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MY OMBRE LIFE defining love
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letters to write this year
We definitely live in a day and age when
Write a thank you card (for a gift, an act of kindness, an encouraging word.)
communication between friends is often reduced to text messages and social media
Compose a letter to your grandparent, aunt, or old
interactions. Sometimes the small act of mailing
family friend who isn’t on social media. Tell them
a note or card can be a breath of fresh air and a
about your life and ask about theirs.
welcome reprieve from the deluge of bills and
junk mail that fill our mailboxes.
child’s, one from your past, or your neighbor who spends her days teaching at the local school.
If you are looking for a simple, doable resolution that will enrich your life and those around you,
consider committing to writing one letter per month this year. It’s an easy way to encourage others while thinking creatively and creating a
Send a letter to a teacher. It can be one of yours, your
Pen a letter to your childhood friend or college roommate.
Write a letter to someone in your life younger than you. Pass on words of encouragement or wisdom, or
keepsake. Don’t know where to start? Here is a
offer plain old moral support.
list of twelve letters to write this year.
Draft a letter to your niece, nephew or a friend’s child. Kids love mail. You will make their week!
Joy Niehaus is a freelance writer and free time creative. She enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her husband and daughters.
Write to someone who just moved away from home (college dorm, young professional). If you want to really make their day, slip in a five dollar bill so they can splurge on ice cream or a cup of coffee.
Mail a birthday card to some one you follow on Facebook.
Send a card congratulating someone. Whether it’s for a new job, new baby, anniversary, or just simply for rocking at life!
10 Compose a letter to your best friend or significant other. Tell them all the reasons you think they are amazing and why are thankful for them.
11 Draft your mom or dad a letter and tell them about your favorite memory with them.
12 Pen a letter to yourself - past or future. These suggestions should get you started in encouraging twelve (or more!) different people during 2017. Feel free to share photos of your letters using #clutchinspires, and we hope you inspire others through sending snailmail this year!
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it’s you. it’s me.
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DESIGNING FOR A PURPOSE Central Virginia Design House 2016 There are many creative ways to
also are required to give lighting
support organizations and raise funds,
(as in which lights are turned on
and one group is doing just that in our
and off,) maintenance and cleaning
community – inspiring others with
instructions so that their rooms can
lovely decor ideas while also helping
be adequately maintained during the
out a cause, the YWCA of Central
multi-week tour. Once the tour closes,
Virginia. Now in its second year, the
each designer returns the space to a
Central Virginia Design House offers
usable condition, cleaned and free of
many opportunities to get involved,
holes in the walls.
both for patrons to purchase tickets to
Twelve designers are involved this
the home and for designers to donate
year, and we asked a few of them for
their time, talent and services for this
their decorating advice along with
insider information about their
Although most of the community
favorite upcoming trends. In addition
will only view the finished product,
to being knowledgeable and talented,
the process for designers starts three
this group of professionals is inspired
months before the house opens.
to do good in their community. Their
Local designers are invited to tour
investment is truly a labor of love.
the “as is” house. If they decide to
participate, they fill out an application while sharing their vision for any particular rooms they are interested in decorating. The Design House’s Steering Committee assigns each designer a room (or rooms in some cases,) and then the real work begins.
A beautiful window anchors the upstairs den of the home, which will be curated by Betsy Burton of Burton Designs using a mid-century modern style. Betsy is looking forward to tackling this design as each of her projects poses unique challenges, and
Each designer submits an inspiration
she also enjoys giving back to her
board for his or her room, which is
then approved by the committee. Designers also sign an agreement and adhere to a strict timeline to ensure that all work is completed in time. Details such as a complete inventory of items in the space along with crediting each vendor and source for paint colors, furnishings and accessories are vital. Designers 8
When asked about her design aesthetic, Betsy says, “What I love is taking clients’ favorite pieces and reusing them…adding a few new pieces to make it feel like them.” One of her main jobs is to move people into retirement homes, however she also produces home accessories and decorates individual houses.
2015 Foyer by Mahone’s Decorating Center
2015 Dining Room by Betsy Burton of Burton Designs
MADI GREER AND ASHLEY HILBISH Sister design duo, Madi Greer and Ashley Hilbish of Curtains, Blinds & Bath are responsible for designing the
2015 Front Parlor by Elizabeth Harrington of Studio H Home
office. Although Madi prefers midcentury modern and Ashley’s aesthetic is rustic industrial, this pair will combine forces to create a space that is functional, yet beautiful. “When someone is comfortable, they work better, so tailoring your office to your personality is key,” explains Madi. These ladies chose the office to show that a space can be both beautiful and useful. Madi offers, “Since the office is a room where function is of utmost importance, people often think that means an office has to be filled with oversized, drab, box store furniture, but an office can be functional and still reflect one’s personality beautifully.” Ashley and Madi suggest approaching your office decor with the reason you have an office in the first place - as a workspace. “Find a great desk, and 2015 Front Parlor by Elizabeth Harrington of Studio H Home
organize your room around it, then throw in your personality through the use of artwork, shelving and accessories,” advises Madi. This pair is excited for the return of art-deco and mid-century era trends. They also predict that lucite will continue to be big. Madi says, “From lamps to benches to stools and more, lucite is coming in hot, and we can’t wait!” ELIZABETH HARRINGTON Studio H Home’s owner, Elizabeth Harrington, prefers a classic, understated style of decorating, which includes adding carefully curated accessories and art. She is responsible for the home’s upstairs and downstairs foyers, and Elizabeth knows these spaces needs to be functional. “I would recommend a console, small table or chest for the foyer – preferably with a mirror hung over
VISITING THE DESIGN HOUSE This yearâ€™s house is located at 1418 Harrison Street near downtown Lynchburg in the Diamond Hill Historic District. For tickets and more information about the Central Virginia Design House, please head to www.lynchburgdesignhouse.com. November 12 - December 4 Thursday | Friday | Saturday- 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays Special Events 11/15 - Paint and Sip 11/20 - Mother-Daughter Tea 11/30 - Fashion Show and Luncheon Admission Price $20 one-time | $35 multi-visit
2015 Breakfast Nook by Kelly Mortemosque
CENTRAL VIRGINIA DESIGN HOUSE SPECIFICS
it. It’s the perfect place to drop off
and finish our day, so it’s a special place
mail in a bowl or basket, leave a set of
to unwind and retreat from the rest of
keys, and to check hair and makeup
the house,” she states.
before going out the door,” Elizabeth
The modern bohemian look is one of
suggests. Her favorite 2017 trend?
Kelly’s favorite upcoming trends, and
a team of people to turn it into
Gray hardwood floors, which are
she also appreciates the regal look of
something beautiful. The process
an updated take on the traditional
jewel tones and indigos.
takes time and care, much like the
purpose of the benefitting charity, the
A design house is about transformation - taking something in the rough that needs work and TLC and employing
YWCA of Central Virginia. The YWCA provides a safe haven for women who are seeking to rebuild their own lives, which also takes time, care and funds. By visiting the Central Virginia Design House, you will be inundated with fresh design ideas and inspiration while also helping our local YWCA transform lives. The YWCA process from start
BRI PRECIOUS Although new to the design house this
Enamored by both the light in the
year, Bri Precious isn’t a newcomer
master bedroom and the lovely
on the design scene with her well
windows, Fresh Interiors designer
known shop, Studio Eleven, LLC. Bri
Kelly Mortemousque chose that room
enjoys using a variety of colors (she
to design. One of her favorite ways to
doesn’t shy away from them!) and her
decorate is to combine older pieces
aesthetic is a mix between Bohemian
with modern touches to create an
and Farmhouse Chic.
Her concept for the back room of
to finish is the perfect parallel for our
Kelly always focuses on a rug or piece
the 2016 Design House is to create
Design House. We hope that you will
of art as her starting point for designing
a potting and craft room. “With the
choose to visit the home, be inspired
a room, and she feels that the bedroom
rest of the house having more formal
and help others this season.
is an important personal space. “We
rooms, this would be a space to relax,
may not spend a lot of time in our day
craft, paint and enjoy potting flowers
there, but bedrooms are where we start
for the beautiful landscape,” Bri
community explains. The room is off the porch, so
sure to have a professional install your
it’s the perfect location for a space that
wallpaper so it is done properly and
blends the outdoors with the indoors.
For the future, Bri looks forward to
Christa is drawn to nature, pastel
experimenting with vibrant colors
pops and neutrals in her designs. Her
mixed with natural materials.
favorite design trend is cork, which
Repurposed furniture continues to be
can even be used on your wall. Christa
a hot trend, which she says makes her
says, “When you can take such a
beautiful natural element and turn
it into a wallcovering, it brings the
Bathrooms also deserve attention as
entire space to life.”
you will see from the room decorated
by Christa Shive of Mahone’s Decorating Center. “The guest bath is the one place in any home where guests can pause, relax and fully absorb their surroundings,” Christa says. Bathrooms should be simple and
Although known for her fashion sense, Renee Wood of Gladiola Girls recently expanded her store to include a Lifestyle Boutique. Taking trend knowledge from the hanger to the
elegant while having aesthetically
living space just makes sense!
pleasing colors, textures and scents.
Renee enjoys an eclectic decorating
Mahone’s is known for their wallpaper
style, and she is styling the dressing
expertise, and Christa offers, “When
room for this year’s house. She offers,
putting wallpaper in a bathroom,
“Beginning your day with the right
make sure that the bathroom is
apparel makes a world of difference
well ventilated to ensure proper
beyond the front door.”
preservation of the wallpaper. Also be
2016 CENTRAL VIRGINIA 2015 Breakfast Nook by Kelly Mortemosque
DESIGN HOUSE DESIGNERS Betsy Burton Burton Designs LLC 434-316-3690 Troy Deacon High Cotton 434-221-6294 Mady Greer & Ashley Hilbish Curtains, Blinds & Bath www.curtainsblindsbath.com Moyanne Harding Interiors by Moyanne www.moyanne.com Chris Hargis Pinnacle Cabinetry & Design www.pinnaclecabinetry.net Elizabeth Harrington Studio H Home www.studiohhome.com Scott MacLeod Lynchburg Landscapes www.lynchburglandscapes.com Kelly Mortemousque Fresh Interiors 434-258-2553 Bri Precious Studio Eleven LLC www.studioelevenva.com Christa Shive Mahone’s Decorating Center www.mahoneswallpapershop.com Renee Wood Gladiola Lifestyle Boutique www.gladiolagirls.com
To read more about the YWCA of Central Virginia head to www.lynchburgywca.org.
Photos by Tera Janelle Photography
Jennifer Prince’s 1922 home is decorated in an eclectic style using vintage and thrift shop items. She has enjoyed serving on the Marketing Committee for the 2016 Design House.
Clutch Goes Culinary the perfect cup of tea
Colder weather is here, and what better way to warm up than a cup of tea? Whether you need to enjoy the drink on the go or want to stay home and savor it sip by sip, there is a way to get that perfect cup - and much of it relies on temperature and steeping time. We consulted the ladies of Good Karma Tea Co. to give us the skinny on brewing perfection.
Tea is a natural, healthy way to cure some ailments as it is naturally packed with antioxidants and cancer fighting agents. The lighter the tea (black being the darkest, then green, then white) the more antioxidants it contains.
The perfect cup of tea starts with the water. Start with cold, fresh water using an electric or stove top kettle. Water temperature is important as not all teas steep their best at boiling.
To make your own perfect cup of tea you will need:
While you are waiting on your water to heat, prepare your tea with the ratio of 1 tsp to 8 ounces of water. If you are using a standard 12oz cup, we
• Loose Leaf Tea
recommend using 2 tsp of tea. There are several options for loose leaf tea
strainers and steepers. The most common is the mesh tea ball, but we prefer a
couple different methods including an in-cup infuser or an infuser pot. Both of these have baskets that allow the leaves of the tea to fully open during
• Tea pot or cup with infuser
steep time. Other options are a French press, an easy steeper, or even a simple
reusable cotton steep bag,
It’s now time to infuse your water. Pour the water over the loose tea in your cup or pot. When it comes to selecting your cup, we love porcelain. Because porcelain is not porous, your tea will stay hot longer. A close second for us is glass. We love finding vintage cups at the estate and antique stores around town. Steep time is just as important as the water temperature. Timing the tea is important, because the recommended steep time is when the tea is at its peak taste. Over steeping makes for a bitter cup of tea. When your tea is ready, enjoy! Add a spoonful of honey or a slice of lemon (extra vitamin C) with black teas, and try your green tea naked before you add anything to it. Green tea is widely known for its antioxidant benefits, so enjoying every sip without adding a sweetener puts you ahead on health-conscious living. Chai tea is traditionally consumed with milk and honey, and I hear that some of our black tea blends are delicious with a shot of whisky as a nightcap.
There’s more to tea than just tea leaves! Here are a few ingredients commonly added to tea that may help with specific ailments. • Hibiscus Flower - lowers blood pressure • Chamomile - soothes frazzled nerves • Calendula - relieves inflammation (which often happens in the body during times of stress) • Dandelion Root - detoxes
TEA STEEPING TEMPERATURES
TEA STEEPING TIMES
3 to 4 minutes
5 to 7 minutes
up to 10 minutes
• Rooibos (red tea)
• Rooibos (red tea)
can be left to steep indefinitely in the cup
The ladies of Good Karma Tea Co. blend their own teas. Most of them are herbal, which they blend specifically for health benefits. Here are a few favorites:
Before you add anything to
• Mellow Mood - mellows without sleepiness
your tea, be sure to taste it. A properly prepared cup may
• Fine & Dandy - detoxes the body (also a great coffee substitute!)
persuade you to enjoy your tea
• Tummy Tonic - soothes upset tummies
unadulterated. If you want to
• Dreamcatcher - aids in sleeping
pep it up a bit here are some common things to add:
They also have a few locally inspired blends such as:
• 7 Hills Chai
• Annie’s Garden - 10% of proceeds goes towards Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum
• Sugar • Agave
• Poplar Grove - 10% of the proceeds go to conservation of Virginia forests
• Lemon or orange slices
• White Hart - inspired by a favorite local coffee shop
Want specially blended tea from the experts? Head over to see Cameo and Lyndsey! Good Karma Tea Co. 901 Jefferson Street, Suite 110, Lynchburg Inside of Riverviews Artspace W-Sa 12pm-6pm, Su 11am-4pm www.sipgoodkarma.com Photos by Melissa Batman Photography
who's on your list? www.gladiolagirls.com / open daily 4925 Boonsboro Road, Lynchburg / (434) 944-4233 16
WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE my hero, Marion When my daughter was in kindergarten, I started a Girl Scout Daisy troop. After “basic” training, I would attend monthly service unit meetings. There I met other, more experienced leaders, learned about new resources that were available, and Marion, outside of the Free Clinic of Central Virginia, where she volunteers her time
collected suggestions for activities with my troop. That’s where I met Marion Stump.
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Marion was older than I, but she always seemed to have two troops of girls who
about what keeps her going. “I just
(elementary in Lynchburg, VA),”
were into everything. They went places,
love the little girls,” Marion said. “I
Marion said. Shortly after, she started
did cool things, and seemed to really
just love to see them bloom and grow.”
a Junior troop. Once her Juniors
enjoy being Girl Scouts.
Marion herself started in Girl Scouts
move to the next level in Girl Scouts
I had some struggles with my troop,
in second grade – her mom was the
(Cadettes), Marion starts another
trying to come up with new ideas for
leader. Marion’s troop was the first
Brownie troop. “I don’t go higher than
crafts, trips, badges, and ways to keep
troop in her town to stay in Girl
Juniors because God didn’t give me
them engaged. My troop ballooned up
Scouts all the way through 12th grade.
the ability to work with teenagers,”
to 25, then shrank back down to eight.
Statistically, most girls drop out of
Many times I wanted to quit. Many
scouts in middle school.
Even in her “golden” years, Marion
times my husband talked me out of
When Marion’s older daughter Katie
continues to work with two troops
it. “These girls will remember you,”
was in first grade in 1988, Marion
because she thinks it’s so important.
he said. “Give it one more year,” he
started a troop. Some years she was
“If it can make a difference for just one
repeated year after year.
the leader; some years she was the
kid,” she said, “it’s all worth it. It’s fun.”
And every month, I saw Marion, still
co-leader. When her younger daughter,
One thing Marion loves to do is take
with two troops, leading Super Service
Jennifer, entered school, Marion
her girls to Virginia Beach, which she
Day (a morning filled with service
got her into scouts, too. After Katie
has done several times. The girls go
projects for other organizations,)
dropped out of scouts, Marion moved
to a nearby swamp to look at the flora
showing off her girls’ various projects
up with Jennifer’s troop. “And then I
and fauna, go to the aquarium, and
or trips. Every summer, I saw her
just really enjoyed doing things with
pick up shells along the beach. “One
working with 24 second-graders in the
the older girls,” Marion said. “We went
of my girls said she had never stayed
stifling heat and humidity for a week
on some amazing trips. We went
in a hotel, never been on a boat, and
at Camp Sacajawea.
to Pennsylvania Dutch country and
never been in the ocean,” Marion said.
stayed on a Mennonite farm and I got
When asked when she might retire,
to milk a cow,” she said, “which was a
she responded, “Well, never.”
I figured, if Marion could keep doing it, so could I. Then my daughter and most of “my” girls graduated from
dream of mine.”
high school. So, six years ago, after
When Jennifer’s troop graduated from
serving 13 years as a leader, I stopped.
high school, Marion started a new
Marion didn’t. Both her daughters are
Brownie troop. “I wanted an inner city
grown, but she’s still a leader, still has
troop, so I started one at Dearington
two troops. I talked to her recently
Deirdre Serio has written for newspapers, non-profits, and her present “day job” as a technical writer. She loves the great outdoors, especially hiking and kayaking.
Living Beautifully ENTERTAINING TIPS For me, life is all about choosing to
My guests are served lunch on my
live beautifully in every way possible.
I say choose, because it is a choice. In a world filled with demands, it can be a daily struggle to find moments of beauty and serenity.
Sapeaking of guests, entertaining is an integral part of what I consider living beautifully. Invite friends over and chat about art, books you’ve read, movies
I personally made this choice many
you’ve seen, local events or places
years ago while living in DC. After a
you’ve visited. It’s important that we
grueling time at work followed by a
enhance each other’s lives and share
“day off” full of chores, I determined
beauty. We are all special and unique
that I was going to spend my next
with our own set of gifts; start sharing
day off exploring the streets of
them with others and watch your
my beautiful city! I realized I was
world forever open up!
spending all my time working - at work and home. On my next day off, I took myself out to lunch and explored a nearby garden and house museum. It made me feel more alive, and it was at that moment I realized I could help others to feel the same. Finding a hobby you can dive into - whether it’s collecting antiques, teaching yourself to paint or unplugging by visiting a new town - can fill you with joy, reduce stress and help you live a fuller and longer life. In addition to exploring, I enjoy collecting antiques – especially Japanese china after my aunt gave me a few heirloom pieces – and also filling my walls with local art. Surround yourself with things that inspire you every day, and don’t be afraid to use what you have. 18
Jaclyn Meadows is a local writer, artist and traveler with an enthusiasm for living life beautifully! Follow her journeys on Instagram @twiggyjacqua and her blog at www.chezjacqua.com.
home ENTERTAINING TIPS Holiday entertaining is one of my favorite things...ok, actually any entertaining will do! Although sometimes the task of having friends and family over can seem daunting, there are a few ways to make sure everything goes smoothly. Now is the time to put everything in place to ensure your guests are coming back year after year. 1.
Start with a theme. Gain inspiration for a theme from a floral pattern, a
piece of art or the color palette already present in your home. Be sure to send out invitations - even if it’s just a Facebook event where your guests can easily reference the details. 2.
Establish your place settings. Delightful china can set the tone, and for large
groups, it’s especially helpful if your china is dishwasher safe. Add a festive charger underneath plates and bring out your cloth napkins to create more beauty and add depth to the look. Holiday “crackers” add elements of fun, and opening them can serve as an icebreaker - not to mention that crackers are a nice mini favor. Place two types of glasses at each place setting - a wine glass and a water glass. 3.
Decorate your table. Dress the tabletop with a gorgeous runner, unique salt
and pepper shakers, fresh flowers (or a poinsettia) and candles to add a warm glow. 4.
Add flair to the rest of your space. Look around your house or apartment,
anywhere guests are likely to wander. Add wreaths to interior doors, hang mistletoe in conspicuous spots, and look for opportunities to add cheerful, unexpected elements throughout your home. Your holiday décor should complement the rest of your living space while making things feel festive. 5.
Don’t forget candles! Candles are a wonderful way to create a warm, inviting
space full of scent and ambiance. For safety, keep your candles in hurricanes or lanterns. A quick tip for holders: buy candles that are half the size of the holder you are using, as the flame should dance in the center of the hurricane, not above it. When it comes to scent, choose ones that speak to your personality or event… vanilla is perfect for a party that ends in dessert, while soft pine and peppermint fragrances evoke the scents of the holidays. Unscented candles create warmth if you have guests with sensitive noses. 6.
Create flow in your space. Encourage mingling by placing gathering spaces
throughout your space. Place drinks in one spot and cheese boards in another to get guests mixing and conversing.
MORE FUN TIPS >>> Keep the conversation going by introducing guests to each other. Find a commonality among them and highlight it to get conversations started. As the hostess, be sure to mingle to refresh the mood. Compliment your guests, as it’s also a night for them to shine! >>> Shop for all of your festivities at local art, specialty goods and antique stores. Remember to support your neighborhood businesses all throughout the year. >>> Don’t forget your own party look! Fresh curls, soft makeup, a festive vintage party dress (paired with a cardigan!) and a shiny, antique brooch create a fun look. Add a pair of charismatic heels to look great from head to toe. >>> Need a hostess gift? Everyone always brings wine to parties, but don’t overlook Egg Nog and Irish Cream. These flavors of the season are always welcome.
Photo by Liz Cook Photography
defining your living space In my 23 short years, I have
with Sarah Rash, the lead designer with
who just lost a parent, so you have to
accumulated treasures that define my
Carilion’s Design Group. Professionally,
have some sensitivity to the variety of
living space. From tapestries picked
I was there to learn about how they
environments you’re designing.”
up in Charleston to books and photo
create healing spaces for patients,
Whether a visitor to the hospital
albums that clutter my shelves, the
families and providers. Personally, I
experiences grief or sorrow, though,
staples have stayed with me. Like other
had some ulterior motives. I figured I
an interior space can become a little
weekend warriors, I take ownership in
could pick up some insightful tips on
oasis. Sarah continued, “There are
decorating my home and value having
how to manage my new space from a
universal things that we all relate to.
a space that fits my personality.
Evidence-based design has indicated
Over the past year, however, my family
After talking with Sarah for less than
that the return to nature is what
has grown by three. My fiancé, Jed; my
five minutes, it was evident that her
resonates most with the human spirit.
Australian shepherd, Layla; and my
job designing for Carilion’s one million
One of our priorities is bringing
hedgehog, Harold have all moved in.
plus patients was a loaded one. It was
nature into the hospital through
What used to be a space used by one
clear she had lessons that everyone can
natural lighting, bringing in plants,
became home to many, and it has
apply to their own healing zone.
anything that we can.”
been an adjustment defining where
“I was walking through Carilion
It was interesting that her team
communal areas end and my own
Roanoke Memorial Hospital the
equates calmness and serenity
other day,” said Sarah, “and it just
with nature, even in such a clinical
As part of the communications
dawned on me on how it’s full of joy
environment. No matter the
department at Carilion Clinic, I
and sorrow at the same time. There
demographic, natural is the preferred
recently had the opportunity to speak
might be a newborn baby or someone
aesthetic, which led me to think back
home to my home. While natural lighting
and finding them with the help of my
SOLUTION NO. 3: Redefine expectations
is something I already take advantage
fiancé, would be a fun way to bring new
and figure out what ‘comfort’ means to
of, my lack of private yard space and
personality to a shared space.
you. A designer was telling me that just
greenery is a little shameful.
SOLUTION NO. 2: Embrace art, and do
because I am beginning my life with my
SOLUTION NO. 1: Reclaim spaces with
not be afraid to go local! Search a flea
partner does not mean that I need a full
unexpected greenery. For me that
market or antique shop for some wall-
dining room set or a Martha Stewart-
means a cactus in a hedgehog-shaped
worthy art that has its own story.
worthy kitchen. There is no pressure
planter and some small succulents
Sarah went on to talk about a
potted in my entry way and kitchen.
hodgepodge of topics, including wall
to make my home anything more than comfortably functional based on our own terms. That bit of advice is
Sarah talked about the little things
color, accent pieces and furniture, but
that make a space. Small details like a
it boiled down to one tip. “It’s all about
piece of art can transport people away
comfort,” said Sarah. “In my role, it’s
While I was so focused on defining
from the medical setting. At Carilion,
about maximizing comfort for patients,
spaces, Sarah helped me to realize that
designers focus on local art to embrace
visitors and providers. At a personal
I can embrace the chaos of different
level, my philosophy is that you should
styles and needs, allowing my space to
only buy things that you love. Over
evolve, but still reflect my personality.
the years, we’ve gotten much more
I can incorporate my staple treasures,
casual with interiors. The goal is to
but there is no harm in spicing the
make it as comfortable as your favorite
space up with new, shared accents,
sweatshirt, and if you love a piece, it
redefining my home and haven.
history and make a deeper connection with people from the region. “I’ve seen my own family members walk into a corridor, see a piece of local artwork and get lost in it,” explained Sarah. “That simple experience allows them to escape from whatever is going on in their life. That’s what good design can do.” That resonated with me. I view my home as my own haven of sorts.
will help you to achieve that goal.” In other words, comfort is in, and what that means is ultimately up to you.
timeless, no matter what age you are.
Hannah Cline is a public relations specialist with Carilion Clinic. Out of the office, she loves sprucing up antiques with sandpaper, paint and lots of love.
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Terrariums are the perfect seasonal décor items to add cheer any home this winter, and they take only minutes to put together. You don’t have to have a green thumb to turn any glass vessel into your very own winter wonderland. Here’s How: 1
Start with choosing any glass
container that fits your desired space, or style. This could be a mason jar, wide mouth vase, apothecary jar or hurricane globe. 2 Choose your terrarium’s foundation. Arrange artificial sheet moss, collected greenery from the outdoors, air plants or faux snow for the base. (I used Epsom salt and painted pinecones!) 3 Next, add your favorite miniature items like bird nests, bottlebrush trees, miniature houses or animal figurines. You add a favorite ornament (such as this deer) for interest. Photos by Watts Creative
Lastly, dust with fake snow for
that fresh, just fallen feel. Making these this season is a great way to use items you may even already have around the house. Have fun and happy hand-making everyone.
Laura Watts splits her time between instructing, pinning on Pinterest, and watching Netflix with her film making husband and their puppy, Ellie.
During November head to The Corner at Rivermont and other local restaurants for a Pawtini fundraiser for the Lynchburg Humane Society, who receives $2 from each Pawtini! lynchburghumane.org
13 Pop-up Art Market 11am-3pm Visit artists at the Roanoke City Market Building.
Election Day No matter who you favor, be sure to get out and vote!
14 Holiday Hoopla 15 Friday, November 11 5-9pm Bring friends, grab the trolley and explore downtown Lynchburg’s shops and restaurants as they offer specials and activities. downtownlynchburg.org
Art Talks 5-6pm Hear from artists at the Academy Center of the Arts.
Festival of Trees 9am-5pm Come see trees at the Bedford Welcome Center through 12/31.
From Venice with Love 7:30-10pm Hear Giada Velenti sing at the Jefferson Center.
Young at Art 10:30-11:15am Expose your preschooler to art at the Taubman.
Green Market Wednesday 10am-2pm Explore the Lynchburg Community Market.
Ladies Musky Meet Up This 4 day event focuses on ladies who love fly fishing in Roanoke.
Rigoletto 3pm Head to EC Glass to see this Opera on the James Production.
Harry and Snowman 7:30-9:30pm See this heartwarming story at the Academy Center.
For more information check out these websites: 2nd: southvalleyanglers.com 3rd: taubmanmuseum.org 4th: firstfridayslynchburg.org
Art by Night & First Friday Head to downtown Lynchburg and Roanoke to local art galleries.
Vintage Lynchburg 10am-5pm Shop curated antiques and handcrafted items downtown.
Veteran’s Day 10am-4pm Point of Honor is free for all visitors today.
Fall Festival at Amazement Square 10am-2pm Celebrate all things Harry Potter with activities and fun.
All My Sons 7:30pm Head to Randolph College for their fall production.
Broadway’s Next Hit Musical 7:30-9pm Go to the Academy Center for musical improv.
Happy Thanksgiving! Head out to Lynchburg’s Turkey Trot or Roanoke’s Drumstick DASH to burn some calories.
Fashions for Evergreens Vote for your favorite tree at the Hotel Roanoke to help raise funds for The United Way. Ends 1/2
Small Business Saturday Remember to shop at locally owned stores this holiday season!
Photo by Lizzy
Elmwood on Ice 11am-10pm Take the family ice skating at Roanoke’s Elmwood Park.
White Christmas 7:30-9:30pm Get in the spirit with this show at Mill Mountain Theatre.
19 Holiday Market 8am-12pm Head to the Forest Recreation Center for the Forest Farmer’s Market.
Photo by Heather Turner Photography
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13th: citymarketbuilding.com 16th: visitbedford.com 17th: academycenter.org 18th: randolphcollege.edu 19th: academycenter.org 20th: jeffcenter.org 23rd: downtownroanoke.org
24th: humankind.org 24th: drumstickdash.net 25th: visitroanokeva.com 26th: americanexpress.com 30th: millmountain.org
4 Christmas Open House 12-4pm Point of Honor will be decorated in Federal era styles.
Festival of Lights 5-9pm Head to Lynchburg’s Riverside Park to view lights until 1/1.
Flames of Memory 6-9pm See this luminary display at the D-Day Memorial.
Festival of Trees 9am-5pm Come see trees at the Bedford Welcome Center through 12/31.
14 Elmwood on Ice 4-9pm Surprise the family with an evening of skating.
Merry Christmas! Enjoy time with family and friends.
2 Dedication of Lights For $10 a luminary with your loved one’s name on it will be lit at the Lynchburg Humane Society.
SATURDAY 3 Mistletoe Market 7am-3pm Head to Lynchburg Community Market for festivities
Holiday Candlelight Tours
Dickens of a Christmas
Holiday Market 8am-12pm
5:30pm Tour Poplar Forest after hours.
6-10pm Have holiday fun including a parade at 7 in downtown Roanoke.
Get produce and artisan goods at the Forest Farmer’s Market.
13 Fashions for Evergreens Vote for your favorite tree at the Hotel Roanoke to help raise funds for The United Way.
Seussical the Musical 7pm It’s a holiday musical at Roanoke Children’s Theatre.
Christmas Lights Display 5:30-10pm Take a ride to the Elks Campus in Bedford.
Head to Dinner 15 and a Movie at the Academy on December 3rd at 7pm. Enjoy culinary delights by Scott Cardwell while you watch White Christmas. academycenter.org
Vinton Christmas Parade 6pm Get in the spirit with this festive event.
The Homecoming 8pm See this holiday play at Renaissance Theatre.
It’s a Wonderful Life 7pm Head to Heritage High for a live radio play.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas 9:30am and 12pm See this children’s show at the Academy.
Music of the Holidays 7:30-9:30pm Enjoy holiday favorites at Mill Mountain Theatre.
28 Green Market Wednesdays 10am-2pm
31 Ring in 2017 in style! We wish you a Happy New Year.
Enjoy delights at the Lynchburg Community Market. Photo via English Meadows Elks Home Campus
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Photo via Bedford Visitor’s Center 10th: forestfarmersmarket.com 11th: dday.org 12th: visitbedford.com 13th: visitroanokeva.com 14th: downtownroanoke.org 15th: renaissancetheatrelynchburg.org 16th: lcsedu.net
Photo via Downtown Roanoke Inc 17th: academycenter.org 18th: virginia.org 20th: roanokechildrenstheatre.org 2st: millmountain.org 28th: lynchburgcommunitymarket.com
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A MID-CENTURY CHRISTMAS A few years ago, mid-century décor was considered to be the passé design style of our grandparents, yet currently it is one of the most sought after aesthetics. Clean lines, natural woods, art and bold colors define the era. Homeowners Damien and Victoria Bartholomew reside in an American Foursquare house in Lynchburg’s Diamond Hill Historic District. Although their 1919 home was constructed long before mid-century times, this couple chose to use their love of art, line and hue to create a home that mimics the style of the 1950s and 60s. If you are not ready to turn your entire home over to the mid-century style, why not test out a bit of Christmas décor this season by incorporating some key pieces of this trend? Whether you simply display a few pieces or build a theme party around your décor, testing out this style is sure to perk up your holidays.
1. BARWARE You watched MadMen, right? Like it or not, barware was an essential part of mid-century times. Both at the office and as the centerpiece for a cocktail party with friends, glasses with intricate gold designs and elegant decanters were the way to go. Whether you choose to serve cocktails or juices in these lovely containers, you will feel like you’ve stepped into the 1950s with each sip.
3. GOLD From rimmed stemware to industrial shapes, no matter what it is, gold is the way to go. Have thrift shop pieces? Spray paint them gold, and they are sure to blend with mid-century décor. Carefully placed surprise touches of gold – such as antlers and chargers – blend perfectly for a cohesive feel. Or if you prefer…
2. GEOMETRICS One thing you will notice about mid-century design is the carefully curated lines, that make every piece a work of art. From bulky, bold stars to delicate diamond shapes, incorporating striking lines and figures creates just the right feel. Color is important, too, which leads us into…
PS. Don’t forget the pets this holiday season!Whether it’s fur babies or human babies, a mantle filled with adorable stockings makes a hearth seem homey.
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4. SILVER In the height of the late 50s and early 60s, you were sure to see homes filled with aluminum trees. Whether you score a vintage one (what a find!) or resort to purchasing a reproduction, these trees add visual interest and do not need many ornaments. If you find a miniature one, you get bonus points!
5. GREENERY If you are short on storage space, adding fresh greenery is the way to go. After all, you don’t have to pack it away every year. Scattering greens through curated items creates an upscale feel – mid-century or not. Pulling pieces from an already established collection – such as milk glass, which predates mid-century but is so timeless – allows your décor to do double duty.
Open for Diamond Hill Historic District’s Christmas House Tour, Jennifer Prince enjoyed perusing the Bartholomew’s home.
7. VINTAGE When all else fails, add in pieces straight out of the era, which isn’t a fail at all! A bottlebrush style vintage
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wreath in excellent condition adds just the right amount of flair over a fireplace. Search Etsy online, or locally we suggest estate stores, yard sales and your local Goodwill or Salvation Army store – you never know what you will find.
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On a bed or couch, this will be warmly welcomed in any home!
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Photo by Bryan Hedrick
anything but conventional There are certain experiences that we go into knowing they will be lifechanging: getting married, having a baby, moving, starting a new job, etc. Then there are experiences that we enter into with certain expectations only to have those expectations far surpassed or even disproven. Such was the case with my first-ever comic con experience at the Wizard World convention in Richmond this fall. For those of you who aren’t familiar with comic cons, they are small or large-scale gatherings of fans, vendors,
#1 - Diversity is not only accepted, but also appreciated.
and sometimes even celebrities with
When you first arrive at a convention, it may feel like you’ve entered a
the overarching purpose of celebrating
new dimension populated entirely by comic book characters, celebrity
a wide range of comics, books, movies,
look-a-likes, knights, princesses, orcs, unicorns, aliens, and more; I,
TV shows, video games, and more.
myself, encountered a shockingly convincing T-Rex at Wizard World.
When my husband, Bryan, and I
Such is the beauty of cosplay, an extremely popular convention practice
decided to attend this huge event
which involves dressing up - often with acute attention to detail - like a
to celebrate our third anniversary, I
favorite character, creature, or prop from pop culture. Whether adorned
thought it would be a fun spectacle
in these elaborate costumes or not, comic con attendees are people of
where the extent of our involvement
all ages, ethnicities, shapes, sizes, abilities, beliefs, and political views,
would be people-watching and
and these differences fuel a positive atmosphere and sense of unity.
purchasing some merchandise; after
Imagine meeting someone significantly different from you who loves
all, we are both introverts who tend to
Doctor Who or Harry Potter (or whichever fandom you favor) as much
feel a bit overwhelmed by large crowds.
as you do. What if he or she had a new perspective on your fandom that
Needless to say, I couldn’t have been
enriched your appreciation of that fandom and of life in general? What
more wrong. Read on to find out what
if that person turned out to be a lifelong friend due to a foundation of
I learned from my unconventional
shared interests? Such interactions are commonplace at conventions,
experience and why I think life should
and they should be commonplace everywhere.
be more like a comic con!
In a world where difference is too often seen as threatening and divisive, it would serve us well to remember that we are actually quite similar and that our differences give depth and meaning to our similarities. Whether someone’s differences from you are as noticeable as a costume or are completely undetectable at first sight, the potential for connection is always there.
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#2 - People give compliments freely. For some disheartening reason, societal conventions
#3 - Everyone is encouraged to participate.
seem to dictate that we should be stingy when it comes to
It didn’t take long for Bryan and me
complimenting each other. Perhaps we too often buy into the
to figure out that conventions are not
myth that applauding someone else’s success, efforts, or skills
spectator events; everyone is invited
diminishes our own position, that building someone else up necessarily entails lowering ourselves in some way. Or perhaps we don’t want to compliment relative strangers for fear of bothering them.
and encouraged to participate! Wizard World offered interactive panels on such topics as storytelling, self-publishing, improv, celebrating women in comics, and combating cosplay bullying. There were
As I walked around Wizard World in my simple, store-bought
also numerous laptops and consoles for
Pikachu costume (if you didn’t watch Pokémon in the 90s, you
gaming, cosplay contests for adults and
may have recently heard of Pikachu thanks to a little app called
children, free-to-play tabletop games,
“Pokémon GO,”) I received more heartfelt compliments than
minifigure painting stations, and much
I can recall from folks on both ends of the cosplay spectrum:
more. The most exciting thing we did was
from people wearing jeans and t-shirts to people who had
try out virtual reality using the HTC Vive;
clearly spent hours researching, designing, and constructing
it was a surreal, amazing experience! All of
these activities were open to anyone who
I, too, dispensed compliments generously to fellow
was interested in participating, regardless
convention-goers and vendors, and in the midst of all this
of skill level or any other criteria. In
appreciation, it occurred to me that nothing builds us up
our often ultra-competitive society,
more than building up those around us. The more we stop
welcoming and nonjudgmental spaces like
comparing ourselves to others and start appreciating that
this are invaluable to one’s self-esteem
we all shine in our own unique ways, the brighter the whole
and sense of belonging.
picture becomes. As long as our compliments are appropriate and sincere, everyone wins.
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life #4 - Independent writers, makers, and artists are celebrated and supported. We here at clutch are serious about shopping local and supporting small businesses, and I was delighted to be able to interact with and support several independent vendors, many of whom live in and around the Richmond area, at Wizard World. Dozens of unbelievably talented writers, makers, and artists occupied booths at the convention, and we spoke with many of them at length about their work. Their faces lit up as they spoke about their passion for their various crafts, and it struck me that these are the people who truly deserve our business. Of course, it isnâ€™t feasible to always shop small, but knowing that you are directly supporting people who love what they do makes shopping seem more worthwhile.
#5 - Each one of us is inspiring. The three best moments of my day at Wizard World were all very
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similar. At separate times, three little girls from three different families approached me with huge grins on their faces, excited to see one of their favorite characters brought to life. One of the girls was a bit shy and let her mom do most of the talking, one was very talkative and told me all about herself, and one was so overcome that she threw her arms around me after her dad took my photo with her. I was so moved by these precious moments, and I know that myriad similar moments were taking place both within and outside the walls of the convention. I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the many times you have inspired others by something you wore, said, or did. None of us are superheroes or wizards, but we all possess the power to influence and enrich the lives of those around us. Whether you decide to attend a comic con or not, I hope you will try something new and unconventional in 2017. You never know who you will meet, what you will learn, and how your life will change. Cheers, friend!
GROWING READERS let it snow Snow Day Dough Make your own snow dough! This activity smells good, is great for sensory skills, and doesnâ€™t have to be measured perfectly. Basically, a win-win. 1. Snag some flour and baby oil. 2. Mix together about 1/2 cup of baby oil to 4 cups of flour. 3. Feel free to experiment with the proportions to make the consistency you love. 4. Optional: Add glitter. An option I can never say no to. 5. Supervise play and get in there to make your own snowman, snowflake, or snow creations out of the dough! Cookie cutters are always invited.
WINTER BOOK SUGGESTION Snow by Cynthia Rylant Get the hot chocolate ready for this cozy storybook about family time. Celebrate with author Cynthia Rylant as she narrates the journey of a snow day in the book appropriately titled Snow. This beautifully illustrated story is great for a calm and peaceful lap time that you might be craving after a day of sledding. The story describes the different types of snow and the pleasures that it brings along with it â€“ making memories together. Join in the winter wonderland adventure as you reminisce about your childhood snow days and take the time to make new ones with your friends and family.
Photo by Melissa Batman Photography Special thank you to Riverviews Artspace. Katie McQuain Lane is the Childrenâ€™s Program Manager for the Campbell County Public Library System, and her loves include her husband and her three rescue dogs.
KEEPING FIT AND HEALTHY Now is the time of year when we eat
may be more sedentary and outdoor
lots of treats (yum!) and then we do
pets may roam and supplement their
a little bit of backpedaling once the
diet. Here are a few things to look
New Year hits and we decide to get
out for when thinking about your
in shape. This year, when you are
considering your health and well
being, be sure to think about your pet, too! The Association for Pet Obesity
Find out if your pet is overweight. Discuss this with
your veterinarian or do research
Prevention estimates that 58% of
online by searching “pet body
cats and 54% of dogs in the US are
condition score”. Looking at your pet’s
overweight or obese. Yikes!
body when compared to these charts
Just like us, our pets can suffer from
will help you determine how their
medical conditions related to excess
body shape aligns.
weight - think arthritis, joint pain,
diabetes mellitus, heart disease, reduced exercise endurance and
Find out how much food your pet should be eating. Use
the recommendations on the back
stamina, increased anesthetic and
of the food bag for a rough idea. A
surgical risks and decreased life span.
better recommendation is to have
All pets can be at risk, as indoor pets
your veterinarian calculate the actual energy requirements in kilocalories
(Kcal) based on your pet’s needs. These will change based on weight,
Run your dog up and down the stairs.
age, activity level, if they are intact
Play fetch with soft balls or fleece toys.
they may have.
Set up an obstacle course.
much you are feeding and actually
Make your dog work for treats.
measure the food with measuring
treats with fewer calories. Such items
Invite friends with dogs over for playtime (if appropriate).
cups. You may elect to switch to a
can include vegetables (fresh or no
weight management, light or weight
sodium canned), fruits (DO NOT
control food to help obtain your pet’s
FEED GRAPES) and canned pumpkin
ideal weight. These are more filling
instead of peanut butter.
and contain less kilocalories per cup
For cats, you can grow or purchase cat
than regular food. Also ask your vet
grass or use catnip as a treat. Some
for a prescription weight loss food,
pets won’t know the difference if
which may work more efficiently and
you put their regular food into used
have added benefits.
treat containers and give them kibble
Limit treats. Treats can add
treats. You can also bake your own
significant calories to your
treats for a healthier option.
Visit the dog park or walk around the pet store. Teach your dog how to use a treadmill. Sign up for an agility or training class. Some dogs like laser pointers. Get out there in the cold. Some dogs love to play and walk in cold snowy weather.
or breeding and any health problems
One important factor is to know how
pet’s diet. Monitor how many you give daily, and try to use non-commercial
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Do not feed your pet table food. If you are like the
CATS Play with them using feather or wand teaser cat toys. Purchase an exercise wheel. Provide climbing trees or towers. Offer catnip and toys (try different textures, balls, boxes, paper bags, crumbled paper, noise). Play using a laser pointer.
majority of pet owners who feed
food, then try to place a dog gate or
Take them on a harness walk. It is NOT safe to use string or ribbon as these can be swallowed and cause serious health problems.
their pets snacks or leftovers, keep
pen around the chair during meals.
Put treats inside dispensing
in mind these all add up to major
toys or at the top of a tower so they have to work for them, or roll the treats across the floor so they have to expend energy to get them. Meal dispensing toys and interactive/slow feeders can help.
calories and excess weight for your pet. Take responsibility for your pet’s weight and make small steps toward minimizing or stopping table food. If your pets are beggars then let them stay in the other room during meals so you’re not tempted to feed them. Put a bowl with some of the healthier options on the table and treat them from that instead of your plate - they don’t know that’s not what you are eating. If you have babies that drop
Increase exercise! Eat less and move more - we have all heard
the saying, and it applies to our pets as well. Our sidebar offers options that may help get your pet moving. We can work together with our pets to get healthier this new year by minimizing weight gain, maximizing exercise and losing a few extra pounds while having a lot of fun in the process!
Shella Baker is a veterinarian at Lynchburg Humane Society and Peaksview Animal Hospital. She enjoys beekeeping, crafting, gardening and spending time with her family and fur-kids.
DEFINING CRUNCHY Are you wondering what “crunchy” means? It’s ok! I’m a crunchy girl, and since I embrace the term, I get asked about it a lot. In short, it is about lifestyle and the way we relate to the planet. It’s also a result of being mindful about living and striving for harmony, both in the effect we have on the planet and the effect it has on us. The term “crunchy” actually comes from a stereotypical dietary staple -- granola. Whether you think of longhaired hippies, makeup-free earth mothers, or people who bike to work... you’re right! Crunchy is a broad term that encompasses many possibilities. This type of lifestyle definitely goes way beyond eating habits, but food is always a critical component.
THE CRUNCHY MAMA Many mothers become crunchy after giving birth. Something about being in charge of the health and wellbeing of a precious tiny human that just sprang from your body can cause women to think more deeply about health and the effects of diet and exercise. Environmental issues also become a greater concern. How will my behavior today affect the world my child inherits? How do I teach my little one how to dwell on and preserve this Earth? Do I need to start sorting the recyclables from the compostables and the general waste? Maybe we could become a “no waste” home. The kids are watching. The kids will have kids. Then those kids will have kids. I don’t want my great grandbabies living in a wasteland. Crunchy mamas strive to be mindful and raise thoughtful, healthy children. A lot of accessories go along with being this type of mom. Crunchy mamas love cloth diapers, organic baby food, making their own baby food, a fancy blender to make their own baby food with, slings for wearing their baby up close, organic cotton baby onesies, and you absolutely can’t forget the very crucial amber teething necklace. There are entire communities devoted to crunchy mamas on the internet. There are crunchy mom conventions. You yourself may be a crunchy mother without even being fully aware of it. Do you breastfeed? Are you considering extended or tandem breastfeeding? Was there a doula or a pool of water involved in the birth of your baby? You may be a crunchy mama!
Crunchy folks choose organic foods.
people so we can talk about how we are
They often grow their own food,
becoming increasingly crunchy over
whether it’s in a community garden,
time. Today we put in our rain barrels.
an urban rooftop garden, or a suburban
I’ve got a finished pile of compost
back yard. Those who don’t grow their
ready for the garden bed. Have you
own food often opt for fresh local fare
tasted my latest batch of kombucha?
from farmer’s markets, co-op grocery
Why don’t we get together and discuss
stores, and health food stores. Many
the meaning of life over some lentils,
crunchy people are vegetarians,
quinoa, and kale? While you may
vegans, or even more restricted raw
occasionally find a Type-A competitive
vegans. Refined sugar, genetically-
crunchy soul, typically, we’re far
modified foods, food coloring,
more concerned about building
preservatives, and bleached flour are
our communities and sharing our
often seen as the enemy.
experiences with other mindful people.
Crunchy people typically strive to be
Does any of this ring a bell? You just
healthy, whether that means walking
might be an under-the-radar crunchy
or cycling to work or simply getting
gal! Maybe you’ve always been that
regular exercise. Yoga is a classic choice
way and you just never knew it.
for fitness, as it combines exercise,
Maybe you think crunchy people are
balance, meditation, and mindfulness,
over-the-top, or maybe you really
all in one practice. Many crunchy
identify with mindful living and are
people are interested in spirituality,
deeply inspired to make some radical
though not always in traditional forms.
changes. As for me, I fly my crunchy
We absolutely love other crunchy
flag high and proud.
Photos by Azalea Smith
Azalea blogs about her crunchy lifestyle at waycrunchy.com, and she enjoys motherhood, all things natural and bright colors.
My Ombre Life
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LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS love \’ləV\ : a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person The definition of love (according to Merriam-Webster) is pretty simple. Everyone knows the meaning, right? Yet all of us experience love differently, we all feel it differently, and we all see it differently. But can we learn from others’ experiences in love? Whether we define love the same or not, each woman has her own love story. Here are a few of Virginia women in different stages in their lives sharing their strong beliefs and their personal meanings of love. Enna: 17, in a relationship Define love: Love is something you feel. It’s being willing to make sacrifices for each other even if you might not want to. It’s wanting to try new things even if they’re scary. It’s doing what you can for the one you love even if you have to go out of your way. Your favorite thing about your relationship: My favorite thing is how honest we are with each other. We tell each other everything, even the small things like how our day went. He’s my best friend. He’s someone who has my back and supports me. He’s always here for me. I enjoy the times we get to laugh and be silly together. Define happiness: Happiness is seeing the person I love and feeling butterflies all over again. It’s looking at him and knowing this is where I want to be. Being part of his family
Things this relationship has taught
Your favorite thing about your
you: It’s taught me to be myself. He
relationship: Our communication.
doesn’t judge me or laugh at me.
Knowing how to communicate is a
I’ve learned to believe in myself and
key point that should be at the top
be happy. This is my first serious
of the list for most relationships.
relationship and I wouldn’t trade it
Unfortunately, most people don’t do
for anything. We have created many
it well. I love the communication that
memories together and still have
I have built. I can talk about any and
many more to create.
everything with my partner without
Define date night: Date night doesn’t
hesitation. I am able to discuss
have to be dressing up fancy and going
important issues and I can move
out. Sometimes it’s simply making
forward from situations because I no
dinner together and finding a movie
longer have to dwell on the issue.
Define happiness: Happiness is
Nakuma: 25, dating
makes me the happiest, because they
Define love: Love is a transfer of
remind me of my family – always
energy. Love is transferring the best
welcoming with open arms.
of you to your partner so that he or
something that we are always reaching for. Happiness is being satisfied with the now. Happiness is being content, but always willing to improve.
she is a better person than they were
Things this relationship has taught
you: The unsaid speaks louder than
life words uttered. Many people cling on
since we were 18. I love that we spent
to words and lose sight of what is
so much time dating, so moving on
unspoken. There are so many things
to getting married feels like the best
Define love: Love is when you are
that can show you how a person truly
thing to do next.
selfless and genuine. Love is when you
feels besides actually telling you. We all
Define happiness: It’s saying that
love and show love differently. You have
you don’t wish you were someone
to be conscious of how your partner
else or had something else. Yes, we
shows you love even if it’s different
will always want for certain things,
than how you like to receive it.
but if you can honestly say that you
Define date night: Can I paint you
appreciate where you are, then you can
a picture? We are walking along the
say that you are happy.
harbor. You hear the clicking of my
Things this relationship has taught
heels. The gold cufflinks on his fitted
you: How to be more confident in my
blazer are glistening. The sound of
own skin. It may be strange to think
laughter echoes along the coast as we
that being vulnerable in a relationship
take in the moment and reflect on the
would build confidence, but when you
progress we’ve made.
have constant support, it truly will.
Marlea; 25, engaged
Define date night: We were long
Ann; 26, newlywed/married since July 2015
understand someone more than they understand themselves. Love is when you never give up on each other. Love is not easy. You have to pay attention to the small things, because that is what truly matters the most. Your favorite thing about your relationship: It’s waking up to him every day knowing I married my best friend. I love our promise to never go to bed mad at each other. I love listening to his highs and lows at the end of every day. I love knowing that I get to grow old with my best friend. Define happiness: Happiness is
Define love: Growing up, my Dad
distance for almost four years, so any
always told me that love is not a feeling,
time that we get to see each other,
it’s an action. I’ve come to believe
we are definitely doing something!
that is mostly true. Of course there
Whether it’s cooking a good meal
is a connection you have to someone
together, catching up on our favorite
when you are in love, but I think just
shows, or getting dressed up and
Things this relationship has taught
as my father said, love truly manifests
going out. Most recently, my favorite
you: It’s taught me to always fight for
in the grand, the small, and the selfless
date he planned: we went “pretend”
what you believe in and never give up
gestures that you are willing to do for
house hunting in a super expensive
on each other. There were (and there
someone because you love them.
neighborhood, went out for an early
will be) times when our relationship
Your favorite thing about your
dinner, and then took a wine and
was challenging, but our love for
relationship: We’ve been together
painting class – it was an amazing date!
each other gave us the courage to
when you are at complete peace with yourself, and you feel blessed and accomplished. Happiness is when you have no regrets.
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always forgive, compromise, and be
feeling in my chest whenever I think
of him, and that huge smile I can’t
Define date night: Trying new
hold in when I talk about him.
adventures, whether it’s a new
Your favorite thing about your
cuisine, taking a tour or class... It’s
relationship: All the little things
always fun and memorable when
he does - like delivering me pizza
we get to share these “first time”
instead of flowers, pulling whatever
experiences together. I feel it’s
I’m holding onto in my head out, and
something that separates us from the
making me laugh every day.
world. When we’re on a date, it feels
Define happiness: Happiness is living
like we are the only ones in the room.
in gratitude. It’s not easy, but it’s
Meredith; 29, divorced/in a relationship & giving love a second chance
simple. Being happy is being grateful for all the small things, and small
Define love: Love is courageous. Love
things that aren’t things are huge.
is a choice. Love is that crazy warm
Things this relationship has taught you: This relationship has taught me that just when I think I know what’s best for me, God always does me one better. Define date night: I’m not sure I believe in date night. Having
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something scheduled takes all the excitement and meaning out of sharing time with the person you love. Melissa; 38, married for 14 years with 3 children Define love: How do you define something so abstract? I’m not sure I know the answer, but I think it is Photo by C York Photography
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husband has taught me that there are
that time in our lives. When I was
good men who love unconditionally.
twenty-two, love was the man who
Thinking about it, this relationship
swept me off my feet and could rescue
has taught me that even when I am at
me from myself even before I knew I
my worst, I am worth loving.
needed to be rescued. And later love
Define date night: What’s that? We
was that same man having confidence
don’t get so many of those! We do
in me when I didn’t have it in myself.
fun stuff with the kids when we have
And there have been times when it
time off together—play in the yard,
hasn’t been so easy, when we haven’t
go to the zoo.
liked each other so much or there wasn’t enough money or the house
Erin; 54, married 31 years with 5 children and 2 grandchildren
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was too small - but love is still there.
Define love: Love can be a feeling of
I guess that is what love is for me
deep caring and devotion to another,
relationship with Jesus to guide my
now: the idea that no matter what,
but we consider it a decision to
life. We work together and we work
there will always be someone who
commitment. Viewing it as lifetime
separately, always trying to serve and
chose me. And I chose him. Forever.
commitment gives you the perspective
always moving forward.
that you better make it work because
Define happiness: Contentment.
Your favorite thing about your
there is no way out. You can’t ignore
Things this relationship has taught
relationship: We’ve been together
the issues; you have to work at making
you: It’s for the long haul and two
so long that we have grown together.
it work. Seeing the effort from both
work better than one
Everything is familiar, but we can still
parties helps build the trust and
surprise each other. I love the time
respect needed in a marriage. The
that we do have together—with our
feelings come, but they are a benefit of
kids and alone.
the commitment, they don’t make the
Define happiness: Laughter. Love.
Delight in the simplest of things.
Your favorite thing about your
usually planned. We tend to prefer
Taking the time to be in the moment.
relationship: The freedom to be
getting all the kids together and
Things this relationship has taught
me. The respect from Jamie for my
enjoying family time.
you: I’m still learning every day. My
God-given talents, abilities, needs and
Define date night: We are never good about date nights but we spend most evenings together. Since our last two are older teens we go out to eat a lot when they are busy but it’s not
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