Healthy Cooking Class Offered in Whole Foods Market

Healthy Cooking Class Offered in Whole Foods Market

Healthy foods are essential to a wholesome lifestyle. We need to eat more natural foods in order to retain more nutrients. However, what we normally use for cooking is not always nourishing. We may be cooking foods at home, but these may not necessarily be considered healthy. In addition, not everything sold in grocery markets may be as nutritious as wemight think they are.

A healthy cooking class is one way to showcase what healthy foods are and how to cook them at home. Now, you can take part in a fun, interactive, healthy course thanks to the Health Cook Starts Here Cooking Class at the Whole Foods Market. Health Specialist Claire will spearhead this enjoyable cooking class, where she will share recipes for nutritious meals and do cooking demonstrations.

The Whole Foods Market is one of the nationally renowned grocery stores that offers all natural and organic products. They take pride in advocating sustainable agriculture and selling these natural products in their store, thus becoming one of thehealthiest grocery store chains in America.

The Health Cook Starts Here Cooking Class will be held onFriday, January 31 starting at 7 pm, in the Whole Foods Market located at 316 Kentlands Blvd in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Registration is free for everyone.

Dorri Scott
Loudoun Woman Magazine

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival to Be Held in Chantilly, Virginia

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival to Be Held in Chantilly, Virginia

If you enjoy shopping for local arts and crafts, you will want to attend the much-awaited annual event, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. This year, the festival will take place at Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly to cater to residents of Virginia County.

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is a yearly show where hundreds of local artists and suppliers gather to showcase their creations. Displays of beautiful jewelry, tasty homemade foods, creative pottery and sculptures, as well as home décor and fashion line the aisles of the event.

During the festival, kids can be entertained by live shows, including puppets and storytelling. Adults will be able to lounge and stay for a while, enjoying live music by groups like the Potomac Jazz Project.

If you want to know more about how to make arts and crafts, there will be interactive demonstrations available, where artists show how to make paper, spin metal, and make wheel thrown pottery.

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will be held from January 24 to January 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday and Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Dorri Scott
Loudoun Woman Magazine

Make ‘n Take: A Terrarium Making Class for Loudoun County

Make ‘n Take A Terrarium Making Class for Loudoun County

Being close to nature brings harmony and peace to our souls. However, many of us lack the time to go on hikes, walks in the park or other such uplifting activities. Most of us find small ways to compensate for our missing touch with nature, using small shrubbery to decorate our homes with for example.

If you have no time to tend to your garden, but want bring the beauty of nature to your home, try having a terrarium. This mini indoor garden will give you that perfect balance of greenery without the high level of maintenance that comes with a full garden. Terrarium grows inside a glass container and plants are usually low maintenance. With this indoor garden, you can enjoy nature in the comforts of your home or office.

Make your own terrarium this weekend during the Make ‘n Take at the 868 Estate Vineyards. With delicious wines, great scenery, and people that share the same interest, you will surely enjoy this two-hour special on glass gardening.

Make ‘n Take will be led by Mary Ellen Coppage from Villa Rustica Design. Those who wish to attend may come to the 868 Estate Vineyards, 14001 Harpers Ferry Rd. in Purcellville on Saturday, January 18. Class will be held from 2pm to 4pm. The admission fee is $75, including supplies, instruction sheets and two glasses of wine.

Dorri Scott
Loudoun Woman Magazine

New Year’s (Pet) Resolutions

A Guide for Treating Your Pet RightYour How to Guide For Treating Your Pet Right!

As we all reach a shiny new year, we work to make resolutions that will bring us peace, new adventures, satisfy our hopes and dreams, and enhance our lives. In short, we are always striving to thrive. In our animal friends and companions, “thriving” means good food, preventative and appropriate health-care, and enriched and supportive environments. A novel idea this coming year: make resolutions for your pet to make sure they “thrive” and not just “survive”:

To begin selecting what changes to make, we first present some common myths about pets: their abilities, behaviors, and correlation to medical maladies.

Not all pets are secretly athletes in disguise and just waiting to go on a 2 mile hike. Many dogs get injured when a new exercise routine is started too quickly.

Gagging, coughing or vomiting is NOT a normal dog or cat behavior. We routinely see pet owners who say their cat or dog vomit on a regular basis and that the owners have come to live with this as a normal routine for their pet. This is oftentimes ACTUALLY a symptom of a medical condition (like asthma or allergies) for which there are very effective treatments.

Pet “accidents” in the home can be a sign of lack of fiber in food. Many pet foods (including even some “holistic” pet food) purposefully cut out grains, fruits and vegetables in exchange for high-protein concentrations.

Frequent pet bathing is “OK.” Pets think nothing of getting dirty or eating something very smelly. Washing or bathing your pet is a great time to check for any new bumps, hidden cuts and bugs such as ticks and fleas.

The wait-and-see approach to veterinary care can kill. We don’t mind the phone calls from concerned pet “parents” asking about a new behavior they noticed in their pet. Pets are remarkably adept at hiding pain. If you notice your pet looks uncomfortable, shivering, or has unusual panting or breathing, call us if the symptoms remain for longer than a day.

Just like in people, tarter on pet’s teeth harbor some of the worst bacteria they are ever exposed to. In addition to causing gum loss, tooth loss, and potential systemic infection, bad teeth can cause chronic and significant pain. Regular brushing, regular exams, and preventative cleanings can contribute to a happier and healthier life.

Recommended Pet Resolutions

Remember, start any new activity with your pet slowly at first and gauge how they are coping with the change.

Consider enrolling your dog in daycare.

Consider getting your pet allergy-tested if they lick constantly, have chronic ear problems, teary eyes, or scratch often.

Get pet insurance. Many studies have shown pets that have regular visits to their doctor live longer. There are many plans available. Check with us and we will help with the right plan for you and your family. We will even assist with submitting all claims.

Train/play with your pet. Pets are intelligent and love to learn. Spending even a short time in training with your dog several times a week, or creating games for your dog or cat, can brighten their day, enrich both your lives, and decrease stress for everybody involved. Talk with your veterinarian, or a good trainer for ideas.

Make sure that animals are safe, people are safe and belongings are safe. Crates, when used well (think about your pet having his/her own room), can provide a safe place for animals to go in times of stress.

Don’t skip your pet’s annual exam and tests: heart-worm combo tests and fecal tests for intestinal parasites are important. Heartworm is prevalent and causes significant and life- threatening changes to the heart and surrounding vessels and tissues. The tick diseases tested for are very prevalent in VA and can cause both immediate and chronic medical problems. Catching these diseases early can ensure a better outcome and is much cheaper to treat. Additionally, testing your dog can be an important indicator of whether your immediate surroundings have ticks that carry these diseases, which may help protect you. The GI parasites that dogs and cats can have can be spread to humans, and are especially worrisome for children. Regular testing protects everyone.

This New Year’s can be an opportunity to improve your pet’s quality of life.

Our 92-degree underwater treadmill is perfect for year-round exercise of older or obese pets that may injure themselves trying to keep up with a human’s rate of walking or jogging.

Pet acupuncture can relieve stress in pets, treat lethargy, and relieve arthritis. We have loads of testimonials from pet owners who are amazed at the changes even in their older pets after a 20-minute acupuncture session.

This New Year’s can be an opportunity to improve your pet’s quality of life. Ensure he or she makes it to the next by considering how brief their lives already are and what they mean to you and your family.

Dr. Chau

-Dr. Hanh Chau, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Dr. Chau is a graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech). She has a Doctor- ate of Veterinary Medicine, and has also trained and been certified in Veterinary

Acupuncture. She is also a certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist which she believes compliments both her surgical skills as well as her training in acupuncture therapy. She has been in practice for 15 years in the DC metro area.

Yoga Class Offered at Stone Tower Winery

Yoga Class Offered at Stone Tower Winery

One of the most popular exercise-meditation practices is yoga. A lot of people find time in their day to lay down their mats and do stretching and breathing exercises to enhance their spiritual wellbeing, good health, and better physique.

Among the many benefits of yoga are a more flexible body, increased self-confidence, better sleep, and a peaceful mind. Others do yoga as a good alternative to weight-loss or for body-maintaining exercises.

The Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg will be hosting a yoga session in their vineyards this coming Saturday, December 21. Those who are looking for a calm environment with a refreshing ambiance to do yoga can join the class starting at 10:30 in the morning. All levels of yoga practice will be featured.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own mat. In addition, participants should also wear comfortable attire. The venue for the yoga class will be either indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. Admission is free for all.

Dorri Scott
Loudoun Woman Magazine

10th Annual Christkindlmarkt to be Held in Lovettsville

10th Annual Christkindlmarkt to be Held in Lovettsville

What better time to give gifts and decorate our homes with sparkling lights than the holidays?  Everyone is looking for seasonal decor to adorn their homes for the coming holidays. With loved ones coming to celebrate the joyous season, it won’t be long before there are mounds of presents surrounding the Christmas tree.

To welcome the holidays with a fresh blast of cultural gusto, the Loudoun Valley German Society will be sponsoring the annual German Christmas market, the Christkndlmarkt. This traditional festival is sure to hold excitement for even the youngest of any family.

This year, the 10th Annual Christkndlmarkt will be held at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association, 16 South Berlin Turnpike in Lovettsville, Virginia. The Christmas market will be filled with various local crafters and vendors who will feature unique holiday gifts, Christmas decors and even Christmas trees.

There will also be a wide selection of German food such as bratwurst, Kartoffelpuffer, artisan sweets, Wienerschnitzels and Alsatian sauerkraut. Kids will enjoy visits by Jolly Old St. Nick, facepainting by Harmony Middle School’s German Language Club and a puppet theatre.

Five musical shows will also be featured during the two-day event. Threetwo-hour sets of live German/Austrian Christmas songs will be played each day.

The 10th Annual Christkindlmarkt will be held on Saturday, December 7from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, December 8 from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $3 for 13 years olds and above, and each pass is good for two days.

Dorri Scott
Loudoun Woman Magazine

Inova Loudoun Hospital Offers Menopause Support Group for Women


Every woman eventually has to go through menopause. Typically, menopause occurs naturally with age. Women who enter their 50’s usually begin experiencing signs of menopause. However, there are others who may go through menopause as early as their 40’s.

There are a lot of changes that a woman with menopause has to endure as part of the natural process. Physical changes can occur as well as emotional and behavioral adjustments.  Ideally, women must have a strong support system in place to see them through the process as smoothly as possible.

Inova Loudoun Hospital is launching a free monthly support group for women with menopause. Totally Hot and Happy aims to provide a helpful environment to women who are undergoing menopause and for those who are still within perimenopause or the transitional phase. The support group will include activities such as sharing of experiences, presentation of valuable information on menopause and updates on latest treatments on menopause.

Totally Hot and Happy will be held every third Thursday of the month. This month, the group will meet on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg. The support group is free and no registration is required.

Dorri Scott
Loudoun Woman Magazine

Bathroom Beautiful – Details Home Service

Ahhh, the holidays. A special time for togetherness, and for reaching out to loved ones you haven’t seen in far too long. What do you envision with you think of the holidays? Do you see arriving guests, a bustling kitchen, coats and hats stuffing the closet? Do you conjure up smells of pumpkin pie, the turkey roasting slowly for hours, a crackling fireplace? Do you hear the squeals of children laughing, moments of quiet conversations and the not so quiet football games on the television? How about a major remodeling project? Stop the music.

What is it about the holidays that fills us with the nesting urge? I suggest the reason is found above; it is our innate sense of togetherness, of bonding, of sharing. My experience as a Home Improvement Contractor is that people fall into two camps this time of year. Either they don’t want you anywhere near their home, or they want to undertake a critical project, to satisfy that need for perfection. A designer had recommended me to a mutual friend wanting bathrooms done for the holidays. It was mid-September, and Thanksgiving guests were due to arrive November 17th. Could we do 6 bathrooms in 2 houses in 6 weeks? Absolutely!

There were 3 baths to remodel in each home, about 5 miles apart. The first home had just the three, so we’d have to stagger their remodels to leave one available at all times. Even though the second house had 4 baths, we did the same so at least there was always a full working bath upstairs. Two flights of stairs to the morning shower is NOT recommended. Fortunately we persuaded the client to agree.

Five of the baths were relatively straightforward. The large master bath, not so much. With a long narrow space, it was a challenge just to get everything to fit appropriately. The client wanted to remove the tub to replace it with a large shower, as well as move the toilet to the other end of the room some 11’ away! I knew we COULD do it, but was more concerned with the details of HOW. Pulling up the subfloor provided a huge break. The joists were perpendicular to the rest of the house, which made our job relatively easy.

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The before shot above shows the original tub, with the toilet, vanity, and original shower seen in the recessed mirror. The picture below is from the same vantage point, but with a wider camera lens. Note the under cabinet lights washing the granite counters, and the glass mosaic framing the mirrors.

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The shower niche below is an added bonus, with the shelving being fabricated by radius cutting the same marble used for the shower curb and thresholds. It not only provides useful hidden storage, but also gives visual and tactile relief to the otherwise flat wall.

The hall bath on the same level had a more transitional feel. It blends the classic style of the master bath with modern mirrors and a Mission style light. The same rich tones are used for the vanity, but the mix of elements creates a more transitional style.

Details Home Services Bathroom Remodel

So, what’s your holiday wish? If you need some inspiration give us a jingle (pun intended). We’re ready, willing, and more than able to deliver. Use the coupon below to help bring your vision to life, and save a little at the same time. A little holiday cheer from us, to you!

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By Cory Laws
Founder and CEO
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