
Photo by Sabrena Deal
he first time that my
Travel with someone experienced
spring morning. The camping bags
husband took me camping,
Now you could just go to the nearest
on the market are nothing short
we were newly engaged. I was
super store, pick up a tent and a
of phenomenal. They offer serious
still floating high in the glittery
sleeping bag, and GO. But you are
warmth, they are unbelievably light,
clouds that accompany an
not the self–sabotaging type, so the
and they pack down to the size of
first thing to do is find someone
a small cosmetic bag. You may also
who actually backpacks and tent
want a sleeping pad to place under
I was thrilled to be going on
camps regularly. Not only will this
your sleeping bag. Have you ever
a tent camping excursion
person be an indispensable source
slept on a tree root? Do you enjoy
with him. However, he was an
of information for you, but more
the use of your spinal column in the
experienced outdoorsman and I
importantly they will have good gear.
mornings? You need the sleeping pad.
was completely clueless about the
Seriously, I know a guy that has a
nuances of “roughing it.”
plan your meals beforehand
camp espresso maker that is small enough to fit in the palm of your
A girl's gotta eat, am I right? I suggest that you rely heavily on your camping
If you are anything like I was,
hand. Enough said.
you could use a little how–to
Choose a quality tent
or her own cooking kit will decide
help, when it comes to real
You are going to need a good tent,
much of what you can prepare. For
tent camping. Have no fear
and your outdoorsy pal will most
the sake of this first excursion, pick
grasshopper. I have gleaned
likely have a few. If you are picturing
up a few freeze dried camping meals
much over the years, and I
something in your mind that has
from your local camping store. They
am here to share all the gritty
multiple rooms and a front porch, get
are surprisingly decent. Remember,
details that a girl needs in
that out of your head sister, because
you’ve got to carry this stuff on your
order to know how to be able
you are going to need a tent that can
back, so leave the six pack of Coke
to tent camp like a boss.
handle anything Mother Nature may
wish to throw at it.
always carry water
Pack a sleeping bag
A water filter is highly recommended.
Now, a word of caution here. Your
And of course, don’t forget the
old, Duran Duran sleeping bag
instant coffee. This small effort will
just isn’t going to cut it on a chilly,
ensure that your camping friend
buddy to plan your meals, as his
Photo by Elvisdog Productions
remains your friend after this trip, and it will make you seem truly legit.
Bring a flashlight You will also need a flashlight. But
don't forget the fire
get yourself a head lamp instead.
You are going to want to make a fire
You will look much cooler in your
at night. Because even in the spring
Facebook pictures, and you will have
and summer it can get chilly up in
two hands free to zip up your tent
the mountains after dark. And it’s
and take your selfies.
true what they say about camp fires.
keep a hat handy
They are all warm and cheery, and everyone actually does think about singing 'Kumbyah.' Don’t do that though. It rarely actually happens, and your friend will make fun of you. So, while you are at the camp store, pick up a fire starter kit and a first aid kit, and learn how to use them. And then after your friend begins collecting the firewood you could casually say something like, “Hey friend, no worries, I brought my fire starter kit, would you like
Bring a trusty ball cap and save yourself from the bed–head–in–the– tent–door–photo, because we are not savages, here, are we?
Don’t forget to dress in layers, wear decent hiking shoes, and take lots of pictures.
*Check out the Mt. Pleasant area for a great first
Now in the interest of full
camping experience. www.hikingupward.com/
disclosure, I must be brutally
honest. You are roughing it. There are no facilities. Let me just say quietly that biodegradable wipes are a girl's best friend.
Melissa Williams enjoys hiking, weight training and traveling with her husband and their three mostly–grown children. Visit her site at www.trainwithmelissa.com
to use it?” Rad.
Playful Parenting Photo by Russell Darnell
spring has sprung! Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “When spring came… there were no problems except where to be happiest.” This spring, get outside! Teach your little ones to embrace the warmer weather and recognize the signs of new life emerging all around them. Here are some fun and creative ideas that you can do together in order to ‘be happiest’ with the most beautiful little blessings in your life.
Nature Accessories Adorn your child with newly grown flowers, leaves, and grass (weeds like clover flowers will work perfectly, too). Make a beautiful necklace from those pesky dandelions. Trim your grass and use it to form a crown. Pick some maple leaves, split open the sticky seeds, and place them on your child’s nose to create a horn.
Hatch a Butterfly
Pack a Picnic
This spring, go on a hunt for a
Whether it’s in your backyard, the
caterpillar. Store it in a large, net–
park, or the Peaks of Otter, lunch just
Set out a bird feeder with bird seed,
covered jar and continue to feed it
tastes better when you’re on a picnic.
and observe your visitors. Go to the
pieces of the plant you found it on.
Pack up your basket, blanket, favorite
library and find a simple bird guide
Read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”,
snacks, and sippy cups, of course, and
to help your child identify their new
and watch it transform day by day
enjoy a memorable afternoon with
feathered friends. Give your child
until a butterfly hatches!
your little ones. Don’t forget to lie on
a camera, and allow them to take pictures of all of the different birds who visit.
Plant Sunflowers Help your child plant sunflowers,
your back and watch the clouds roll by, noticing the shapes they take as the wind blows.
and see how quickly they grow!
“When spring came… there were no problems except where to be happiest.” — (Ernest Hemingway)
Take pictures when you plant the seeds, when they sprout, when they grow taller than your toddler, and when you eat the seeds in late summer. What’s a better lesson than a beautiful flower and a snack?
Katelyn Rigg is a former English teacher turned stay–at–home mom. She loves her husband and two young children, her dear friends, and her life in Lynchburg.
Urbane Folklore FASHION In addition to being versed in all things urban, Deidre Stone enjoys being creative with her line of jewelry and fashion, Storm & Stress. She and her husband, Josh, enjoy their life in the Hill City of Lynchburg.
Shopping small boosts the economy of Central Virginia and supports the thousands of individuals who own and work in local businesses. We have wonderful resources for finding unique clothing in our area. Here are a few of my favorite local shops: Gladiola Girls
Very reminiscent of an Anthropologie
I love visiting Anastacia’s in
store, this boutique offers everything
Boonsboro. The owner, Anastacia,
from footwear and accessories to
is warm, inviting, and has such an
clothing for both casual and formal
eye for the unusual and special. Her
occasions. Owner, Renee, has an eye
shop is full of redesigned furniture,
for what’s in style and what looks
whimsical items, and one of a kind
good on each individual woman’s
vintage. If you’re searching for hand–
personal look and body type. To top
picked vintage, this is the place to go.
it off, this boutique often features the
There’s a little bit of everything for
artwork of local artists along with
everyone, and in the process you’re
fair trade gift items and wearables.
supporting a true local artist.
Bittersweet Clothing Company
Located in downtown Lynchburg,
If you’re looking for great clothing
this store provides wonderful quality
for both men and women, look
fashion. I always find something
no further than 310 Rosemont in
here to love. The owner, Shannon,
downtown Roanoke. They carry a
definitely has a knack for picking out
wonderful selection of quality denim
great brands that are represented in
brands and designer clothing
her shop. Some of my favorites finds
such as Marc by Marc Jacobs
are the simple and comfortable basics
and French Connection. I also love
by BBDakota and my weakness, Frye
going to 310 Rosemont as I am always
boots. As a bonus, Bittersweet also
greeted with a wag of a tail by their
has a location in Charlottesville.
furry friend and mascot, Semmi. Photos by Tommie Milacci Photography
Culture Not only is it wonderful to support local businesses, supporting local musicians is a great way to take pride in our area. You can do this by buying CDs, merchandise, or going to concerts. So let’s talk about venues that are nearby: The Jefferson – Charlottesville
Rivermont Pizza – Lynchburg
The National – Richmond
This old style theatre on the
Kill two birds with one stone and
Bigger name bands will come through
Downtown Mall has been
support local music at a local
this venue and will certainly not
transformed into a wonderful music
restaurant. Take time to enjoy dinner,
disappoint. With all that Richmond
venue that brings exceptional talent
drinks, and a show. Delicious pizza,
has to offer, why not make a day trip
to an intimate setting. Go early
local music, and a good time with
out of it and escape from the routine,
and grab dinner at one of the many
friends—what could be better?
even if just for a bit?
restaurants on the Downtown Mall. 25
Music Chuck Johnson Crows in the Basilica
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
I never wanted this album to end and
This Philadelphia born group became
Thoughtful and evoking lyrics fill
couldn’t wait to listen to it again.
one of my favorite indie folk bands.
this folk album from beginning to
Folky acoustic guitar tunes fill this
Their tunes, somewhat reminiscent of
end. With banjo led songs laced with
album with gorgeous melodies that will
late 60’s folk, take me back to another
beautiful piano strains, “Seven Swans”
relax you and urge you to slow down.
time. Meg Baird’s soothing voice
effortlessly takes you from one alluring
As spring rolls in, find a good book,
and their gorgeously orchestrated
song to the next. My favorite track,
turn on this album, and feel the stress
instrumentals will get you hooked.
“The Transfiguration,” is the perfect
just melt away.
There’s also some 60’s psychedelic flare.
ending to the perfect album.
clutch goes Culinary For those of you who adore cooking, our culinary column is no stranger. Andrea Hubbell, a regular contributor, has had an eventful year. Not only did she become a mother (congratulations, Andrea!), but she also authored a cookbook, Charlottesville COMMONS, along with fellow foodie, Sarah Cramer Shields. These ladies are known for their knack of finding local sources for both ingredients and recipes, and here is a sampling of recipes from their cookbook itself. Enjoy!
CHARL OTTE S V ILLE
With the return of spring, our taste buds yearn for something new. The rich, heavy foods of winter give way to the fresh, bright flavors of spring. As farmers’ markets reopen, we fill our baskets and kitchens with tastes of spring: tender peas, fresh greens, young onions, rich cauliflower, and delicate green beans. Add soft cow’s milk cheese, grass-fed duck, and a flaky cake and you’ve got yourself a springtime feast.
Double H Farm Arugula Dressed ingredients with Herbed Vinaigrette +
1 t dijon mustard 1 T red wine vinegar ½ c olive oil
chopped mix herbs, to taste
—such as rosemary, thyme,
sage, parsley, or basil salt and pepper, to taste
method Whisk mustard and vinegar together. Slowly whisk in oil until emulsified. Add salt, pepper, and chopped herbs. Charlottesville COMMONS 2013 is filled with stories, photographs, and recipes from local chefs, farmers, growers, bakers and food enthusiasts. It was created by Andrea and Sarah, photographers and co-creators of Beyond the Flavor, as well as their editor, Jenny Paurys. For more information head to beyondtheflavor.com/book.
2013 | Volume 27 1
Roasted Duck Breast, Cauliflower Purée, Spring Vegetable Ragù, and Cherries Duck ingredients 4 duck breasts 1 T vegetable oil, for sautéing salt and pepper, to taste
method Heat pan to low-medium heat and
add oil. Season breasts and place
in pan, skin side down. Cook for 7
1 head cauliflower, chopped
1 c peas, blanched
minutes, then flip over and cook 3
3 c milk
1 c green beans, blanched
salt, to taste
1 T butter
more minutes. Remove from pan and allow to rest 5 minutes.
plate Place cauliflower purée on plate and top with ragù. Slice duck and place on top of ragù. Garnish with cherries and micro greens.
1/4 c water
method Place cauliflower, milk and salt in a
pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a
Place water and butter in pan and
simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes, or
heat until butter melts. Add peas
until cauliflower is tender. Strain,
and green beans and sauté over
reserving milk. Place cauliflower in
medium heat until liquid is gone. Be
a blender with ½ cup of the cooking
careful not to heat too high too fast
liquid and blend until smooth.
because you will break the sauce.
clutch goes Culinary
Puréed Soup of Summer Onions, Fava Beans and English Peas with Coriander and Buttermilk, Dusted with Sumac Ingredients
1 ½ c shelled English peas
Shell and clean fava beans by ripping open the pods and removing the
1 ½ c shelled/cleaned fava beans
white husks. Either scrape off husk to reveal the light green bean or blanch quickly to help loosen husks before removing.
1 T ground coriander 1 t ground cumin (ideally freshly toasted and ground) 3–4 c water or vegetable stock 1 good handful fresh mint and
In stockpot, sauté the spring onions and white onion in olive oil over medium heat, for 5–7 minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and ginger. Turn up heat to medium-high, add peas and favas, and sauté until heated through.
cilantro, chopped Add ground coriander, ground cumin, and vegetable stock or water salt and pinch of cayenne, to taste 3 T lemon juice ½–1 c buttermilk or yogurt sumac for garnish
(enough liquid to make a moderately loose soup). Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for just 3–5 minutes. Quick chill (I use a bowl in an ice bath or immersion cooler), add chopped herbs, cayenne, and lemon juice before blending or puréeing in a food processor or blender. Add enough buttermilk to reach desired consistency. Serve in chilled bowl and garnish with sumac. Makes about 2 quarts. Will serve 8–12 as a first course, 25–30 as an hors d’oeuvre.
Photo by KD Burke Photography
The Embellished Life
Tribal, geometric and optical
springing your closet and home
illusion prints were seen on
Ah spring...budding daffodils,
themselves to an almost tropical
crisp bright mornings, and shiny
look. And also, as always, the
warm afternoons. With the birds
romantic and bohemian florals
chirping and the bees buzzing,
have been in the previews.
runways in Paris and beyond. Others included artistry or brushstroke prints that lent
it’s like a symphony for the eyes and ears. (Of course, we will try to
For home décor, pops of
forget the allergens for a minute in
color are still on trend.
this particular scenario!) It’s also a
Reds, oranges, mustards and
refreshing time to enjoy the spring
aquas jump out on fields of gray
trends that 2014 has in store for us!
or chalky white. As for patterns, florals mixed with stripes, soft
According to ‘The Experts,’
geometric patterns, and yes, a bit
the Pantone color of spring
is ‘Dazzling Blue’ or cobalt. I happen to love the color myself!
I like buying new things in the
You purple lovers will enjoy the
spring to freshen up my wardrobe
number two and three color ‘Violet
and home for the year. That can
Tulip’ and ‘Radiant Orchid.’ I’m excited
come with a tinge of guilt after
for those colors, but what does that
the not–too–long–ago holiday
mean for our patterns–to–be? And
what shall we do with them?
Spring pantone colors:
Here are my tips for a little insertion of spring with little exertion on your wallet’s part: Start small! It sounds silly, but seriously — pick one thing in each room that needs to be replaced. Maybe for the bathroom
Base your choices on what you
Buy your basic items first, and then
actually enjoy and feel good wearing.
add your trendy items one at a time.
Consign, give away or repurpose the
Trendy items are often impulsive and
items you can’t use, but attempt these
subjective to our mood at the time we
two things beforehand:
buy them. Think long and hard about
it’s the shower curtain or even just
each one of those items, especially if
the soap dish. For the kitchen it may
1st: Lay out and snap a photo of
be the cafe curtain. The living room
the clothes that you are getting rid
may need a new floral pillow or one
of. This ensures that when you are
in bold black and white stripes. Carry
shopping you don’t buy that item
Now that you know the colors and
that list with you, and each pay
again. It will also help you remember
patterns and have a game plan to get
period attempt to check one or two
what styles/color/patterns don’t
a bit of a spring in your step,
items off the list. You’ll be surprised
work for you.
get started and have fun!
how much something little, like a soap dish, can refresh a room. Clean out your closet!
2nd: Make a list of the basic items you are missing such as a white tank, black camisole, or denim jacket. Then list some novelty or trendy
Go through your clothes, and don’t
items you would like to add.
the load you just got rid of was full of trendy threads.
When Michelle isn’t planning and creating handbags for her company elle & anne, she enjoys decorating her own home where she spends time with her husband, David, and their three dogs.
keep items just because they fit.
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Planning for a road trip. Feeling short of breath and more tired than usual. Diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Implemented lifestyle changes, including cardiac rehabilitation. Began seeing improvements every week. Living with heart disease is doable. Now instead of planning a road trip, the trip is booked. So grateful Carilion is here.
Rema Martin, 62, Wirtz, Va.
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