April-May-June 2017

A Word From The Publisher

Kent Lower

This is the time of year to celebrate all things spring … spring is a time of rejuvenation and revitalization. With its warmer days, longer evenings, and spirit of renewal, ...

Spring Into Action

by Anna Bolton

The Town of Wake Forest is offering area residents an incredible array of fun and exciting events over the next few months. Craving a concert? The Town is sponsoring several live m...

Spring Clean

by Todd and Cheryl Nelson

Every room in your home needs a deeper-than-usual clean and refresh at least once or twice a year. With its fresh air and tone of rebirth and renewal, there is no time like spring ...

Knife Skills

by Holly Hopkins

Do you have a nice collection of shiny knives in the knife block on your counter or tucked in your utensil drawer? Most people do, but don’t really know how to use them. Are they s...

Wedding Whimsy

by Kelly Trimyer

Perhaps it started with elopements. Or could it have been the personalized vows? Maybe it was the brides who skipped the white dress. It seems that modern couples are more eager th...

Reducing Stress

by Shannon Arner

You have likley heard your co-workers or friends say how “stressed out” they are, or how they may need to take a “mental health day” off from work. It seems stress and anxiety in o...

Driveable Destinations

by Jennifer Smart

Our story of Charlottesville, Virginia will begin with the astounding success of the Rockbridge Guitar Company. There are two reasons for this. First, it may be the only famous thi...

A Fresh Spin On Cinco De Mayo

by Gregory Mack

2017 marks the 155th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo, the bicultural Mexican holiday that Americans love to celebrate with colorful plates of Hispanic delectable delicacies – like enc...

Outdoor Privacy

by Ben Case

As spring brings us outside, many homeowners get the itch to take on outdoor home improvement projects. Outdoor areas become the favored living space “in” the home, and one of the ...

Brace Yourself For An Orthodontic "Emergency"

by Dr. Jason Gladwell

Most orthodontic patients, at some point, will experience broken brackets, loose bands, or a poking tie wire. While these are common occurrences in the world of braces, there are s...

Clusters Of Color

by Tina Mast

Known for their lush foliage and supersized blooms of beautiful spring shades such as clear blues, vibrant pinks, and snowy whites, hydrangeas provide outstanding interest in any s...

Memorable Pet Photography

by Christina Bowman

Slobbery kisses. Snuggles on the couch. Unconditional love. Every day our furry friends add an immense amount of joy to our lives. You most likely snapped a lot of pictures when yo...

Spring's Design Forecast

by Kasey Wright

The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the days are warmer. Yes, spring has arrived – and for many of us, that means it’s spring cleaning time. It’s a welcome time fo...

Custom Home Building

by John and Leslie Young

With the current seller’s market and home inventory at an all-time low, there is no better time than now to consider building your fully-custom dream home. Let the elegance of&nbsp...

Nip Spring Allergies In The Bud

by WakeMed ENT Physicians

We started seeing the pops of color on forsythia bushes and daffodils a little earlier this year due to an unseasonably warm winter. It is these blooms that are the typical hallmar...

Bug Off

by Margarita Cohen

Over the last year, you have undoubtedly heard some troubling news about Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness with potentially devastating effects that made landfall in the U.S. in...

Rugs 101

by Rhonda Benvie

Rugs – they bring all kinds of different emotions to people. Some people love having them in their homes, while others don’t get why they are needed. If you fall into either catego...

Making Memories

by Monique M. Rogers

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day – two special opportunities to honor the people who raised you and loved you each and every day of your life. If you’re looking to celebrate these ver...

Around The Triangle

by Dr. Alexa Gonzalez

Springtime is upon us and the weather is quickly warming up. It’s time to come out of hibernation and enjoy the warmth and fresh air of the beautiful spring weather – but don’t for...

Orthodontics:

by Dr. James P. Martin

"Is it just esthetic?” a patient recently asked me in a consultation regarding orthodontic treatment. I get these kind of questions on occasion, and I think they are valid and dese...

Pesto To The Rescue

by Stacey Moritz

Now that spring has arrived, you may have found yourself in a culinary rut. The hearty soups, stews, and heavy dishes you enjoyed in winter now seem like overkill on your table. It...

Farm To Table

by Jennifer Gasque

Known as the “sweet potato state,” North Carolina is rooted in agriculture. When Columbus reached the New World in 1492, the Native Americans of what would soon become North Caroli...

Staying Safe

by Thomas Walters

We all want to ensure that our loved ones are protected from life’s uncertainties – this includes preventing losses from happening in the first place. While the majority of people ...

Let's Get Started

by Patti Fralix

Spring has sprung, and with it comes the promise of warm weather, flowers blooming, and longer days. For the next few months we will have more daylight hours, and more time in whic...

Our Heritage Revisited

by Amy Pierce

I’m a town in Carolina, I’m a detour on a ride for a phone call and a soda, I’m a blur from the driver’s side … We southerners like “ridin’ around.” While ridin’ around off ...